Full-Frame Sensor with Triple Resolution Technology and Image Stabilisation

The Leica SL3's 60-megapixel sensor offers a dynamic range of up to 15 stops, 14-bit color depth, and exceptionally good noise reduction, guaranteeing breathtaking images. Available in three different resolutions: 60, 36, and 18 megapixels, in both DNG and JPG formats. Its ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 50 to ISO 100.000, ensuring outstanding results in all lighting conditions. Additionally, camera shake is efficiently compensated by the 5-axis image stabilization (IBIS)

Maestro IV Processor

This state-of-the-art image processor ensures a fast and reliable operation of the Leica SL3’s photo and video applications. Optimized noise characteristics, rapid signal processing, and the unique Leica color reproduction are just a few of the many aspects this high-performance processor with L2 technology brings to photography and videography, creating the unmistakable Leica look. Specifically for videographers, the Maestro IV supports the data transfer speed of the CFexpress Type B interface and the ability to record 8K videos and a range of highly efficient video codecs. 

Precise Autofocus System

The SL3’s autofocus system combines three technologies using efficient algorithms. Depending on the shooting situation, the interplay of phase detection (PDAF), depth map (Object Detection AF), and contrast detection (Contrast Detection AF) are optimally adjusted. As a result, the SL3 produces perfectly sharp images in any light. Intelligent subject recognition also supports the photography of dynamic scenes. The strengths of each technology are combined into a highly precise system that effortlessly meets all professional requirements. 

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Leica SL3 Camera with Display

Unique Leica UX Design

Leica's product design has always gained an international reputation. The Leica SL3 exceeds all the demands for an intuitive and user-focused operation. With its sophisticated icon and menu design, a touch screen with gesture control, and clearly structured navigation, the design facilitates a smooth workflow during shooting. Separated by photo and video functions with their own color scheme: red for photo and yellow for video. 

Customisable to Individual Preferences

The SL3's main functions can be fully customized to individual needs. Freely assignable FN buttons and additional controls are included, as well as the customizable allocation of frequently used functions in the control center on the tiltable 3.2-inch touch display. Thanks to the floating design, the icons on the display automatically adjust to the camera's orientation, ensuring optimal readability. With its energy-saving standby mode, the SL3 is ready to shoot at the click of the shutter button. 

Optimised Design

The SL3 is noticeably lighter and more compact than its predecessors and fits excellently in the hand. An optimized camera design ensures all currently available Leica L-Mount lenses are perfectly balanced, making the SL3 a particularly comfortable tool for demanding creatives. The elegant leather finish also found on the separately available handgrip, provides an optimal grip and a sophisticated feel. 

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Man in an icecave

Fully Sealed Housing Made in Germany

The Leica SL3 impresses with its robust construction, designed to withstand the challenges of daily use at all times. Exclusive high-quality materials give the SL3 longevity and reliability for years to come. This is also supported by continuous firmware updates that can be easily installed with the Leica FOTOS App. The IP54 certification of the solid full-metal housing guarantees extended protection against moisture and dust, allowing the camera to be used for both photo and video shoots even under adverse production conditions. 

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Leica SL3 Viewfinder

High-Resolution EyeRes® Viewfinder

The eyepiece of the SL3's electronic viewfinder is meticulously crafted with high-quality coated glass lenses. This enables optimal display of the OLED displays' image inside with a resolution of 5.76 million pixels and up to 120 B/s. Allowing the exposure and composition to be reliably assessed in the Live Preview. Thanks to the integrated eye sensor, an automatic switch between the viewfinder and the live view display occurs when the camera is not held directly to the eye. 

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Leica SL3 left Slots

Fast Data Transfer with or without Cables

Among the many interfaces for data transfer and connectivity of the SL3 are slots for CFexpress Type B and UHS-II SD cards, a USB-C port for fast data transfer, tethering, and charging, as well as an HDMI Type-A output for external monitors or recording devices. A dedicated timecode interface ensures the synchronization of images and sound in video productions with multiple cameras. Additionally, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with MIMO technology ensure a stable and fast connection to the Leica FOTOS App. As a result, photos in full DNG resolution can be transferred from the camera to a mobile device within approximately 2 seconds. A mobile workflow that keeps up with the times. 

