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Leica Q3 Digital Camera
The Leica Q3 is the latest full-frame camera in the successful Leica Q series, distinguished by high-quality craftsmanship, timeless design, and simple operation. As the 3rd generation model, it offers perfect photo and video results, and is equipped with some of the fastest lenses in the industry. The integrated macro mode and a plethora of new features represent a significant advancement in this unique camera category.
The core of the Leica Q3 is its innovative BSI-CMOS sensor equipped with Triple-Resolution Technology, offering selectable resolutions of 60, 36, or 18 MP. Whether you choose to create raw images using DNG format or JPEG files for straight-out-of-the-camera perfection, you're assured superb image quality. With 60 MP, it captures the finest details and structures, while the 36 or 18 MP modes offer faster operation, longer image sequences, and smaller file sizes. The sensor's sensitivity range stretches from ISO 50 to 100,000, assuring great images in a wide range of lighting conditions.
Lightning-fast Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH
Accompanying the impressive sensor is the lightning-fast Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens, a masterstroke of optics. Its integrated macro mode enables close-up shots from just 6.69 inches away, while the digital zoom allows for creative cropping to focal lengths of 28, 35, 50, 75, and 90 mm. The camera's built-in assistants, Leica Perspective Control (LPC) and Leica Dynamic Range (LDR), further enhance JPEG image quality without any need for post-processing.
The Q3 also features a significantly upgraded autofocus system. Its hybrid phase detection system ensures ultra-fast, accurate focusing and tracking of objects, people, and pets. The high-precision contrast autofocus, coupled with the Depth From Defocus (DFD) system, ensures sharp and vibrant images, which can be viewed clearly on the new 5.76 MP OLED viewfinder.
3-inch high-resolution touchscreen
Creativity is made easier with the 3-inch high-resolution touchscreen that tilts for unique viewing angles. Even with its tiltable display, the Leica Q3 maintains protection from dust and water spray due to its IP52 certification.
The Leica Q3 stands out with its fast and seamless connectivity via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, featuring advanced MIMO technology for rapid transfer to the Leica FOTOS app. This allows easy import of 'Leica Looks' onto the camera for stunning JPEG images and exporting of videos to your smartphone. It's also Apple-certified as a “Made for iPhone® and iPad®” accessory and includes a Leica FOTOS cable for a streamlined creative workflow.
8K video recording
For video content creators, the Leica Q3 offers 8K video recording and supports efficient codecs like H.265 and Apple's ProRes. It has USB-C and HDMI ports for easy connection to external devices like gimbals, power banks, and display recorders. Tethered shooting is supported with Capture One or Adobe Lightroom plug-in via the USB-C cable connection.
A new feature in this generation is wireless charging through the Leica Charging Pad and the separate camera handgrip. The new powerful BC-SCL6 battery can also be conveniently recharged by other Qi-compatible devices.
The Leica Q3 is designed for customization and comes with four different function buttons. It offers a range of accessories such as leather protectors, lens caps, retro-look lens hoods, thumb rests, soft release buttons, and flash shoe covers in three color variations. Overall, the Leica Q3 embodies a powerful and versatile tool for everyday creative expression.
- Full-frame BSI-CMOS sensor with selectable 60, 36, or 18 MP resolutions.
- Fast Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens with integrated macro mode.
- Digital zoom for cropping to focal lengths of 28, 35, 50, 75, and 90 mm.
- Built-in Leica Perspective Control (LPC) and Leica Dynamic Range (LDR) features.
- Hybrid phase detection autofocus system for accurate tracking.
- High-resolution 5.76 MP OLED viewfinder.
- Tiltable 3-inch high-resolution touchscreen display.
- IP52 certification for dust and water spray protection.
- Advanced MIMO technology for fast Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
- Apple-certified “Made for iPhone® and iPad®” accessory.
- Support for 8K video recording with efficient codecs like H.265 and Apple's ProRes.
- USB-C and HDMI ports for easy external device connections.
- Tethered shooting support with Capture One or Adobe Lightroom plug-in.
- Wireless charging capability through the Leica Charging Pad.
- Four customizable function buttons for versatile use.
- Wide range of accessories available in different color variations.
