Leica S (Typ 006)

Leica S (Typ 006)

The Leica S (Typ 006) Medium Format DSLR Camera is equipped with a 37.5MP CCD picture sensor with minimal noise. Because there are no unnecessary features on the camera’s body, its operation is simple and straightforward to operate.

The camera’s settings are entered using four soft buttons and a click wheel, while the 3.0″ LCD panel displays all of the camera’s features in a clear and straightforward arrangement. A five-way switch, meant to seem like a miniature joystick, is a control innovation that was created for the Leica S digital camera. The ergonomic qualities of the camera body are completed with a viewfinder with a large field of vision and a comfortable handgrip.

The Leica S contains the previously stated 37.5 megapixels, which are all put to use when creating exceptionally detailed medium format photographs with the Leica S. When used with Leica S lenses, the combination of a low-noise CCD sensor and Leica glass results in images that are clear and of excellent quality for the photographer.

In addition to a 2GB buffer memory for smooth, rapid operation of the camera, dual memory card ports for utilizing both CF and SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, and an ISO range of 100-1600, the camera features a CMOS sensor with a resolution of 3.2 million pixels.

The Leica S offers a variety of interfaces that make data transfer and image capturing more efficient. A variety of ports and connectors are included, including an ISO flash shoe and standard flash connecting sockets, a type C HDMI port, a 4-pin LEMO socket (USB 2.0 standard), a 7-pin LEMO socket for remote control accessories and remote flash firing, as well as a contact strip for multi-function handgrips. All of the interfaces are dust- and splash-resistant.

Using a USB connection, the camera may be linked to a Mac or a PC through the LEMO USB port on the computer. Additional characteristics include a long battery life of around 1,000 exposures on a single charge, which is a significant improvement over previous models.

Because of the camera’s embedded GPS technology, the position information for each photograph may be added to the EXIF data in the EXIF data. It is possible to automatically synchronize local clocks and time zones.

The software that comes with the camera allows you to plot the position and capture the time of each photograph on a map. Once the camera has been registered, it will be possible to acquire free downloads of Leica Image Shuttle and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Image Quality at Its Best

The Leica S is equipped with an autofocus mechanism that has been carefully engineered to be extremely efficient and to assist the camera focus rapidly in a broad range of scenarios. Increased sensitivity range (from ISO 100 to 1600) also adds to improved image clarity when operating in both bright and low lighting conditions, according to the manufacturer.

These two technologies strive to provide crisp pictures regardless of whether they are functioning in the most optimal or the poorest lighting circumstances possible.

Quick and Efficient Service

The 2GB of buffer capacity has a considerable impact on the speed with which images are processed. Continuous-shooting mode also makes it possible to film longer sequences in a single take. The Leica S can take up to 32 consecutive photos in DNG format with lossless compression at a maximum rate of 1.5 frames per second, with a maximum of 1.5 frames per second for continuous shooting.

When using solely JPEG pictures, the number of photos that may be displayed in a series is only limited by the capacity of the memory card.

Handling in an Intuitive Manner

When it comes to the new Leica S, the intuitive handling approach makes do with the bare minimum of control components. All functions are shown on the monitor screen in a clear and easy arrangement, and settings are input using four soft buttons and a click wheel.

The controlling idea now includes a five-way switch in the shape of a mini-joystick, as well as a user interface that is even more easily understood thanks to the redesigned layout.

GPS navigation with an integrated satellite system

The Leica S is equipped with a GPS module that is built-in. This enables the registration of exposure location details in the EXIF data of each image file, which otherwise would not be possible. It is possible to automatically synchronize local clocks and time zones. The software given allows you to plot the position and capture the time of each photograph on a map using the provided data.

Displays that provide information

In spite of poor lighting, the 3″ TFT monitor provides bright and clear picture viewing and sharpness evaluation due to its 920,000 pixels spanning the 16.7 million colors of the sRGB color space. Photographers may also superimpose exposure settings, as well as a transparent brightness or RGB histogram, on the monitor image as necessary.

Ergonomics that have been well-tuned

Although the new Leica is a heavyweight in terms of technology, it feels like a featherweight in your palm. Its compact design, optimum balance, and comparably low weight are all benefits that, when combined with the ergonomics of the handgrip, the grip qualities of its armoring, and the optimal location of all of its controls, contribute to its low fatigue photographic performance.

Support for two memory cards

The Leica S includes two memory card slots, which let it write data to both CompactFlash and SD cards at the same time. The benefits include higher memory capacity as well as better writing rates. The workflow is further made easier since DNG files for processing and JPEGs for picture review may be placed on separate cards, making it possible to save DNG files and JPEGs on the same card.

High-Speed Internet Access

Connecting the new Leica S with Macs or PCs through a cable to its LEMO USB port, for example, enables the camera to read photographs from memory cards, manage them remotely, or integrate studio flash systems. The interfaces are dust and splash-proof.

In addition, an HDTV may be attached for a more exact image examination. The camera comes with the necessary cables and strain-relief connections, all of which are of high-quality construction.