Technical data

Camera-Type Mirrorless full-frame system camera
Dimensions (WxHxD) 141.2 x 108 x 84.6 mm
Weight Approx. 769 g (without battery, SD card, camera bayonet cover)
Sensor-size CMOS sensor, 60.3 MP (effective)
Buffer 8 GB
Storage medium UHS-II (recommended), UHS-I, SD/SDHC/SDXC card + CFexpress card type B (recommended)
Material All-metal housing: magnesium and aluminum, synthetic leather cover, protected against splash water according to IEC standard 60529 (protection class IP54)
Lens mount Leica L bayonet with contact strip for communication between lens and camera
Operating conditions -10 °C to +40 °C
Interfaces ISO accessory shoe with additional control contacts
Timecode interface  
HDMI socket 2.1 Type A
USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C
Audio output 3.5 mm/audio input 3.5 mm
Communication interface in the base cover for multifunctional handle
Tripod thread A 1/4 DIN 4503 (1/4") stainless steel in the base
Processor Leica Maestro series (Maestro IV)
Image stabilization 5-axis image stabilization
Filter RGB color filter, UV/IR filter, no low-pass filter
File formats Photo: 
DNG™ (raw data), DNG + JPG, JPG (DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31)

Video:
MP4
h.265 AAC 48 kHz/16 bit
h.264 AAC 48 kHz/16 bit

MOV:
h.265 LPCM 48 kHz/24 bit
h.264 LPCM 48 kHz/24 bit
ProRes LPCM 48 kHz/24 bit
 

Photo resolution  
35mm: JPG L 9520 x 6336 60.3 MP, M 7392 x 4928 36.4 MP, S 5280 x 3504 18.5 MP
35mm: DNG L 9520 x 6336 60.3 MP, M 7404 x 4928 36.5 MP, S 5288 x 3518 18.6 MP
APS-C: JPG L 6256 x 4160 26.0 MP, M 4864 x 3232 15.7 MP, S 3472 x 2304 8.0 MP
APS-C: DNG L 6256 x 4168 26.1 MP, M 4868 x 3242 15.8 MP, S 3476 x 2314 8.0 MP
File size  
DNG™: approx. 70 MB, depending on resolution and image content
JPG: depending on resolution and image content
Video: max. length depending on ambient temperature and available storage space
Color depth  
DNG™: 14 bit (12 bit also possible depending on the continuous shooting mode)
JPG: 8 bit
Color space  
Photo: sRGB
Video: Rec. 709/Rec. 2020 (HLG/L-Log)
Video recording mode  
Video-mode: P - A - S - M
Cine-mode: M
Video resolution  
C8K (17:9) 8192 x 4320
8K (16:9) 7680 x 4320
C4K (17:9) 4096 x 2160
4K (16:9) 3840 x 2160
Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080
Video frame rate/bit rate  
MOV C8K (recording on SD) 29.97 fps C8K 4:2:0 / 10 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
25.00 fps C8K 4:2:0 / 10 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
24.00 fps C8K 4:2:0 / 10 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
23.98 fps C8K 4:2:0 / 10 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
MOV C8K (HDMI output without HLG/L-Log and without recording to SD) 29.97 fps 8K 4:2:0 / 8 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
25.00 fps 8K 4:2:0 / 8 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
24.00 fps 8K 4:2:0 / 8 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
23.98 fps 8K 4:2:0 / 8 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
MOV C8K (HDMI output with HLG/L-Log or during recording on SD) 29.97 fps C4K 4:2:2 / 10 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
25.00 fps C4K 4:2:2 / 10 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
24.00 fps C4K 4:2:2 / 10 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
23.98 fps C4K 4:2:2 / 10 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
MOV 8K (recording on SD) 29.97 fps 8K 4:2:0 / 10 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
25.00 fps 8K 4:2:0 / 10 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
24.00 fps 8K 4:2:0 / 10 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
23.98 fps 8K 4:2:0 / 10 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
MOV 8K (HDMI output without HLG/L-Log and without recording to SD) 29.97 fps 8K 4:2:0 / 8 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
25.00 fps 8K 4:2:0 / 8 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
