Leica S3 Specifications

  • 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:


  • 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:


  • 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:


  • 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:


  • 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:


  • 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:


  • 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

  • Interfaces

  • 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:


  • Tripod sockets:

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