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Leica S-E Medium Format DSLR Camera (Typ 006)

BH #LESE006 • MFR #10812
Leica
Leica S-E Medium Format DSLR Camera (Typ 006)
Key Features
  • 37.5MP 30 x 45mm CCD Sensor
  • Maestro I Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • 3.0" 921.6k-Dot LCD Monitor
Designed for refined image-making, the Leica S-E (Typ 006) is a medium format DSLR featuring a 37.5MP 45 x 30mm CCD sensor to produce high-resolution imagery with marked 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. With a focus on simplicity and the utmost in image quality, the S-E's capabilities benefit those who value both performance and image quality, all set within a durable and efficient design.
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Leica S-E (Typ 006) Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Leica Pro Format CMOS Sensor
  • 3Fast and Efficient Performance
  • 4Intuitive Handling
  • 5Interface and Power Support
  • 6Language Support

Designed for refined image-making, the Leica S-E (Typ 006) is a medium format DSLR featuring a 37.5MP 45 x 30mm CCD sensor to produce high-resolution imagery with marked 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. With a focus on simplicity and the utmost in image quality, the S-E's capabilities benefit those who value both performance and image quality, all set within a durable and efficient design.

The imaging quality is accentuated by efficient performance and processing abilities, aided by the integrated 2GB buffer for capturing up to 32 consecutive DNG lossless compressed files at a 1.5 fps continuous shooting rate. When working with fast-moving subjects, an intelligent center cross-type AF point helps to produce precise focus and a predictive algorithm works to ensure sharpness when photographing subjects in motion.

Complementing the advanced imaging capabilities of the Leica S-E 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 0.86x-magnification pentaprism viewfinder acts as a bright tool for image composition. A weather-sealed body construction protects the system from dust and moisture, and an anthracite dial and hot shoe complement the overall design and appearance of the camera.

Leica Pro Format CMOS Sensor

A large, 37.5MP, 45 x 30mm, CCD sensor enables truly high-resolution imaging with a native sensitivity from ISO 100 to ISO 1600. 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

An integrated 2GB buffer complements the Maestro image processor's speed and facilitates recording up to 32 consecutive 37.5MP DNG lossless compressed files at a continuous shooting rate of 1.5 fps. When shooting in the JPEG format, the total number of consecutive images recorded is only limited by the memory card's capacity.

Intuitive Handling

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. An anthracite top dial and hot shoe also contribute to the overall aesthetic and functional appearance. A rear, 3.0", 921.6k-dot, LCD monitor is available for 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 0.86x magnification for clear visibility in a variety of working situations. Within the viewfinder, an array of camera settings information can also be displayed, including an electronic level, exposure time and settings, flash status, focus indicator, number of remaining shots, and metering methods.

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.

Interface and Power Support

Dual memory card slots avail the use of both SD and CompactFlash cards simultaneously. Files can be recorded to both cards or, alternatively, the cards can be set up to accept overflow files or to save DNG files to one card and JPEG files to the other.

The included Leica S rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, rated at 2100mAh, allows approximately 1000 shots per charge.

Language Support

English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese (traditional and simple), Russian, and Korean.

Leica S-E (Typ 006) Specs

Camera
Lens MountLeica S bayonet
Compatible LensesLeica S lenses
Image Sensor37.5 MP
45 x 30 mm CCD sensor (Leica Pro format)
No optical low-pass filter, IR filter on sensor. 0.8x crop factor compared to 35mm format
Aspect Ratio3:2
Maximum Resolution7500 x 5000 px
Pixel Size6 µm
Dynamic Range12 stops
Color Depth16-bit
Color SpacesRGB
Adobe RGB
eciRGB_v2
White BalanceAuto WB, Daylight (5200 K), Cloudy (6000 K), Shade (7000 K), Tungsten light (3200 K), HMI (5600 K), Neon warm (4000 K), Neon cool (4500 K), Flash (5400 K), Gray card, Color temperature (2000-13100 K)
SensitivityAuto, ISO 100 to ISO 1600
Exposure ModeManual (M), Program automatic (P), Time pre-select (T), Aperture priority (A), Bulb with time pre-select (B)
Exposure MeteringOpen aperture measurement through lens (TTL)
Exposure Metering ModeMulti-pattern, Center-weighted, Spot (3.5%)
Exposure Compensation+/- 3 EV in 1/2 EV steps
Exposure Bracketing3 or 5 images; 1/2, 1, 2, or 3 EV
Automatic mode (all images captured with single press of shutter release)
Metering RangeMulti-pattern/center-weighted (ISO 100): +1.1 to +20 EV
Spot (ISO 100): +2.1 to +20 EV
ShutterSlot shutter (microprocessor-controlled)
Central shutter (with Leica S central shutter lenses)
Shutter Speed Range125 to 1/4000 sec.
Drive ModeSingle, continuous, self-timer (12 or 2 sec. delay with mirror up)
Continuous ShootingUp to 1.5 fps
FocusCentral cross-type sensor (phase-detection AF)
Focus ModesAFs (sharpness priority), AFc (shutter release priority), AF (can be corrected at any time by manual focus), MF (manual focus with focus indicator on back panel display)
Recording
File FormatDNG, DNG lossless compressed: 37.5 MP
JPEG: 37.5 MP, 9.3 MP, 2.3 MP
DNG+JPEG
File SizeDNG: 72 MB
DNG lossless compressed: 42 MB
JPEG: 16 to 1 MB, depending on image content and resolution
Buffer2 GB buffer size
DNG: Up to 28 images
DNG lossless compressed: Up to 32 images
JPEG: No limit
Storage1x SD/SDHC/SDXC
1x CompactFlash (UDMA 7)
External via tethered connection
Viewfinder
TypePentaprism optical viewfinder
Magnification0.86x (at 70mm, infinity focus, 0 diopter)
Viewfinder Frame CoverageApprox. 98%
Diopter Correction-3 to +1 m
Display
LCD Monitor3.0" 921.6k-dot TFT LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass cover, 100% frame coverage
Top colored OLED information display
Color SpacesRGB (16 million colors)
Viewing Angle170°
Flash
Flash ControlSCA 3502, TTL, TTL HSS (up to 1/4000 sec.), A, M, Strobe, Start or end of exposure
Flash SynchronizationX-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 ControlSCA 3502
TTL
TTL HSS (up to 1/4000 sec.)
A
M
Strobe
Start or end of exposure
InterfaceLEMO Flash-sync
Hot shoe with middle and control contacts
Interface
Wi-FiBuilt-in Wi-Fi and GPS modules
InterfaceHot shoe
HDMI
LEMO flash sync socket/LEMO cable release socket
USB 2.0
Contact bar for Leica Multifunctional Handgrip S (optional)
Power SupplyBattery S: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack (7.4 V, 2100 mAh
Leica AC Adapter S (optional)
Physical
Tripod Mount Thread1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 with anti-locking pins
Operating Conditions32-113°F / 0-45°C
15-80% relative humidity
Dimensions6.3 x 3.1 x 4.7" / 160 x 80 x 120 mm
Weight2.8 lb / 1.26 kg (with battery)
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.2 x 9.9 x 7.4"
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