Announcement: Leica SL3

On March 7, 2024, the Leica SL3 digital mirrorless full-frame camera with Leica L mount was officially presented.

Leica SL3

Leica SL3

Basic properties

  1. Full frame 60 MP BSI CMOS sensor
  2. Binning up to 36 and 18 MP possible
  3. ISO 50-100.000
  4. Processor Maestro IV
  5. 8 GB buffer
  6. Hybrid focusing system
  7. Maximum burst speed with electronic shutter 15 fps
  8. Built-in Image Stabilizer 5 stops
  9. Minimum excerpt mechanical shutter 1/8000 s, electronic - 1 / 16.000 s
  10. Video DCI 8K (7680 x 4320) 30p 300 Mb/s 4:2:0 8-Bit HDM, DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) 60p 600 Mb/s
  11. EVI 5.76 million points with a magnification of 0.78 X, 120 fps
  12. 3.2 inch touch screen with 2.3 million dots
  13. Two slots: CFexpress Type B+ SD UHS-II
  14. Weight 767 grams
  15. Protected housing, IP54
  16. The price is about $ 7.000 per body


All Leica SL lenses

Full frame cameras with Leica L mount

  1. Leica SL [October 2015]
  2. Leica SL2 [November 2019]
  3. Leica SL2-S [December 2020]
  4. Leica SL3 [March 2024]

Leica SL full-frame autofocus L-mount lenses

  1. 21 mm: LEICA SUPER-APO-SUMMICRON-SL 1:2/21 ASPH. [October 2023]
  2. 28 mm: LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-SL 1:2/28 ASPH. [February 2021]
  3. 35 mm: LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-SL 1:2/35 ASPH. [February 2019]
  4. 35 mm: LEICA SUMMICRON-SL 1:2/35 ASPH. [February 2023]
  5. 50 mm: LEICA SUMMILUX-SL 1:1.4/50 ASPH. [October 2015]
  6. 50 mm: LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-SL 1:2/50 ASPH. [August 2019]
  7. 50 mm: LEICA SUMMICRON-SL 1:2/50 ASPH. [February 2023]
  8. 75 mm: LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-SL 1:2/75 ASPH. [January 2018]
  9. 90 mm: LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-SL 1:2/90 ASPH. [January 2018]
  10. 14-24 mm: LEICA SUPER-VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 1:2.8/14-24 ASPH. [October 2023]
  11. 16-35 mm: LEICA SUPER-VARIO-ELMAR-SL 1:3.5-4.5/16-35 ASPH. [April 2018]
  12. 24-70 mm: LEICA VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 1:2.8/24-70 ASPH. [May 2021]
  13. 24-90 mm: LEICA VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 1:2.8-4/24-90 ASPH. Ois [October 2015]
  14. 90-280 mm: LEICA APO-VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 1:2.8-4/90-280 Ois [March 2016]
  15. 100-400 mm: LEICA VARIO-ELMAR-SL 1:5-6.3/100-400 Ois [March 2023]
  16. The L mount alliance also includes Panasonic и Sigma

Materials on the topic

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  2. Cropped mirrorless systems... Discussion, choice, recommendations.
  3. Cropped mirrorless systems that have stopped or are no longer developing
  4. Digital SLR systems that have stopped or are no longer developing
  5. JVI or EVI (an important article that answers the question 'DSLR or mirrorless')
  6. About mirrorless batteries
  7. Simple and clear medium format
  8. High-speed solutions from Chinese brands
  9. All fastest autofocus zoom lenses
  10. All fastest AF prime lenses
  11. Mirrored full frame on mirrorless medium format
  12. Autofocus Speed ​​Boosters
  13. One lens to rule the world
  14. The impact of smartphones on the photography market
  15. What's next (smartphone supremacy)?
  16. All announcements and novelties of lenses and cameras

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Comments: 20, on the topic: Announcement: Leica SL3

  • Dmitriy

    Let's just say: not for birch gnomes. Here I would like to find money for z5 :)

    • Konstantin

      Just yesterday, while filming, a monitor was placed on the Z5 (the camera is two months old from the date of purchase). Fortunately, there were two more cropped Sonyas, so it all ended with a slight scare. I understand that the case may be isolated, but the unpleasant aftertaste remains))

  • Faust

    We are waiting for a cheaper option, LUMIX S1R2.

    • Andy From Far Away

      Hmm.. my personal opinion, which interests no one:
      – if you want exactly these characteristics, then Panasonic is better for its price.
      – and if at this price, then it’s better to have a Sony a9 III with a global shutter or just a Fujifilm GFX 100II.

