At $5,995, the Leica Q3 Camera comes equipped with a new BSI-CMOS sensor
The Leica Q3 camera is the most recent iteration of the fixed-lens full-frame compact camera from the German manufacturer. In addition to using a 60 megapixel full-frame sensor, it also features 8K video, a new hybrid autofocus system, an upgraded electronic viewfinder, Qi-compatible wireless charging, and a flip-and-tilt articulating LCD.
There’s now a new Maestro Series IV CPU with 8GB of buffer memory to help process large photos that average 70 MB per RAW DNG file. With the addition of phase detection and contrast detection as well as subject tracking for eyes, faces, and bodies, the Leica Q3 camera truly offers substantial performance improvements over the previous generation model.
Leica’s first effort into 8K video is among the most major performance enhancement. In addition, Leica used the battery casing from the Q2 and boosted its capacity for the Q3 by 340mAh. Although the previous battery is still compatible with the Q3 (with new one also backwards compatible), using it would disable the 8K filming feature.
Unchanged is the Summilux 28mm f/1,7 lens, which uses the same optics as the previous Q. The 28mm focal length is roughly identical to the field of view of a smartphone camera and the integrated crop button now zooms the frame to 35mm, 50mm, 75mm, and a new 90mm equivalent crop, reducing the resolution to six megapixels.
For an extra $195, there’s a feature for Qi wireless charging support through the optional handgrip. This helps make the Leica Q3 camera suitable for everyday carry. Priced at $5,995, the new Q3 with the latest update of the Maestro Series processor and L2 Technology will soon be available on the Leica online store and retailers worldwide.