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Official: Leica Q3 Unveiled, Now Open for Pre-Orders

  
 
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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Official: Leica Q3 Unveiled, Now Open for Pre-Orders


Big change is the rear buttons. Per dpreview:

"The Q2's top rear button was limited to crop modes, exposure lock or focus lock. With the Q3 this button behaves like the others: you can configure it to access just about any setting, or long-press it to bring up a scrolling menu and reassign it to something else.

Leica has made the custom buttons easy to set and use on the fly, and there's a joy to experimenting with them. Options include focus peaking, focus modes, video modes, creative filters and more."




May 25, 2023 at 12:46 PM
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RustyRus wrote:
I feel the LightRoom integration is already good enough and the experience of Lightroom on my Ipad Pro is phenomenal!!!

Good to see Leica is thinking about how people really want to use the gear, especially for a travel/mobile camera like the Q3.


I am also happy with Adobe across my devices and camera systems. Been using mobile since 2018, so I've seen the changes/enhancements implemented over the years. Amazing really.

I've never heard of Darkroom until now. Looks like both Adobe and Darkroom are now integrated to FOTOS. Curious to know more about Darkroom and why. Perhaps a more user-friendly mobile video editor?

Inside the Leica FOTOS app v 4.0.0:










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May 25, 2023 at 01:11 PM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Official: Leica Q3 Unveiled, Now Open for Pre-Orders


Fred Miranda wrote:
Notable excerpts from Jonathan Slack's Q3 Review:

Pros:

"The Leica Q3 has the same, wonderful, 28mm f1.7 Summilux lens as it's predecessors, This is certainly a case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"."

"Tilting LCD: This has been very nicely implemented: Most of us will have the screen behaviour set to EVF Extended (so that menus and review comes up on the rear screen LCD and the EVF is used for framing and shooting). If you pull out the tilting LCD then the camera assumes that's how you will be framing and the LCD switches on. When you push it
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"At the moment the focusing of the Q3 doesn't seem a great deal better than the Q2 (which was very good), but this is something that should be able to be improved in firmware updates in the future." –Jono Slack

Not what I was expecting to read about the new Q3's PDAF implementation--but from my recent experience, Leica sure seems to be pushing out the firmware updates...so we shall see.



May 25, 2023 at 01:16 PM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · Official: Leica Q3 Unveiled, Now Open for Pre-Orders


LBJ2 wrote:
"At the moment the focusing of the Q3 doesn't seem a great deal better than the Q2 (which was very good), but this is something that should be able to be improved in firmware updates in the future." –Jono Slack

Not what I was expecting to read about the new Q3's PDAF implementation--but from my recent experience, Leica sure seems to be pushing out the firmware updates...so we shall see.


I think PDAF has the potential to enhance reliability in scenarios involving AF tracking, including Face and Eye detection.

Another 'shall see': Leica may allow microphone input via USB-C through a future firmware update.



May 25, 2023 at 01:26 PM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · Official: Leica Q3 Unveiled, Now Open for Pre-Orders


Yeah, I've heard nothing but good things about these cameras, and the Q3 looks pretty awesome. I'm happy with my X100V, though, for its price. No doubt the Q3 is significantly better, but not in my budget.

Nick Dakota wrote:
True, but the Q2 is pretty amazing too and you should see some decent used prices now. That's the good thing about a new product launch. Not only does the new shiny tech come out, but it makes previous models more obtainable for people.





May 25, 2023 at 01:28 PM
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LBJ2 wrote:
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"Leica Looks"
Of course I had to try it just in case...😎.












May 25, 2023 at 01:30 PM
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Jman13 wrote:
Yeah, I've heard nothing but good things about these cameras, and the Q3 looks pretty awesome. I'm happy with my X100V, though, for its price. No doubt the Q3 is significantly better, but not in my budget.



Something to consider: The Q is a pretty big camera, especially compared to your Fuji. I've seen a picture showing the Q2 vs Leica M10 + 28/1.4 Lux and they are pretty similar in size, although the Q is still a noticeably lighter combo. (350g lighter)



May 25, 2023 at 01:33 PM
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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · Official: Leica Q3 Unveiled, Now Open for Pre-Orders


I just noticed the new thumb support has buttons!







May 25, 2023 at 01:46 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
I just noticed the new thumb support has buttons!


Less material with those button cutouts.. I'm sure they'll charge less for the thumb grip as a result.





May 25, 2023 at 02:08 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
I just noticed the new thumb support has buttons!


Yes, those press through the grip to the function buttons on the camera and on the Q2 grip, it worked really well.



