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Leica Q (Typ 116) Digital Camera

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24.2MP CMOS 1.8x Jun 2015
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Ten Industry Awards

This Leica digital camera is one of the most awarded of all the cameras of a comparable age and spec.

This compact camera received a "Recommended" from Trusted Reviews, Lydogbilde.no and Focus-numerique.fr all of whom wrote that this camera was good.

This camera received an "Editor's Choice" from both PC Mag and Digitalone.com.sg, both of which said that this digital camera was terrific.

This compact camera received a "Highly Recommended" from PhotographyBlog.com who wrote that this Leica digital camera was very good.

The reviewers at three other expert review sites all concluded that this camera was good. This digital camera received a "5 Star" award from both Digital Versus and 01net.com and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from Pocket Lint.

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Expert Reviews Are Excellent

Based on twenty-eight expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Ephotozine the average expert rating of this camera is 90%. This puts this compact camera in the top 1% of all the digital cameras of a similar age and type when ranked by average expert review score.

Excellent Owner Reviews

People who bought this camera rated this camera as fantastic on average. That puts this Leica camera in the top 19% of all the cameras of this age and type.

Good Quality Pictures

Fourteen customers who reviewed the Leica Q (Typ 116) concluded that it was able to produce good images. Two years ago expert website Digitalone.com.sg said in their review of the Leica Q (Typ 116) “If you are a serious photographer, chances are that you have always wanted a Leica rangefinder, or any Leica camera for that matter” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. Expert review site Techgoondu.com mentioned “Leica fans appreciate the way Leica optics render an image and are willing to pay go” in their review of the Leica Q (Typ 116). Gizmodo.com.au mentioned “A very good one — they take amazing photos, whether you want to snap them manually or let the camera do the heavy lifting itself” in their Leica Q (Typ 116) review.

Five Leica Q (Typ 116) reviewers reckoned that the Leica Q (Typ 116) had a good image sensor. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert review site Ephotozine “A 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, full HD video recording”. Expert review site Rappler.com wrote two years ago “Rappler got hold of the Leica Q, Leica's new compact, 24-megapixel fullframe sensor camera” . Expert website Dxomark.com said “Likable camera with a very impressive sensor” in their review of the Leica Q (Typ 116).

One Leica Q (Typ 116) reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Dxomark.com said “JPEG standard contrast setting to excess, no tiltangle screen, viewfinder eyesensor a bit slow, continuous shooting on onoff switch, fiddly macromanual focus release, no front grip” in their Leica Q (Typ 116) review.

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Nice Design

Five Leica Q (Typ 116) owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was good looking. Two years ago Digitalversus.com wrote “Hits fast, all with elegant bravado” in their review. Expert website Rappler.com wrote also two years ago “It's beautiful”. In the same month Dxomark.com mentioned “Elegant minimalist design” in their review of this digital camera.

One Leica Q (Typ 116) reviewer considered that the product was luxurious. Dpreview.com mentioned in their Leica Q (Typ 116) review on DP Review two years ago “Preview based on pre-production Leica QLeica - the most traditional of traditional camera manufacturers - has been pretty innovative in recent years, bringing us the luxuriously black medium format S-series”.

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Good Size

Nine customers wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Photographyblog.com gave the product a score of 5 stars and wrote “The Leica Q (Typ 116) is a 24.2 megapixel compact camera with a 35mm full-frame (24 x 36mm) CMOS sensor with no optical low pass filter”. Expert review site Digitalone.com.sg scored the Leica Q (Typ 116) 80 out of 100 and said in their review “This is a full-frame digital compact camera with a Leica Summilux 28mm f1.7 lens for onl”. Pocket-Lint.com wrote on expert review site Pocket Lint “This 24-megapixel full-frame compact, complete with 28mm f/1.7 fixed lens”.

One Leica Q (Typ 116) owner who bought it considered that it was good structurally.

