Leica S3 Announced And Yours For 16500

Leica has released full details on the Leica S3, Leica's 64mp medium-format Digital SLR, which is available now, for £16500.

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Announced originally at Photokina 2018, and due (originally) to be released in Spring 2019, Leica has now released the new Leica S3, their 64mp medium-format Digital SLR available now for a price of £16,500 (GBP, including VAT).

The 64mp sensor has no lowpass filter, and moire reduction is using the workflow software. The camera is said to give up to 15 stops of dynamic range, and shoots raw DNG files.

The camera can record CINE-4K video (at 24fps) using the full width of the sensor, on to SD memory cards. You can add microphone and headphone sockets, with the Leica Audio-Adapter S. The camera also supports CF cards. There's a 3inch screen on the back and the optical viewfinder has 0.87x magnification, as well as dioptre adjustment.

The camera has built-in GPS, and Wi-Fi, with a magnesium / aluminium body that is weather-sealed, and weighs 1260g (without battery).


Leica S3 Key Features

  • Compact Medium Format DSLR
  • 64MP CMOS Sensor (30x45mm)
  • 15 f-stops dynamic range
  • Up to ISO 50000
  • Medium Format Cine 4K system
  • WLAN & GPS integrated
  • Dual-Shutter System
  • Huge Optical Viewfinder
  • Dust & Spray water sealed
  • Made in Germany with 3 years warranty


Leica S3 (9)

We had a hands-on look at the Leica S3 at Photokina, where you can see the medium-format sensor.


From Leica: Wetzlar, 6 March 2020. Leica Camera launches the latest model of its medium format system, having previously announced the development of the Leica S3 at Photokina 2018. With the market release of the Leica S3, Leica once again lives up to the ambitious quality standards the brand’s customers have come to expect.

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In addition to the most prominent improvement – an increase in resolution from 37.5 to 64-megapixels – the medium format camera boasts several technological developments. Just like its predecessors, the Leica S3 also features the Leica ProFormat sensor with 64MP resolution, which was developed exclusively for the Leica S-System.

With dimensions of 30 x 45mm, it corresponds to the classic 3:2 aspect ratio of the 35mm full-frame format, but offers a 56% larger sensor area. In comparison to its predecessor, the new 64-megapixel sensor offers a 71% increase in resolution, a dynamic range of 15 f-stops and a maximum ISO sensitivity setting of 50000 – delivering outstanding image quality in any imaginable lighting situation while fully exploiting the strengths of medium format. Whenever required, the LCD screen displays a Live-View image with a refresh rate of up to 60 fps.

The entire area of the sensor can be used not only for videos in full-HD but also for 4K cinema resolution. When capturing video footage, 48 kHz, 16-bit stereo sound with automatic or manual level adjustment can be recorded with either the integrated microphone or an external microphone.

In addition to the integrated GPS function, the Leica S3 also has Wi-Fi which allows for the camera to be remotely controlled via the Leica FOTOS 2.0 app.


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As with other members of the Leica S-System, the Leica S3 features superior-quality and extremely resilient materials such as the magnesium body, the Corning® Gorilla® Glass cover plate of the 3-inch monitor screen as well as the lens bayonet, which is made from particularly solid stainless steel. Furthermore, the numerous seals that protect the camera against the ingress of moisture or dust contribute to the reliability and long service life of the camera when shooting on location.

With a special construction concept that ensures protection against dust and spray, the S-Lenses are an integral element of the Leica S-System. Just like any other Leica lens, S Lenses are designed to offer the best possible performance to meet the demands of future generations of imaging technology and to retain their value as a long-term investment.


Leica S System Gruppe Mit Kamera Schwarz LoRes CMYK

A further highlight of the S-System is the central shutter. In contrast to a focal plane shutter with a maximum sync speed of 1/125s, a central shutter allows flash synchronisation even at its fastest shutter speed of 1/1000s. This offers considerably greater exposure leeway for creative photography, particularly when working with professional studio flash systems or shooting in bright ambient light.

The Leica S3 will be available online and in-store from 6th March 2020 for RRP £16,500


Leica S3 Specifications

Effective Magnification0.8x
Image Sensor
Pixels64Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)9816
Pixels (H)6512
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeMedium Format
Sensor Size (width)45mm
Sensor Size (height)30mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution921,600 pixels
Touch ScreenNo Data
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • AF Tracking
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest480sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
      ISO sensitivity100 - 50000
      White balance
        Exposure Comp+/-3
        Shooting Options
        Continuous shooting3fps
        Movie modeYes
        Video Resolution
        • 4K
        • 1920x1080 FullHD
        Video FPSC4K 24fps, FullHD 30,25,24fps
        Stereo SoundYes
        Optical Zoom with VideoNo Data
        Other Features
        Image StabilisationNo Data
        USBNo Data
        Card Type
        • SD
        • SDHC
        • CF
        • SDXC
        File Type
        • RAW
        • JPG
        • RAW + JPG
        Power Source
        Battery TypeLeica Battery S BP-PRO1, Lithium-ion battery 7.3 V, 2300 mAh
        Battery Life (CIPA rating)No Data
        Box Contents
        Box ContentsNo Data

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