Leica Q vs Fujifilm X-E3: Mini Street Portrait Comparison

I had the pleasure of borrowing the Leica Q from a friend to take with me on a weekend trip to Tokyo recently. It’s a lovely full-frame camera with a superb 28mm F1.7 lens, I plan to write a post dedicated to it soon.

In the meantime though, I’ve always wondered how it would compare when shooting a wide angle street portrait. Will the quality of the Leica Q blow away that of the Fujifilm X-E3 paired with the XF23MMF1.4?

By considering the sample of one below, I would say the quality of Bokeh, sharpness (duh) is visibly better on the Leica Q. Not by a huge margin though. Don’t compare the colours as the X-E3 was set on Classic Chrome.

Both images have not been post-processed.

Leica Q – 27mm F1.7, ISO 100, 1/2000s

Fujifilm X-E3 (Classic Chrome) – 23mm F1.4, ISO400, 1/7500s

The Leica Q is 2.65x the price of the Fujifilm X-E3, I’m not sure if the resulting image is even 2x better. I would consider the Fujifilm X-E3 paired with the XF23MMF1.4 a great value proposition when compared to the Leica Q.

That said, I still think the images produced by the Leica Q are one of a kind. I might get one soon…

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