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Robust

Five Leica Q (Typ 116) owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was well made. Expert review site Reviewed.com wrote “Cameras, like most pieces of consumer tech, are built on compromise” in their review. Reviewed.com also said “Every camera, from the tiny all-in-one camera modules in your smartphone to pro-level DSLRs, is built to satisfy certain needs at the expense of others”. Techgoondu.com said in their review of this digital camera “Long associated with well built, hand-crafted cameras”.

A number of customers who bought the product considered that it was strong and durable. Dxomark.com said in their review two years ago “Sharpness throughout aperture range, superb image quality even into high ISO settings, classic Leica build quality is robust yet luxury, manual controls” . Dxomark.com also said “Rugged construction”.

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Easy to Use

Some Leica Q (Typ 116) reviewers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was easy to use. Expert website Stuff.tv mentioned “It's built to last and it's a pleasure to use” in their review of the Leica Q (Typ 116). Expert review site Photoreview.com.au mentioned “The Leica Q is a delightful camera to use – particularly for street” in their review. Expert website Fatducktech.com mentioned two years ago “The Leica Q is a stunning camera to use at a somewhat scary price point” in their Leica Q (Typ 116) review.

One customer who reviewed it wrote that it was easy to handle. Dxomark.com mentioned two years ago “Fantastic handling and control” in their Leica Q (Typ 116) review.

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Good Product Quality

Six Leica Q (Typ 116) reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was good quality. Two years ago expert website Cnet.com mentioned “While its cameras' photo quality is great” in their Leica Q (Typ 116) review. Expert review site Techradar.com said in their review of this digital camera “The Q is capable of producing beautiful quality images”. Dxomark.com said “Excellent image quality” in their review.

Good Quality Lens

A few customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good lens. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au wrote two years ago “Imatest confirmed these assessments and showed that the lens exceeded expectations for the sensor's resolution at all aperture settings between f/1.7”. Dxomark.com wrote in their Leica Q (Typ 116) review “Sharp, wide aperture lens”.

Several customers who reviewed it considered that it had a good autofocus. Dxomark.com wrote “Touch screen focus could be better implemented” in their review of the Leica Q (Typ 116).

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Leica Has Good Camera Reviews

Leica compact cameras have good ratings on average and across all digital cameras Leica is one of the better rated brands.

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Good Video Capture

A number of customers who reviewed the product considered that it was good for video recording. Two years ago expert website Rappler.com said “For the full review, watch the video” in their Leica Q (Typ 116) review. Dxomark.com said in their review “Video capabilities could be better” . Dxomark.com also wrote “The Leica Q produces great photos and videos, sports a stellar lens”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Leica Q (Typ 116) owner who reviewed it concluded that it was quiet. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au scored this digital camera 4 stars and mentioned in their review “Instant responsiveness and near silent operation place it in a class of its own”.

One Leica Q (Typ 116) owner wrote in their reviews that it was noisy. Expert review site Dxomark.com wrote “It is clearly a different sensor with slightly lower noise and improved high-ISO dynamic range” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Technical Features

One Leica Q (Typ 116) owner considered that this digital camera had good features. Techradar.com wrote on expert review site Techradar “A superb full-frame compact camera for those who like traditional controls and modern features like an electronic viewfinder”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some Leica Q (Typ 116) owners who reviewed the product wrote that it had an electronic viewfinder. Dxomark.com wrote two years ago “Classleading EVF” in their review of this digital camera. One customer who reviewed it concluded that it had a good screen.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Q (Typ 116) supports Full HD video, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Q (Typ 116).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Leica Q (Typ 116) has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Q (Typ 116).

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Q (Typ 116) supports wi-Fi. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago also support wi-Fi.

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Fairly High Megapixel

Across all the compact cameras that were launched more than a year ago the megapixels range from 12MP to 29MP. With a megapixel of 24.2 megapixels, the Q (Typ 116) has a quite high megapixel compared to most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Q (Typ 116).

