Leica Q3

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    Highlights

    • 60.3 MP Full Frame BSI-CMOS Sensor
    • No Optical Low-pass Filter
    • 50 - 100,000 Native ISO
    • 315 Focus Points
    • Image Stabilization
    • 3.0" 1,843k dot Tilting Screen
    • 5,760k dot Electronic Viewfinder
    • 15.0 fps Continuous Shooting
    • Built-In Wi-Fi
    • Wheather Sealed Body
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    Overview

    Leica Q3 was announced in 2023 and is a Full Frame (36 x 24 mm) Advanced Compact camera with 60.3 Megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 50 to 100,000. The camera has a Tilting 3.0" screen with 1,843k dot resolution and built-in Electronic viewfinder with 5,760k dot resolution. It has an image stabilization.


    Here is the Leica Q series lineup, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the cameras within the same series.

    Leica Q series lineup
    Model Date Sensor Native ISO Screen Price
    Image cannot be found Leica Q3 May
    2023
    60.3 MP
    Full Frame
    50 - 100,000 Tilting 3.0"
    1,843k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Leica Q2 Monochrom November
    2020
    47.3 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 100,000 Fixed 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Leica Q2 March
    2019
    47.3 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 100,000 Fixed 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Leica Q-P November
    2018
    24.2 MP
    Full Frame
    [] Fixed 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Leica Q Typ 116 June
    2015
    24.2 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 50,000 Fixed 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Leica Q3 vs Q2 Monochrom vs Q2 vs Q-P vs Q.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Leica Q3.

    PROS

    •   Large Sensor
    •   High Resolution Sensor - 60.3 Megapixel
    •   50 Lowest Native ISO
    •   100,000 Highest Native ISO
    •   315 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Viewfinder - 5,760k dot
    •   High Flash Sync Speed - 1/500 sec
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   USB Charging

    CONS

    •   Expensive
    •   No Video Capture
    •   Low Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/2000 sec
    •   No IP Streaming
    •   No Microphone Input
    •   No Headphone Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Short Battery Life - 350 shots

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,843k dot
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/16000 sec
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 15.0 fps
    •   Weight - 743 g (1.64 lb / 26.21 oz)

    Predecessor

    Here we are comparing Leica Q3 to its predecessor Q2 and displaying the major changes.

    UPGRADES Leica Q3 vs Leica Q2
    Sensor Type BSI-CMOS vs CMOS
    Higher Sensor Resolution 60.3 Megapixel vs 47.3 Megapixel
    Lower Native ISO 50 vs 100
    Max Image Resolution 9520 x 6336 vs 8368 x 5584
    More Focus Points 315 vs 49
    Phase Detection for Autofocus vs
    Screen Type Tilting vs Fixed
    Higher Resolution Screen 1,843k dot vs 1,040k dot
    Higher Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent) 0.79x vs 0.76x
    Higher Resolution Viewfinder 5,760k dot vs 3,686k dot
    Lower Min Shutter Speed 120 sec vs 60 sec
    HDMI Output Micro vs
    DOWNGRADES Leica Q3 vs Leica Q2
    More Expensive $5995 vs $4995
    Video Capture vs
    Lower Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) 1/16000 sec vs 1/40000 sec
    Lower Max Continuous Shooting 15.0 fps vs 20.0 fps
    Heavier 743 g (1.64 lb / 26.21 oz) vs 734 g (1.62 lb / 25.89 oz)
    Shorter Battery Life 350 shots vs 370 shots

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Leica Q3 vs Q2.

    Screen and Viewfinder

    Tilting Touchscreen

    Leica Q3 has a 3.0" Tilting touchscreen with 1,843k dot resolution. Tilting screen makes this camera very useful for photography purposes.


    Electronic Viewfinder

    Camera has a built-in Electronic viewfinder with 5,760k dot resolution. It has a 100% coverage and 0.79x magnification.

    Sensor

    BSI-CMOS Sensor

    Leica Q3 features a 60.3 megapixel Full Frame BSI-CMOS sensor with dimensions of 36 x 24 mm and a total area of 864 mm2. Its native ISO range is 50 - 100,000.

    The camera has BSI-CMOS sensor, short for Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor sensor. In traditional CMOS sensors, the wiring and circuitry are located on the front side of the sensor, which can block some of the incoming light. BSI technology flips this design by placing the photosensitive elements (pixels) on the backside of the sensor, allowing more light to reach the pixels. This significantly enhances light sensitivity and improves low-light performance. BSI-CMOS sensors are particularly effective in low-light conditions, as they can capture more light, resulting in brighter and less noisy images. This makes them well-suited for indoor and night photography. BSI-CMOS sensors deliver a higher SNR and reduced cross-talk.

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with Maestro IV processor and can take pictures up to 9520 x 6336 resolution. It can also take pictures with lower resolutions like 36.5 MP: 7404 x 4928, 18.6 MP: 5288 x 3518 with 3:2 aspect ratios.


