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The new Leica Q3
Leica Camera introduces the most powerful fixed focal length full-frame camera to date, providing creatives with enhanced flexibility in a compact size.

Teaneck, May 25th, 2023 - Leica Camera AG introduces the 3rd generation of the successful Leica Q cameras, the Leica Q3. High-quality craftsmanship, a timeless and sleek design, and simple operation make this family of fixed focal length full-frame cameras stand out. The new Leica Q3 camera delivers perfect photo and video results; equipped with one of the fastest lenses on the market with integrated macro mode and an extensive selection of new features, representing the next evolutionary step in this unique camera segment.

At the heart of the Leica Q3 is the new BSI-CMOS sensor with Triple-Resolution- Technology. With a choice of resolutions between 60, 36, or 18 MP, raw images can be created using the DNG format while JPEG files provide a perfect look, straight out of the camera. When shooting with 60 MP, even the finest details and structures are captured. Shooting with 36 or 18 MP allows faster camera operation, longer image sequences, and smaller file sizes. The Leica Q3 uses the entire size of the sensor for all resolutions with a sensitivity range of ISO 50 to 100,000, while the latest generation of the Maestro Series processor with L2 Technology ensures excellent operating speeds.

The fast Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. is an optical masterpiece. With its integrated macro mode, it allows close-up shots from a minimum focusing distance of 6.69 inches. In combination with its high-resolution sensor, this 3rd generation Q family member also offers an extended digital zoom. This allows creatives the opportunity to crop to the focal lengths of 28, 35, 50, 75 mm, and now also 90 mm. Two new and practical assistants, Leica Perspective Control (LPC) and Leica Dynamic Range (LDR), also ensure perfect JPEG images without any post-processing.

A significant development has also been made to the autofocus system of the Q3. A new hybrid autofocus system with phase detection ensures extremely fast, accurate focusing and tracking of objects, people and pets. In addition to the high-precision contrast autofocus, the DFD system and phase detection autofocus, combined with intelligent subject recognition, supports the capturing of sharp and brilliant images, all displayed crisply and clearly on the new 5.76 MP OLED viewfinder.

The new tiltable 3-inch high-resolution touchscreen with a high-quality tilting mechanism provides unique viewing angles and offers even more creative opportunities when taking photos and videos. Additionally, even with the movable display, the Leica Q3 still provides protection against dust and spray water thanks to its IP52 certification.

The Leica Q3 continues to impress with its seamless and fast connectivity via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The camera is equipped with advanced Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology, which has increased the transfer speed to the Leica FOTOS app by up to 10 times compared to the previous model, taking mobile creative workflow to the next level. With a stable connection and high data transfer rates to the Leica FOTOS app, videos can now be loaded from the camera to a smartphone, and special ‘Leica Looks’ can be imported onto the camera for beautiful JPEG images. Various connection modes from ‘Eco’ to ‘Performance’ improve the mobile workflow and energy management of the Leica Q3. The Apple certification “Made for iPhone® and iPad®” accessory and the included Leica FOTOS cable, make the Leica Q3 the ideal tool to express the creative vision of users working with it daily.

With the ability to record video at 8K resolution combined with the highly efficient codecs such as H.265 and Apple's ProRes, the powerful Leica Q3 now meets the needs of all content creators. The connection of external devices such as gimbals, power banks and display recorders is secured directly via the USB-C and HDMI ports. Tethered shooting with Capture One or the Adobe Lightroom plug-in is also supported via the USB-C cable connection and further enriches the fields of application for this compact digital camera.

Wireless charging is also now possible with the new Leica Charging Pad and separate camera handgrip. This stylish charging pad and many other Qi-compatible devices conveniently recharges the new powerful BC-SCL6 battery of the Q3.

The Leica Q3 offers photographers and videographers four different function buttons which provide extended customization of the camera, while the new accessories offer versatility in the look and feel of this creative tool. Leather protectors, lens caps, retro- look lens hoods, thumb rests, soft release buttons and flash shoe covers are also available in three different colors variations.

The Leica Q3 is available globally at all Leica Stores, the Leica Online Store and authorized dealers. The retail price is $5,995.


