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New Leica S (Type 007): Medium-format Camera Provides Increased Image Quality and Higher Speed, Full-HD Video Recording; To Be Launched in 2015

Leica S (Type 007)

Leica S (Type 007)



New: LEICA S High Speed, Video Recording and Optimum Image Quality – Combined with Perfect Handling

With the Leica S (Type 007), Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents the new top model of the Leica S-System. As a logical development of its predecessors, the new Leica S features a multitude of radically new components – like the Leica CMOS sensor and the Leica Maestro II image processor – and now opens up new dimensions in the field of medium-format photography.

For the first time, the combination of the highest burst rate, extreme sensor sensitivity and comprehensive capture modes for still pictures – and now also video in exceptional quality – provides photographers with the opportunity to exploit the superior imaging capabilities of medium format for productions that demand maximum mobility and drive. The Leica S significantly accelerates and simplifies the photographic workflow with a multitude of features that are unique to medium-format photography – and some of them not only there. In addition to the new body, a new lens also expands the capabilities of the S-System. With regard to speed and imaging quality, the Leica Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH. telephoto portrait lens represents a new benchmark. Finally, the Leica S-System also welcomes the new Leica S-E (Type 006) as a lower-priced entry-level model.

In the words of Stephan Schulz, head of Professional Photo at Leica Camera AG, ‘The logical expansion of the system is further confirmation that the dedicated digital concept of the S-System sets new standards in the world of medium-format photography while achieving the speed and handling of a 35 mm SLR. Viewed in terms of its rugged resilience, reliability and versatility, the new Leica S is the first choice for photographers who refuse to make compromises.’

New image sensor and new processor for increased quality and higher speed

Amongst the most remarkable innovations in the Leica S are the new Leica CMOS sensor and Maestro II image processor. Thanks to these, it has been possible to enormously increase the speed and versatility of the S-System and raise it to a level that was previously unheard of in the medium-format segment. With a burst frequency of up to 3.5 frames per second, full-HD video in full-frame medium-format sensor size and 4K video recording, fast Live View mode and exceptional imaging quality at all ISO settings, the Leica S (Type 007) once again documents its status as the benchmark in the medium-format segment. The 2 GB buffer memory ensures smooth shooting of rapid sequences and, despite its more than doubled burst rate capability, the new focal plane shutter in the camera offers a further significantly increased service life of at least 150,000 cycles.

Fast, predictive autofocus module for subjects in motion

The revised autofocus system brings not only higher speed, but also more reliable and more precise focusing. To ensure optimum sharpness and precise tracking of moving subjects, the Leica S (Type 007) features a predictive autofocus mode: the camera registers the motion of the subject and determines the distance to it at the moment of exposure. In combination with its fascinating imaging quality and high burst rate, the Leica S sets entirely new standards for professional medium-format action photography.


Integrated Wlan, GPS system and levelling aid for precision and uncomplicated workflows

The Leica S is currently the only professional camera to feature an integrated GPS module that can record the geographical positioning data of the momentary location in the Exif data of the image file whenever needed, as well as automatically set the local system time. On the basis of the coordinates, appropriate software installed on a computer, for instance the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® package supplied with the camera, can display the precise location of each image on a map and register the corresponding place names as search keys for archived photos. The new dual-axis levelling aid (spirit level) displays the precise horizontal and vertical orientation of the camera in the viewfinder to allow photographers to align the subject with absolute precision and without any need for external aids. In combination with an app for smartphones and tablets, the camera’s integrated Wlan module enables remote control of the camera and remote image assessment in Live View mode to provide simpler and intuitive workflows.


Optimised handling

With a resolution of 921,600 pixels, a 3″ diagonal, full sRGB colour space and increased contrast and brightness, the display allows optimum assessment of subjects and images in every situation. The glass plate protecting the monitor is manufactured from tough and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass®.


The panel on the top deck of the Leica S has been redesigned as a trans-reflective display with a larger area and optimised information content to ensure optimum legibility – even in bright sunlight. Two new control elements on the top deck enable direct selection of Live View mode and the activation of video recording.


Leica S-Cameras are designed and constructed for many years of daily use. The new stainless-steel bayonet guarantees even greater endurance under even the toughest conditions. The Leica S (Type 007) possesses all the proven quality characteristics of the S-System. These include the large 30 × 45 mm Leica Pro Format sensor and its micro-lens layer that guarantees consistently uniform brightness from corner to corner. The camera and S-Lenses are extremely ruggedly built and sealed against environmental influences like dust and rain. The system’s unique dual-shutter concept offers photographers the choice of using the camera’s fast focal plane shutter with speeds up to 1/4000 s or the electronically controlled central shutter of the CS lenses that allows flash sync at all shutter speeds up to 1/1000 s. The ten currently available Leica S-System lenses, six of which are also available with a central shutter, offer photographers all important focal lengths and a first-class tilt/shift lens. At the same time, numerous third-party medium-format lenses can be mounted on the Leica S with adapters: for instance the Leica S-Adapter H for Hasselblad H lenses and the Leica S-Adapter C for Contax 645 lenses, both of which provide full compatibility – including autofocus, central shutter control (Hasselblad) and automatic aperture control.