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Quite High ISO Sensitivity (max)

With an ISO sensitivity (max) of 51,200, the Q (Typ 116) has one of the higher ISO sensitivity (max)s amongst compact cameras of this age. Cameras of a comparable type and age to the Q (Typ 116) have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 6,400 and 52,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 20,000.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Q (Typ 116) has a greater number of supported image formats than most compact cameras that were launched more than a year ago. This Leica camera supports a RAW image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Q (Typ 116). The image formats supported "JPG" is also supported by this Leica digital camera.

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6000 X 4000 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Leica Q (Typ 116) has a 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This Leica digital camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 4272 x 2848, 2976 x 1984, 1600 x 1080, 4800 x 3200, 3424 x 2288, 2384 x 1592, 1280 x 856, 3360 x 2240, 2400 x 1600 and 1680 x 1120 and 896 x 600. The still image resolution of all comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than a year ranges from 640 x 360 to 6016 x 4000.

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Quite Many Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of 26.3 megapixels, the Q (Typ 116) has one of the more total megapixelss amongst compact cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the total megapixelss range from 12MP to 33MP.

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Has Six White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Q (Typ 116) is more than most cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has a Shade white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on cameras that were launched more than a year ago. The white balances "Auto", "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Halogen" and "Manual" are also found on this digital camera.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Q (Typ 116) has a 6000 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. Across all digital cameras that are a similar age to the Q (Typ 116) the best image resolution is 8688 x 5792 pixels and the worst is 1280 x 1024 pixels.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

Compact cameras that were released more than a year ago have ISO sensitivity (min)s of between 80 and 130, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 110. At only 100, the Q (Typ 116) has a quite small ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released one year ago.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The Q (Typ 116) has a greater number of light exposure modes than most compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This digital camera has a Manual light exposure modes, which is the most frequently found light exposure modes found on cameras of this spec and age. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Supports Three ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Leica Q (Typ 116) is more than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 6,400, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 100, 51200 and Auto are also supported by this Leica digital camera.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

Cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Q (Typ 116) have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.7 and 4, and the average minimum aperture number is 2.5. The Q (Typ 116) has a fairly small minimum aperture number (only 1.7) compared to most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the Q (Typ 116).

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12 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

A number of Leica Q (Typ 116) reviewers who purchased the Leica Q (Typ 116) agreed that it was not cheap. Cnet.com said in their review on CNET.com “A terrific, if expensive, full-frame compact”. Hardwarezone.com.sg wrote two years ago “In the other, you have people who swear that the cameras are overpriced status symbols” . Expert review site Techgoondu.com mentioned “Buying a Leica camera is like buying a very expensive watch – it's a luxury item” in their review of this digital camera.

A number of Leica Q (Typ 116) owners thought the product was not good value for money. Trustedreviews.com wrote “Now, looking at its price that might not seem the case” in their review of this digital camera. Techradar.com mentioned on Techradar “Since the advent of digital photography, technical and cost limitations have meant that full-frame sensors, those that are the same size as a 35mm film frame, have bee”.

One Leica Q (Typ 116) reviewer who reviewed the Leica Q (Typ 116) considered that it was not a bargain for the price. Expert review site Rappler.com said in their review of this digital camera “It doesn't come cheap” .

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the Q (Typ 116), the Q (Typ 116) is not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

Across all the cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Q (Typ 116) the digital zooms range from 1.8x to 4x. At only 1.8 times zoom factor, the Q (Typ 116) has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Q (Typ 116).

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Not 3D

The Q (Typ 116) is not 3D. Most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Q (Typ 116) are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Leica Q (Typ 116) does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Q (Typ 116) also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than a year, the Q (Typ 116) does not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Q (Typ 116) does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Q (Typ 116) also do not have a built-in flash.

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Expensive

Digital cameras of a similar age and spec range in price from £314 to £3,520. We think that this digital camera looks expensive compared to other digital cameras of a similar age and spec.

Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of cameras of a comparable age and type to the Q (Typ 116) is 100,000 pixels, the highest is 1,100,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 920,000 pixels. The Leica Q (Typ 116) has a quite low display resolution (numeric) (only 104,000 pixels) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Q (Typ 116).

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Only Electronic Viewfinder Type

This camera has an Electronic viewfinder type, which is the most frequently found viewfinder type on digital cameras that have been available for more than a year.

