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Leica S3

The new flagship medium format DSLR arrives

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 SCameras, 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.

Leica Camera is happy to announce a new cooperation with Capture One. Capture One 21 Pro allows photographers to tether their camera to a computer by cable. The software offers advantages such as a powerful Color Editor tool, as well as a straightforward user interface that can easily be adapted to the photographer's requirements. The new version of Capture One 21 Pro includes improved import options, simple Brush tool settings, as well as the new Pro Standard color profiles, which prevent color shifts when making changes to the contrast. Exposure settings can be controlled from Capture One 21 Pro and photos can be taken remotely from the software. Tethering with the Leica S and SL-system has never been easier.

The essentials:

  • New 64mp medium format sensor for unprecendeted 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 of 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



Camera type: Digital medium-format single lens reflex camera for use with Leica S-Lenses

Image sensor Type: Leica CMOS sensor with micro-lens layer

Size: 30 × 45 mm (Leica Pro Format)

Aspect ratio: 2:3

Resolution: 64 megapixels

Pixel pitch: 6 µm

Dynamic range: 15 stops

Color depth: 16 bits per pixel

Color spaces: sRGB, Adobe RGB, ECI RGB 2.0.

White balance: Presets: daylight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, HMI, fluorescent warm, fluorescent cool, flash, grey card (determined from image), grey card Live View, automatic, color temperature (kelvin)

Low-pass filter / IR filter: No / on sensor

Moiré suppression: In external image-processing software (e.g. with the Adobe Lightroom® software provided with the camera)

Lens mount: Leica S-Bayonet for Leica S-Lenses

Focal length: Dependent on Leica S-Lens attached, conversion factor to 35 mm film equivalent 0.8×

Focusing Type: Predictive AF with center cross-sensor defined by cross-hairs on the focusing screen, focusing drive integrated in lenses

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

AF memory: Shutter release or five-way switch

Manual focus: With lens focusing ring

Exposure metering: Exposure metering through the lens (TTL)

Metering modes: Multi-segment metering (five fields), center-weighted integral metering, selective (spot) metering (3.5% of image frame)

AE lock: Shutter release or joystick

Metering range: (at f/2.5 and ISO 100) Spot metering: EV 2.7 - 20, center-weighted and multi-segment metering: EV 1.2 - 20

Exposure control: Program AE (with shift function) (P), shutter priority AE (T), aperture priority AE (A), manual metering (M)

Exposure compensation: ± 3 EV in half-EV increments

Bracketing (AEB): Three/five exposures (automatic/manual), half, one, two or three stops

ISO sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600 ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500 Auto ISO

Shutter: Focal plane camera shutter. Optional: central shutter in Leica CS version lenses

Type: In-camera: Microprocessor-controlled, metal-blade, vertical focal-plane shutter

Shutter speeds: 60 s (dependent on ISO setting) to 1/4000 s in half-stop increments, time exposures to max. 60 s

CS shutter option: Optional central shutter in Leica S-Lenses (CS versions)

CS shutter speeds: Up to 1/1000 s in half-stop increments Flash sync speed, all speeds up to 1/1000 s

Linear flash mode: Faster sync speeds than 1/125 s possible with Leica SF 58 flash unit and HSS-capable SCA 3002 flashes

Continuous shooting: ~ 3.5 fps

Release button: Two pressure points; activation of exposure metering and AF, shutter release

Self-timer: Two- or 12-second delay with mirror pre-release

Mirror pre-release: Yes

Video recording: Full HD in Leica Pro Format (medium format), 4K video in super 35 window mode

Video resolution: Full HD: 1080 × 1920, 4K: 4096 × 2160

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

Video format: MOV (motion JPEG)

Color sampling: 4:02:02

Exposure control: Manual and automatic

Audio control: Manual and automatic

Onboard audio: Integrated stereo microphone 48 kHz, 16 bit

External audio: Audio in (3.5 mm jack) Audio out (3.5 mm jack) With audio adapter S (supplied with the camera)

Time code: Internal External with audio adapter S (supplied with the camera)

Other: Focus peaking, video playback, clean HDMI video stream for recording on external HDMI recorders

Live View

Frame rate: Up to 60 fps

Focusing: Contrast detect AF during live view at any point in image

Exposure control: Multi-segment, center-weighted, spot (linked to AF metering field shift within the viewfinder image)

