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Leica SL3 Mirrorless Camera

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Leica SL3 Mirrorless Camera
Key Features
  • 60MP Full-Frame BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Maestro IV Image Processor, 8GB Buffer
  • Hybrid AF System with PDAF & Contrast AF
  • 5.76m-Dot 0.78x-Mag. EyeRes OLED EVF
Coupling a powerful 60MP full-frame BSI CMOS sensor with the Maestro IV image processor, the Leica SL3 promises swift focusing performance and excellent image quality with 15 stops of dynamic range and 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization. Improvements to the camera body include a 3.2" 2.3m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD for dynamic viewing options while capturing imagery, a CFexpress Type B slot and SD UHS-II slot for file-saving versatility, and a reduced weight of 1.7 pounds. Also noteworthy is the SL3's hybrid autofocusing system, which integrates Phase Detection AF with Contrast Detection AF and Object Detection AF, resulting in reliable performance in a multitude of shooting scenarios. These critical improvements to the camera's hardware and body have positioned this iteration to leap ahead of its predecessors.
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Leica SL3 Overview

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High Performance Optimization
Coupling a powerful 60MP full-frame BSI CMOS sensor with the Maestro IV image processor, the Leica SL3 promises swift focusing performance and excellent image quality with 15 stops of dynamic range and 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization. Improvements to the camera body include a 3.2" 2.3m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD for dynamic viewing options while capturing imagery, a CFexpress Type B slot and SD UHS-II slot for file-saving versatility, and a reduced weight of 1.7 pounds. Also noteworthy is the SL3's hybrid autofocusing system, which integrates Phase Detection AF with Contrast Detection AF and Object Detection AF, resulting in reliable performance in a multitude of shooting scenarios. These critical improvements to the camera's hardware and body have positioned this iteration to leap ahead of its predecessors.
60MP Full-Frame BSI CMOS Sensor and Maestro IV Processor
At the front and center of the SL3's notable upgrades are its 60MP full-frame BSI CMOS sensor and Maestro IV image processor. This duo combined with 8GB of buffer memory allows for incredible capturing speeds as well as superb image quality. This is double the amount of buffer memory available in the SL2-S, which means you'll experience noticeable speed improvements for all operations, including startup time. Additionally, this improved processor provides a wide ISO sensitivity range from 50-100000.
Triple Resolution Technology
Choose between 60, 36, or 18MP output while still utilizing the full sensor area with Leica's Triple Resolution Technology. This unique pixel binning process allows you to capture DNG and JPEG files at smaller sizes while still benefiting from the sensor's rich 14-bit color depth and 15-stops of dynamic range.
Hybrid AF System with PDAF
Utilizing a hybrid AF system for optimized focusing, the SL3 features Phase Detection AF with Object Detection AF and Contrast Detection AF, ensuring speedy shifts in focus as well as reliable performance in low light scenarios. With this improved focusing system, the camera tracks eyes, faces, bodies, and animals much more effectively.
8K Video Recording & ProRes 1080p
Take full advantage of the SL3 with its impressive video capturing capabilities. All video resolutions, including 8K, frame rates, and quality settings can be recorded internally or externally without limit.

ProRes 422 HQ recording can be done with Full HD resolution at frame rates up to 60p.

HDMI 2.1 Type A and USB-C ports provide greater access to accessories like external recorders, gimbals, and power banks, making the SL3 a great tool for video creation.

5-Axis Image Stabilization
Complementing this camera's powerful sensor is a 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system that provides up to 5-stops of shake reduction, allowing you to capture sharper handheld images.
Body Design Updates & Additional Features
  • One CFexpress Type B slot and one SD UHS-II slot are available for added versatility for file saving, allowing you to separate JPEG and raw files to different cards or save duplicate files to each card.
  • A USB-C port allows for fast file transferring and tethering with full support for Capture One, Adobe Photoshop, and Lightroom. Also supports high-speed in-camera battery charging.
  • A full-size HDMI 2.1 Type A port benefits video applications and a 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks for advanced audio recording needs.
  • Its durable magnesium and aluminum construction withstands tough weather conditions and is splash and dust protected with a rating of IP54.
  • Video recording capabilities: Video recording capabilities: 8K, C8K, 4K, C4K, FHD, MP4 + MOV, H.265, and ProRes 1080p.
  • Leica L2 technology allows for a vast selection of L-mount compatible lenses.
  • Mechanical shutter speeds up to 1/8000 of a second.
  • Flash sync speeds up to 1/200.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi 5 (MIMO) and Bluetooth 5.1 work in conjunction with the Leica FOTOS app for wireless file transferring and remote camera control.
  • New graphical user interface with new icons and custom font for a more modern design and increased menu legibility.
  • Support for Live View portrait and landscape shooting with orientation auto-detection.
  • Photocentric menu settings are highlighted in red, while video centric settings are highlighted in yellow, aligning with the design language of the Leitz Cine lenses.

