Today, Leica announced the next generation Q-series camera – the Leica Q3. I often shy away from hyperbolic announcements but based on what we know so far, this is a major update to one of the most iconic street photography cameras available today. Here’s what a land yacht of a camera buys you.
Leica Q3 Tech Specs via Leica
- 60-megapixel BSI CMOS Sensor
- Maestro Series processor
- Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH (fixed) lens
- 8K video (cropped)/ Full-HD (full sensor) capable
- 5.76-million-pixel OLED EVF
- 3-inch tiltable touchscreen
What is the Big Deal?
I was not lying earlier when I called the Leica Q3 the land yacht of the camera world. But to be very transparent, the Q3 is a roadster and not a touring sedan – in other words, it is built for fun prestige. For most enthusiasts, the Leica mark is as aspirational as it gets. But beyond its looks and history, the Q3 does offer a major upgrade from the Q2 (I’m happy I did not pull the trigger earlier this year) with the high-resolution 60-megapixel sensor and addition of the flip out screen. While the camera does shoot 8K video, without a dedicated mic jack, you won’t be using this as an A-camera (though I’m sure the B-roll will be sick!).
Beyond the internal upgrades, the Q-series Leica continues to be in my opinion one of the sleekest cameras you can buy; one that I personally think looks better than the M series. All of the attention to detail in construction can be found in the Q3 including the 28mm Summilux lens and the IP52 rated dust/weather resistance. This is camera for a lifetime.
Pricing and Availability
The Leica Q3 is a premium camera in every sense of the word and naturally comes at a premium price. Leica has already begun taking orders for the Q3 and if you’ve got an extra $5950, you can purchase one here.