Officially released: Leica Q2 Reporter camera with Kevlar armoring and matte green finish

Today Leica officially released the previously rumored Leica Q2 Reporter camera with Kevlar armoring and matte green finish (the camera was announced a month ago). Here are the details (see RedDotForum for more info):

  • Design inspired by the Leica M10-P Reporter
  • Kevlar armoring with rhombus texturing for a secure grip
  • Discreet design with no Leica logo on the front and no engraving on the top
  • Scratch and fingerprint-resistant matte green finish
  • 47.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor, 28mm Summilux-M f/1.7 ASPH, and all other technical specifications and included accessories are identical to the serial production Leica Q2

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Press release:

Leica Q2 Reporter: Ultra-robust product variant with Kevlar armor

Wetzlar, 9th December 2021. On November 4, as part of the Celebration of Photography in Wetzlar, Leica Camera AG announced a product variant of the full-frame compact camera, the Leica Q2, available as of now. The Leica Q2 Reporter continues a long tradition of Leica cameras that are specifically geared towards the challenging working environments of reportage and press photographers – offering maximum precision and reliability even in the most adverse conditions.

Instead of the traditional leather trim, the Leica Q2 Reporter is equipped with a ‘body armor’ made of Kevlar, a synthetic material widely used in the production of high-grade protective clothing. This is perfectly complemented by the camera’s matte-green finish, achieved with a particularly scratch and abrasion-resistant paint. The result is an exterior that is both hard-wearing and discreet.

The Kevlar trim, which is characterized by a distinctive weave pattern, effectively protects the camera against mechanical, chemical, and thermal hazards. Although the fabric is initially near black, exposure to natural UV rays will gradually change its tone, until it closely matches the camera’s paint finish. In addition, the Kevlar fibers become slightly more raised over time, which further improves the photographer’s grip on the camera.

The camera’s overall design shows that a strong emphasis has been placed on an unobtrusive appearance: the red Leica logo on the front has been omitted; the engravings and operating elements are discreetly inlaid, so that neither their purpose – nor the camera’s true value – are immediately apparent.

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