Leica SL3 Specs

Key Specs
Lens Mount
Leica L
Sensor Resolution
Actual: 62.39 Megapixel
Effective: 60.3 Megapixel
Image Sensor
Full-Frame CMOS
Image Stabilization
Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
ISO Sensitivity Range
Photo/Video
100 to 100,000 in Auto Mode
50 to 100,000 in Manual Mode
Continuous Shooting
Electronic Shutter
Up to 15 fps
Mechanical Shutter
Up to 7 fps
Internal Recording Modes
H.265 Long GOP 4:2:0 8/10-Bit
DCI 8K (8192 x 4320) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97 fps [300 Mb/s]
UHD 8K (7680 x 4856) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97 fps [300 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 50/59.94 fps [100 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 at 23.98/25/29.97/50/100/120 fps [20 to 100 Mb/s]
H.264 ALL-Intra 4:2:2 10-Bit
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/47.95/48.00/50/59.94 fps [400 to 600 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/47.95/48.00/50/59.94 fps [400 to 600 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/47.95/48.00/50/59.94/100/120 fps [200 to 400 Mb/s]
ProRes 422 HQ
1920 x 1080 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps [181 to 454 Mb/s]
External Recording Modes
4:2:2/4:2:0 8/10-Bit via HDMI
DCI 8K (8192 x 4320) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97 fps
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.98/24.00 fps
1920 x 1080 at 23.98/24.00 fps
Media/Memory Card Slot
Slot 1: CFexpress Type B
Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O
1x Micro-HDMI 2.1 Output
Audio I/O
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Input
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TS Mono Headphone Output
Power I/O
1x USB-C Input
Other I/O
1x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Output (Shared with Power Input)
Wireless
2.4 / 5 GHz MIMO Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Bluetooth 5.0
Display Type
Tilting Touchscreen LED
Battery Type
1x BP-SCL6 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 2200 mAh (Approx. 260 Shots)
Imaging
Lens Mount
Leica L
Sensor Resolution
Actual: 62.39 Megapixel
Effective: 60.3 Megapixel
Image Sensor
Full-Frame CMOS
Sensor Crop (35mm Equivalent)
Crop Factor: 1x
Additional Modes: 1.6x
*Additional Crop Occurs in Select Video Modes
Image Stabilization
Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Built-In ND Filter
No
Capture Type
Stills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter Type
Mechanical Focal Plane Shutter and Electronic Rolling Shutter 
Shutter Speed
Mechanical Shutter
1/8000 to 60 Minutes
Electronic Shutter
1/16000 to 60 Seconds
Bulb/Time Mode
Bulb Mode
ISO Sensitivity Range
Photo/Video
100 to 100,000 in Auto Mode
50 to 100,000 in Manual Mode
Metering Method
Center-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure Modes
Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation
-3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
White Balance
2000 to 11,500K
Presets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Warm White), Halogen, Manual, Shade, Tungsten
Continuous Shooting
Electronic Shutter
Up to 15 fps
Mechanical Shutter
Up to 7 fps
Interval Recording
Yes
Self-Timer
2/6/12/30-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes
3:2 DNG
60.3 MP (9520 x 6336)
36.5 MP (7404 x 4928)
18.6 MP (5288 x 3518)
3:2 JPEG
60.3 MP (9520 x 6336)
36.4 MP (7392 x 4928)
18.5 MP (5280 x 3504)
Aspect Ratio
3:2
Image File Format
DNG, JPEG
Bit Depth
14-Bit
Video Capture
Internal Recording Modes
H.265 Long GOP 4:2:0 8/10-Bit
DCI 8K (8192 x 4320) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97 fps [300 Mb/s]
UHD 8K (7680 x 4856) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97 fps [300 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 50/59.94 fps [100 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 at 23.98/25/29.97/50/100/120 fps [20 to 100 Mb/s]
H.264 ALL-Intra 4:2:2 10-Bit
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/47.95/48.00/50/59.94 fps [400 to 600 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/47.95/48.00/50/59.94 fps [400 to 600 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/47.95/48.00/50/59.94/100/120 fps [200 to 400 Mb/s]
ProRes 422 HQ
1920 x 1080 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps [181 to 454 Mb/s]
External Recording Modes
4:2:2/4:2:0 8/10-Bit via HDMI
DCI 8K (8192 x 4320) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97 fps
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.98/24.00 fps
1920 x 1080 at 23.98/24.00 fps
Fast-/Slow-Motion Support
Slow-Motion Only
Gamma Curve
Rec 2100 HLG, Rec709, Rec2020
Recording Limit
No
IP Streaming
No
Built-In Microphone
Stereo
Audio Recording
AAC Audio
LPCM Audio
Interface
Media/Memory Card Slot
Slot 1: CFexpress Type B
Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O
1x Micro-HDMI 2.1 Output
Audio I/O
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Input
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TS Mono Headphone Output
Power I/O
1x USB-C Input
Other I/O
1x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Output (Shared with Power Input)
Wireless
2.4 / 5 GHz MIMO Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Bluetooth 5.0
Mobile App Compatible
Yes: Android & iOS
App Name: Leica FOTOS
Functionality: Access Stored Files, Adjust Settings, Firmware Update, Remote Control
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)
GPS
*Via Connected Smartphone
Monitor
Display Size
3.2"
Resolution
2,332,800 Dot
Display Type
Tilting Touchscreen LED
Secondary Display
Top: 1.28" LCD Status Display
Viewfinder
Type
Built-In Electronic (OLED)
Size
0.5"
Resolution
5,760,000 Dot
Eye Point
21 mm
Coverage
100%
Magnification
Approx. 0.76x
Diopter Adjustment
-4 to +2
Focus
Focus Type
Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Mode
Continuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus Points
Contrast Detection, Phase Detection: 315
Flash
Built-In Flash/Light
No
Maximum Sync Speed
1/200 Second
Flash Compensation
-2 to +2 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash System
TTL
External Flash Connection
Shoe Mount
Environmental
Operating Temperature
14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
General
Battery Type
1x BP-SCL6 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 2200 mAh (Approx. 260 Shots)
Shoe Mount
1x Hot Shoe
Tripod Mounting Thread
1x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Material of Construction
Aluminum, Magnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)
5.6 x 4.3 x 3.3" / 141.2 x 108 x 84.6 mm
Weight
1.7 lb / 769 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
3.435 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
9.3 x 8.5 x 5.9"

