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Has anyone else noticed their Q2 hanging up quite a bit when in use? I was aware that the buffer fills up pretty fast if you shoot 13+ frames quickly in a row and that I can deal with but I've found that even after shooting a few frames and trying to immediately view them, the camera is not very responsive when trying to do so and will hang while it writes the images to card. I am using a 300/MBs UHS II card.

I'm hoping this is something that can be eventually corrected via firmware and I really hope they didn't put a sensor in the camera that is too much for the processor to handle. Regardless, the image quality is so good that I could probably live with it.

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4 hours ago, microview said:

DPReview video with Chris critcizes buffer limiting to c.11 shots.

 

Yeah, saw that. I’m fine with that it’s more so the slow speed when I go to quickly review shots and the camera hangs when I try to scroll through them. 

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I have been using mine a lot today and find it sluggish on processing sometimes and the red processing light stays on longer than I expected, reminds me of my Sony a7r from years agosi I hope they sort it. 

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2 hours ago, Flyer said:

I have been using mine a lot today and find it sluggish on processing sometimes and the red processing light stays on longer than I expected, reminds me of my Sony a7r from years agosi I hope they sort it. 

Yeah, that's exactly what I'm talking about. I'm not sure if it's the kind of thing that can be fixed with firmware but I hope so. Had I been on the development team I would have protested at releasing the camera like that.

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Large RAW files and a comparatively small buffer mean it's unlikely to be fixed by firmware, a fast card will reduce the issue but with ~80MB RAW files you are always going to have a bit of a wait for them to copy to even the fastest card.

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I just bought a Q2 and new to the forum. I experienced the same slowness you described and wanted to confirm this is not a defect.  Camera will flash red light Fter each picture for a long time, play is even worse.  It can take up to 30 seconds to respond.  I formatted the SD card twice and only marginally better.  Just ordered a new Sony tough card and hope it speed it up to acceptable speed.  This is a joke comparing to my Sony A7r3 which writes large size file too.

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That Sony card should be fast enough. What are you using now?

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I currently use SanDisk UHS2, don’t remember its extreme or not, same card I use in my Sony A7r3, don’t have any performance issue.  I don’t shoot action, so speed is not a priority, but this is so slow, I wonder if I got a lemon?  Oh well, expect to receive the Sony card tonight, hope it helps.  Thanks for your feedback.

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I too am using a Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS II 300MB/sec with no performance problems. The camera is very snappy.

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I'm using a SanDisk 128GB Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I Card and haven't experienced any slowness and I shot quite a bit with it

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Hi, new here, the Q2 is my first Leica. I have a Sandisk 300mb/s card in it, and noticed when shooting an assignment last night that the camera would lock up when shooting quickly. I switched to jpeg-only and that seemed to fix the problem, though of course I would prefer to shoot raw files. I don't know how many photos I shot before it hung up, but it was a theatre production and I tend to shoot a lot. :) 

 

The files are really nice, though.....

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Did you format the card in-camera before using it?

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3 hours ago, KenBennett said:

Hi, new here, the Q2 is my first Leica. I have a Sandisk 300mb/s card in it, and noticed when shooting an assignment last night that the camera would lock up when shooting quickly. I switched to jpeg-only and that seemed to fix the problem, though of course I would prefer to shoot raw files. I don't know how many photos I shot before it hung up, but it was a theatre production and I tend to shoot a lot. :)

 

The files are really nice, though.....

Can you be more specific about lockup? The Q2 does take a long time to empty the buffer if you fully fill it up. A long time is 30 secs or maybe even a little more. If you’re shooting in a continuous mode you’ll see the available shots you can take in the lower right as the buffer unloads. 

If yours truly locked up that’s a bummer. First thing I’d look at is the card and as Jaapv suggests being sure you formatted it in camera. 

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Thanks for the response. No, sorry, it just becomes unresponsive. Won't shoot another photo for several seconds as the buffer partly clears. I did some unscientific testing yesterday shooting raw+jpeg and jpeg only. I shot 2 frames per second, single frame advance. In jpeg only, I could shoot more than 50 photos before the buffer became an issue, and even then it still shot fairly quickly. In raw+jpeg, it stopped after 9 frames, and slowed down to one shot every few seconds. Not locked up, but unresponsive when trying to shoot quickly. That makes shooting raw files more challenging for a lot of the kinds of assignments I cover. For personal work, travel, candids, street, that sort of thing, it's fine. 

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Great. I think you clearly understand the Q2’s limitations. Maybe you should just shoot jpeg’s if that works for you. Bummer though. I shoot RAW exclusively, but I’m rarely shooting in continuous mode or very fast. Emptying the buffer is a weak point on the Q/Q2. Doesn’t affect most of us very much I expect. Still, it’s a disappointment. 

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Thank you all for the response and suggestion.  I formatted the new Sony card before using.  It’s a handsome machine and takes beautiful pictures slowly:-) No regret.

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I never had this issue with my Q, but I understand why with the Q2 - namely the massive file size in comparison to the Q. It's a trade-off. Extra MP's with which to crop (especially useful shooting street) or zippier function with the Q. Given that choice I prefer the Q2 and just deal with it. When I need zippier performance (such as shooting ballet) I reach for my Sony A7iii and 24/1.4GM lens.

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I rarely shoot in continuous mode faster than the slowest setting due to the buffer problem. It is good to know if I switched to just jpeg, it would be less of a problem. 

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