Leica has just unveiled the Q3, the latest installment in its camera series, boasting remarkable features that will surely captivate photography enthusiasts. This cutting-edge device combines a Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH lens with a 60-megapixel back-illuminated (BSI) sensor featuring phase detection autofocus.
The Q3’s redesign revolves around a sensor equipped with what Leica terms triple-resolution technology, allowing users to capture images at 60, 36, or 18 megapixels while saving them in the high-quality DNG RAW format. When shooting at maximum resolution, the camera excels at capturing intricate details, albeit at a slightly slower pace. However, photographers can enhance speed by opting for lower resolutions, enabling them to capture longer bursts and smaller file sizes.
Flexibility is key with the Leica Q3, as it utilizes the full sensor size at all resolutions and offers an ISO sensitivity range spanning from 50 to 100,000, accommodating diverse shooting conditions and photographer preferences.
The Q3 is equipped with the exceptional Summilux 28mm f/1.8 ASPH lens, which flawlessly handles the demands of the higher resolution. It even boasts a built-in macro mode that enables close-up shots from a minimum focusing distance of 16.5cm. Additionally, photographers can leverage the digital zoom function, which allows them to frame shots at various focal lengths, including 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm, and 90mm.
Leica takes great pride in the autofocus enhancements integrated into the Q3, dubbing them “significant” advancements. This is primarily due to the incorporation of phase-detection points. Similar to the Panasonic S5 II, the Q3 utilizes a hybrid autofocus system, utilizing contrast, depth of focus (DFD), phase detection, and subject detection to ensure swift and accurate image capture. Photographers can witness the autofocus capabilities firsthand through the new 5.76 million-dot OLED viewfinder.
At the rear of the camera, a high-resolution tilting 3-inch touch screen provides photographers with enhanced comfort and versatility when shooting from different angles. Despite the inclusion of moving parts, Leica assures that the Q3 retains its IP52 water and dust resistance certification, reinforcing its durability.
A notable surprise lies in the Q3’s ability to shoot video in astonishing 8K resolution (4:2:0, Long-GOP) using both H.265 and Apple ProRes formats. Additionally, it supports lower resolutions, including 4K up to 60 fps (4:2:2, 10-bit, All-I). However, it is important to note that the camera lacks a microphone port, limiting the usage of recorded videos.
Unlike the M11 or M11 Monochrom models, the Q3 does not have internal memory. Therefore, all videos must be saved to a single SD card or transmitted via HDMI. For added convenience, the USB-C port enables users to connect an external power source and shoot using Adobe Lightroom or Capture One.
Moreover, the Q3 embraces the era of wireless charging, offering compatibility with the new Leica charging pad and other Qi-compatible devices. However, it’s worth mentioning that the Q3 is powered by the BC-SCL6 battery, distinguishing it from its predecessors.
Leica Q3 release date and price
Photography enthusiasts can now pre-order the highly anticipated Leica Q3 on Bhphotovideo.com and Adorama.com for $5,995, starting today.