EISA, the European Imaging and Sound Association awarded the Leica Q with their European Premium Compact Camera Award for 2015-2016. They write:
The Leica Q is a truly impressive camera that combines state-of-the-art technology with a classic design. The 28-mm wide-angle lens is incredibly sharp and the fast electronic shutter allows shooting even at the full aperture of f / 1.7 in bright sunshine. The full-frame sensor with 24 million pixels delivers superb image quality even at high ISO settings and the traditional dials allow for intuitive photography. The electronic viewfinder with 3.7 million pixels allows manual focusing with the very smoothly turning focusing ring, while the touch screen simplifies focusing off-center subjects. Despite the high price, all these elements together make the Q the best digital camera Leica has ever built.
High praise indeed, and deservedly so. Of course the rumor mills already are busy trying to predict what is next. A Q Zoom and a Q with interchangeable lenses? Let’s wait and see. New models probably aren’t all that far in the future. The Leitz years it used to take for new Leica products to appear have grown considerably shorter.