The Leica S-System enjoys a special status in the medium format, with the Leica S tapping into brand-new areas of application for medium-format photography.
The Leica S CMOS sensor provides the necessary leap forward (unique to medium-format cameras) in terms of resolution and dynamic range, whereas Leica ProFormat in 3:2 ratio gives the pixels the space they need to produce the highquality results required by professionals. This level of performance is not only reached at basic sensitivity but can still be attained when you are dependent on the ambient light. Although it was previously assumed that you had to compromise on format for the sake of fast image sequences, the Leica S has rewritten the rule book. The lightningfast shutter mechanism, the CMOS sensor, the Maestro II processor, and predictive autofocus all come together to ensure that the Leica S combines the image quality of a medium-format camera with the fast responses of a 35 mm model. Its strengths not only become apparent in still photography, as the imaging quality of the S-Lenses and the sensor also come to the fore when recording video footage.