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Heavy

With a weight of 590 grams, the Leica Q (Typ 116) is one of the heavier cameras that were released around the same time as the Q (Typ 116) amongst cameras of this age. The average weight of compact cameras that were released around the same time as the Q (Typ 116) is 360g, and the weights range from 180g to 690g.

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Quite Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The Q (Typ 116) has a fairly low motion JPEG frame rate (only 50 frames per second) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Q (Typ 116). Across all the comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Q (Typ 116) the motion JPEG frame rates range from 30fps to 60fps.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Leica Q (Typ 116)

Released Over a Year Ago

This compact camera has been on the market for over a year.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Leica Q (Typ 116) has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Q (Typ 116).

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on cameras of this type and age.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards

10 Awards

focus-numerique.fr Recommended digitalone.com.sg Editor's Choice PC Mag Editor's Choice Digital Versus 5 Star 01net.com 5 Star Trusted Reviews Recommended Lydogbilde.no Especially Recommended ljudochbild.se Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Pocket Lint Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(47)
29 December 2015

The Leica Q is a thoroughly modern and likable camera with a very impressive sensor. While it is close in performance to the CMOS in the Leica M, it is clearly a different sensor with slightly...

Fantastic handling and control
Excellent image quality
Highquality lens
Exceptional optical quality and sharpness throughout aperture range, superb image quality even into high ISO settings, classic Leica build quality is robust yet luxury, manual controls
Snappy AF setup
Price pushes it into a niche
Video capabilities could be better
JPEG standard contrast setting to excess, no tiltangle screen, viewfinder eyesensor a bit slow, continuous shooting on onoff switch, fiddly macromanual focus release, no front grip
Lacking a microphone socket
High price tag
21 November 2015

Today even the smallest German-made Leicas (leaving aside the Panasonic-built mass sub-£1,000 models) are on the hefty side by current compact-camera standards. Yet while its digital offerings... Read more…

24 September 2015

Specifications...

13 August 2015

Trusted Reviews

What is the Leica Q (Typ 116)? The Leica Q (Typ 116) is just what we've been waiting for ? a new Leica camera that isn't simply a re-brand of another model, and one that isn't ridiculously... Read more…

7 August 2015

Leica cameras are known for being out of this world. Not just for their no-nonsense build and super-sharp picture quality, but astronomical pricing too. The Leica Q encompasses all of those things...

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User Reviews

(8)
Reviewed 11 July 2015 by TyCoop
TyCoop would recommend the Leica Q Typ 116

I've owned the Q for a couple of weeks now, and with significant usage in that time I can confidently say I am very pleased with the purchase. As is typically the case with Leica, much of the... Read more…

Reviewed 5 July 2015 by Michael
Michael would recommend the Leica Q Typ 116

This review is to compare the Leica Q to the Sony RX1r. I have the Sony RX1 and was eager to replace it with the Leica. I've always wanted a Leica and the amazing reviews all over the Web... Read more…

Reviewed 11 August 2015 by JVS
JVS would recommend the Leica Q Typ 116

The Leica Q is a perfect camera for street, documentary/reportage, and wedding photographers provided they can live with a 28mm (or 35mm) field of view. In practice, I find that the field of view... Read more…

Reviewed 23 June 2015 by J. L.
J. L. would recommend the Leica Q Typ 116

Really amazed by the built quality of this mirrorless camera. The camera is unobstructive to carry around and feels well balanced in the hand. Autofocus is fast and precise. Love the touch focus... Read more…

Reviewed 24 December 2015 by Blueberry
Blueberry would recommend the Leica Q Typ 116 (Verified Purchase)

This is my first Leica and I absolutely love it. I've been wanting a Leica for some time now, but I'm not quite skilled/confident enough for a rangefinder (one day) and the price tag always made... Read more…

Easy to use
Great In Low Light
Incredible Lens
Solid build
Very fast
Not weather sealed
Auto Focus Accuracy
Image quality
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Barcodes 00799429190002, 04022243190009

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