Leica Q3 review: everyday luxury

Beautiful, simple to use, and incredible photos – the Leica Q3 might be my new favourite everyday camera

Leica Q3 digital camera
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Digital Camera World Verdict

I wasn’t expecting to be as enamored with the Leica Q3 as I have been. The images from the 60MP sensor are stunning, and the digital crop function makes the 28mm fixed lens so much more fun to play around with. Leica processing on its images shines through, shot after shot were keepers. Autofocus is great, quick, and snappy for zone focusing, with good human and eye detection. However, animal detection on the other hand is a bit of a mess, with it correctly identifying more inanimate objects than anything else. And while 8K video is very good, image stabilization is a still little shaky handheld. That being said, the Leica Q3 might well be the best walking-around camera you can buy today, it's just a shame the price is out of reach for many.


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    Excellent 60MP image quality

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    8K video

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    Subject recognition and tracking

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    Easy to use


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    Animal tracking autofocus is wild west

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    Uncomfortable to hold for long periods without optional grip

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There are not many new full frame fixed lens cameras nowadays, especially premium cameras. Since Sony offed its RX range, this has effectively left Leica with an open goal for its Q series of cameras, but Leica being Leica, it is still going to showboat before kicking the ball into the net.

The Leica Q series began in 2015, with the idea of a full-frame compact camera that balanced exceptional image quality and intuitive controls. The Leica Q's 28mm f/1.7 lens also won significant praise, with many likening it to Leica’s finest M series lenses. Building on this success, Leica introduced the Leica Q2 in 2019, featuring a higher resolution sensor, weather sealing, and improved usability. Leica is now back with the third iteration of the Q series, the aptly named Leica Q3.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.