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Leica S2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the shutter and flash. The color and image quality are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the design. Many are negative about the lens and value for money.

performance, image quality, color, flash, shutter

value for money, lens

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Leica S2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 40 reviews)

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Leica S2


Due to a leak on the Internet we got our hands on some information about a new Leica SLR camera. And it not only concerns a new SLR, it includes a brand-new digital photographic system as well, the Leica S-system. The Leica S2 will be the first DSLR...

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Leica S2


The Leica S2 is an incredible camera, but its hefty price tag means that it's not for the starving-artist type.

Leica’s recent show-stopping announcement of its new S photographic system has sent figurative buzz waves through the professional photography industry. The S-System's first compatible camera is the Leica S2, which has a 56% larger sensor than those...

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Leica S2 – First Impression Review


A Lamborghini speeds by as I cross Berkley Square, on my way to the Leica showroom in the heart of Mayfair, central London. I have received an invite to view the new Leica S2 medium format digital camera. I don't make a habit of attending to these...

The download time is a little slow, but then this is a medium format, in tethered shooting mode. The auto focus is as good as it gets with a medium format but is noisier than I would expect from such a quality camera. The results though are...


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Amazon review summary for Leica S2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Leica S2 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.5/5 for other Digital SLR Cameras on

value for money, color, image quality, exposure, performance

60% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Leica S2 37.5MP Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3 inch LCDLeica S2 37.5MP Interchangeable Lens Camera w/ 3 inch LCD (10801)Leica S2 37.5MP Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3 inch LCD with Sapphire LCD Cover Glass and Platinum Service Package

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Leica S2


No consumer would buy this format at this price. It is aimed at the high end professional, serious about state of the art with client fees capable of supporting the equipement costs. For the rest of us the Phase One MF has some excellent megapixels for...

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Leica S2


If you've shot a Leica and know anything about camera design you know this is worth it. This camera represents a paradigm shift. 45k with or without a lens? There's a huge difference, especially when you're talking about Leica lenses.

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Leica S2


Who in thier right mind would justify a $45K camera over a good quality SLR costing a few grand at the most? Nuts. Consumerism and overconsumption is dead, get used to it.

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Leica S2 review


The Leica S2 is the most expensive DSLR in the world. So what exactly do you get for your money?

Leica lenses deliver fantastic sharness, contrast and colours ; DSLR-like handling allows fast, fuss-free shooting ; Relatively comact design allows medium-format shooting in the field ; DNG workflow gives multile software otions ; Choice of shutter...

Limited ISO range comared with conventional DSLRs ; Some gas in existing lens range ; USB connectivity too slow ; Styling is too minimalist in some areas

For the rest of us, £20,000 is hard to justify. Our advice: keep on playing the lottery.

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Leica S2 professional medium format DSLR


Review Historically, commercial photographers have always relied on medium-format systems for their photo shoots and happily traded off manoeuvrability for image quality. Yet, when the Leica S2 became available to buy towards the end of 2009, things...

The Nikon D3x or the Canon EOS 5D MK II still have advantages over the S2 in some field applications and it is my guess that the threefold price difference will not win over many current DSLR pro users. With DSLRs reaching for ever higher resolutions,...

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Leica S2


The medium-format camera market doesn't get as much attention as it should. The drama in this sector of the industry over the last two years is worthy of a soap opera. New cameras and technical developments have come along, with resolutions hitting the...

A unique and expensive camera that is capable of amazing image quality. Will surely appeal to those shooting top-end fashion and advertising work.


Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chemical System:Lithium-Ion
Chip Type:CCD
Sensor Size:30.0 x 45.0 mm
SLR / Compact:SLR Camera
Usage:Digital Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:32
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: Yes
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode: No
Movie / Voice Recording: No
Shutter Priority: Yes