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Product Highlights
  • 64MP CMOS Sensor
  • Medium Format
  • 3 FPS Continuous Shooting
  • ISO 100-50000 ISO Sensitivity
  • 4K (4096 x 2160p) at 24 fps Video Recording
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Overview

Leica S3
The One.

The new flagship medium format DSLR arrives

The new flagship from Leica packs a brand new 64 megapixel 30 x 45 mm medium format sensor, expanded 4K video capabilities and some of the most dramatic imaging potential from a camera system – for use both in the studio and out in the field. Capture the world with the storied Leica look in the highest fidelity possible.

Key Features:

  • New 64mp medium format sensor for unprecendeted image quality from Leica S-Lenses
  • 4K video recording across the full width of the sensor for the signature Leica look in video
  • ISO range of 100-50,000 for workign in any lighting scenario
  • Dual shutter system with Focal Plane Shutter of Central Shutter lens options
  • Rugged and weather sealed build for use in the field and withstanding the elements
  • Tethered shooting workflow options for use in the professional studio
  • Leica FOTOS connectivity for mobile editing solutions on iPad, iPhone and Android

Leica S-Lenses are the highest quality optics in the medium format world, and with fast autofocus and burst shooting, the S3 is a system that can excel in just about any application. High-speed lenses such as the Leica Summicron-S 100 f/2 ASPH. encapsulate the benefits of the S-System – the Leica look and falloff from incredible sharpness to beautifully blurred bokeh that is a signature style of SCameras, now at an even higher resolution with the S3. With 16 lenses to choose from, some equipped with Central Shutters for high-speed flash sync, the Leica S3 is equipped to meet the needs of any pro in need of a workhorse system.

The excellence of the Leica S3 is the result of an extremely well-thought-out overall system. All of its individual components are precisely matched to one another and interact in perfect harmony to create the inimitable Leica look. Developed in close collaboration with professional photographers, the S3 expertly fulfils their particular needs – with its exceptional picture quality and outstanding flexibility, paired with uncomplicated handling and extreme robustness. All components of the Leica S3 – from the lenses and the body to the sensor – are precisely matched to one another. The S3 and its lenses are manufactured with the utmost care in Germany. This unique system has been created by Leica to fulfil only one purpose: the maximisation of creative freedom to ensure that the decisive moment is never missed.

ProFormat Sensor
Pictures with depth

The S3 features the next generation of the Leica ProFormat sensor, now with 64-megapixel resolution.

With dimensions of 30 x 45mm, it corresponds to the aspect ratio of the classic 35mm format, while offering a light sensitive surface area that is larger by 56%. This change not only had a positive influence on image quality, but was also a significant factor in achieving the characteristic medium format look of pictures shot with the Leica S3.

Autofocus
Fast to the point

The revised and improved predictive autofocus system of the Leica S3 always looks one step ahead. The lens and the camera act together as a perfect unit that takes the most direct way to sharp images. The autofocus is designed to quickly yet smoothly move to optimum image sharpness and can even incorporate corrections made in the very last fraction of a second. In a way that is absolutely essential for dynamic photography, it recognises all movements of a subject during the focusing process.

Medium format video
Movie magic

With its Leica CMOS sensor and Maestro II series image processor, the Leica S3 has all the essential technology for shooting professional video footage in 4K cinema resolution and full-HD.

The full width of the sensor is leveraged at every resolution, which also lends video recordings the special look familiar with photos in medium format.

Controls and Handling
Logical and intuitive

An intuitive operating concept that relies on the absolute minimum number of control elements has been created for the Leica S3.

The two central control elements of the Leica S3 are the click wheel and the five-way joystick, both of which are conveniently positioned for operation by the photographer’s right thumb. Through these functions, the photographer controls the aperture and navigates through the menus on the rear display, which is also surrounded by four buttons.

Maestro II Processor
Designed to fulfil the need for speed

The electronic components of the Leica S3 are designed to enable maximum data transfer speeds. Thanks to more than 9,800 parallel D/A converters, image data from the sensor is read in the shortest possible times without any loss of quality.

They are then processed by the Maestro II processor, which has been specially developed for Leica.