      But the majority will still prefer to buy a car.

      • Oleg

        A mortgage

      • Faust

        Well, Fudge is in a completely different league, and Sonya A9(3) with 24 megapixels and questions about photo quality cannot be compared at all. Sonya means shooting speed, and Panasonic in this case means quality.

  • Sergei

    I wonder why Leica decided to do illogical binning (from a 60 megapixel matrix to 36, and then to 18).
    It suggests itself from 60 megapixels to 30, and only then to 15.
    The last option is generally ideal: four pixels are combined into one.

  • A.N. Onim

    Three permits and a reasonable price. I’ll update Sl2-S in six months, when all the pitfalls come out

  • Basil

    Who needs these balaykas now? When the price was reasonable, many people bought it, but now these are already luxury items... I stopped following new products a long time ago, because they are made on Mars...

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Rather, they are made for developed countries

    • Nick

      This is a luxury item, Leika is first and foremost a brand. Those who simply need a camera of this system take Panasonic for an adequate price, especially since the components of Leica (at least on the L-mount) are absolutely the same as those of Panasonic.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        The brand is Leica M.
        And Leica L is not quite a real Leica

  • Dmitry Kostin

    I kept wondering who these cameras were for and when I would see them in life.
    The Pentax 645D was seen in the hands of the Chinese in Japan.
    But I saw a large Leica (I don’t understand models) on the streets of Havana a month ago.
    I crossed paths with this European a couple of times on the streets of the Centro Habana quarter. I suspect that his camera cost as much as a house (in poor condition, like many things there) with the owner’s Lada and the owner of this house to boot. The streets of Havana are not calm and many advised not to take out your phone where there are no police, even in the dark. But they don’t touch the camera. Seeing Leika in the hands of a photographer against the backdrop of local ruins was amazing - just a feast during the plague.
    I walked there with Df.

  • Alexander Rifeev

    60 MP at 864 sq. mm...will this madness ever stop?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, it's not much. For example, APS-C FUJIFILM X-H2 or FUJIFILM X-T5 have 40 MP each. This means that a full frame with the same technology will have 90 MP. I am sure that in 1-2 years we will see this.
      And the Canon 50DS/R already had 5 MP back in 2015 (almost 10 years ago). It's time to release a hundred

      • Dmitry Kostin

        Arkady, I really hope to read your impressions of the X-T3, X-T4, X-Pro3 or newer models. Maybe I’ll wait, it’s really interesting)

      • Dmitriy

        There are no technological problems in releasing a “hundredth” with a FF matrix size, but other problems arise; due to the diffraction limit, such a matrix in FF cameras will work in “mobile” mode, i.e. the ability to vary depth of field by aperture is significantly reduced. It’s one thing to make a small “light” mobile phone lens with a microscopic focal length and, accordingly, with a huge depth of field, and another thing is a fast lens for FF, what will there be a FF camera with 150 MP which can only be shot with an open aperture with a shallow depth of field, and with If you try to aperture, will the detail drop sharply to the same level as an FF camera with 50 MP or even 24 MP?
        Judging by the test images of the world, for a 24MP crop the detail begins to fall at aperture 8, for the same 32MP crop this detail begins to fall at 5,6
        And this is not to mention color rendition.
        So, 100+ MP only makes sense on matrices larger than FF

        • Arkady Shapoval

          And what are the problems with closing the aperture from 100 to 1.4 at 5.6 MP? Get 5 stages of closure for some tasks? An example of the same landscape.
          Scarecrows about the differential threshold are more of a scare for those of little faith. There are not so many tasks for those who are heavily covered. And those who need closed ones already know what they need and can bypass this drawback/limitation.
          And a few more examples, at the same 40-60 megapixels in modern FF cameras (5ds, 5dsr, R5, R5C, a7r II, a7r III, a7r IV, a7r V, a7CR, D850, Z7 II, Z7, Z8, Z9, S1R, SL2, fp L) photographers calmly shoot on F/16-F/22 and for their tasks do not worry about detail and differential threshold at all. On any website, simply enter the name of the specified cameras and look, for example, at the same landscapes and apertures on which they were shot. Similar to these examples for small-pixel cameras: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

    • A.N. Onim

      Here you can switch to a lower resolution

  • Dim

    The name “LEICA” was written well on the front projection; probably, if they wanted to use a larger font, they would have had to reduce the mount.

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