S-E (Typ 006)

With the new Leica S-E, Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, offers an ideal entry-level model for Leica S medium-format system. The camera provides practically all technical advantages of the Leica S (Type 006) and presents an attractive alternative within the Leica S-System. The new colour scheme, with a top deck in anthracite grey paint and a silver anodised shutter speed dial, adds even more to its attraction.

The S-E (Type 006) offers photographers access to the entire portfolio of lenses, technical equipment and accessories available for the Leica S-System. Owners of a Leica S-E can also enjoy the benefits of S-System service and extend the warranty for the camera body to three years with the optional Leica Protection Plan.

Proven advantages of the S-System

The Leica S-E possesses all proven quality characteristics of the S-System. These include the large 30 × 45 mm Leica Pro Format sensor and its micro-lens layer that guarantees consistently uniform brightness from corner to corner. The camera is extremely ruggedly built and sealed against environmental influences like dust and rain – just like all S-Lenses. The system’s unique dual-shutter concept offers photographers the choice of using the camera’s fast focal plane shutter with speeds up to 1/4000 s or the electronically controlled central shutter of the CS lenses that allows flash sync at shutter speeds up to 1/1000 s. The ten currently available Leica S-System lenses (six of which are also available with a central shutter) offer photographers all important focal lengths and a first-class tilt/shift lens. The latest member of the family to be launched by Leica is the Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH., a lens particularly suitable for portrait photography. At the same time, numerous third-party medium-format lenses can be mounted on the Leica S-E by means of adapters. For instance, the Leica S-Adapter C allows the use of Contax 645 lenses and the Leica S-Adapter H provides full compatibility for all functions of Hasselblad H lenses, including auto-focus, central shutter control and automatic aperture control.

Further details, like secure cable connections, optimized energy efficiency or the scratch-resistant display, ensure that photographers never compromise when they choose a Leica S-E. The Leica S-E therefore stands as an ideal and extremely reliable tool for achieving the best possible results in the studio and on location – under even the most unfavorable conditions.

Camera type: Digital medium-format single lens reflex camera for use with Leica S-Lenses.
Image sensor Type: Leica CCD sensor with micro-lens layer
Size: 30 × 45 mm (Leica Pro Format)
Aspect ratio: 2:3
Resolution: 37.5 megapixels
Pixel pitch: 6 µm
Dynamic range: 13 stops
Color depth: 16 bits per pixel
Color spaces: sRGB, Adobe RGB, ECI RGB 2.0.
White balance: Presets: daylight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, HMI, fluorescent warm, fluorescent cool, flash, grey card (determined from image), grey card Live View, automatic, color temperature (kelvin)
Low-pass filter / IR filter: No / on sensor
Moiré suppression: In external image-processing software (e.g. with the Adobe Lightroom® software provided with the camera)
Lens mount: Leica S-Bayonet for Leica S-Lenses
Focal length: Dependent on Leica S-Lens attached, conversion factor to 35 mm film equivalent 0.8×
Focusing Type: Predictive AF with center cross-sensor defined by cross-hairs on the focusing screen, focusing drive integrated in lenses
AF modes: AFs (single) = focus priority, AFc (continuous) = predictive focus tracking, MF (manual), manual override possible at any time
AF memory: Second resistance point hold on shutter release, lock for single exposure or constant by setting with five-way switch
Manual focus: With lens focusing ring
Exposure metering: Exposure metering through the lens (TTL)
Metering modes: Multi-segment metering (five fields), centre-weighted integral metering, selective (spot) metering (3.5% of image frame)
AE lock: Second resistance point hold on shutter release, lock for single exposure or constant by setting with five-way switch
Metering range: (at f/2.5 and ISO 100) Spot metering: EV 2.7 - 20, center-weighted and multi-segment metering: EV 1.2 - 20
Exposure control: Program AE (with shift function) (P), shutter priority AE (T), aperture priority AE (A), manual metering (M)
Exposure compensation: ± 3 EV in half-EV increments
Bracketing (AEB): Three/five exposures (automatic/manual), half, one, two or three stops
ISO sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, auto ISO
Type: In-camera: Microprocessor-controlled, metal-blade, vertical focal-plane shutter
Shutter speeds: Manual setting (T and M modes): 6 s to 1/4000 s in half-stop increments, time exposure (B mode): up to max. 125 s, flash sync speed 1/125 s, automatic (A and P modes): continuous from 32 s to 1/4000 s
CS shutter option: Optional central shutter in Leica S-Lenses (CS versions)
CS shutter speeds: Manual setting (T and M modes): 6 s to 1/1000 s in half-stop increments, flash sync at all speeds, automatic (A and P modes): continuous from 8 s to 1/1000 s
Linear flash mode: Faster sync speeds than 1/125 s possible with Leica SF 58 flash unit and HSS-capable SCA 3002 flashes
Continuous shooting: ~ 1.5 fps
Shutter release: Three stages
Self-timer: Two- or 12-second delay
Mirror pre-release: Yes