Workflow

The Leica S3 provides a free choice of workflow. Perfectly matched to the needs of the camera, the Leica Image Shuttle software ensures an efficient and professional photographic workflow in which all relevant image properties such as subject composition, framing, sharpness and exposure can be viewed and assessed on larger monitor screens. 

DNG File Format

The image data captured by the Leica S3 can be saved in the future-proof DNG format (Digital Negative) – the only standardised cross-brand format that is not tied to a specific RAW data converter and can be read by the majority of image processing software packages. This means that the Leica S3 can be seamlessly integrated into every existing working environment.

Lenses
Pure precision

The lenses are crucial when it comes to the quality of any camera system. All S-System lenses have been built to achieve nothing less than maximum optical performance. Perfect reproduction of colours and skin tones, unrivalled contrast rendition, precisely defined planes of focus and harmonious bokeh; the image quality is always perfect regardless of the aperture or focusing distance.

What's Included

S3 Medium Format DSLR Camera Body
S BP-PRO1 Leica Battery
Quick Charger S (including adapter for EU, UK, US)
Camera Strap S
Eyepiece Cap S
Camera Cap S
Lemo® USB 3.0 Cable S
Lemo® Flashsync Cable S

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Product Specifications

Leica S3

Camera type Medium Format DSLR

Sensor

Type Leica CMOS-Sensor with microlenses
Size 30 x 45 mm (Leica ProFormat)
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Resolution 64 Mio pixel
Pixel Pitch 4,6 μm
Dynamic Range Up to 15 f-stops
Color Resolution 14 Bit per pixel
JPEG Color Space sRGB/Adobe® RGB/ECI RGB 2.0
White Balance Presets: daylight, clouds, shade, tungsten, HMI, neon warm, neon cool, flash, grey card, LiveView grey card, autoWB,
color temperature (Kelvin)
Lowpass Filter No (for maximal detail transfer)
IR Filter On sensor
Moirée Reduction Workflow software
ISO ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500, ISO 25000, ISO 50000, autoISO
Meta Data Meta-Data Copyright Information

Lens

Lens Mount Leica S mount designed for Leica S lenses
Crop Factor 0.8 equivalent to 35 mm format

Focussing

Type Predictive TTL autofocus with central cross sensor and phase detection
AF Modes AFs (single) = AF single, AFc (continuos) = predictive AF continuous, manual override
AF Look Shutter release button, joystick
MF Via lens with electronic focusing aid

Exposure Mode

Exposure Metering TTL (through the lens)
Exposure Metering Modes Multifield (5 field), center weighted, spot (3,5 %)
Exposure Lock Shutter release button, joystick
Metering Range (2,5 and ISO 100)
Spot: EV 2,7–20, multifield and center weighted: EV 1,2–20
Exposure Modes P: full automatic (with manual exposure shift), T: exposure time priority, A: aperture priority, M: manual exposure control
Exposure Compensation ± 3 f-stops (half steps)
Bracketing 3 or 5 exposures. ½, 1, 2, 3 f-stops

Shutter

Shutter Focal plain shutter, central shutter with Leica CS lenses
Type Microprocessor controlled metal blades
Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Interval, Selftimer 2 s/12 s (with mirror-up)
Shutter Speed 8 min (depending on ISO) up to 1/4000 in half steps
Frame Rate Up to 3 fps
Shutter Release Button Two-step
Self Timer 2 s or 12 s with mirror up
Mirror Up Provided

Motion

Motion Cine 4K and Full HD with full sensor width (large-format video)
Resolution Full HD: 1920 x 1080 p, Cine 4K: 4096 x 2160 p
Frame Rate Full HD: 24, 25, 30 fps, Cine 4K: 24 fps
File Format MOV (Motion JPEG)
Color Sampling 4:2:2, 8 Bit
Exposure Control Manual/auto
Audio Control Manual/auto
Audio Internal Stereo microphone in camera, 48 kHz, 16 bit
Audio External Audio-In (3,5 mm phone jack), Audio-Out (3,5 mm phone jack) via Leica Audio-Adapter S
Time Code Internal
Others Focus peaking, clean uncompressed 8 bit 4:2:2 HDMI video stream dedicated for external HDMI recorders