Exposure simulation: Yes

Other: Histogram with clipping display, focus peaking, leveling aid (spirit level), exposure information

Viewfinder type: Pentaprism viewfinder with high-eye-point eyepiece, LCD bar below viewfinder image, illuminated and with displays/warnings

Magnification: 0.87× (with 70 mm lens at infinity)

Viewfinder coverage: Approx. 98%

Diopter compensation: –3 to +1 diopters

Focusing screen: Interchangeable

Top-deck display: Self-illuminating LCD panel on top deck

Monitor: 3" TFT LCD monitor with 921,600 pixels, 16 million colors, sRGB color space, image field approx. 100%, maximum oblique viewing angle 170°

Protective cover: Anti-glare dirt-repellent protective glass cover in scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass®

Flash mount: Hot shoe with center and control contacts, LEMO® flash connection socket

Compatibility: Full compatibility with Leica SF58 and flash units with SCA3002 adapters

X synchronization: Focal plane shutter: 1/125 s Central shutter (leaf shutter): All speeds up to 1/1000 s with CS lenses, FPS sync at all speeds slower than 1/125 s, choice of first or second curtain sync; FPS flash sync at faster shutter speeds (1/180 s to 1/4000 s) possible with suitably equipped flash units (HSS mode

Sync time: On first or second curtain (FPS)

Exposure modes: Single frame, continuous, self-timer 2 s (with mirror pre-release), self-timer 12 s (with mirror pre-release), time lapse exposure

Image file formats: Lossless compressed DNG (7500 × 5000 pixels, approx. 42 MB per image), JPEG (7500 × 5000 pixels, in three resolutions, 37.5, 9.3, 2.3 megapixels, approx. 1–16 MB per image, depending on resolution and image content)

Maximum burst rate: 3.5 fps

Buffer memory: DNG compressed, max. 15 images, JPEG no limit (dependent on memory card type, shutter speed and ISO setting)

Simultaneous capture option for DNG and JPG: Yes

Storage media: SD card (SDXC, SDHC) CF card (UDMA7) External on PC

Menu languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Portuguese, Korean

Firmware update: User upload option

GPS: Selectable (may not be available in all countries due to local legislation)

Wi-Fi: Integrated in camera body (remote camera control and image assessment by smartphone or tablet app)

Date/time: User setting option, automatic date, time and time zone synchronization with activated GPS module

Horizon: Accuracy/display sensitivity less than 1° at 0–40° ambient temperature


USB: LEMO® USB 3.0 HiSpeed

HDMI: HDMI type C socket

Audio: With audio adapter (audio in, audio out, time code)

Flash synchronization: LEMO® flash sync socket

Remote release: LEMO® cable release

Wlan: Integrated in camera

Handgrip: For multi-functional grip S

Software included: 90 day trial subscription to Adobe® Creative Cloud Photoshop & Lightroom®

Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, nominal voltage 7.3 V, capacity 2850 mAh

Battery-independent power supply: With Leica AC adapter S (optional accessory)

Power supply and battery charger: Rapid charger S (with integrated US mains plug, plugs for EU, UK and Australia and car adapter Inputs: 100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, automatic toggle, or 12/24 V DC; output: 7.4 V DC, 1250 mA

Body construction: Magnesium body anti-slip rubberized, magnesium top plate, aluminum bottom plate, stainless steel bayonet and operation elements

Operating conditions: 0 to +45°C (32 to 113°F), 15–80% relative humidity

Dimensions (W × H × D): 160 × 80 × 120 mm

Weight: Approx. 1260 g (body only, with battery)

Dust-proof/splash-proof: Yes/yes

Tripod sockets: 1/4" and 3/8" with anti-twist locking pins

What's Included


Leica S3 Camera body, Leica Battery S BP-PRO 1, Leica Quick Charger S (including adapter for EU, UK, US, car), Leica Camera Strap S, Leica Eyepiece Cap S, Leica Camera Cap S, Lemo USB 3.0 Cable S, Lemo-Flashsync Cable S

Limited Warranty:
Leica Camera AG (‘LEICA’) provides a two-year product limited warranty for this LEICA camera valid from the date of purchase from an authorized LEICA dealer, including the accessories contained in the original packaging, which are valid for two years.

Shipping & Returns


Returns Policy

You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).

You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).

If you need to return an item, please Contact Us with your order number and details about the product you would like to return. We will respond quickly with instructions for how to return items from your order.



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