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Leica S3

The new flagship medium format DSLR arrives

The much anticipated Leica S3 medium format camera, first announced at photokina, is now shipping. 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.

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.

Leica Camera is happy to announce a new cooperation with Capture One. Capture One 21 Pro allows photographers to tether their camera to a computer by cable. The software offers advantages such as a powerful Color Editor tool, as well as a straightforward user interface that can easily be adapted to the photographer's requirements. The new version of Capture One 21 Pro includes improved import options, simple Brush tool settings, as well as the new Pro Standard color profiles, which prevent color shifts when making changes to the contrast. Exposure settings can be controlled from Capture One 21 Pro and photos can be taken remotely from the software. Tethering with the Leica S and SL-system has never been easier.

The essentials:

  • 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 working 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


New 64mp medium format sensor

4K video recording across the full width of the sensor

The LEICA Camera Blog

  • Camera type:
    Digital medium-format single lens reflex camera for use with Leica S-Lenses
  • Image sensor Type:
    Leica CMOS sensor with micro-lens layer
  • Size:
    30 × 45 mm (Leica Pro Format)
  • Aspect ratio:
  • Resolution:
    64 megapixels
  • Pixel pitch:
    6 µm
  • Dynamic range:
    15 stops
  • Color depth:
    16 bits per pixel
  • Color spaces:
    sRGB, Adobe RGB, ECI RGB 2.0.
  • White balance:
    Presets: daylight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, HMI, fluorescent warm, fluorescent cool, flash, grey card (determined from image), grey card Live View, automatic, color temperature (kelvin)
  • Low-pass filter / IR filter:
    No / on sensor
  • Moiré suppression:
    In external image-processing software (e.g. with the Adobe Lightroom® software provided with the camera)
  • Lens mount:
    Leica S-Bayonet for Leica S-Lenses
  • Focal length:
    Dependent on Leica S-Lens attached, conversion factor to 35 mm film equivalent 0.8×
  • Focusing Type:
    Predictive AF with center cross-sensor defined by cross-hairs on the focusing screen, focusing drive integrated in lenses
  • AF modes:
    AFs (single) = focus priority, AFc (continuous) = predictive focus tracking, MF (manual), manual override possible at any time
  • AF memory:
    Shutter release or five-way switch
  • Manual focus:
    With lens focusing ring
  • Exposure metering:
    Exposure metering through the lens (TTL)
  • Metering modes:
    Multi-segment metering (five fields), center-weighted integral metering, selective (spot) metering (3.5% of image frame)
  • AE lock:
    Shutter release or joystick
  • Metering range:
    (at f/2.5 and ISO 100) Spot metering: EV 2.7 - 20, center-weighted and multi-segment metering: EV 1.2 - 20
  • Exposure control:
    Program AE (with shift function) (P), shutter priority AE (T), aperture priority AE (A), manual metering (M)
  • Exposure compensation:
    ± 3 EV in half-EV increments
  • Bracketing (AEB):
    Three/five exposures (automatic/manual), half, one, two or three stops
  • ISO sensitivity:
    ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600 ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500 Auto ISO
  • Shutter:
    Focal plane camera shutter. Optional: central shutter in Leica CS version lenses
  • Type:
    In-camera: Microprocessor-controlled, metal-blade, vertical focal-plane shutter
  • Shutter speeds:
    60 s (dependent on ISO setting) to 1/4000 s in half-stop increments, time exposures to max. 60 s
  • CS shutter option:
    Optional central shutter in Leica S-Lenses (CS versions)
  • CS shutter speeds:
    Up to 1/1000 s in half-stop increments Flash sync speed, all speeds up to 1/1000 s
  • Linear flash mode:
    Faster sync speeds than 1/125 s possible with Leica SF 58 flash unit and HSS-capable SCA 3002 flashes
  • Continuous shooting:
    ~ 3.5 fps
  • Release button:
    Two pressure points; activation of exposure metering and AF, shutter release
  • Self-timer:
    Two- or 12-second delay with mirror pre-release
  • Mirror pre-release:
  • Video recording:
    Full HD in Leica Pro Format (medium format), 4K video in super 35 window mode
  • Video resolution:
    Full HD: 1080 × 1920, 4K: 4096 × 2160
  • Frame rate:
    Full HD: 24, 25, 30 fps, 4K: 24 fps
  • Video format:
    MOV (motion JPEG)
  • Color sampling:
  • Exposure control:
    Manual and automatic
  • Audio control:
    Manual and automatic
  • Onboard audio:
    Integrated stereo microphone 48 kHz, 16 bit
  • External audio:
    Audio in (3.5 mm jack) Audio out (3.5 mm jack) With audio adapter S (supplied with the camera)
  • Time code:
    Internal External with audio adapter S (supplied with the camera)
  • Other:
    Focus peaking, video playback, clean HDMI video stream for recording on external HDMI recorders
