Leica Camera AG Unveils the Next Generation Leica Q3, Redefining Photography and Videography

Leica Camera AG, the renowned German camera manufacturer, has introduced the highly anticipated Leica Q3, marking the third generation of their successful Leica Q family. Boasting exceptional craftsmanship, a timeless design, and effortless operation, the Leica Q3 solidifies its position as a leader in the realm of fixed focal length full-frame cameras. Since its inception in 2015, the Leica Q series has garnered widespread acclaim from photographers, creatives, and enthusiasts alike. With the introduction of the Leica Q3, the company raises the bar even higher, delivering unparalleled photo and video capabilities, along with an array of new features.

At the heart of the Leica Q3 lies the groundbreaking BSI-CMOS sensor, featuring Triple-Resolution-Technology. The sensor offers three resolution options: 60, 36, or 18 megapixels, allowing photographers to capture raw images in the DNG format or produce processed JPEG files directly from the camera. The 60-megapixel resolution captures the finest details and intricate structures, while the 36 and 18-megapixel options enable faster camera performance, extended image sequences, and smaller file sizes. The Leica Q3 utilizes the full sensor area for all resolutions, offering a sensitivity range of ISO 50 to 100,000. The camera’s cutting-edge Maestro Series processor with L2 Technology ensures swift operation and exceptional performance.

A true optical masterpiece, the Leica Q3 is equipped with the fast Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens. This lens not only delivers outstanding image quality but also incorporates an integrated macro mode, allowing users to capture close-up shots from a minimum focusing distance of 17 cm. Furthermore, the camera offers an extended digital zoom, providing users with the flexibility to zoom to focal lengths of 28, 35, 50, 75, and now, 90 mm. Two new innovative features, Leica Perspective Control (LPC) and Leica Dynamic Range (LDR), enhance the camera’s capabilities by ensuring perfect JPEG images without the need for post-processing.

The autofocus system of the Leica Q3 has undergone a significant upgrade. The camera now employs a new hybrid autofocus system with phase detection, guaranteeing rapid and precise focusing and object tracking. Alongside the high-precision contrast autofocus, the DFD system, phase detection autofocus, and intelligent subject recognition work in tandem to capture sharp, brilliant images. The camera’s new 5.76-megapixel OLED viewfinder showcases images with remarkable clarity and detail.

Photographers and videographers will appreciate the Leica Q3’s tiltable 3-inch high-resolution touchscreen, featuring a high-quality tilting mechanism. This feature provides users with unique viewing angles, opening up new creative possibilities for capturing photos and videos. Despite the movable display, the Leica Q3 maintains its durability, offering protection against dust and spray water with its IP52 certification.

Seamless and fast connectivity is a hallmark of the Leica Q series, and the Q3 is no exception. The camera incorporates advanced Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology, significantly increasing the transfer speed to the Leica FOTOS app compared to its predecessor. This boost in speed, up to 10 times faster, elevates the mobile creative workflow to new heights. Users can effortlessly transfer videos from the camera to a smartphone and import special ‘Leica Looks’ directly onto the camera, enhancing the production of stunning JPEG images. The camera’s various connection modes, ranging from ‘Eco’ to ‘Performance,’ optimize the mobile workflow and energy management of the Leica Q3.

The Leica Q3 is designed to seamlessly integrate with Apple devices and has received the prestigious “Made for iPhone┬« and iPad┬«” certification. It includes the Leica FOTOS cable, enabling users to express their creative vision while working with their favorite Apple devices.

Recognizing the increasing demand for high-quality video content, the Leica Q3 is equipped to record videos in 8K resolution, supported by highly efficient codecs such as H.265 and Apple’s ProRes. The camera offers direct connectivity to external devices such as gimbals, power banks, and display recorders via USB-C and HDMI. Additionally, photographers can enjoy tethered shooting with popular software such as Capture One or the Adobe Lightroom plug-in, expanding the camera’s versatility in various applications.

The Leica Q3 also introduces entirely wireless charging capabilities with the new Leica Charging Pad and a separate camera handgrip. The stylish charging pad allows convenient recharging of the powerful BC-SCL6 battery, found in the Q3, as well as other Qi-compatible devices.

When it comes to personalization, the Leica Q3 offers maximum freedom. The camera is complemented by a range of new accessories, allowing users to customize the camera to suit their individual style. Leather protectors, lens caps, retro-look lens hoods, thumb rests, soft release buttons, and flash shoe covers are available in three different color variations, enabling photographers to create their desired aesthetic.

The Leica Q3 is priced at S$8,960.00 and will be available for purchase starting today at official Leica Singapore Stores, the Leica Online Store, and authorized dealers. Photography enthusiasts and professionals alike can now experience the pinnacle of Leica’s innovation and craftsmanship with the Leica Q3, a camera that redefines the boundaries of photography and videography.

Mark Ko

Mark Ko

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