Photo Corners

A   S C R A P B O O K   O F   S O L U T I O N S   F O R   T H E   P H O T O G R A P H E R

Enhancing the enjoyment of taking pictures with news that matters, features that entertain and images that delight. Published frequently.

Leica Unveils the Leica Q3 Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

25 May 2023

Leica has introduced the Leica Q3, the third generation of its Q family, a 28mm fixed focal length full-frame camera. The new Q features one of the fastest lenses on the market at f1.7 with an integrated macro mode to feed its 60-megapixel sensor. The 3.0-inch touchscreen LCD can be tilted as well without compromising the Q3's IP52 weather sealing.

The new BSI-CMOS sensor features Triple-Resolution-Technology, providing either 60, 36 or 18-megapixel images as DNG files or JPEG images. The 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 L2 Technology.

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


Highlights of the Q3 include:

  • 60-megapixel full-frame BSI CMOS sensor
  • Summilux 28mm f1.7 ASPH. lens
  • 8K30, 4K60 & 4:2:2 10-bit, FHD ProRes HQ
  • Phase-detection autofocus
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Triple resolution technology
  • 5.76m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • 3.0-inch 1.84m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD
  • ISO 50 to 100,000
  • 15-fps shooting
  • SD UHS-II Slot
  • USB-C and HDMI ports
  • IP52 weather sealing


Specifications for the Q3 include:

Sensor 60.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS
Aspect Ratios: 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Bit Depth 14-bit
File Formats DNG, JPEG
Storage Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Viewfinder 5,760,000-dot OLED
100 percent coverage
0.79x magnification
-4 to +2 diopter adjustment
Monitor 3.0-inch, 1,843,200-dot tilting touchscreen LCD
Shutter Mechanical Shutter:
- 1/2,000 to 120 seconds
Electronic Shutter:
- 1/16,000 to 1 second
Frame Rate Electronic Shutter:
- Up to 15 fps at 60.3-Mp for up to 63 Raws or 67 JPEGs
Mechanical Shutter:
- Up to 9 fps at 60.3-Mp for up to 70 Raws or 76 JPEGs
ISO 50 to 100,000 in Manual mode
100 to 100,000 in Auto mode
Autofocus Yes
Live View Yes
Image Stabilization Optical in integrated lens
Flash Hot shoe, No built-in flash
Movie H.265 Long GOP/MOV 4:2:0 10-Bit:
- DCI 8K (8192x4320) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97 fps
- UHD 8K (7680x4320) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97 fps
- 1920x1080 at 100/120 fps
H.264 ALL-Intra/MOV 4:2:2 10-Bit:
- DCI 4K (4096x2160) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/47.95/48.00/50/59.94 fps
- UHD 4K (3840x2160) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/47.95/48.00/50/59.94 fps
ProRes 422 HQ:
- 1920x1080 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
H.265 Long GOP/MP4 4:2:0 10-Bit:
- UHD 8K (7680x4320) at 23.98/25/29.97 fps
- UHD 4K (3840x2160) at 50/59.94 fps
H.264 Long GOP/MP4 4:2:0 8-Bit:
- UHD 4K (3840x2160) at 23.98/25/29.97 fps
- 1920x1080 at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
4:2:0 8-Bit via HDMI:
- DCI 8K (8192 x 4320) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97 fps
- UHD 8K (7680 x 4320) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97
4:2:2 10-Bit via HDMI:
- DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
- UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
- HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps
Up to 30 minute clips
Built-in stereo mic
Connectivity WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.0
Micro-HDMI output, USB-C input, USB-C (USB 3.2/3.1 Gen 2) input/output
Power BP-SCL6 rechargeable lithium-ion battery
7.2 VDC, 2200 mAh
350 shots
Dimensions 5.1 x 3.2 x 3.6 inches
Weight 11.6 lbs.

Focal Length 28mm
Digital Zoom 3.2x maximum
Aperture f1.7 to f16
Minimum Focus Normal: 11.8 inches
Macro: 6.7 inches
Optical Design 11 elements in 9 groups
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization No, but in-body optical
Filter Thread 49mm


Leica said the Q3 is available now for $5,995. Adorama and B&H are both now accepting orders.

New: Leica Q3

The next generation compact full-frame camera with new features and a fast Summilux lens.

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 segment.

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-megapixel, 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. 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 and the latest generation of the Maestro Series processor with L2 Technology ensures excellent operating speeds.

The construction of the fast Leica Summilux 28mm f1.7 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 3rd generation Q family member also offers an extended digital zoom. This allows the user to zoom to the focal lengths of 28, 35, 50, 75mm and now also 90mm. 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 5.76-Mp OLED viewfinder.

The new tiltable 3.0-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 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 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. 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 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 connection 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 Qi-compatible devices.

When it comes to image composition, the Leica Q3 offers maximum freedom, but also for an individual style of the camera 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 €5,950 including VAT.

BackBack to Photo Corners