Special-edition Leica Q ‘Khaki’ camera is both vintage and cutting-edge

For well over a century now – ever since Oskar Barnack invented the world’s first 35mm camera, the Ur-Leica – the renowned German camera brand Leica has been setting the benchmark for photo quality and image capturing technology. Across the intervening decades, its cameras have stood at the frontier of unfolding historic events, capturing iconic moments that have become world-famous.

Despite its vintage exteriors, the Leica Q 'Khaki' is wholly a modern-day camera

To pay tribute to this long legacy, a nostalgic, special-edition Leica Q ‘Khaki’ has just been released. This classic model features a genuine leather trim and a matching strap in a nostalgic khaki reminiscent of WWII-esque army camouflage fatigues. The engraving of the classic Leica script at the top plate has also been accented in the same hue.

Blending the classic with the cutting-edge, the Leica Q 'Khaki' is a guaranteed collectors' item

But don’t be fooled by its vintage-looking exterior. In terms of mechanics, the Leica Q ‘Khaki’ boasts the same technical specs as a standard Leica Q – a speedy Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7ASPH lens, a full-frame sensor, an integrated viewfinder with a 3.68MB resolution, full HD-quality video recording of up to 60 frames per second and WiFi capabilities for remote control and digital file transfers. Merging the classic with the high-tech, this 495-piece limited edition Leica Q ‘Khaki’ is almost sure to be a guaranteed collectors’ item for any vintage Leica lover.

The king of compact cameras

sony_eff1Given the ubiquity of smartphone cameras in these Instagram and Snapchat dominated times, it takes something truly outstanding to turn heads when it comes to compact photography. While it’s such names as Leica, Nikon and Canon that are most traditionally associated with high-end photography, it’s Sony that has been winning plaudits from the more serious snappers of late. Touted as the “king of compact cameras”, the Sony Rx1R II is said to stand head and shoulders above the competition when it comes to mirrorless compact cameras.


The camera features a 42MP BSI CMOS full frame sensor – an asset more commonly associated with DSLRs. It also boasts a Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm F/2 lens with hybrid autofocus system, a pop-up 2.36M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and Wi-Fi connectivity, all housed in an elegant and compact package weighing a mere 500 grams. Indeed, it is impressive just how much cutting-edge technology Sony has managed to squeeze into the RX1R II.
While all this technology does not come cheap, it is comparitively more reasonably priced than its Leica equivalent, while also supposedly offering better functionality and performance. For those serious about their photography, but unwilling to lug a DSLR and a host of accessories around, the RX1R II may well have everything you need to get that perfect shot.