- CMOS sensor, 62.39MP/60.3MP (total/effective)
- Leica Maestro series (Maestro IV)
- RGB color filter, UV/IR filter, no low-pass filter
- File formats
- DNG™ (raw data), DNG + JPG,
- File size
- 70MB, depending on resolution and image content
JPG:depending on resolution and image content
Video: max. length: 29min
- Color depth
- DNG™: 14bit
- Color space
- Photo: sRGB
- Leica Summilux 28 f/1.7 ASPH., 11 lenses in 9 segments, 3 aspherical lens areas
- Lens filter thread
- Digital zoom
- Optionally approx. 1.25x (equivalent to 35mm), approx.1.8x (equivalent to 50mm), approx.2.7x (equivalent to 75mm), or approx. 3.2x (equivalent to 90mm)
- Image stabilization
- Visual compensation system for photos and video recordings
- Aperture range
- F1.7 to F16 in 1⁄3EV increments
- Viewfinder/LCD pane
- LCD panel
- 3” TFT LCD, approx. 1,843,200dots, 384ppi, aspect ratio 3:2, touch panel
- Shutter speeds
- Mech. shutter: 120s to 1⁄2000s
Electro. shutter function: 1s to 1⁄16000s
Flash Synchronization: up to 1⁄2000s
- Shutter button
- Delay time: 2s or 12s
- Focus range
- 30cm to ∞
- Focus mode
- Automatic or manual
- Autofocus system
- Hybrid-AF due to combination of contrast metering, depth mapping, and phase comparison metering with AF metering points in the sensor.
- Autofocus modes
- Intelligent AF (autonomously selects AFs and AFc), AFs, AFc, AF setting can be saved, optional Touch AF
- Autofocus metering methods
- Spot (can be shifted), Field (can be shifted and scaled), Multi-Field, Zone (can be shifted), Eye/Face/Body Detection, Eye/Face/Body + Animal Detection, Tracking
- Autofocus metering fields
- Exposure metering
- TTL (exposure metering through the lens), with working aperture
- Metering principle
- Exposure metering is done by the image sensor for all exposure metering methods (in Live View mode and in rangefinder mode)
- Exposure metering methods
- Spot, Center-Weighted, Highlight-Weighted, Multi-Field
- Exposure modes
- Program AE mode (P)
Aperture-priority mode (A): manual aperture setting
Shutter-priority mode (S): manual shutter-speed setting
Manual (M): manual setting for shutter speed and aperture
Various fully automated variants (Scene Mode): <
- Exposure compensation
- ±3 EV in 1⁄3EV increments
- Automatic bracketing
- 3 or 5 frames, graduations between shoots up to 3EV, in 1⁄3EV increments additional optional exposure compensation: up to ±3EV
- ISO sensitivity range
Photo: ISO ISO 100 to ISO 100000
Video: ISO 50 to ISO 100000
Photo: ISO 100 to ISO 100000
Video: ISO 50 to ISO 10000
- White balance
- Automatic (Auto), default (Daylight, Cloudy, Shadow, Tungsten, Flash), manual metering (Gray card), manual color temperature settings (Color Temperature, 2000K to 11500K)
- Flash unit connector
- Via the accessory shoe
- Flash sync time
- :1⁄2000s, slower shutter speeds available, automatic changeover to TTL linear flash mode with HSS-compatible Leica system flash units if sync time is undercut
- Flash exposure metering
- Using center-weighted TTL pre-flash metering with Leica flash units (SF26, SF40, SF58, SF60, SF64) or with systemcompatible flash units, remote controlled flash SFC1
- Flash exposure compensation
- SF40: ±2EV in 1⁄2EV increments
SF60: ±2EV in 1⁄3EV increments
- Bluetooth 5.0 LE: Channel 0–39 (2402–2480MHz), maximum output (e.i.r.p.): 10dBm
- 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.
- Menu languages
- English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean
- Power supply
- Rechargeable Battery
- Leica BP-SCL6
- Leica BC-SCL4
- Charging via USB
- During operation: 9V/3A (min. 27W)
With camera switched off: 5V/1500mA (2.5W or greater)
- Wireless Charging
- Optimal performance with 9V chargers (10W Charging Pad required)
- Rated values for input voltage/power
- 7.2V 2.3A (battery), 5V 3.0A / 9V 2.5A (USB)