It was a major news day for Leica — the Wetzlar, Germany-based company known for its iconic cameras released Q3, the latest version of the Q, the best-selling fixed lens camera. And new as it might be, Q3 is a big step backward for a product that won a Red Dot award for design when it first came to the market in 2015.
The new Leica Q3 camera features a new 60-megapixel sensor first featured in the Leica M11 camera. The new sensor has some newer capabilities. It has better EVF, wireless charging, and a better back display. It also has better autofocus, thanks to a new blend of phase and contrast detection. It has a lot of video capabilities. But let’s face it, what matters is not inside the camera but in the back.
The rear screen flips — much like a Fuji, Sony, or any other camera on the market now. Leica has taken its sweet time in embracing the flip screens. Nikon and Canon first added flip screens to their cameras in 2008, Sony added flip screens in 2010, and Panasonic (rumored to make Leica’s innards) introduced a flip screen in its cameras in 2011.
Weirdly, introducing the flippy-tilty screen takes away from Leica’s uniqueness. The company has been able to charge more for offering less. The Less is more — and more means more money in Leica’s coffers. Leica’s black-and-white camera costs more than its color version. Nevertheless, the flippy (Read more...)