Leica Announces New Q3 Camera

May 25, 2023 Cameras, Gear, News

It seems camera news from Leica is always a big deal, and today they’ve announced a new camera — the Leica Q3.

From Leica:

Wetzlar, 25th May 2023. Leica Camera AG introduces the 3rd generation of the successful
Leica Q family 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. They have
been highly regarded worldwide since 2015 by both photographers and creatives, as well as
those in front of the camera. 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 a whole
package of new features, it represents the next evolutionary step in this unique camera

At the heart of the Leica Q3 is the new BSI CMOS sensor with Triple Resolution Technology.
With a resolution of either 60, 36, or 18 MP, raw images can be created using the DNG format
or processed JPEG files with a perfect look straight out of the camera. When shooting with 60
MP even the finest details and structures are captured S hooting 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 and the latest
generation of the Maestro Series processor with L 2 Technology ensures excellent operating

The construction of 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
17 cm. In combination with its high resolution, this 3 rd generation Q family member also offers
an extended digital zoom. This allows the user to zoom to the focal length s of 28, 35, 50, 75
mm, and now also 90 mm. Two new and practical assistants, Leica Perspective Control (and Leica Dynamic Range (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. 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 5.765.76 MP OLED viewfinder.

The new tiltable 33-inch high-resolution touchscreen with a high-quality tilting mechanism provides unique viewing angles and creates even more creative opportunities when taking photos and videos. Additionally, even with the movable display, the LeicaQ3 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
WiFi. The camera is equipped with advanced Multiple Input Multiple Output (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 or 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. T he 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 and 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 USB C and HDMI. Tethered shooting with Capture One or the Adobe Lightroom
plug in is also supported via the USB C cable con nection and further enriches the fields of
application for this compact digital camera.

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

When it comes to image composition, the Leica Q3 offers maximum freedom but also for an
individual style of the cam era body the new accessories offer versatility for a customised look.
Leather protectors, lens caps, retro look lens hoods, thumb rests, soft release buttons and
flash shoe covers are also available in three different colours variations

The Leica Q3 will be available globally at all Leica Stores, the Leica Online Store and authorised
dealers starting now. The recommended retail price will be € 9 50.00 including VAT.

Leica Camera
Leica Camera AG is an international, high end manufacturer of cameras a nd sports optics.
The legendary reputation of the Leica brand is based on a long tradition of excellent quality,
German craftsmanship and German industrial design, combined with innovative technologies.
An integral part of the brand’s culture is the divers ity of activities the company undertakes for
the advancement of photography. In addition to the Leica Galleries and Leica Akademies
spread around the world, there are the Leica Hall of Fame Award and, in particular, the Leica
Oskar Barnack Award ( wh ich is considered one of the most innovative sponsorship
awards existing today. Furthermore, Leica Camera AG, with its headquarters in Wetzlar, Hesse,
and a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal, has a worldwide network
of its own national organisations and Leica Retail Stores.

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