Leica S (Typ 007) Medium Format DSLR Camera (Body Only)

Leica S (Typ 007) Medium Format DSLR Camera (Body Only)

Leica S (Typ 007) Medium Format DSLR Camera (Body Only)

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Product Highlights

  • 37.5MP 30 x 45mm CMOS Sensor
  • Maestro II Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • 3.0" 921.6k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Pentaprism 0.87x-Mag. Optical Viewfinder
  • 4K Video at 24 fps, 4:2:2 Color
  • Up to 3.5 fps Shooting, ISO 12500
  • DNG File Format, 16-Bit Color Depth
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS Connectivity
  • Weather-Sealed Magnesium Alloy Body
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Leica S (Typ 007) overview

  • 1Description

Offering performance and flexibility unique to the medium format world, the Leica S (Typ 007) is a medium format DSLR offering high-resolution still and video recording capabilities. Revolving around a 37.5MP 30 x 45mm CMOS sensor and Maestro II image processor, this camera is notable in its ability to produce image quality with remarkable sharpness, clarity, and dynamic range. The omission of an optical low-pass filter from the sensor's design further enables enhanced detail and resolution, that pairs well with the optimized Leica S lenses. Furthermore, on-sensor microlenses work to produce consistent and even light distribution to ensure edge-to-edge sharpness and illumination for a high degree of overall clarity. Beyond advanced still image recording, the S is also capable of producing 4K video files, as well as full HD, with a variety of options for audio and video recording. Utilizing the large sensor to the fullest extent, the S (Typ 007) is a versatile imaging device designed to deliver the utmost quality to both photographers and videographers.

Combining the sensor and processing prowess of the camera, a top sensitivity of ISO 12500 is afforded as well as the ability to record up to 32 consecutive DNG files at a rate of 3.5 fps. A predictive autofocus system, using a central cross-type phase detection point, helps to maintain critical focus in a variety of lighting conditions. Additionally, if working in live view, focus peaking serves as a useful alternative for ensuring image sharpness with manual focus techniques.

Complementing the advanced imaging capabilities of the Leica S is an equally refined body design, which takes on a minimalist structure with focus on the most essential shooting controls. A large, 3.0", 921.6k-dot, LCD monitor serves as a clear means for image review and menu navigation while the large 0.87x-magnification, pentaprism viewfinder acts as a bright tool for image composition. A weather-sealed, magnesium alloy, body construction protects the system from dust and moisture, including the series of interface ports and lens mount. Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables remote camera control and wireless transferring of files to mobile devices, and a GPS module enables the recording of location information to the EXIF data of image files.

Leica Pro Format CMOS Sensor
A large 37.5MP 45 x 30mm CMOS sensor enables truly high-resolution imaging with a sensitivity range from ISO 100-12500 and a dynamic range of approximately 15 stops. The large size of the sensor helps to produce notable image sharpness and clarity with smooth tonal and color gradations. Additionally, the design of the sensor enables the omission of a traditional optical low-pass filter for achieving even greater image sharpness and resolution. On-chip microlenses have also been incorporated into the sensor's design to ensure even light distribution and sharpness from edge-to-edge.
Fast and Efficient Performance
A highly efficient Maestro II image processor and 2GB buffer complements the image sensor's capabilities and facilitates recording up to 32 consecutive 37.5MP DNG lossless compressed files at a continuous shooting rate of 3.5 fps. When shooting in the JPEG format, the total number of consecutive images recorded is only limited by the memory card's capacity. Additionally, the focal plane shutter's design has also been enhanced and tested to provide at least 150,000 cycles. In regard to focus, a predictive autofocus mode benefits tracking moving subjects through the use of a single cross-type phase-detection sensor.
4K and Full HD Movie Recording
In addition to apt still shooting capabilities, the S (Typ 007) also avails the ability to record 4K video (4096 x 2160) within a Super 35-sized area of the sensor, or full HD 1080p video using the entire sensor area. In full HD, frame rates up to 30p are available and a frame rate of 24 fps can be used during 4K recording. Additionally, both recording modes allow manual control of exposure and audio settings. Timecode can be utilized to benefit multiple camera setups and can be recorded internally or externally via an Audio-Adapter S. Additionally, benefitting focus and exposure precision, focus peaking and a histogram with exposure clipping display can be viewed during recording.

Using the HDMI Type C interface, uncompressed video can also be recorded to an optional external recorder with 4:2:2 color sampling.

Benefitting the recording capabilities, a 3.5mm audio jack is incorporated into the camera's design and can be used in combination with the optional Audio-Adapter S.
Camera Design
Housing the imaging system is a robust, dust and weather-sealed magnesium alloy body featuring an anti-slip rubberized cover for both durability and refined handling. A rear, 3.0", 921.6k-dot, LCD monitor is available for live view monitoring and image review, and is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass for added protection and greater viewing clarity. Alternatively, an eye-level, pentaprism viewfinder is also available and features a 0.87x magnification and can accept optional interchangeable focusing screens to suit your personal shooting needs. A dual-axis spirit level can also be viewed from within the finder for assuredly level horizons and plumb verticals.