The Leica S is uncompromisingly built for maximum dependability in use and also features details like cable connections with strain relief, separate slots for CompactFlash and SD memory cards, further optimised energy efficiency and a scratch-resistant display. The Leica S therefore stands alone as an ideal and extremely reliable tool for achieving maximum quality results in the studio and on location under even the most unfavourable conditions.

The Leica S is supplied complete with the Leica Protection Plan. The LPP offers photographers an extended warranty for a period of three years, a replacement camera to cover repair times and numerous other benefits.

The launch of the Leica S (Type 007) is planned or spring 2015; the price is not yet available.

Technical data LEICA S (Type 007)

(Last revised August 2014 | We reserve the right to make technical changes)

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

Image sensor

Leica CMOS sensor with micro-lens layer

30 × 45 mm (Leica Pro Format)

Aspect ratio:

37.5 megapixels

Pixel pitch:
6 μm

Dynamic range:
13 stops

Colour depth:
16 bits per pixel

Colour 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, colour temperature (kelvin)

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

Moire 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×


Predictive AF with centre 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 setting

Exposure metering:
Exposure metering through the lens (TTL)

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

AE lock:
Shutter release or five-way switch

Metering range

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

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

Exposure compensation:
±3 EV in half-stop 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, auto ISO


Focal plane camera shutter

central shutter in Leica CS version lenses

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

Shutter speeds:
125 s (dependent on ISO setting) to 1/4000 s in half-stop increments, time exposures to max. 125 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 are possible with the Leica SF58 flash unit and HSS-capable SCA3002 flash units

Continuous shooting:
Approx. 3.5 fps

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

Two- or 12-second delay with mirror pre-release

Mirror pre-release:


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)

Colour sampling:

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:

External with audio adapter S (supplied with the camera)

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

Live View

Frame rate:
Up to 60 fps

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

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

Exposure simulation:

Histogram with clipping display, focus peaking, levelling aid (spirit level), exposure information


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

0.87× (with 70 mm lens at infinity)

Viewfinder coverage:
Approx. 98%

Dioptre compensation:
–3 to +1 dioptres

Focusing screen:


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

3″ TFT LCD monitor with 921,600 pixels, 16 million colours, sRGB colour 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®


Hot shoe with centre and control contacts, LEMO® flash connection socket

Full compatibility with Leica SF58 and flash units with SCA3002 adapters

X synchronisation:
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

Data recording

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. 32 images, JPEG no limit (dependent on memory card type, shutter speed and ISO setting)

Simultaneous capture option for DNG and JPG:

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

Other functions

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

Firmware update:
User upload option

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

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

User setting option, automatic date, time and time zone synchronisation with activated GPS module

Accuracy/display sensitivity <1° at 0–40° ambient temperature


LEMO® USB 3.0 HiSpeed

HDMI type C socket

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

Flash synchronisation:
LEMO® flash sync socket

Remote release:
LEMO® cable release

Integrated in camera

For multifunctional grip S


Software package:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® and Leica Image Shuttle, downloadable from the Leica owners’ area after product registration

Power supply

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:
Full-metal chassis in die-cast aluminium with high-grip plastic coating, magnesium alloy top deck, baseplate in fibreglass-reinforced polycarbonate

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

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

Approx. 1260 g (body only, with battery)


Tripod bushes:
1/4″ and 3/8″ with anti-twist locking pins


Package contents:
S-Camera, rapid charger S (with integrated US mains plug, interchangeable plugs for EU, UK and Australia and car adapter), rechargeable lithium-ion battery, LEMO® USB 3.0 cable, LEMO® flash sync cable, carrying strap, bayonet body cap, eyepiece cap, audio adapter, Leica Protection Plan Body

Accessories (optional)

Leica SF58, Leica SF58 diffuser

Leica multifunctional handgrip S, Leica hand strap S, professional charger S, Leica AC adapter S, Leica case S, Leica HDMI cable, Leica grid focusing screen S, Leica microprism focusing screen S, Leica standard focusing screen S, Leica remote-release cable S, Leica S-Adapter C/H/V/M645/P67

Service packages

Leica Protection Plan Body (included in price)
Leica Protection Plan Lens (optional)
Leica Protection Plan Vario Lens (optional)
Leica Protection Plan CS Lens (optional)

About Leica Camera

Leica Camera AG is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the construction of lenses. And today, in combination with innovative technologies, Leica products continue to guarantee better pictures in all situations in the worlds of visualisation and perception. Leica Camera AG has its headquarters in Wetzlar, in the state of Hesse in Germany, and a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. The company operates branch offices in England, France, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, South Korea, Italy, Australia and the USA. New and innovative products have been the driving force behind the company’s positive development in recent years.