Photography with a lot of punch

The new Leica S allows for over 1,000 exposures on a single battery charge, which is an impressive feat. To round things up, the S-Accessories line includes a professional charger for two batteries, a 12-volt adapter for use with a vehicle’s lighter plug, and a remote power source for static photography.

When the battery compartment is opened, a specific mechanism protects the battery from accidentally slipping out.

Leica S (Typ 006) Specs

Camera TypeMedium format DSLR camera
ResolutionEffective: 37.5MP
Sensor30 x 45mm CCD
Pixel Pitch6 μm
Dynamic Range12 stops
Color Depth16-bit
Low-Pass FilterNo
IR Cut FilterOn-sensor
File FormatsDNG (RAW data uncompressed or lossless compressed), DNG+JPEG fine, DNG+JPEG basic, JPEG fine, JPEG basic
File SizeDNG: 7500 x 5000 px, 72 MB/file
DNG Compressed: 7500 x 5000 px, 42 MB/file
JPEG: 37.5, 9.3, or 2.3 MP; basic or fine; 1-16 MB/file depending on content and compression
Color SpacesAdobe RGB, sRGB, ECI RGB V2
Lens System
Lens MountLeica S bayonet
Crop Factor35mm equivalent= 0.8x
Focus Control
Focus TypePredictive phase detection autofocus with a central cross-sensor array, AF motor in lenses
Focus ModesAFC (single) with focus priority, AFC (continuous) with release priority, manual focus
Manual FocusingFocusing on the lens barrel or tethered with Image Shuttle software
Exposure Setting
Exposure ModesSingle frame, continuous, self-timer 2 or 12 sec. (with mirror pre-release)
Exposure MeteringMulti-segment metering (five fields), center-weighted integral metering, selective (spot) metering (3.5% of the image frame); AE lock by pressing shutter-release to second resistance point or with five-way switch; metering range 1.2-20 EV (multi-segment and center-weighted) or 2.7-20 EV (spot)
Exposure ControlProgram AE (with shift function), aperture priority AE, shutter speed priority AE, manual
Exposure Compensation+/- 3 EV in 1/2 steps
Exposure Bracketing3 or 5 exposures (auto/manual) in 1/2, 1, 2, and 3 EV steps
SensitivityISO 100-1600, auto
White BalanceDaylight, cloudy, shade, tungsten, HMI, fluorescent warm, fluorescent cool, flash, auto, grey card, color temperature (2000-13100K)


Shutter TypeA vertical metal focal-plane shutter is integrated into the camera body
Shutter Speed Range1/4000 to 32 sec., bulb (to 125 sec.) with in-camera focal-plane shutter
1/1000 to 8 sec. with central shutter lenses
Flash Synchro Speed1/125 sec.
Continuous Shooting1.5 fps (2GB image buffer; DNG max. 28 images, DNG compressed max. 32 images, JPEG no limit)
Viewfinder TypePentaprism viewfinder with a high-eyepoint eyepiece
Viewfinder CoverageApprox. 98%
Viewfinder Magnification0.8x (with 70mm lens at infinity)
Diopter Adjustment-3 to +1
Focusing ScreenGround glass with crosshairs (interchangeable)
Display3.0″ / 7.6 cm LCD-TFT with 921k-dot resolution
sRGB color space, 16 million colors, 170° viewing angle
External Flash ConnectionHot shoe with center and control contacts, LEMO, or standard flash connection sockets without control of flash power
Flash MeteringTT L (multi-segment, spot, center-weighted) multi-segment photodiode
Flash SynchronizationUp to 1/125 sec. (focal plane shutter), up to 1/1000 sec. with central shutter lenses / linear flash mode for sync speeds above 1/125 sec. and focal-plane shutter with automatic TTL-HSS control
Flash Exposure Compensation+/- 3 EV in 1/3 steps
ConnectivityUSB 2.0 (LEMO design), HDMI (Type C), 7-pin LEMO socket
System & Software RequirementsWindows XP, Vista, 7
Mac OS X (10.5 or later)

Power Supply

Battery TypeRechargeable lithium-ion battery, 7.4 V, 2100 mAh
ChargerRapid charger S (with integrated US mains plug, interchangeable EU, UK, and AUS plugs, and vehicle adapter)
Inputs: 100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, automatic adaptation, or 12/24 V DC
Output: 4.2 V DC, 800 mA
Memory TypesCompactFlash (UDMA 7)
SD, SDHC (to 32 GB), SDXC (to 2 TB)
Operating Conditions32-113°F / 0-45°C
15-80% relative humidity
Weather ResistanceDust and spray protection
Tripod Socket1/4″ and 3/8″ with locator holes for mounting plate anti-twist locking pins
Dimensions6.3 x 3.1 x 4.7″ / 160 x 80 x 120 mm
Weight2.78 lb / 1.26 kg (body only, with battery)

Packaging Info

Package Weight7.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14 x 9.5 x 7.5″
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