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MSRP - $5995

Body type
Body type - Large sensor compact

Max resolution - 9520 x 6336
Other resolutions - 36.5 MP: 7404 x 4928, 18.6 MP: 5288 x 3518
Image ratio w:h - 3:2
Effective pixels - 60 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors - 62 megapixels
Sensor size - Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type - BSI-CMOS
Processor - Leica Maestro series (Maestro IV)

ISO - Auto, 50-100000
White balance presets - 7
Custom white balance - Yes
Image stabilization - Optical
Uncompressed format - RAW
JPEG quality levels - 9520 x 6336 pixels (60.3 MP)

Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) - 28 mm
Maximum aperture - F1.7–16

  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View

Digital zoom - Yes (1.25x (35mm equiv), 1.8x (50mm equiv), 2.7x (75mm), 3.2x (90mm))
Manual focus - Yes
Normal focus range - 30 cm (11.81″)
Macro focus range - 17 cm (6.69″)
Number of focus points - 315

Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD - Tilting
Screen size - 3″
Screen dots - 1,843,200
Touch screen - Yes
Live view - Yes
Viewfinder type - Electronic
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.79×
Viewfinder resolution - 5,760,000

Photography features
Minimum shutter speed - 120 sec
Maximum shutter speed - 1/2000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) - 1/16000 sec
Aperture priority - Yes
Shutter priority - Yes
Manual exposure mode - Yes
Subject / scene modes - Yes
Built-in flash - No
External flash - Yes (via hotshoe)
Continuous drive - 15.0 fps
Self-timer - Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Metering modes:

  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot

Exposure compensation - ±2 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing - ±3 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV steps)

Videography features
Resolutions - C8K/8K at 30p/25/24p, C4K/4K at 60/50/30/24p, 1080p at 120/100/60/50/30/24p
Format - MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Microphone - Stereo
Speaker - Mono

Storage types - SD/SDHC/SDXC

USB charging - Yes
HDMI - Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port - No
Headphone port - No
Wireless - Built-In
Wireless notes - WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0 low energy
Remote control - Yes (via smartphone)

Environmentally sealed - Yes (IP52 rated)
Battery - Battery Pack
Battery description - Leica BP-SCL6
Battery Life (CIPA) - 350
Weight (inc. batteries) - 743 g (1.64 lb / 26.21 oz)
Dimensions - 130 x 80 x 93 mm (5.12 x 3.16 x 3.65″)

Other features
Timelapse recording - Yes
GPS - Optional
GPS notes: Not available everywhere due to country-specific legislation; can be added via the Leica FOTOS app. Data is written to Exif header of the picture files.

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The Leica Q and Q2 were among Chris and Jordan's favorite cameras ever. Now the Q3 has arrived, with a 60MP sensor, phase detect autofocus, and much-improved displays. Everything looks great on paper, but how does it handle in the real world? Come with us on a stroll through downtown Calgary to find out.

  • 0:00 - Intro
  • 1:17 - Montage!
  • 1:50 - Sensor
  • 2:30 - Lens
  • 3:38 - Displays
  • 4:49 - Autofocus
  • 5:37 - Burst shooting
  • 6:41 - Body
  • 7:51 - Video performance
  • 8:39 - The wrap


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The new Leica Q3 is jam-packed with new features: 8K video, 60MP sensor, 14 stops of dynamic range, wireless charging, fast phase-detect autofocus, a fixed 28mm f/1.7 Summilux ASPH. lens and more. Our team takes the new Q3 out for a photo and video test!

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 1:01 Photo Specs
  • 3:37 Video Specs
  • 6:08 Wireless Charging & Transferring 
  • 6:55 Final Thoughts


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Today Leica launched the brand new Q3. The latest in the Q series, the Leica Q3 now features a 60 megapixel, tri-resolution, back-side illuminated CMOS sensor. For the first time in a Leica camera we now have phase detection autofocus. We also have dedicated USB-C ports for charging and data transfer as well as a micro HDMI output for video. The Q3 will shoot up to 8k 30p video in 8 bit 4:2:0 internal or 10 bit 4:2:2 external, 4k 60p 4:2:2 10 bit internal or 1080 120p 4:2:2 internal. Oh, and there’s no audio input. But we do have an upgraded EVF at 5.7 million dots and an upgraded, tillable 3” touch screen.

The Leica Q3 is possibly the most anticipated (and most leaked) camera of the year. With an amazing 28mm f/1.7 Summilux lens that is specifically designed for this camera - you can get impressive image quality. The lens features a leaf shutter for high speed flash sync. It also features optical image stabilization, autofocus and a macro switch for extreme close up photography.

There is no other fixed lens camera in this class. The Q3 is the ultimate “every day” camera. It is one of the most versatile cameras you can buy and it also provides the most value of any camera.


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