24.00 fps 8K 4:2:0 / 8 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
23.98 fps 8K 4:2:0 / 8 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
MOV 8K (HDMI output with HLG/L-Log or during recording on SD) 29.97 fps 4K 4:2:2 / 8 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
25.00 fps 4K 4:2:2 / 8 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
24.00 fps 4K 4:2:2 / 8 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
23.98 fps 4K 4:2:2 / 8 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
MOV C4K 59.94 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h.264 ALL-I 600 Mbps
50.00 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h.264 ALL-I 600 Mbps
48.00 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD) h.264 ALL-I 600 Mbps
24.00 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (HDMI) h.264 ALL-I 600 Mbps
47.95 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD) h.264 ALL-I 600 Mbps
23.98 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (HDMI) h.264 ALL-I 600 Mbps
29.97 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD& HDMI) h.264 ALL-I 400 Mbps
25.00 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD& HDMI) h.264 ALL-I 400 Mbps
24.00 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD& HDMI) h.264 ALL-I 400 Mbps
23.98 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD& HDMI) h.264 ALL-I 400 Mbps
MOV 4K 59.94 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h. 264 ALL-I 600 Mbps
50.00 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h. 264 ALL-I 600 Mbps
48.00 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD) h. 264 ALL-I 600 Mbps
24.00 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (HDMI) h. 264 ALL-I 600 Mbps
47.95 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD) h. 264 ALL-I 600 Mbps
23.98 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (HDMI) h. 264 ALL-I 600 Mbps
29.97 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h. 264 ALL-I 400 Mbps
25.00 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h. 264 ALL-I 400 Mbps
24.00 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h. 264 ALL-I 400 Mbps
23.98 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h. 264 ALL-I 400 Mbps
MOV FHD 119.88 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h.264 ALL-I 400 Mbps
100.00 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h.264 ALL-I 400 Mbps
59.94 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h.264 ALL-I 200 Mbps
50.00 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h.264 ALL-I 200 Mbps
48.00 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD) h.264 ALL-I 200 Mbps
24.00 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (HDMI) 
47.95 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD) h.264 ALL-I 200 Mbps
23.98 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (HDMI) 
29.97 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h.264 ALL-I 200 Mbps
25.00 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h.264 ALL-I 200 Mbps
24.00 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h.264 ALL-I 200 Mbps
23.98 fps 4:2:2 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h.264 ALL-I 200 Mbps
MOV FHD Slow Motion Sensor: 119.88 fps
Recording/output: 29.97 fps
4:2:0 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h.265 L-GOP 100 Mbps
Sensor: 100.00 fps 
Recording/output: 25.00 fps
4:2:0 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h.265 L-GOP 100 Mbps
MOV FHD ProRes 59,94 B/s 422HQ ProRes 454 Mbps
50,00 B/s 422HQ ProRes 378 Mbps
29,97 B/s 422HQ ProRes 227 Mbps
25,00 B/s 422HQ ProRes 189 Mbps
24,00 B/s 422HQ ProRes 182 Mbps
23,98 B/s 422HQ ProRes 181 Mbps
MP4 8K (recording on SD) 29.97 fps 8K 4:2:0 / 10 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
25.00 fps 8K 4:2:0 / 10 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
23.98 fps 8K 4:2:0 / 10 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
MP4 8K (HDMI output without recording to SD) 29.97 fps 8K 4:2:0 / 8 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
