Leica Q3 Compact Full-Frame P&S Camera with Fast Summilux Lens

Leica Q3 Compact Full-Frame P&S Camera with Fast Summilux Lens


Teaneck, NJ—Leica Camera AG introduced the third generation of the Leica Q camera family. The Leica Q3 boasts quality craftsmanship, a sleek design, as well as simple operation. Moreover, the full-frame camera has a new fixed focal length Summilux lens. The super-speedy lens provides macro mode and a package of new features.

Leica Q3 Core Features

The Leica Q3 is built around a new BSI CMOS sensor with Leica’s Triple-Resolution technology. With an output resolution of either 60, 36 or 18 megapixels, RAW images are created using the DNG format or processed JPEG files, straight out of the camera.

Leica Q3

Shooting at 60MP resolution captures even the finest details. However, creating smaller file sizes, shooting at 36 or 18MP allows faster camera operation and longer image sequences. What’s more, the Leica Q3 uses the entire size of the sensor for all resolutions with a sensitivity range of ISO 50 to 100,000. It also employs the latest generation of Maestro processors with L2 technology.

In addition, its fast Summilux 28mm f/1.7 Asph lens features 11 lenses in 9 groups, including three aspherical lenses. It incorporates a macro mode to capture close-ups with a minimum focusing distance of 6.7 inches. The camera also offers an extended digital zoom. As a result, photographers can zoom to 28, 35, 50, 75 and 90mm focal lengths. Two new functions, Leica Perspective Control (LPC) and Leica Dynamic Range (LDR), also help eliminate the need for post-processing.

Leica Q3

Another upgrade regards its autofocus system. A new hybrid AF system with phase detection provides faster, more accurate focusing and tracking of objects. In addition to the high-precision contrast autofocus, the DFD system and phase-detection autofocus, combined with intelligent subject recognition, supports the capture of sharp images.

Beyond high-res images, the Q3 records 8K resolution video in codecs such as H.265 and Apple’s ProRes. It also records in C4K, 4K and Full HD resolutions at various frame rates.

Additional Features

To further enhance its benefits to content creators, it’s possible to connect the Q3 to external devices. For instance, the connection to gimbals, power banks and display recorders is secured via USB-C and HDMI. Tethered shooting with Capture One or the Adobe Lightroom plug-in is also supported via the USB-C cable connection.

Furthermore, viewing options include a new 5.76MP OLED viewfinder and a tiltable, 3-inch, 1.84M-dot touchscreen LCD. The tiltable LCD enables the capture of unique viewing angles when taking photos or videos. Additionally, even with the movable display, the Leica Q3 provides protection against dust and spray water. That’s thanks to its IP52 certification.

Leica Q3

The Leica Q3 also provides fast connectivity via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The camera embeds advanced Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology. Consequently, the transfer speed to the Leica Fotos app was increased up to 10 times compared to the previous model.

Via a stable connection and high data transfer rates to the Leica Fotos app, users can now transfer videos from the camera to a smartphone. Plus, they an import special “Leica Looks” into the camera.

Leica also strove to improve the mobile workflow and the camera’s energy management with various connection modes—from Eco to Performance. In addition, the camera boasts the “Made for iPhone and iPad” accessory Apple certification.

Also new is entirely wireless charging using the Leica Charging Pad and separate camera handgrip. The charging pad will recharge the Q3’s BC-SCL6 battery as well as other Qi-compatible devices.

Sporting a full-metal housing with a leather covering, the Leica Q3 measures 5.1×3.2×36 inches and weighs 26.2 ounces with battery. It is now available at retail. It has a suggested retail price of $6,375.99.