Old dog with new tricks is a phrase that comes to mind when you discover that the newest Leica, the S 007, which will only be available in the Spring of 2015, can record 4K video.
The 37.5 MP CMOS sensor is one of the key elements for the new model, along with the Maestro II image processor based on Fujitsu technology. Thanks to these, it has been possible, states Leica, “to enormously increase the speed and versatility of the S-System and raise it to a level that was previously unheard of in the medium-format segment. With a burst frequency of up to 3.5 frames per second, full-HD video in full-frame medium-format sensor size and 4K video recording, fast Live View mode and exceptional imaging quality at all ISO settings, the Leica S (Type 007) once again documents its status as the benchmark in the medium-format segment.”
The 2 GB buffer memory ensures smooth shooting of rapid sequences and, despite its more than doubled burst rate capability, the new focal plane shutter in the camera offers a further significantly increased service life of at least 150,000 cycles.
In terms of video, the Leica S 007 offers Full HD in Leica Pro Format (medium format) and 4K video (4096 × 2160) in super 35 window mode, with a frame rate of 24fps at 4K and 24, 25, 30 fps at Full HD. The video format is MOV (motion JPEG).
Exposure control can be manual and automatic, as well as audio capture, through the integrated stereo microphone. There are connections for external audio and the camera offers focus peaking and video playback. Uncompressed video can be output to external HDMI recorders, with 4:2:2 color sampling.
The new Leica S 007 will cost $25,400.00 (body only).