- 38MP - Medium format Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 80 - 1250
- No Video
- Leica L Mount
- 1410g - 160 x 120 x 81mm
- Announced September 2008
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- Size Comparison
Leica S2 summary
Leica S2 is Leica's Pro DSLR camera first launched on September of 2008. The camera has a 38MP, CCD Medium format sized sensor and has a full resolution of 7500 x 5000.
The S2 comes in at #13 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras and overall #291 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. Please test our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.
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Leica S2 Gallery
You can check the S2 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Leica S2 Pros and Cons
Below is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Leica S2 based on factors which are normally regarded as essential in a camera.
Leica S2 Sensor info
The sensor size on the Leica S2 is 45mm x 30mm (Medium format). The 1,350 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 7500 x 5000 pixels .Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The CCD sensor boasts 38 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 80 to 1250. RAW photos are supported therefore the user has wider margin for error.
The image underneath displays the S2's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The S2 sensor comes with a crop factor of 0.8 and is highlighted in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Leica S2 dimensions
Leica S2 is 3.11 lb (1,410 gr or 49.74 oz) and the measurement of the camera is 160mm x 120mm x 81mm (6.3" x 4.7" x 3.2"). The weight of average Pro DSLR camera is 1,280 gr and the Leica S2 is heavier when compared to various rivals.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Here is a image of the Leica S2 besides a soda so you're able to have a sense of its scale.
The top view under will highlight the button layout on the S2.
Leica S2 Lens info
The S2 fits the Leica L mount and has 52 lenses available to buy. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the S2.
Leica S2 Connectivity
The S2 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy photos and in some cases change settings without connecting physically to the camera.
Certain applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Leica S2 Video info
Leica S2 does not record video. If you are searching for a camera to take only pictures, this is not a concern.
Leica S2 Weather Sealing
Leica S2 does not include environment sealing so rainy conditions might ruin the camera.
Leica S2 Display and Viewfinder
The Leica S2 has a 3" fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 460k dots.
Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen. The S2 also has a builtin Top LCD display so you can instantly checkout camera settings.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The ViewFinder specifications regarding Leica S2 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
- ViewFinder Coverage 96 percent
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.86x
Viewfinders are rather useful in sunny outdoor conditions which might make the camera display washed out and hard to view.
Leica S2 Shutter info
Leica S2 has the capability to shoot continuously at 2.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Leica S2 Flash and Hot shoe info
Leica S2 boasts external flash support but is lacking built in flash.
Leica S2 Autofocusing info
Leica S2 boasts both Phase Detect Auto Focus and Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker and accurate when compared to Contrast Detect focusing.
Leica S2 can use manual focus in case it is required in low light situations or you want more exact control on focus.
Leica S2 Battery life
The battery life on the Leica S2 is built to last for 1000 pictures as per the CIPA requirements making it less when compared to its rivals. The average Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X has got the best (4400) battery life in this type of cameras.
Below is a listing of Pro DSLR cameras that have the best battery life:
Leica S2 for varying forms of photography
The following bar chart displays a rundown of the Leica S2 for varying forms of photography. To learn more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Leica S2 Portrait photography details
The Leica S2 gets a score of 77 which is excellent, and means the camera is a outstanding choice for portraits. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support together with the capability to use off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Leica S2
With a reasonable points total of 52, the Leica S2 is somewhat adequate for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Leica S2 Sports photography info
A reasonable sports photography points total of 58 means the Leica S2 is reasonably appropriate for shooting sports. A camera should have very good autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Leica S2 as a Travel photography camera
Size is really crucial in picking a camera for travel. In general, the Leica S2 gets a subpar 45 for a travelling camera which makes it not good to take on your travels.
Leica S2 Landscape photography info
For anyone planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Leica S2 at it's above average score of 62 as a landscape camera is a fine pick within the current marketplace.
Leica S2 Vlogging highlights
A vlogging camera ought to posses a articulating screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering all things, the Leica S2 is not good for vlogging as it delivers a subpar score of 9.
Leica S2 Alternatives
If you are in the market for alternatives to the S2, below is a list of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the category of Pro DSLR.
The diagram listed below shows you a bird's eye view of the S2 versus it's top scoring rivals suggested above.
Following are additional cameras you may look into as alternatives. To read through a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.