25.00 fps 8K 4:2:0 / 8 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
23.98 fps 8K 4:2:0 / 8 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
MP4 8K (HDMI output during recording to SD) 29.97 fps 4K 4:2:2 / 10 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
25.00 fps 4K 4:2:2 / 10 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
23.98 fps 4K 4:2:2 / 10 bit h.265 L-GOP 300 Mbps
MP4 4K 59.94 fps 4:2:0 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h.265 L-GOP 100 Mbps
50.00 fps 4:2:0 / 10 bit (SD & HDMI) h.265 L-GOP 100 Mbps
29.97 fps 4:2:0 / 8 bit (SD & HDMI) h.264 L-GOP 100 Mbps
25.00 fps 4:2:0 / 8 bit (SD & HDMI) h.264 L-GOP 100 Mbps
23.98 fps 4:2:0 / 8 bit (SD & HDMI) h.264 L-GOP 100 Mbps
MP4 FHD 59.94 fps 4:2:0 / 8 bit (SD & HDMI) h.264 L-GOP 28 Mbps
50.00 fps 4:2:0 / 8 bit (SD & HDMI) h.264 L-GOP 28 Mbps
29.97 fps 4:2:0 / 8 bit (SD & HDMI) h.264 L-GOP 20 Mbps
25.00 fps 4:2:0 / 8 bit (SD & HDMI) h.264 L-GOP 20 Mbps
23.98 fps 4:2:0 / 8 bit (SD & HDMI) h.264 L-GOP 24 Mbps
Video Gamma Rec. 709, L-Log Rec. 2020, HLG Rec. 2020, further information can be found in the "L-Log Reference Manual" for download on the Leica website.
Viewfinder/monitor  
Viewfinder (EVF) Resolution: 5,760,000 pixels (dots), 60 fps or 120 fps, magnification: approx. 0.76x with aspect ratio 3:2 / approx. 0.78x with aspect ratio 4:3, image coverage: 100 %, exit pupil position: 21 mm, adjustable from -4 dpt to +2 dpt, with eye sensor for automatic switching between viewfinder and monitor, time delay 0.005 s
Monitor 3.2" (backlight LED) with anti-fingerprint and anti-scratch coating, 2,332,800 pixels (dots), 3:2 format, touch display
Top display 1.28" highly reflective transflective monochrome LCD, 128 x 128 pixels, viewing angle 120°; anti-fingerprint coating
Shutter  
Shutter type Electronically controlled focal plane shutter/electronic shutter
Shutter speeds Mech. Shutter: 60 m to 1/8000 s
Electric shutter function: 60 s to 1/16000 s
Flash synchronization: up to 1/200 s
Shutter button Two-stage (1st stage: activation of the camera electronics including autofocus and exposure metering; 2nd stage: shutter release)
Image sequence  
Picture Series 2 fps, 14 bit, AF, Mechanical or Electric Shutter, AFc, even if AFs or Intelligent AF is selected
4 fps, 14 bit, AF, mechanical or electric shutter, AFc, even if AFs or Intelligent AF is selected
5 fps, 14 bit, AF, mechanical or electric shutter, AFc, even if AFs or Intelligent AF is selected
6 fps, 14 bit, AF*, mechanical or electric shutter, no refocusing
7 fps, 14 bit, AF*, mechanical or electric shutter, no refocusing
9 fps, 14 bit, AF*, electric shutter, no refocusing
15 fps, 14 bit, AF*, electric shutter, no refocusing
* Automatic settings (exposure settings in the operating modes P/A/S, automatic white balance and autofocus)
are determined before the first shot and apply to all subsequent shots in the series.
Focusing  
Work area Lens-dependent
Focus mode Automatic or manual
With manual setting: optional magnifying glass function (auto magnification) and edge marking (focus peaking) available as focusing aids
Autofocus system Hybrid AF by combining contrast measurement, depth map and phase comparison measurement with AF measuring points in the sensor.
Autofocus modes Intelligent AF (automatically refocuses as soon as something changes in the scene), AFs, AFc, AF setting can be saved, optional touch AF
Autofocus metering methods Multi-field, spot (movable), field (movable and scalable), zone (movable and scalable), tracking, person detection, animal (beta)
Autofocus metering areas 315
Exposure  
Exposure metering TTL (exposure metering through the lens)
Exposure metering methods Spot, center emphasized, bright areas emphasized, multi-field
Exposure modes Program automatic (P)
Aperture priority (A): manual setting of the aperture
Shutter priority (S): manual setting of the shutter speed
