Leica S (Typ 007) Hands-On Sample Photos

We go hands-on with the new 37.5 megapixel Leica S (Type 007) and post a number of sample photos taken with the medium format DSLR.

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Leica S (Typ 007) Hands-On Sample Photos: Leica S TYP 007 S TYP 006 (2)

The new Leica S (Typ 007) features a 37.5 megapixel medium-format CMOS sensor, and was announced at Photokina 2014. Today it has been released and is available to buy now for £12,900 including VAT.

Leica S (Typ 007) Features

Leica S (Typ 007) Hands-On Sample Photos: Leica S Typ 007 (5)

Key Features

  • 37.5 megapixel Leica CMOS sensor, 45x30mm, 0.8x crop
  • Maestro II image processor
  • 3inch 921,600pixels sRGB screen
  • Top display with trans-reflective display
  • ISO 100 upto ISO 12500, up to 15 f-stops
  • 2GB buffer
  • 150,000 cycles shutter rating (previously 100,000)
  • FullHD
  • 4K Video
  • Fast live view - 60fps (Focus can be chonsen from full frame)
  • Predictive AF
  • 3.5fps continunous shooting (35 frames)
  • USB3.0, high speed (3.5fps) tethered shooting, shoots to card in camera as well as computer
  • GPS built in
  • CleanHDMI out
  • Dual-axis electronic level
  • Wi-Fi (Remote Leica S App live view app apple app store, ipad, iphone)

Leica S (Typ 007) Hands-On Sample Photos: Leica S Typ 007 (9)

The Leica S-System was developed from the ground up as a purely digital camera system, compared to other medium format digital camera systems, such as the Pentax 645Z, PhaseOne, and Hasselblad medium format cameras which are designed on 645 digital backs and legacy lens systems. 

The new Leica S (Typ 007) was first shown at Photokina 2014, and is available now for £12,900 inc VAT.

Leica says the camera is comparable in size to a full-frame DSLR (although not as small as the smaller DSLRs like the Canon EOS 6D and Nikon D610). The Leica S (Typ 007) is the fastest medium format digital camera ever - as well as the most compact medium format camera system available.

The latest Leica S (Typ 007) features a 37.5 megapixel CMOS sensor, for improved speed, including 3.5 fps continuous shooting, fullHd video using the full-frame as well as 4K video recording, fast live view, revised focus system for improved speed, and the camera comes supplied with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Leica S-E (Typ 006) is a lower priced, entry level model, with the same CCD sensor as the original Leica S (also known as Typ 006). There is also likely to be a price reduction due, across the S range, to make the S-E more competitive.

The camera build is very robust, and benefits from being an all-in-one medium format Digital SLR, rather than a digital back attached to a camera body. The Leica S (Typ 007) features a stainless steel bayonet, cable connections with strain relief, Corning Gorilla Glass display protection, and a tough weather sealed body. Has both compact flash and SD slots, can create a backup onto the second card.

There are 10 Leica S lenses currently available (24-180mm), 6 of these are available with a Leica 1/1000s central shutter (CS lenses).

Third party medium-format lenses can be used with adapters for Hasselblad H (TS) / V and Contax/Mamiya/Pentax 645 lenses, with support for autofocus (Hasselblad  and Contax), aperture, and central shutter control (Hasselblad), flash sync. 

Leica S (Typ 007) Hands-On Sample Photos: Leica S S2 Typ 007 Comparison Table Updated

Leica S2, S, S Typ 007 Comparison Table - The S will remain on the market.

The Leica S (Typ 007) menu system has been updated to make it even easier to use, as well as making it familiar to people who may have used other Leica cameras. 

The Leica S (Typ 007) has a unique cinematic effect on video, thanks to the full sensor width being used in FullHD recording. The camera also records Cine 4K (Super 35 format), has stereo mics built-in, time coding and focus peaking. 

Leica S (Typ 007) Hands-On Sample Photos: Leica S Typ007 Video Features
Leica S (Typ007) Video Features

  • MOV file format
  • 4:2:2
  • 24, 25 30fps
  • Data stream up to 430 MBit/s
  • Manual audio level


Leica S (Typ 007) Handling

Leica S (Typ 007) Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Leica S (Typ 007) Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Leica S (Typ 007) Sample Photos

Photos taken with the Leica S (Typ 007) can be seen above.

Leica S (Typ 007) Other sample images

Leica provided a number of photos.

You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Find out more in the Leica S (Typ 007) news story.

Leica S (Typ 007) Specifications

Effective Magnification0.8x
Image Sensor
Pixels37.5Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5000
Pixels (H)7500
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeNo Data
Sensor Size (width)30mm
Sensor Size (height)45mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution921,600
Touch ScreenNo Data
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/1000sec
Shutter speeds longest125sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • A
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • TTL
ISO sensitivity100 - 12500
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-3
MagnificationNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting3.5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
Video FPSNo Data
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo Data
Wi-FiNo Data
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • CF
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable lithium-ion battery, nominal voltage 7.4 V, capacity 2100 mAh
Battery Life (CIPA rating)No Data
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data

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Niknut Avatar
Niknut Plus
13 3.7k 82 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2015 4:43PM
£12,900 ???????......GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin !!

Oh well, back to me old Box-Brownie !!!!!
pablophotographer Avatar
pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
25 Aug 2015 9:05PM
Hallo verpassen Leica.
Wo ist das Kippen Bildschirm und das 1: 1 Seitenverhältnis?
Küssen von Ihrem geliebten Betrüger.
Hello miss Leica.
Where is the tilting screen and the 1:1 aspect ratio?
Kisses, from your beloved cheater.
I shall stick to the Seagull 6x6 at the moment
knikki91 Avatar
knikki91 17 35 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2015 10:52AM
Yes please Grin

Off to do the lottery...
dannyr Avatar
dannyr 14 47 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2015 12:34PM
Would love to see a head to head against the Pentax 645Z.
ElSid Avatar
ElSid 15 11 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2015 5:44PM
High ISO performance doesn't look that great when you consider what Canon and Nkon can do at similar pixel counts, nor does it look to be a patch on the latest 645 Pentax either - and that has way more pixies...

Granted it may be mainly a studio camera but the SLR design and presumably handling suggests rather more encouragement to get it out and about where you might just feel the need for a bit more ISO speed...
josa Avatar
josa 11 25 Czech Republic
2 Sep 2015 5:36PM
Come on guys! It's 100 easy payments and then you can say "My name is 007, Leica 007!"

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