Leica S (Typ 007)

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Release : September 2014
Availability :  Second quarter of 2015
Price :  $ 25,400.00

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Key features

  • 37.5MP 30 x 45mm CMOS Sensor
  • Maestro II Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • 4K Video at 24 fps, 4:2:2 Color
  • Up to 3.5 fps Shooting, ISO 6400
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS Connectivity
  • Weather-Sealed Magnesium Alloy Body

With the Leica S (Type 007), Leica presents the new top model of the Leica S-System. As a logical development of its predecessors, the new Leica S features a multitude of radically new components – like the Leica CMOS sensor and the Leica Maestro II image processor – and now opens up new dimensions in the field of medium-format photography.

For the first time, the combination of the highest burst rate, extreme sensor sensitivity and comprehensive capture modes for still pictures – and now also video in exceptional quality – provides photographers with the opportunity to exploit the superior imaging capabilities of medium format for productions that demand maximum mobility and drive. The Leica S significantly accelerates and simplifies the photographic workflow with a multitude of features that are unique to medium-format photography – and some of them not only there. In addition to the new body, a new lens also expands the capabilities of the S-System. With regard to speed and imaging quality, the Leica Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH. telephoto portrait lens represents a new benchmark. Finally, the Leica S-System also welcomes the new Leica S-E (Type 006) as a lower-priced entry-level model.

Amongst the most remarkable innovations in the Leica S are the new Leica CMOS sensor and Maestro II image processor. Thanks to these, it has been possible to enormously increase the speed and versatility of the S-System and raise it to a level that was previously unheard of in the medium-format segment. With a burst frequency of up to 3.5 frames per second, full-HD video in full-frame medium-format sensor size and 4K video recording, fast Live View mode and exceptional imaging quality at all ISO settings, the Leica S (Type 007) once again documents its status as the benchmark in the medium-format segment. The 2 GB buffer memory ensures smooth shooting of rapid sequences and, despite its more than doubled burst rate capability, the new focal plane shutter in the camera offers a further significantly increased service life of at least 150,000 cycles.

The revised autofocus system brings not only higher speed, but also more reliable and more precise focusing. To ensure optimum sharpness and precise tracking of moving subjects, the Leica S (Type 007) features a predictive autofocus mode: the camera registers the motion of the subject and determines the distance to it at the moment of exposure. In combination with its fascinating imaging quality and high burst rate, the Leica S sets entirely new standards for professional medium-format action photography.
The Leica S is currently the only professional camera to feature an integrated GPS module that can record the geographical positioning data of the momentary location in the Exif data of the image file whenever needed, as well as automatically set the local system time. On the basis of the coordinates, appropriate software installed on a computer, for instance the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® package supplied with the camera, can display the precise location of each image on a map and register the corresponding place names as search keys for archived photos. The new dual-axis levelling aid (spirit level) displays the precise horizontal and vertical orientation of the camera in the viewfinder to allow photographers to align the subject with absolute precision and without any need for external aids. In combination with an app for smartphones and tablets, the camera’s integrated Wlan module enables remote control of the camera and remote image assessment in Live View mode to provide simpler and intuitive workflows.

With a resolution of 921,600 pixels, a 3″ diagonal, full sRGB colour space and increased contrast and brightness, the display allows optimum assessment of subjects and images in every situation. The glass plate protecting the monitor is manufactured from tough and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass®. The panel on the top deck of the Leica S has been redesigned as a trans-reflective display with a larger area and optimised information content to ensure optimum legibility – even in bright sunlight. Two new control elements on the top deck enable direct selection of Live View mode and the activation of video recording.

Leica S-Cameras are designed and constructed for many years of daily use. The new stainless-steel bayonet guarantees even greater endurance under even the toughest conditions. The Leica S (Type 007) possesses all the proven quality characteristics of the S-System. These include the large 30 × 45 mm Leica Pro Format sensor and its micro-lens layer that guarantees consistently uniform brightness from corner to corner. The camera and S-Lenses are extremely ruggedly built and sealed against environmental influences like dust and rain. The system’s unique dual-shutter concept offers photographers the choice of using the camera’s fast focal plane shutter with speeds up to 1/4000 s or the electronically controlled central shutter of the CS lenses that allows flash sync at all shutter speeds up to 1/1000 s. The ten currently available Leica S-System lenses, six of which are also available with a central shutter, offer photographers all important focal lengths and a first-class tilt/shift lens. At the same time, numerous third-party medium-format lenses can be mounted on the Leica S with adapters: for instance the Leica S-Adapter H for Hasselblad H lenses and the Leica S-Adapter C for Contax 645 lenses, both of which provide full compatibility – including autofocus, central shutter control (Hasselblad) and automatic aperture control.The Leica S is uncompromisingly built for maximum dependability in use and also features details like cable connections with strain relief, separate slots for CompactFlash and SD memory cards, further optimised energy efficiency and a scratch-resistant display.