The rear of the camera is also laid out in an intuitive manner for expedited settings control using a joystick-based control method. Both a flash sync port and hot shoe are available for external flash support and a contact bar at the base of the camera is designed to accept an optional Multifunctional Hand Grip S for enhanced handling in the vertical shooting orientation.
Connectivity and Interface Design
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables the use of mobile devices for remote camera control and wireless image transferring via the dedicated app. Additionally, a GPS module is also incorporated into the body's design to permit in-camera geotagging of files for plotting to an interactive map.

Benefitting in-camera recording of imagery, dual memory card slots accept one SD-type memory card and one CompactFlash-type memory card to permit overflow recording or in-camera partitioning of file types. Beyond the HDMI Type C port for recording to external recorders, a USB 3.0 terminal is also available to permit fast image transferring to a computer or for tethered shooting applications.
Language Support
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese (traditional and simple), Russian, Korean, and Portuguese.
In the Box
Leica S (Typ 007) Medium Format DSLR Camera (Body Only)
  • Battery S
  • Quick Charger S with US, UK, and EU Plug Adapters
  • Camera Strap S
  • Eyepiece Cap
  • Camera Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Leica Society Digital Membership
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Leica S (Typ 007) specs

    Lens Mount Leica S bayonet
    Compatible Lenses Leica S lenses
    Image Sensor 37.5 MP
    45 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 15 stops
    Color Depth 16-bit
    Color Space sRGB
    Adobe RGB
    White Balance Daylight, clouds, shade, tungsten, HMI, neon warm, neon cool, flash, gray card, Live View, autoWB, color temperature (Kelvin)
    Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100-12500
    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)
    Spot (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 20
    Spot: EV 2.7 to 20
    Shutter Focal plane shutter; microprocessor-controlled metal blades
    Central 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 MP
    JPEG: 37.5 MP, 9.3 MP, 2.3 MP
    File Size DNG lossless compressed: 42 MB
    JPEG: 16 to 1 MB, depending on image content and resolution
    Buffer DNG lossless compressed: Up to 32 images
    JPEG: No limit, depending on memory medium, exposure time, and ISO
    Storage 1x SD/SDHC/SDXC
    1x 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 fps
    4K: 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 control
    In-camera stereo microphone: 48 kHz, 16 bit
    3.5 mm jack for audio-in or audio-out via optional Audio-Adapter S
    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 coverage
    Top monochrome information display
    Color Space sRGB (16 million colors)
    Viewing Angle 170°
    Interface LEMO Flash-sync
    Hot 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 3502
    TTL HSS (up to 1/4000 sec.)
    Start or end of exposure
    Wi-Fi Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS modules
    Interface HDMI Type C jack
    Flash sync socket
    LEMO 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 mAh
    Leica 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°C
    15-80% 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)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.1 x 9.8 x 7.4"

    Leica S (Typ 007) reviews

    S (Typ 007) Medium Format DSLR Camera (Body Only) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still the best digital medium format camera I fell in love with Leica several years ago. After using R lenses on Sony bodies and M lenses on M bodies, I slowly made me way to a Leica S2P. This was a revelation: the system produced results far beyond anything I had tried on the 35mm format. Resolution and sharpness are just part of it--the main thing is the breathtaking subtlety and refinement in the tonal and spatial transitions. Since then I have tried several times to revert to 35mm format, but my favorite images have always been taken with the S, and I've always returned to it. I have used the recently released mirrorless medium format digital cameras, which are both excellent. But I still prefer the overall experience and the image rendition of the S system--lenses and body combined. I do not find the other brands' lenses to be equal to S lenses in rendition style. They may resolve just as well, but the resultant images lack the S's subtlety mentioned above. This is hard to quantify but quite obvious in use. I should also note that I tried to adapt legacy Contax 645 and Mamiya medium format lenses, and these are so obviously inferior to Leica native lenses that I think they are not worthwhile, especially because the adapters are themselves pricey. The very generous OVF of the S is hard to give up, no matter how responsive (even flickerless) EVFs are becoming. The connectedness to (and momentary disconnectedness from) the real world has its own poetry and feeling that I think makes photography art and not documentation. Ergonomically, the S is very comfortable to hold, with a generous grip and a minimalist and intelligent physical and electronic interface that doesn't get in the way. The S 007 makes several refinements over the previous generations, most notably the expanded ISO range. Essentially this makes the S feasible for handheld photography in indoors or lowlight settings. In practice the lowlight capability is just perfect for me, since I do like to do some nighttime street photography, and when it's really too dark for the S, it's usually not suitable for photography anyway. LiveView and cellphone connectivity bring further conveniences. Autofocus is faster, if not always reliable. The video functionality is impractical: 4K video necessitates a sensor crop, and rolling shutter artifacts are very severe. The image parameters are crude and limited to sharpness, contrast, and saturation. The files are extremely large. It may be fun to shoot a few clips here and there but there are much better tools for video than the S 007. The firmware/electronics can be unstable. In Live View, the camera occasionally freezes for many seconds. Long exposure noise reduction is enforced in exposures longer than 8 seconds, which is irritating. If you take many long exposures, this is not for you. I do admit to sometimes wishing the S system were a little lighter, especially because I tend to travel a lot. I find it impossible to carry the body with more than three lenses, and usually carry only two. The size and weight enforce a purposefulness to your photography; you cannot sneak around as you may with an M or a small mirrorless camera. The resolution and weight also require patience and discipline to get sharp images.
    Date published: 2017-07-16
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