About 12 years after announcing the Leica S2 camera, the German company has now announced the successor to the DSLR with the release of Leica S3 early this month.
This DSLR camera is categorized as the medium format type camera with a resolution of 64 MP and 15-stop dynamic range, 4K resolution video capabilities, and much more. The aspect ratio used in the Leica S3 is 3: 2 and the CMOS ProFormat sensor comes with ISO 100 to ISO 50,000 sensitivity.
The resolution of 64 MP generated by the sensor is reported to have increased by 71% when compared to the Leica S2 with 37.5 MP.
All performance on the Leica S3 DSLR camera is handled with an exclusive Maestro 3 processor, the processor allows 2GB buffering so users can take up to six lossless compressed DNG images or unlimited JPG at a top speed of 3 fps.
Leica also announces that they have worked a great deal to redefine the autofocus algorithms, especially those that predict movement and calculate these up to the moment of exposure.
Unlike the latest GFX 100 medium format camera from Fujifilm or Hasselblad’s X1D II, the Leica S3 is not a mirrorless camera. The Leica S3 is more into the type of DSLR which, of course, comes with an optical viewfinder.
Like the Leica S Type 007, the S3 has a switch button for the trigger for adjustment between CS (central shutter) and FPS (focal plane shutter). The back of the Leica S3 has a 3-inch screen of 922k pixels that in live view mode can display up to 60 frames per second.
Thus, the Leica S3 camera has more efficient battery life. The company claims that the Leicas S3 can take up to 1,000 photos until the next battery swap.
On the video recording, the camera maker from Germany provides the Leica S3 with 4K Cine recording capability up to 24p using full sensor width, or Full HD video with a recording speed of 30 fps. The company is also adding the dual memory card slot with SDXC and CF support.
Just like other medium format cameras, the Leica S3 has a size that is classified as large and heavy. Its dimensions are 160 x 80 x 20 mm with a weight of 1260 grams for the body only. The Leica S3 is available for pre-order at $19,000.