High-eye-point pentaprism
Magnification: 0.87× (with 70 mm lens at infinity)
Viewfinder coverage: Approx. 98%
Dioptre compensation: –3 to +1 dioptres
Focusing screen: Interchangeable
Top-deck display: Full-colour, self-illuminating, top-deck panel (OLED)
Monitor: 3" TFT LCD monitor with 921,600 pixels, 16 million colours, sRGB colour space, image field approx. 100%, maximum oblique viewing angle 170°
Protective cover: Anti-glare dirt-repellent protective glass cover in scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass®


Hot shoe with centre and control contacts, LEMO® flash connection socket
Compatibility: Full compatibility with Leica SF58 and flash units with SCA3002 adapters
X synchronisation: 1/125 s, 1/1000 s (lens CS), sync at all slower speeds, choice of first or second curtain sync; FPS flash sync at faster shutter speeds (1/180 s to 1/4000 s) possible with suitably equipped flash units (HSS mode)
Flash reflector angle: Automatic adaptation to focal length of lens attached with Leica SF58 flash unit or system-compatible flash units with motorised zoom reflector


Exposure modes:
Single frame, continuous, self-timer 2 s (with mirror pre-release), self-timer 12 s (with mirror pre-release)

Data recording

Image file formats:
DNG (5000 × 7500 pixels, 37.5 megapixels, approx. 72 MB per image), lossless compressed DNG (7500 × 5000 pixels, approx. 42 MB per image), JPEG (7500 × 5000 pixels, in three resolutions, 37.5, 9.3, 2.3 megapixels, approx. 1–16 MB per image, depending on resolution and image content)
Maximum burst rate: 1.5 fps
Buffer memory: DNG max. 28 images, DNG compressed max. 32 images, JPEG no limit

Simultaneous capture option

for DNG and JPG:
Storage media: SD card (SD cards to 2 GB max., SDHC card to 32 GB max., SDXC card), CompactFlash card (UDMA7), external transfer to PC hard disk

Other functions

Menu languages:
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Portuguese, Korean
Firmware update: User upload option
GPS: Selectable (may not be available in all countries due to local legislation)
Date/time: User setting option, automatic date, time and time zone synchronisation with activated GPS module
Levellingy: Determination by acceleration sensor, accuracy and display sensitivity <1° at 0–40°C (32–104°F) ambient temperature



ISO hot shoe, LEMO® USB 2.0 HiSpeed HDMI type C socket, remote release, X-flash sync, SCA3002, LEMO® flash connection socket, interface for Leica multifunctional handgrip S

Supported operating


Windows XP®, Windows Vista®, Windows 7®, Apple Macintosh Mac OS X® 10.5 and higher


Software package:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® and Leica Image Shuttle 2, downloadable from the Leica owners’ area after product registration

Power supply

Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, nominal voltage 7.4 V, capacity 2100 mAh


power supply:
With Leica AC adapter S (optional accessory)

Power supply and

battery charger:
Rapid charger S (with integrated US mains plug, plugs for EU, UK and Australia and car adapte Inputs: 100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, automatic toggle, or 12/24 V DC; output: 7.4 V DC, 1250 mA


Body construction:
Full-metal chassis in die-cast magnesium alloy with high-grip plastic coating, anthracite grey magnesium alloy top deck, baseplate in fibreglass-reinforced polycarbonate
Operating conditions: 0 to +45°C (32 to 113°F), 15–80% relative humidity
Dimensions (W × H × D): 160 × 80 × 120 mm
Weight: Approx. 1260 g (body only, with battery)
Dust-proof/splash-proof: Yes/yes
Tripod bushes: 1/4" and 3/8" with anti-twist locking pins


Package contents:

S body, rapid charger S (with integrated US mains plug, interchangeable plugs for EU, UK and Australia and car adapter), rechargeable lithium-ion battery, carrying strap, bayonet body cap, eyepiece cap