Leica S medium format camera
The intuitive handling concept of the new Leica S medium format camera gets by with a minimum of control elements. All functions of the Leica S are displayed in a clear and simple layout on the monitor screen and settings are entered with four soft keys and a click wheel. Brand new features of the control concept are a five-way switch in the form of a mini-joystick and an even clearer layout of the user interface. The 2GB buffer memory plays a significant role in the increased image-processing speed of the Leica S. It also allows extended sequences to be shot in continuous-shooting mode. The Leica S camera can capture up to 32 consecutive images in DNG format with lossless compression at a maximum rate of 1.5 frames per second. In JPEG-only mode, the number of images in sequence is limited only by memory card capacity.
Lightweight Leica S body
Although a heavyweight in terms of technology, the new Leica is a featherweight in the hand. The compact construction of the Leica S body offers the ideal balance and a comparatively low weight of only 1,260 g are advantages that, along with the ergonomics of the handgrip, the grip characteristics of its armouring and ideal placement of all its controls, guarantee fatigue-free photography. With 920,000 pixels covering the 16.7 million colours of the sRGB colour space, the 3" TFT monitor of the Leica S enables bright and clear image viewing and assessment of sharpness, even in adverse lighting conditions. Whenever required, photographers can also superimpose exposure parameters and a transparent brightness or RGB histogram on the monitor image.
Professional Leica S camera with GPS
The Leica S is the only professional DSLR to feature an integrated GPS module. This allows the registration of exposure location details in the EXIF data of each image file. Local times and time zones are automatically synchronised. The software provided with the Leica S allows the location and capture time of each image to be plotted on a map.
Leica S memory & connectivity
The Leica S has two memory card slots for writing data simultaneously to CompactFlash and SD cards. The advantages: increased memory capacity and faster write speeds. The workflow also becomes easier, as DNG files for processing and JPEGs for image review can be saved separately on different cards. Dust- and splash-proof interfaces allow connection of the new Leica S with Macs or PCs via cable to its LEMO USB port - to read images from memory cards, control the camera remotely or to integrate studio flash systems, for example. An HD TV can also be connected for precise image review. Appropriate cables with robustly constructed strain-relief connectors are supplied with the camera.
Leica S battery & accessories
The new Leica S allows almost 1,000 exposures on a single battery charge. If that’s not enough, the range of Leica S accessories offers a professional charger for two batteries, a 12-volt connector for the lighter socket in vehicles and a remote power supply for static shooting. A special mechanism prevents the battery falling out when the battery compartment is opened.
Leica S price & availability
The new Leica S medium format camera will be available from December 2012. The Leica S price has not yet been determined.