    No Low-Pass Filter

    There is no optical low-pass filter (OLPF), also known as an anti-aliasing filter, in front of the sensor. This results in a slightly sharper image but may also introduce moiré patterns and aliasing artifacts when photographing subjects with fine, repetitive patterns or details.


    Image Stabilization

    The camera has an image stabilization.

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    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Camera has a built-in Wi-Fi which allows to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, printers, or computers. This eliminates the need for cables and allows for quick and convenient media sharing and social media integration. It gives you the ability to control your camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for taking self-portraits, group shots, or capturing images in challenging conditions without having to touch the camera. Firmware updates can also be downloaded and installed wirelessly.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in WiFi.


    Bluetooth

    Camera has a built-in Bluetooth which lets you to connect the camera to a smartphone or a dedicated remote control device. This allows you to remotely trigger the camera, adjust settings and controls remotely through a paired mobile app. While Wi-Fi is generally faster for transferring larger files, Bluetooth can be used for small, selective transfers, it can provide real-time information about your camera's battery status, memory card capacity, and other key settings directly on your paired smartphone or smartwatch.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in Bluetooth.


    NFC

    Leica Q3 has Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which simplifies the process of pairing it with other NFC-enabled devices like smartphones or tablets. It allows to quickly transfer photos and videos or remotely control the camera from compatible device. NFC can also be used for authentication and security purposes. It can verify your identity before accessing certain features or transferring sensitive data. It can be used with NFC-enabled accessories as well, such as lenses, flashes and GPS devices.


    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Leica Q3 has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Type-C input for data transfer and battery charging. There is a Micro HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Leica Q3 comes with BP-SCL6 battery pack with battery life of 350 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has a single SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot.

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Leica Q3's shutter speed can go up to 1/16000 sec with electronic shutter and up to 1/2000 sec with mechanical shutter. Camera can shoot continuously up to 15.0 fps.


    Flash

    Leica Q3 has no built-in flash but an external flash may be connected via Shoe Mount. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/500 sec.

    Physical Parameters

    Leica Q3 has dimensions of 130 x 80 x 93 mm (5.12 x 3.15 x 3.66"). It weighs 743 g (1.64 lb / 26.21 oz) which is neither heavy nor lightweight.

    130 mm (5.12")

    80 mm (3.15")

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    93 mm (3.66")

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    Leica Q3 dimensions

    Leica Q3 for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Leica Q3 is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    EXCELLENT
    91

    Leica Q3 gets a score of 91 and is EXCELLENT choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,843k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    EXCELLENT
    87

    Leica Q3 gets a score of 87 and is EXCELLENT choice for Sports photography.

    •   100,000 Highest Native ISO
    •   315 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,843k dot
    •   High Resolution Viewfinder - 5,760k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 15.0 fps
    •   Short Battery Life - 350 shots

    Wildlife Photography

    EXCELLENT
    85

    Leica Q3 gets a score of 85 and is EXCELLENT choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   100,000 Highest Native ISO
    •   315 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,843k dot
    •   High Resolution Viewfinder - 5,760k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 15.0 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Short Battery Life - 350 shots

    Portrait Photography

    EXCELLENT
    91

    Leica Q3 gets a score of 91 and is EXCELLENT choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   315 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,843k dot
    •   High Flash Sync Speed - 1/500 sec

    Street Photography

    EXCELLENT
    89

    Leica Q3 gets a score of 89 and is EXCELLENT choice for Street photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   315 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,843k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 743 g (1.64 lb / 26.21 oz)

    Travel Photography

    EXCELLENT
    86

    Leica Q3 gets a score of 86 and is EXCELLENT choice for Travel photography.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,843k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 743 g (1.64 lb / 26.21 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 350 shots

    Leica Q3 Evaluation

    We evaluate Leica Q3 and give score of 80 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
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    Sensor

    EXCELLENT
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    We give Leica Q3 a score of 91 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   High Resolution Sensor - 60.3 Megapixel
    •   50 Lowest Native ISO
    •   100,000 Highest Native ISO

    Photo

    GOOD
    82

    We give Leica Q3 a score of 82 for Photo parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Low Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/2000 sec
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/16000 sec
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 15.0 fps
    •   High Flash Sync Speed - 1/500 sec

    Video

    BAD
    0

    We give Leica Q3 a score of 0 for Video parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization

    Focusing

    EXCELLENT
    92

    We give Leica Q3 a score of 92 for Focusing parameters.

    •   315 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus

    Screen and Viewfinder

    EXCELLENT
    92

    We give Leica Q3 a score of 92 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,843k dot
    •   High Resolution Viewfinder - 5,760k dot

    Connectivity

    GOOD
    83

    We give Leica Q3 a score of 83 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   No IP Streaming
    •   HDMI Output
    •   No Microphone Input
    •   No Headphone Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    AVERAGE
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    We give Leica Q3 a score of 66 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 743 g (1.64 lb / 26.21 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 350 shots


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