Leica Q3 Review: Pricey but Worth It

The EVF is a 5.76M dot OLED display that’s shiny and sharp. I by no means had any points with guide focus. In contrast to many techniques I’ve used that require a button press, simply turning the lens zooms in permits for exact focusing.

I used to be capable of shoot with the Q3 for practically a month, and in that point the one actual criticism I might provide you with is that I’m not an enormous fan of the 28-mm lens. That’s not exactly honest. I really like this lens, I simply lack expertise composing pictures at this discipline of view. I’m way more skilled with, and comfy with, the 35-mm lens present in Fujifilm’s X100V (9/10, WIRED Recommends). That stated, the Q3 is a lot enjoyable to make use of that I loved combating composition within the wider-than-I’m-used-to body.

{Photograph}: Scott Gilbertson

I used to contemplate fastened focal-length, large-sensor compact cameras to be very area of interest. There was Ricoh’s GR collection, Fujifilm’s X100 collection (very a lot inspired by the early Leica rangefinders), and now the Leica Q collection. Then, for causes that escape me since I don’t use TikTok, everybody determined the Fujifilm X100V was the digicam to have. Demand is such that it’s onerous to seek out one new, and the used market is wild. Whereas my cynicism leads me to consider that the majority of this demand is from individuals who wish to {photograph} themselves with the digicam relatively than, you already know, going out into the world to make use of it, the demand is there.

The Leica is clearly the king of that pack. The lens is sharper and higher, the sensor bigger, and the autofocus higher or simply pretty much as good as on the Fuji. With X100V costs nicely over the $1,500 promoting worth, the Leica virtually doesn’t appear that costly anymore—virtually. At $6,000, the Q3 is clearly not for everybody. However in the event you can afford it and are snug with the 28-mm focal size, the Q3 is a superb digicam. You wish to convey it with you in every single place, and it produces the form of pictures that make you glad you had it on you. That’s concerning the highest reward you may give any software.

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