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Leica Finally Releases the S3: A 64MP Medium Format DSLR with 4K Video

More than a year after officially announcing the camera, and 12 years after its predecessor was unveiled, Leica has officially released the Leica S3: a 64MP medium format DSLR with 15-stops of dynamic range, Cine 4K video capability, and more.

At its core, the Leica S3 sports a 3:2 aspect ratio, 30 x 45mm Leica ProFormat CMOS sensor with an ISO sensitivity range from 100-50,000, a reported 15-stops of dynamic range, and 64MP worth of resolution. That represents a 71% bump in resolution over the 37.5MP Leica S2, though it already feels slightly outdated compared to the 100MP and even 150MP sensors we’ve seen in some of the latest medium format cameras from Fuji and PhaseOne.

All of those megapixels are handled by a Leica Maestro II processor, and a large 2GB buffer allows you to shoot up to six lossless compressed DNG image files or unlimited JPEGs at the camera’s top speed of 3fps.

Here’s a quick introduction to the new camera from the Leica USA YouTube channel:

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