Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Leica S system specifications


Leica has revealed specifications and a release date for its medium-format 'S system'. The S2 as a 37.5 megapixel Kodak CCD sensor which measures 45 x 30 mm, sensitivity is pegged from ISO 80 to 1250 and the camera can shoot 1.5 fps for up to 8 RAW DNG files. Around the back you'll find a three inch LCD with 460,000 dots (surprisingly not the higher resolution 920,000 dot screens found on other DSLRs). Everything else is pretty much to be expected; three metering modes, four exposure modes, integral metal shutter provides 32 to 1/4000 sec and a flash sync of 1/125 sec, optional lens leaf shutter delivers flash sync up to 1/500 sec. A basic 'kit' (S2 and one lens) will set you back around $30,000 and the first units should ship in October.
Camera typeDigital single-lens reflex camera for use with Leica S lenses
Image sensor • Low-noise Kodak CCD sensor
• 37.5 megapixels (7,500 x 5,000)
• 45 x 30 mm
• 6 ┬Ám pixel spacing
• 3:2 aspect ratio
• Dynamic range: 12 stops
• Color depth: 16 bits per pixel
• Low pass filter: none (moire suprresion using digital processing)
Sensitivity rangeISO 80 to 1250 (manual or automatic control)
Data storage (format) • DNG (approx. 75 MB per image)
• JPEG (basic or fine)
Memory cards • Compact Flash (up to 64 GB)
• SD cards (HC)
Maximum frame rate• 1.5 images/s
• 1 GB buffer
• 8 images in a burst (DNG)
Control monitor• 3-inch TFT
• 460,000 pixels
• 16 million colors
• Cover glass: highly abrasion and scratch resistant sapphire glass (only with the LEICA S2-P)
Connections • High-speed USB 2.0 (robust connection with strain-relief, cable included
• HDMI
• Remote release
• X sync
• SCA3002
Exposure metering • Multi-field metering (5 fields)
• Center-weighted integral metering
• Spot metering (3.5%)
Exposure control • Program mode (with Shift function)
• Shutter priority, aperture priority, manual metering
Shutter 1/500 s to 32 s, flash synch time: All speeds
Flash operation • Metering method: TTL (multi-field, center-weighted, spot)
• TTL-HSS rapid synchronization up to 1/4000 s with focal plane shutte,
• Fully compatible with LEICA SF 58 and devices with SCA3002 adapters
Auto Focus • Central crosshair sensor
• Focusing drive in lens
Operating Modes • AF Continuous
• AF Single
• MF (with override)
Viewfinder• High eye-point pentaprism viewfinder
• Coverage: 96%
• Magnification: 0.86x
• Diopter: -3 to +1
• Focusing screen: Matte with cross-hairs (interchangeable)
Power supply • Li-Ion battery
• 7.4 V, 2150 mAh
Body • Die-cast magnesium
• Resistant to dust and dripping/splashing water
Dimensions • 160 x 120 x 81 mm (6.3 x 4.7 x 3.2 in)
Weight (no lens) • 1.4 kg (3.1 lb)
Supplied accessories • Software: Adobe Lightroom, Leica Image Shuttle
• Battery
• Charger
• USB cable

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