Leica S2 Review

Overall 56
Imaging 38
Features 11
Size 68
Price 100

Main Features

  • 38.0 MP Medium format CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 1250
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 2.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 160 x 120 x 81 mm
  • Weight: 1410 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Leica S2 Summary

This review is devoted to S2 that Leica has first introduced to the public in Sep 23, 2008. This model is a Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 38.0 MP and a Medium format (45 x 30 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #9 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 56/100 and it takes a rank of #20 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Leica S2 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Leica S2 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 80

CONs

  • Continuous Shooting: 2.0 fps
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 824
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Dust Proof: No
  • Battery Life: 1000 shots

Complete Comparison of Leica S2 With Other Cameras in Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Leica S2. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Leica S2

Leica S2 has the following external dimensions 160 x 160 x 81 mm (62.99 x 47.24 x 31.89″) with the weight of 1410 g.

The typical weight for average Pro DSLR type cameras is 1275g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Leica S2, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Leica S2 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 81mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Leica S2 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Leica S2 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Leica S2 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Leica S2 — 1000 shots
Min: 650 shots
Average: 2336 shots
Max: 4400 shots

Thickness

Leica S2 — 81 mm
Min: 74 mm
Average: 85 mm
Max: 123 mm

Weight

Leica S2 — 1410 g
Min: 735 g
Average: 1275 g
Max: 1585 g

Unfortunately, Leica S2 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Leica S2 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Leica S2 Photo and Sensor Features

Leica S2 boasts of a resolution of 38.0 MP and is equipped with a Medium format (45 x 30 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Leica S2 has the following ISO range 80 - 1250 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Leica S2 features a 38.0 MP sensor. In the Pro DSLR class, there is a high-resolution camera.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Leica S2, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 76 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Leica S2’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Leica S2 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Medium format sensor featured in Leica S2 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Leica S2

LCD and ViewFinder

Leica S2 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in S2 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.86x and it also provides a coverage of 96%.

Compared to other cameras from this class, this model may not come with the highest magnification and coverage indicators. However, even though its coverage is only 96%, this can’t be called a significant disadvantage.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Leica S2 are its 2.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, S2 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Leica S2 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect S2 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Leica S2 provides a shooting life of 1000, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 2336 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Leica S2 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Leica S2 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Leica S2’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Leica S2’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the S2 to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Leica S2 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica S2 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 90. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica S2 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Medium format (45 x 30 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (38 MP)

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Leica S2 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica S2 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 84. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica S2 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Large Medium format(45 x 30 mm) sensor
  • Big battery life (1000 shots)

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (160 x 120 x 81 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Leica S2 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica S2 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 71. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica S2 can be called a 71 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (160 x 120 x 81 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (2.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (824)

Leica S2 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica S2 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica S2 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Medium format (45 x 30 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (1410 g)
  • Big size (160 x 120 x 81 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash
  • Video is not available

Leica S2 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica S2 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 91. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica S2 can be called a 91 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Medium format (45 x 30 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (38 MP)
  • Good Dynamic Range (12.2)
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (824)

Leica S2 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Leica
Model S2
Announced Sep 23, 2008
Body Type Large SLR"
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses 0
Focal Length Multiplier x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View No
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 96%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.86
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 32 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 2.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance No
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes no built-in flash
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 76
DxO Color Depth 23.9
DxO Dynamic Range 12.2
DxO Low Light ISO 824
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size Medium format
Sensor Dimensions 45 x 30 mm
Sensor Area 1350.00 mm2
Sensor Resolution 38.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 7500 x 5000
Max Native ISO 1,250
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 1410 g
Physical Dimensions 160 x 120 x 81 mm
Battery Life 1000 shots
Battery Type 1000 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer No
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type n/a
Storage Slots 1

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