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Leica S (Typ 007) 06Specification

Lens Mount Leica S bayonet
Compatible Lenses Leica S lenses
Image Sensor 37.5 MP45 x 30 mm CMOS sensor (Leica Pro format)No optical low-pass filter, IR filter on sensor. 0.8x crop factor compared to 35mm format
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Maximum Resolution 7500 x 5000 px
Pixel Size 6 µm
Dynamic Range 13 stops
Color Depth 16-bit
Color Space sRGBAdobe RGBeciRGB_v2
White Balance Daylight, clouds, shade, tungsten, HMI, neon warm, neon cool, flash, gray card, Live View, autoWB, color temperature (Kelvin)
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 200 to ISO 6400 (ISO 100 pull setting)
Exposure Mode P: full automatic (with manual exposure shift), T: time-priority, A: aperture-priority, M: manual
Exposure Metering Open aperture measurement through lens (TTL)
Exposure Metering Mode Multi-field (5 field)Center-weightedSpot (3.5%)
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 EV in 1/2 EV steps
Exposure Bracketing 3 or 5 images; 1/2, 1, 2, or 3 EV
Metering Range Multi-field and center-weighted: EV 1.2 to 20Spot: EV 2.7 to 20
Shutter Focal plane shutter; microprocessor-controlled metal bladesCentral shutter (with Leica S central shutter lenses)
Shutter Speed Range 125 to 1/4000 sec. in 1/2 EV steps
Drive Mode Single, continuous, interval, self-timer (12 or 2 sec. delay with mirror up)
Continuous Shooting Up to 3.5 fps
Focus Predictive autofocus with central cross sensor
Focus Modes AF single, predictive AF continuous, manual override
File Format DNG lossless compressed: 37.5 MPJPEG: 37.5 MP, 9.3 MP, 2.3 MPDNG+JPEG
File Size DNG lossless compressed: 42 MBJPEG: 16 to 1 MB, depending on image content and resolution
Buffer DNG lossless compressed: Up to 32 imagesJPEG: No limit, depending on memory medium, exposure time, and ISO
Storage 1x SD/SDHC/SDXC1x CompactFlash (UDMA 7)External via tethered connection
Video Recording Full HD 1920 x 1080 (with Leica Pro Format sensor area)4K 4096 x 2160 (with Super 35 window mode)
Frame Rate Full HD: 24, 25, and 30 fps4K: 24 fps
Video File Format MOV (Motion JPEG)
Color Sampling 4:2:2
Exposure Control Manual and auto control
Focus Manual, AF-field can be positioned
Exposure Metering Mode Multi-field, center-weighted, spot (linked with the AF-field)
Audio Manual and auto controlIn-camera stereo microphone: 48 kHz, 16 bit3.5 mm jack for audio-in or audio-out via included Audio-Adapter S
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism optical viewfinder
Magnification 0.87x (at 70mm, infinity focus, 0 diopter)
Viewfinder Frame Coverage Approx. 98%
Diopter Correction -3 to +1 m
Focusing Screen Interchangeable
LCD Monitor 3.0″ 921.6k-dot TFT LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass cover, 100% frame coverageTop monochrome information display
Color Space sRGB (16 million colors)
Viewing Angle 170°
Interface LEMO Flash-syncHot shoe with middle and control contacts
Flash Synchronization X-sync with focal plane shutter: 1/125 sec.X-sync with central shutter lens: Up to 1/1000 sec.High-speed sync: Up to 1/4000 sec. with optional SF 58 flash and HSS setting
Flash Control SCA 3502TTLTTL HSS (up to 1/4000 sec.)




Start or end of exposure

Wi-Fi Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS modules
Interface HDMI Type C jackFlash sync socketLEMO USB 3.0 high-speed jack

Audio-Adapter (audio-in, audio-out, time code) LEMO flash sync socket

LEMO cable release socket

Contact bar for Leica Multifunctional Handgrip S (optional)

Power Supply Battery S: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack (7.3 V, 2850 mAhLeica AC Adapter S (optional)
Tripod Mount Thread 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 with anti-locking pins
Operating Conditions 32-113°F / 0-45°C15-80% relative humidity
Dimensions 6.3 x 3.1 x 4.7″ / 160 x 80 x 120 mm
Weight 2.8 lb / 1.26 kg (without battery)