Sony RX1R II vs. Leica Q (Typ 116)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II vs. Leica Q (Typ 116) 1

Which side of the table is looking much better, either Sony or Leica Side? Infact both the camera have been equipped with excellent specifications. But let’s check, out of two, which camera will surpass its opponent’s performances.

Major Difference

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II vs. Leica Q (Typ 116) Specification Comparison Table. 

Features / Models Sony DSC-RX1R II Leica Q (Typ 116)
Megapixel 42 megapixels 24 megapixels
Sensor size / type Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Low –Pass filter Variable Yes
Image  Processor BIONZ X Maestro II
Optical zoom Fixed Fixed
Aperture Range F2.0 F1.7
Macro 14cm 17cm
Image stabilization No Optical
AF System

Contrast Detect (sensor) +

Phase Detect

Contrast Detect (sensor)
AF points 25 No
ISO 50-102400 100-50000



30 sec 1/4000 sec 30 sec 1/16000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 5fps 10fps
Video 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720p (120 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p),  1280 x 720 (30p)
Display 3.0″ LCD Rear Screen Tilt (1,288,800 pixels) 3″ LCD Touchscreen (1,040,000 pixels)
Viewfinder Yes EVF 100%
Hot Shoe Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Built-in with NFC Built-In
Battery Life (CIPA) 220 shots N/A
Dimensions  113 x 65 x 72 mm 130 x 80 x 93 mm
Weight 507g 640g


Megapixel– Out of this two camera the Sony RX1R II must be the choice of the photographers whose basic desire is to get the sharp shots. Sony RX1R II uses the high resolution of 42mp that certify the camera to deliver the sharper images in every shot. On the other hand the Leica Q employs 24mp of resolution. By the way, sensor sizes of this pair of cameras are almost equal.

Low pass filter- The users of the Sony RX1R II can manually adjust the balance of image resolution and presence of moiré or color artifacts to provide a solid match with the subject. This variable low pass filter is having the three settings of low pass filter including ‘‘off ” which is suitable when prioritizing resolution, “standard”, which strikes a balance between resolution and removal of moiré and color artifacts, and “high”, to suppress moiré and artifacting.  Whereas, the Leica q doesn’t have the low pass filter means the camera will be a bit more efficient in capturing the details of the subjects.

Image stabilization- An optical image stabilization has been incorporated into the design of Leica q, which helps the users to acquire the images without the sign of blur because the camera will be able to protect the image from unwanted camera shake problem. Whereas, image stabilization is absent from the RX1R II.

AF system– RX1R II features 399 focal-plane phase-detection AF points that covers about 45% of the image area that work together with 25 contrast AF points to achieve faster focusing response. Unfortunately, the AF point of Leica q has not been mentioned.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II vs. Leica Q (Typ 116) 2

ISO- Lowlight shooting will be more favorable in RX1R II, as the camera offers an expandable ISO range upto 102400 on the other hand, its competitor ( leica q) offers just 50000 of ISO range.

Shutter speed- You can capture every fast moving subject so confidently and easily by using the Leica Q (shutter speed -1/16000sec) and on the other hand, RX1R II has just 1/4000 sec.

Continuous shooting speed- shooting speed of Leica Q is 10fps to capture the action of the subjects, no matter how fast it’s moving. On the other hand you have only 5fps of continuous shooting speed.

Videos– Sony RX1R II easily support full HD 1920×1080 video recording at frame rates of 60p, 30p or 24p through use of the versatile XAVC S movie recording format.

Display- A beautiful 3″ 1.04M dot touch-sensitive LCD has been integrated on Leica q to enable to shoot from different positions and angles.

verdict- Since the AF, resolution, ISO etc. of Sony RX1R II are fine and these are what many photographers desires of. So no problem in going with Sony RX1R II.   

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