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Leica S3 Medium Format DSLR Camera

BH #LES3 • MFR #10832
Leica S3 Medium Format DSLR Camera
Key Features
  • 64MP 30 x 45mm CMOS Sensor
  • Maestro II Image Processor
  • DCI 4K and Full HD Video; 4:2:2 Color
  • ISO 100-50000, Up to 3 fps Shooting
Pairing the tradition of a DSLR with contemporary multimedia capabilities, the Leica S3 is a medium format camera characterized by its flexible feature-set and integration within a well-developed system. Featuring a redeveloped 64MP 30 x 45mm CMOS sensor, the S3 offers high-resolution stills shooting along with a 15-stop dynamic range and a wide sensitivity range from ISO 100-50000 to suit working in a variety of conditions. The sensor's design also omits an optical low-pass filter in order to realize a high degree of sharpness and clarity. In addition to stills, the sensor also enables DCI 4K and Full HD video recording using the entire width of the sensor for a distinct "medium format look." Additionally, benefitting stills is a phase-detection autofocus system that employs a single cross-type central point for fast and accurate focusing performance.
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Leica S3 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 264MP Leica ProFormat Sensor and Video Recording
  • 3Body Design
  • 4Connectivity and Tethering

Pairing the tradition of a DSLR with contemporary multimedia capabilities, the Leica S3 is a medium format camera characterized by its flexible feature-set and integration within a well-developed system. Featuring a redeveloped 64MP 30 x 45mm CMOS sensor, the S3 offers high-resolution stills shooting along with a 15-stop dynamic range and a wide sensitivity range from ISO 100-50000 to suit working in a variety of conditions. The sensor's design also omits an optical low-pass filter in order to realize a high degree of sharpness and clarity. In addition to stills, the sensor also enables DCI 4K and Full HD video recording using the entire width of the sensor for a distinct "medium format look." Additionally, benefitting stills is a phase-detection autofocus system that employs a single cross-type central point for fast and accurate focusing performance.

Complementing the imaging capabilities, the S3 maintains the familiar design traits of previous S System cameras, including a large 0.87x-magnification optical pentaprism viewfinder with a high eyepoint for comfortable viewing. Alternatively, a rear 3.0" 921k-dot LCD is available for live view shooting and image review, and a top status LCD can be used to quickly review shooting settings. Another retained distinction is support for the unique dual shutter system, which permits working with either the camera's focal plane shutter or with select lens's Central Shutters for flash sync up to 1/1000 sec. Additionally, the S3 incorporates Wi-Fi connectivity for use in conjunction with the Leica FOTOS app for remote camera control and wireless image sharing between the camera and a linked mobile device.

64MP Leica ProFormat Sensor and Video Recording

Characterized by its higher resolution, the S3 sports a 64MP 30 x 45mm CMOS sensor to achieve a high degree of clarity, sensitivity, and a wide dynamic range rated for up to 15 stops. This "Leica ProFormat" sensor also omits an optical low-pass filter from its design in order to achieve the greatest sharpness possible. Beyond resolution, the updated design also enables a wide sensitivity range from ISO 100-50000 and supports continuous shooting up to 3 fps. In regard to focusing, a predictive phase-detection autofocus system is quick, quiet, and benefits tracking moving subjects through the use of a single central cross-type point.

Beyond stills shooting, the updated sensor also enables impressive video capabilities, and supports DCI 4K recording at 24 fps and Full HD up to 30 fps, with both formats able to make use of the full width of the sensor. An external microphone can be used via the 3.5mm port and external recording at Full HD is supported via HDMI Type-C with 4:2:2 8-bit color sampling.

Body Design

  • Optical pentaprism viewfinder features a high eye-point and 0.87x magnification for comfortable, bright, and fluid viewing. An illuminated LCD bar is incorporated into the finder's design to provide shooting information and optional exchangeable focusing screens are available to suit various shooting styles.
  • Rear 3.0" 921k-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.
  • Top monochrome status LCD can be used for quickly reviewing shooting settings.
  • Dual shutter system is compatible with both the in-camera focal plane shutter, for exposures between 1/4000 sec and 2 min with flash sync at 1/125 sec, or with select Central Shutter/leaf shutter-type lenses, which offer flash sync speeds up to 1/1000 sec.
  • Rugged body design utilizes a magnesium alloy shell with non-slip rubber armoring, a magnesium alloy top plate, aluminum alloy base plate, and stainless steel control elements and lens mount bayonet.
  • Dust- and splash-proof sealing enables working in inclement weather conditions.
  • Dual card slot design accommodates one SD/SDHC/SDXC card and one CompactFlash card for file-saving flexibility.

Connectivity and Tethering

  • Built-in Wi-Fi, when used in conjunction with the Leica FOTOS app for iOS and Android, permits sharing imagery directly to a linked mobile device and also enables remote control over the S3 and remote shooting via a live view image.
  • Tethering is supported via the Lemo USB 3.0 port for an efficient studio-based workflow.
  • Integrated GPS module can be used for geotagging shots as well as acquiring automatic date and time settings.

Leica S3 Specs

Imaging
Lens MountLeica S
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 64 Megapixel
Sensor Type30 x 45 mm (Medium Format) CMOS
Mirror Lock-UpYes
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeMechanical Focal Plane Shutter, Leaf Shutter
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 120 Seconds
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode, Time Mode
ISO Sensitivity100 to 50,000 in Auto Mode
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range1.2 to 20 EV
White BalancePresets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Halogen, Incandescent, Shade, Tungsten
Continuous ShootingMechanical Shutter
Up to 3 fps at 64 MP for up to 6 Frames (Raw) / Unlimited Frames (JPEG)
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/12-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Aspect Ratio3:2
Image File FormatDNG, JPEG
Bit Depth14-Bit
Internal Video Capture
Recording ModesM-JPEG/MOV 4:2:2 8-Bit
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24.00p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p
Video SystemNTSC/PAL
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
External Video Capture
External Recording Modes4:2:2 8-Bit via HDMI
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p
IP StreamingNone
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSlot 1: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Slot 2: CompactFlash (UDMA 7)
Video I/O1 x Mini-HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Other I/O1 x Leica S LEMO USB Type-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Output
1 x Leica S Remote Terminal Input
WirelessWi-Fi
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)GPS
Monitor
Size3.0"
Resolution921,600 Dot
Display TypeFixed LCD
Secondary DisplayTop: Status Display
Viewfinder
TypeOptical (Pentaprism)
Coverage98%
MagnificationApprox. 0.87x
Diopter Adjustment-3 to +1
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesFirst-Curtain Sync, Hi-Speed Sync, Second-Curtain Sync
Maximum Sync Speed1/125 Second (Focal Plane Shutter)
1/1000 Second (Leaf Shutter)
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe, Proprietary
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 113°F / 0 to 45°C
Operating Humidity15 to 80%
General
Battery Type1 x S BP-PRO1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.3 VDC, 2300 mAh
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
1 x 3/8"-16 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)6.3 x 3.15 x 4.72" / 160 x 80 x 120 mm
Weight2.77 lb / 1260 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight7.185 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13.9 x 9.8 x 7.4"

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