Leica SL3 Reviews

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Does the SL3 have a micro or full sized HDMI ...

Does the SL3 have a micro or full sized HDMI port? The B&H specs state micro.
Asked by: Gerald
The Leica SL3 Mirrorless Camera has a full HDMI Type-A output for external monitors or recording devices.
Answered by: Cindy H
Date published: 2024-03-14

Where can I find an L-plate for this camera?

Where can I find an L-plate for this camera?
Asked by: Dennis
The Leica SL3 Mirrorless Camera is a new camera and as of 07/01/26, we don't have a dedicated L-plate for this camera.
Answered by: Samik G
Date published: 2024-07-01

Does the shutter close when turned off?

Does the shutter close when turned off?
Asked by: Bryan
No, the Leica SL3 Mirrorless Camera does not have a closed shutter when turned off.
Answered by: Cindy H
Date published: 2024-03-10

I own numerous Phase One lenses - can Leica ...

I own numerous Phase One lenses - can Leica introduce a full function adapter to accommodate their use on this platform?
Asked by: Thomas
Regarding the Leica SL3 Mirrorless Camera, there is no adapter for Phase One lenses to a Leica camera mount.
Answered by: Elliot
Date published: 2024-03-12

1.) Will SL3 and Leica L lenses support focus ...

1.) Will SL3 and Leica L lenses support focus stacking?
Asked by: Thomas
No, the Leica SL3 Mirrorless Camera does not support focus stacking.
Answered by: Cindy H
Date published: 2024-03-12

Does the SL3 allow focus bracketing, a feature ...

Does the SL3 allow focus bracketing, a feature missing in previous Leica cameras?
Asked by: Jakob
Leica SL3 Mirrorless Camera does not have an internal focus bracketing option at the moment. This could be done through a potential firmware update in the future.
Answered by: Llinelva D
Date published: 2024-03-07

Will the SL3 have a high-res multishot pixel ...

Will the SL3 have a high-res multishot pixel shift mode like the SL2/SL2-S?
Asked by: John
As of 05/21/24, the Leica SL3 Mirrorless Camera doesn't have a high-res multishot pixel shift mode like the SL2/SL2-S. Leica hasn't released information if this mode will be provided in future through a firmware upgrade.
Answered by: Samik G
Date published: 2024-05-21

Any open gate modes?

Any open gate modes?
Asked by: Robert
Open Gate is not supported on the Leica SL3 Mirrorless Camera.
Answered by: Dan W
Date published: 2024-03-12
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