Leica Q2 Is the Most Rented Point and Shoot Camera of 2022
Lensrentals has revealed the most popular point-and-shoot cameras of 2022. The list includes a variety of point-and-shoot cameras, such as budget versions, superzooms, and even a couple of high-end ones. Considering what Lensrentals defines as a “point-and-shoot camera” with such a broad list is important. Its classification is straightforward: a camera is a point-and-shoot if it has a fixed lens.
This broad definition leads to a highly unusual top 10 list of cameras, one that features the $5,800 full-frame Leica Q2 at one end and the $499 waterproof Olympus Tough TG-6 camera at the other. There are many types of common point-and-shoot cameras.
The list reveals a few standouts, like the Fujifilm X100F and Ricoh GR IIIx. These cameras are remarkable because, unlike some point-and-shoot devices, the X100F and GR IIIx (and the related GR III) are popular among amateurs and professional photographers. When photographers don’t want to carry an adjustable lens camera but don’t want to compromise on image quality, they make excellent cameras.
The seventh-place Nikon Coolpix P1000 takes a completely different approach to “fixed lens” than the X100F, Leica Q2 Monochrom, GR IIIx, Fuji X100V, and Leica Q2. A 125x zoom lens with a 24-to-3000mm equivalent focal length range is included with the Coolpix P1000. The P1000’s small image sensor plays a significant role in enabling its exceptional zoom. Instead, the Leica Q2 has a large full-frame image sensor, making it the most well-liked point-and-shoot at Lensrentals in 2022.
With a Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH lens and a 47-megapixel sensor, it promises to produce stunning images. It sports a stunning built-in OLED viewfinder, is weather-sealed, shoots rather quickly, and has an attractive look and superb build quality that photographers expect from Leica’s high-end equipment.
Another intriguing aspect of Lensrentals’ list is that, except for one, none of the cameras are brand-new. The only one introduced in the previous two years is the Ricoh GR IIIx, but even that is just a 2019 GR III with a new lens. Nonetheless, there is obviously still room for chic, high-end compact cameras to exist and possibly even prosper.
While the general public is content using smartphones, photographers still prioritize style and image quality, as evidenced by the popularity of the Leica Q2 and Q2 Monochrome at Lensrentals last year. Although it’s unclear if these same customers would be prepared to fork over almost $6,000 for the opportunity, some people are at least curious to try out expensive point-and-shoot cameras.