Manual (M): manual setting of shutter speed and aperture
Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3 EV steps or 1/2 EV steps
Auto bracketing 3 or 5 exposures, gradations between exposures up to 3 EV, in 1/3 EV steps, optional additional exposure compensation: up to ±3 EV
ISO sensitivity range Auto ISO: Photo ISO 100-ISO 100 000
Auto ISO: Video ISO 100-ISO 100 000
Auto ISO: Video L-Log/HLG ISO 400-ISO 100 000
Manual: Photo ISO 50-ISO 100 000
Manual: Video ISO 50-ISO 100 000
Manual: Video L-Log/HLG ISO 50-ISO 100 000
White balance Automatic (Auto), presets (Sunny, Cloudy, Shade, Tungsten, HMI, Fluorescent (warm), Fluorescent (cool), Flash),
manual measurement (gray card (pipette), gray card), manual color temperature setting (color temperature, 2000 K to 11500 K)
Flash  
Flash unit connection About accessory shoe
Flash sync speed 1/200 s, slower shutter speeds can be used, if the sync speed falls below: with HSS-compatible Leica flash units, automatic switchover to TTL linear flash mode
Flash metering Using center-weighted TTL pre-flash metering with Leica flash units (SF 26, SF 40, SF 58, SF 60, SF 64) or system-compatible flash units, SF C1 remote flash control
Flash exposure compensation SF 40: ±2 EV in 1/2 EV steps
SF 60: ±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Equipment  
Microphone Stereo internal + microphone input 3.5 mm stereo jack
Loudspeaker Mono internal + headphone output 3.5 mm jack stereo
WLAN The "Leica FOTOS" app is required to use the WLAN function. Available in the Apple App Store™ or in the Google Play Store™.
EU/US/CN, IEEE802.11b/g/n, 2.4 GHz, channel 1-11 (2412-2462 MHz)
EU/US/CN, Client mode, (for indoor use only) IEEE802.11a/n/ac, 5 GHz, channel 36-64 (5180-5320 MHz)
EU/US/CN, Access point + client mode, IEEE802.11a/n/ac, channel 149-165 (5745-5825 MHz)
JP, Access point + client mode, (for indoor use only) IEEE802.11a/n/ac, 5 GHz, channel 36-48 (5180-5240 MHz)
JP, client mode, (for indoor use only) IEEE802.11a/n/ac, channel 52-144 (5260-5720 MHz)
GPS Can be activated via the Leica FOTOS app, not available everywhere due to country-specific legislation. Data is written to the Exif header of the image files.
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 LE: Kanal 0-39 (2402-2480 MHz)
Menu languages English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean
Power supply  
Rechargeable battery (Leica BP-SCL6) Lithium-ion battery, rated voltage 7.2 V (DC); capacity 2200 mAh (min.), 260 shots (according to CIPA standard),
1350 shots (according to CIPA standard with adjusted shooting cycle*) with display/AF auto off = 5 s);
Factory: Panasonic Energy (Wuxi) Co. Ltd, manufactured in China 
USB-C power supply unit (Leica ACA-SCL6) (optionally available)
Input: AC voltage 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz, 0.25 A, automatic switching;
Output: DC voltage 5 V/9 V, 3 A; Manufacturer: Salom Electric (Xiamen) Co, Ltd, made in China
Dual charger (Leica BC-SCL6) (optionally available)
Input: DC voltage 5 V/3 A, 9 V/3 A, automatic switching;
Output: DC voltage 8.4 V, 850 mA/1000 mA; Manufacturer: Salom Electric (Xiamen) Co., Ltd., made in China
Charging via USB During operation: 9 V/3 A (min. 27 W)
When the camera is switched off: 5 V/1500 mA (2.5 W or more)

Firmware and Downloads

Technical Data Files
Leica SL3 - Technical Data
English
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Firmware
Leica SL3 - Release Notes Firmware 1.1.0
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Leica SL3 - Firmware 1.1.0
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Instructions
Leica SL3 - Quick Start Guide
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Leica SL3 - Instructions
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pdf (31.97 MB)
Tools & Software
Leica Look Up Tables (LUT)
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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Tethering Plug-in
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