Leica S3 Medium Format Body

Camera West ID: 411617


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Quick Overview:

The One

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 S-Cameras, 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.

Features & Benefits at a glance

  • New 64mp medium format sensor for unprecedented 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 or 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. 


30 x 45 (Leica ProFormat)

Aspect ratio

64 million pixels

Dynamic range
Up to 15 f-stops

White balance
Presets: Daylight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent, HMI, halogen warm, halogen cool, flash, tungsten

Low-pass filter
No (for maximum detail resolution/sharpness)

IR filter
On the sensor

ISO sensitivity
ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500, ISO 25000, ISO 50000, auto ISO


Predictive TTL autofocus with central cross sensor and phase detection

AF modes
AFs (single) = focus priority, AFc (continuous) = predictive focus tracking, manual override of AF settings is possible at any time

AF lock
Shutter release or five-way joystick

Via lens with electronic focusing aid


Exposure Metering
Exposure metering through the lens (TTL)

Metering Modes
Multi-segment (five fields), cent er -weighted, selective/spot metering (3.5% of image frame)

Exposure Control
Program AE (with manual shift) (P), shutter speed priority (T), aperture priority AE (A), manual exposure control (M)

Exposure compensation
+/- 3 EV (in half-stop increments)

Ecposure bracketing
3 or 5 exposures; 1/2, 1, 2, 3 stop(s)


Video recording
4K cinema and full-HD in Leica ProFormat (large format video

Full-HD: 1920 x 1080 p, 4K cinema: 4096 x 2160 p

Frame rate
Full-HD: 24, 25, 30 fps, 4K cinema: 24 fps

File format
MOV (motion JPEG)

Color subsampling

Exposure control
Manual and automatic

Audio level
Manual and automatic

Audio (onboard)
48 kHz, 16 Bit

Audio (external)
Audio-in (3.5 mm stereo jack), Audio-out (3.5 mmstereo jack), with Leica Audio-Adapter-S

Time code

ocus peaking, clean uncompressed full-HD (1080p) 8-Bit, 4:2:2, HDMI video stream for recording on off-camera HDMI recorders


Focal plane shutter, central shutter with Leica CS lenses

Drive modes
Single, continuous, interval, self-timer2 s /12 s (with mirror pre-release)

Shutter Speeds
2 minutes (depending on ISO setting) to 1/4000 s, in half-stop increments

Burst Rate
Up to 3 fps

2 s or 12 s, with mirror pre-release

Mirror pre-release

Live View Refresh rate
Up to 60 fps

Manual, AF metering field shift to any part of the viewfinder image

Exposure Control
Multi-segment (five fields), center-weighted, selective/spot (linked to AFmetering field)

Exposure Simulation

Histogram with clipping, focus peaking, leveling aid (horizon),exposure information


Pentaprism viewfinder with high eye-point eyepiece, illuminated LCD bar

0.87x (with 70 mm lens at infinity, 0 dpt.)

Viewfinder Coverage
Approx. 98%

Diopter Compensation
–3 to +1 diopter

Focusing Screens
Exchangeable: standard focusing screen with AF cross hairs and spot marking (supplied with the camera), focusing screen with engraved grid, microprism focusing screen

Viewfinder Information
Levelling aid (horizon), shutter speed, exposure control mode, aperture, flash status, exposure compensation scale, flash sync display, focus indicator, exposure compensation, remaining exposures (on storage medium), buffer memory, error messages, ISO settings display


Monitor Screen
3-inch TFT LCD display

921,600 pixels

Color space
sRGB, 16 million colors

Oblique viewing angle

Display cover glass

Top-deck display panel
Monochrome LCD display


Drive modes
Single, continuous, interval, self-timer 2s with mirror pre-release, self-timer 12s with mirror pre-release


Image data formats
Lossless compressed DNG, DNG + JPEG

Buffer memory capacity
GB buffer memory, up to six lossless compressed DNG image files,JPEG no limit (dependent on memory card type, shutter speed and ISO setting)

Storage media
SD card (SDXC), CF card (UDMA7), external (PC)


Lemo® flash sync socket, hot shoe with center and control contacts

Flash synchronization with focal plane shutter
1/125 s

Flash synchronization with central shutter (leaf shutter)
Up to 1/1000s

High-speed sync HSS function
Up to 1/4000s (with compatible external flash units)

Flash triggering point
Sync on first or second curtain (FPS)


Playback mode
Full image, histogram with clipping, focus peaking, exposure information


Integrated in camera body (remote camera control and image assessment by smartphone app), IEEE802.11n

Manual or automatic date/time setting with GPS module

Leveling aid (horizon)
Display sensitivity < 1° (at ambient temperatures from 0–40°C)


Lemo® USB 3.0 SuperSpeed

HDMI type C socket

With Audio-Adapter S (audio-in, audio-out)

Flash sync
Lemo® flash sync socket

Remote release
Lemo® cable remote release

Integrated in camera body


Magnesium body with non-slip rubber armoring. Magnesium top deck, aluminum baseplate. Stainless steel bayonet and control elements

160 × 80 × 120 mm

~ 1260 g (without battery)

Dust proof / splash proof sealing

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