While a fixed lens camera, such as the Q, wasn't on my shortlist, I did consider the M...briefly. While both are excellent cameras, looking at reviews such as DXOmark, the sensor - while good - the sensor just didn't compete vs Sony and Nikon (which uses the Sony sensor). That to me was the weakpoint. If going to pay the premium price that Leica represents and I was willing to do, I also expect premium, unparalled performance. Very nice camera though.
I rented the Q on several occasions. Never thought the 4300 price range was justified. While it produced great images the biggest drawback for me was how small the camera was. Just too small for me. I loved the 28mm lens on it as I preferred that focal length during my film days. I would suggest you rent one and see how you like it.
No doubt about that, but is it worth the premium and the larger form factor. I own the older sister, the X100s, and despite (because?) its flaws, it’s one of two cameras I have owned that I love to use. I don’t think I’d love the RX1 — but I might love the Leica.I have a Fuji X100T. Lots of things to like but I must admit there is a very noticeable difference in IQ from my RX1 depending on the lighting and how much you are pixel peeping.
No doubt about that, but is it worth the premium and the larger form factor. I own the older sister, the X100s, and despite (because?) its flaws, it’s one of two cameras I have owned that I love to use. I don’t think I’d love the RX1 — but I might love the Leica.
I'll throw my 2¢ in as somebody who primarily uses the M system but who has used the Q a fair bit. Give the camera a serious try if you're the type of photographer who instinctively frames in that ~45 degree angle of view. Leica cameras are interesting in that they always seem to over-perform their specification sheet.
How did you find the Q?
It's everything I want in a camera with one exception. It's relatively light, small, fast, has a simple layout, is artfully designed and the files print beautifully at 12x16 (the size I print 99.999% of the time). The 28 mm lens is phenomenal and relatively fast, but I find that angle of view a bit wide for how I typically compose, and I don't care for the exaggerated perspective stepping in extremely close gives (unless I have a specific goal). My standard kit for the M is a 50mm and 28mm Summicron, but I use the 50mm 75% of the time. I simply can't make 28 mm work often enough to be completely at ease with the Q. If you like that focal length and aren't married to rangefinders I don't know if you will find a better camera.