  • Live View
  • Frame rate:
    Up to 60 fps
  • Focusing:
    Contrast detect AF during live view at any point in image
  • Exposure control:
    Multi-segment, center-weighted, spot (linked to AF metering field shift within the viewfinder image)
  • Exposure simulation:
  • Other:
    Histogram with clipping display, focus peaking, leveling aid (spirit level), exposure information
  • Viewfinder type:
    Pentaprism viewfinder with high-eye-point eyepiece, LCD bar below viewfinder image, illuminated and with displays/warnings
  • Magnification:
    0.87× (with 70 mm lens at infinity)
  • Viewfinder coverage:
    Approx. 98%
  • Diopter compensation:
    –3 to +1 diopters
  • Focusing screen:
  • Top-deck display:
    Self-illuminating LCD panel on top deck
  • Monitor:
    3" TFT LCD monitor with 921,600 pixels, 16 million colors, sRGB color space, image field approx. 100%, maximum oblique viewing angle 170°
  • Protective cover:
    Anti-glare dirt-repellent protective glass cover in scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass®
  • Flash mount:
    Hot shoe with center and control contacts, LEMO® flash connection socket
  • Compatibility:
    Full compatibility with Leica SF58 and flash units with SCA3002 adapters
  • X synchronization:
    Focal plane shutter: 1/125 s Central shutter (leaf shutter): All speeds up to 1/1000 s with CS lenses, FPS sync at all speeds slower than 1/125 s, choice of first or second curtain sync; FPS flash sync at faster shutter speeds (1/180 s to 1/4000 s) possible with suitably equipped flash units (HSS mode
  • Sync time:
    On first or second curtain (FPS)
  • Exposure modes:
    Single frame, continuous, self-timer 2 s (with mirror pre-release), self-timer 12 s (with mirror pre-release), time lapse exposure
  • Image file formats:
    Lossless compressed DNG (7500 × 5000 pixels, approx. 42 MB per image), JPEG (7500 × 5000 pixels, in three resolutions, 37.5, 9.3, 2.3 megapixels, approx. 1–16 MB per image, depending on resolution and image content)
  • Maximum burst rate:
    3.5 fps
  • Buffer memory:
    DNG compressed, max. 15 images, JPEG no limit (dependent on memory card type, shutter speed and ISO setting)
  • Simultaneous capture option for DNG and JPG:
  • Storage media:
    SD card (SDXC, SDHC) CF card (UDMA7) External on PC
  • Menu languages:
    English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Portuguese, Korean
  • Firmware update:
    User upload option
  • GPS:
    Selectable (may not be available in all countries due to local legislation)
  • Wi-Fi:
    Integrated in camera body (remote camera control and image assessment by smartphone or tablet app)
  • Date/time:
    User setting option, automatic date, time and time zone synchronization with activated GPS module
  • Horizon:
    Accuracy/display sensitivity less than 1° at 0–40° ambient temperature
  • Interfaces
  • USB:
    LEMO® USB 3.0 HiSpeed
  • HDMI:
    HDMI type C socket
  • Audio:
    With audio adapter (audio in, audio out, time code)
  • Flash synchronization:
    LEMO® flash sync socket
  • Remote release:
    LEMO® cable release
  • Wlan:
    Integrated in camera
  • Handgrip:
    For multi-functional grip S
  • Software included:
    90 day trial subscription to Adobe® Creative Cloud Photoshop & Lightroom®
  • Battery:
    Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, nominal voltage 7.3 V, capacity 2850 mAh
  • Battery-independent power supply:
    With Leica AC adapter S (optional accessory)
  • Power supply and battery charger:
    Rapid charger S (with integrated US mains plug, plugs for EU, UK and Australia and car adapter Inputs: 100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, automatic toggle, or 12/24 V DC; output: 7.4 V DC, 1250 mA
  • Body construction:
    Magnesium body anti-slip rubberized, magnesium top plate, aluminum bottom plate, stainless steel bayonet and operation elements
  • Operating conditions:
    0 to +45°C (32 to 113°F), 15–80% relative humidity
  • Dimensions (W × H × D):
    160 × 80 × 120 mm
  • Weight:
    Approx. 1260 g (body only, with battery)
  • Dust-proof/splash-proof:
  • Tripod sockets:
    1/4" and 3/8" with anti-twist locking pins

Leica S3 Camera body, Leica Battery S BP-PRO 1, Leica Quick Charger S (including adapter for EU, UK, US, car), Leica Camera Strap S, Leica Eyepiece Cap S, Leica Camera Cap S, Lemo USB 3.0 Cable S, Lemo-Flashsync Cable S

Limited Warranty:
Leica Camera AG (‘LEICA’) provides a two-year product limited warranty for this LEICA camera valid from the date of purchase from an authorized LEICA dealer, including the accessories contained in the original packaging, which are valid for two years.

Leica S3

The One.

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  • 5
    Leica S3

    Posted by Michael Allen on Feb 14th 2021

    Feels like butta in your hands. Viewfinder is next level. You feel connected to subjects you are photographing. Much more pleasant to use than any mirrorless medium format camera.