Leica S-E (Typ 006)
Proven technology in a new look
Designed for refined image-making, the Leica S-E (Typ 006) is a medium format DSLR featuring a 37.5MP 45 x 30mm CCD sensor to produce high-resolution imagery with marked sharpness, clarity, and dynamic range.
The omission of an optical low-pass filter from the sensor's design further enables enhanced detail and resolution, that pairs well with the optimized Leica S lenses. Furthermore, on-sensor microlenses work to produce consistent and even light distribution to ensure edge-to-edge sharpness and illumination for a high degree of overall clarity.
With a focus on simplicity and the utmost in image quality, the S-E's capabilities benefit those who value both performance and image quality, all set within a durable and efficient design. The imaging quality is accentuated by efficient performance and processing abilities, aided by the integrated 2GB buffer for capturing up to 32 consecutive DNG lossless compressed files at a 1.5 fps continuous shooting rate.
When working with fast-moving subjects, an intelligent center cross-type AF point helps to produce precise focus and a predictive algorithm works to ensure sharpness when photographing subjects in motion. Complementing the advanced imaging capabilities of the Leica S-E is an equally refined body design, which takes on a minimalist structure with focus on the most essential shooting controls.
A large, 3.0", 921.6k-dot, LCD monitor serves as a clear means for image review and menu navigation while the large 0.86x-magnification pentaprism viewfinder acts as a bright tool for image composition. A weather-sealed body construction protects the system from dust and moisture, and an anthracite dial and hot shoe complement the overall design and appearance of the camera.
Alone the looks of the Leica S-E make it a fascinating alternative to a Leica S. With a top deck in anthracite grey and a silver anodised shutter speed dial, it is the perfect companion in both the studio and on location.
The optimised energy-efficiency concept of the Leica S-E lets you make more than 1,000 exposures on a single battery charge. This doesn’t even slow it down; thanks to its 2 GB buffer memory, it even lets you capture long sequences of up to 32 DNG files with lossless compression in continuous shooting mode.
Leica medium format sensor
With dimensions of 30 by 45 millimetres, its large, low-noise CCD sensor is in Leica Proformat. The microprism layer on its sensor guarantees uniform image brightness from corner to corner.
Thanks to its unique dual-shutter system, photographers have the choice of using the camera’s fast focal plane shutter up to a speed of 1/4000 s or the electronically-controlled central shutters of CS lenses that allow flash sync at all speeds up to 1/1000 s.
Optimum image quality
Its predictive autofocus helps photographers to capture perfect images of difficult subjects and scenes. Its broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600 ensures maximum flexibility – enabling photographers to work with the lens wide open in extremely bright light and shoot sessions in the most difficult lighting conditions.
|Lens Mount||Leica S bayonet|
|Compatible Lenses||Leica S lenses|
|Image Sensor||37.5 MP
45 x 30 mm CCD sensor (Leica Pro format)
No optical low-pass filter, IR filter on sensor. 0.8x crop factor compared to 35mm format
|Maximum Resolution||7500 x 5000 px|
|Pixel Size||6 µm|
|Dynamic Range||12 stops|
|White Balance||Auto WB, Daylight (5200 K), Cloudy (6000 K), Shade (7000 K), Tungsten light (3200 K), HMI (5600 K), Neon warm (4000 K), Neon cool (4500 K), Flash (5400 K), Gray card, Color temperature (2000-13100 K)|
|Sensitivity||Auto, ISO 100 to ISO 1600|
|Exposure Mode||Manual (M), Program automatic (P), Time pre-select (T), Aperture priority (A), Bulb with time pre-select (B)|
|Exposure Metering||Open aperture measurement through lens (TTL)|
|Exposure Metering Mode||Multi-pattern, Center-weighted, Spot (3.5%)|
|Exposure Compensation||+/- 3 EV in 1/2 EV steps|
|Exposure Bracketing||3 or 5 images; 1/2, 1, 2, or 3 EV
Automatic mode (all images captured with single press of shutter release)
|Metering Range||Multi-pattern/center-weighted (ISO 100): +1.1 to +20 EV
Spot (ISO 100): +2.1 to +20 EV
|Shutter||Slot shutter (microprocessor-controlled)
Central shutter (with Leica S central shutter lenses)
|Shutter Speed Range||125 to 1/4000 sec.|
|Drive Mode||Single, continuous, self-timer (12 or 2 sec. delay with mirror up)|
|Continuous Shooting||Up to 1.5 fps|
|Focus||Central cross-type sensor (phase-detection AF)|
|Focus Modes||AFs (sharpness priority), AFc (shutter release priority), AF (can be corrected at any time by manual focus), MF (manual focus with focus indicator on back panel display)|
|File Format||DNG, DNG lossless compressed: 37.5 MP
JPEG: 37.5 MP, 9.3 MP, 2.3 MP
|File Size||DNG: 72 MB
DNG lossless compressed: 42 MB
JPEG: 16 to 1 MB, depending on image content and resolution
|Buffer||2 GB buffer size
DNG: Up to 28 images
DNG lossless compressed: Up to 32 images
JPEG: No limit
1x CompactFlash (UDMA 7)
External via tethered connection
|Focus Type||Auto & Manual|
|Type||Pentaprism optical viewfinder|
|Magnification||0.86x (at 70mm, infinity focus, 0 diopter)|
|Viewfinder Frame Coverage||Approx. 98%|
|Diopter Correction||-3 to +1 m|
|LCD Monitor||3.0" 921.6k-dot TFT LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass cover, 100% frame coverage
Top colored OLED information display
|Color Space||sRGB (16 million colors)|
|Flash Control||SCA 3502, TTL, TTL HSS (up to 1/4000 sec.), A, M, Strobe, Start or end of exposure|
|Flash Synchronization||X-sync with focal plane shutter: 1/125 sec.
X-sync with central shutter lens: Up to 1/1000 sec.
High-speed sync: Up to 1/4000 sec. with optional SF 58 flash and HSS setting
|Flash Control||SCA 3502
TTL HSS (up to 1/4000 sec.)
Start or end of exposure
Hot shoe with middle and control contacts
|Wi-Fi||Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS modules|
LEMO flash sync socket/LEMO cable release socket
Contact bar for Leica Multifunctional Handgrip S (optional)
|Power Supply||Battery S: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack (7.4 V, 2100 mAh
Leica AC Adapter S (optional)
|Tripod Mount Thread||1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 with anti-locking pins|
|Operating Conditions||32-113°F / 0-45°C
15-80% relative humidity
|Dimensions||6.3 x 3.1 x 4.7" / 160 x 80 x 120 mm|
|Weight||2.8 lb / 1.26 kg (with battery)|
|Shipping Weight||6.4 lb|
|Box Dimensions (WxHxD)||9.9 x 7.4 x 14.2|
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