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p.2 #11 · p.2 #11 · Official: Leica Q3 Unveiled, Now Open for Pre-Orders


I went down to Leica store in DC to check in out, I got to handle a brand new unit. Initial impressions:

- The new EVF and backscreen are clearly nicer and welcome. A full flip screen would have been even better IMO, but this is a clear improvement. And the flip-screen feels very solid.
- Eye/face detection seems to be working well (once we figured out how to set it up...)
- I'm not so sure about the two function buttons on the back, by default the right one is set to video and I kept hitting it by mistake. I would obviously map it to something else, and that thumb grip (they didn't have it in the store yet) hopefully improves that usability
- Frame lines are easy to use, but I too would have preferred a full screen readout
- I plugged in a SD card and took home about 70 photos to look at in Lightroom. Needless to say, I didn't have much time to set up the camera properly but I took some quick portraits of staff (man, they are patient) and it ended up not as sharp as I would expect. Perhaps there are a few setting to tweak, turn on IBIS? It shows f/1.7 and 1/60 at ISO 160 - I should be able to hold that plenty still. Hence, they looked OK at a first glance but at 100% on the computer, the eyes were not sharp. But I did try some macro shots as well and they were pin sharp at 100%. Probably an operator error. I didn't check firmware version of the camera I was using either.

I mean, this is a tool and a toy for me as I'm just a happy amateur (even if it has been going on for a long time now), but I wonder if I would have more fun this summer adding a Nikon Z8 or Leica Q3? I really don't need either...




May 25, 2023 at 03:14 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
I just noticed the new thumb support has buttons!


Looks like they put Sigma I-series on Leica these days?



May 25, 2023 at 03:36 PM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · Official: Leica Q3 Unveiled, Now Open for Pre-Orders


The push to pop-up diopter adjustment on the EVF is a nice touch.

I'm a little surprised they didn't touch the lens. I'll be curious to see (in the eventual vs. videos) how much more detail the upgraded sensor can resolve through that lens over the Q2.

I'm really surprised they haven't moved to a hybrid OVF/EVF. I don't miss an OVF (unless we're talking about the chimney view through a Hassy 500c), but the hybrid viewfinder of the x100v instantly became my favorite feature on that camera. It felt luxurious to have those very usable options at that price point. It seems to me that a good implementation of that in the Q could push M-shooter holdouts into giving the camera a chance.



May 25, 2023 at 04:35 PM
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p.2 #14 · p.2 #14 · Official: Leica Q3 Unveiled, Now Open for Pre-Orders


That’s too bad that there isn’t a full screen readout of a crop and only frame lines.


May 25, 2023 at 04:39 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
I just noticed the new thumb support has buttons!


But no pass through hot shoe. You still either get a thumb grip or a shoe-mounted accessory, not both.



May 25, 2023 at 05:05 PM
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On the surface, you should be able to get sharp eyes at 1/60 without IBIS with this camera, even though 1.7 gives less margin for error.

That said my Q was tack sharp at 1/60. The Q2 was hit or miss and I needed to bump the shutter. The theory is that larger megapixel sensors are harder to get sharp images. So if that is true, I would think you'd have to push the shutter on the Q3 even more.

patotts wrote:
I went down to Leica store in DC to check in out, I got to handle a brand new unit. Initial impressions:

- The new EVF and backscreen are clearly nicer and welcome. A full flip screen would have been even better IMO, but this is a clear improvement. And the flip-screen feels very solid.
- Eye/face detection seems to be working well (once we figured out how to set it up...)
- I'm not so sure about the two function buttons on the back, by default the right one is set to video and I kept hitting it by mistake. I
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May 25, 2023 at 05:23 PM
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p.2 #17 · p.2 #17 · Official: Leica Q3 Unveiled, Now Open for Pre-Orders


Leica is always about $2500 for the name and the rest for the specs. Daft.

Jman13 wrote:
Man, I have no doubts this thing will be absolutely incredible for its purpose, with phenomenal image quality, amazing build quality, etc. I just don't see a world where I could ever justify $6,000 on a compact pocket camera.




May 25, 2023 at 06:58 PM
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p.2 #18 · p.2 #18 · Official: Leica Q3 Unveiled, Now Open for Pre-Orders


KarmaKramer wrote:
Leica is always about $2500 for the name and the rest for the specs. Daft.



Said usually by people who either have never used one, can't afford one or have something different so the brand you are not using is bad.

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May 25, 2023 at 07:38 PM
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p.2 #19 · p.2 #19 · Official: Leica Q3 Unveiled, Now Open for Pre-Orders


freaklikeme wrote:
But no pass through hot shoe. You still either get a thumb grip or a shoe-mounted accessory, not both.


Honestly though for most people who buy this camera, putting a flash or something on this camera isn't all that common. We should run a poll on who has used a flash on a Q camera. My guess is sub 20%.

That still may be high.



May 25, 2023 at 07:40 PM
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p.2 #20 · p.2 #20 · Official: Leica Q3 Unveiled, Now Open for Pre-Orders


Very detailed comparison between Q2 and Q3. (46min)




May 25, 2023 at 07:43 PM
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