Live View

Frame Rate Up to 60 fps
Focus Control Manual. AF-field can be positioned variable
Exposure Metering Modes Multifield, center weighted, spot (linked with the AF field)
Exposure Simulation Provided
Others Histogram with clipping, focus peaking, horizon, setting information

Viewfinder

Type Pentaprism Viewfinder with high eyepoint-eyepiece, illuminated LCD-information
Magnification 0,87 (at 70 mm, infinity, 0 dpt.)
Coverage Approx. 98 %
Diopter Correction -3 to +1 diopter
Focussing Screens Changeable, standard with AF cross and spot field (scope of delivery), grid screen, micro prism screen
Viewfinder Information Horizon, exposure time, exposure metering mode, aperture, flash status, exposure balance, flash synchronization
indicator, focus indicator, exposure metering method, exposure compensation, remaining shots (on storage medium),
buffer, warnings, ISO

Displays

Back Panel Display 3" brilliant TFT LCD
Resolution 921,600 pixels
Color Space sRGB, 16 million colors
Frame Coverage 100 %
View Angle 170°
Cover Glass Corning®Gorilla®Glass
Top Display Monochrome LCD

Flash

Interface Lemo® Flash-Sync. Hot shoe with middle and control contacts
X-Synchronization FPS 1/125 s
X-Synchronization FPS 1/125 s. X-Synchronization CS Up to 1/1.000 s
High Speed Synchronization HSS function up to 1/4000 s (with supported external flash units)
X-Sync Modes Start/end exposure

Capture

Drive Mode Single, Continuous, Interval, Self-timer 2 s with mirror-up function, Self-timer 12 s with mirror-up function

Image Data

Image Data Format DNG lossless compressed, DNG+JPEG
File Size DNG: approx. 70 MB (depending on image content and ISO),
JPEG: approx. 2-30MB (depending on resolution, image content and ISO)
Frame Rate Up to 3.0 fps
Buffer DNG lossless compressed up to 15 images, JPEG no limit (depending on memory medium, exposure time and ISO)
Storage CF cards (max. UDMA 7), SD-/SDHC-/SDXC- < 512 GB memory cards UHS-I (recommended), UHS-II, 4K video recordings
can only be stored on SD cards (UHS-I)

Others

Play Mode Full image, histogram with clipping, focus peaking, image information
Languages English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese traditional, Chinese simple, Russian, Korean, Portuguese
Firmware Update Update via memory card
GPS Provided
WLAN 802.11n standard, integrated in camera, camera and picture control via smartphone or tablet app
Date/Time GPS auto time and date or manual
Horizon Sensitivity < 1° (0–40° temperature)

Interfaces

USB Lemo® USB 3.0 SuperSpeed
HDMI HDM Type C
Audio Audio-Adapter (Audio-in, Audio-out, Time-Code)
X-synchronization Lemo® Flash-Sync
Cable Release Lemo® Cable Release
Contact strip bottom plate For Multifunction Handgrip S

Power Supply

Battery Leica Battery S BP-PRO1, Lithium-ion battery 7.3 V, 2300 mAh
AC-Adapter Leica AC-Adapter S for Leica S (from Typ 007) (available as accessory)
Charger Leica Quick Charger S. Inputs: 100-240 V AC, 50/60Hz, 12/24 V DC Output: 7,2 V DC, 1250 mA.
Leica Professional Charger S

Body

Material Magnesium body anti-slip rubberized, magnesium top plate, aluminum bottom plate, stainless steel bayonet and
operation elements
Environment 0 to +45° C, 15 %–80 % humidity
Dimensions 160 x 80 x 120 mm (6.3 x 3.15 x 4.72 in)
Weight Approx. 1.260 g/40.51 oz (without battery)
Dust/ Spraywater Sealing Provided
Tripod Threat 1/4" and 3/8" with anti-twist locking pins

Supported Accessories (optional)

Flash Leica SF 60, Leica SF 40, Leica SF C1
Others Leica Multifunction Handgrip S, Leica Hand Strap S, Professional Charger S, Leica AC-Adapter S,
Leica System Case S, Leica HDMI Cable, Leica Grid Screen S, Leica Microprism Screen S, Leica Standard Screen S,
Leica Cable Release S, Leica S-Adapter C/H/V/M645/P67, Leica Audio-Adapter S

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