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Touchscreen on the Leica S3?

The rear monitor on the Leica S3 is not touch sensitive. All interactions with the camera's firmware, thus, have to be entered through buttons and dials on the camera body. While this method of operating a camera might not be as intuitive as a touch interface and requires the photographer to memorize the functions of the external controls, it avoids accidental setting changes from unitentional contacts with the screen.

In terms of size and resolution, the rear LCD of the Leica S3 measures 3.0 inches and offers a resolution of 922,000 dots.

Leica S3 Screen Specs
Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder
Viewfinder Field of View 98%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.87x
Top-Level Screen Control Panel
LCD Framing Live View
LCD Size 3.0 inch
LCD Resolution 922k dots
LCD Attachment Fixed screen
Touch Input No touchscreen

Back side of the Leica S3 with LCD

S3 and credit card rear side

As can be seen from the rear-side image, the 3.0-inch LCD occupies a large part of the backside of the camera. For comparison, the diagonal on a standard credit card measures 4 inches.

Camera to camera comparisons

The Leica S3 is a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera that was announced in September 2018 and is equipped with a medium format sensor. It offers a resolution of 64 megapixel. In the United States, the camera was initially launched at a price of $18,995.

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The table below compares the rear screen specs of the Leica S3 to those of several similar cameras. Additionally, the table includes some information on other core features, such as the viewfinder, shutter, flash, and image stabilization system.

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LCD and Other Feature Comparison
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Leica S3optical Y3.0 / 922 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 n n
2.
 
Leica Q23680 n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 20.0 n Y
3.
 
Leica M-E Typ 240optical n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 n n
4.
 
Leica M10-Poptical n3.0 / 1037 fixed Y 1/4000s 5.0 n n
5.
 
Leica M10optical n3.0 / 1037 fixed n 1/4000s 5.0 n n
6.
 
Leica S-E Typ 006optical Y3.0 / 922 fixed n 1/4000s 1.5 n n
7.
 
Leica S Typ 007optical Y3.0 / 922 fixed n 1/4000s 3.5 n n
8.
 
Leica S Typ 006optical Y3.0 / 922 fixed n 1/4000s 1.5 n n
9.
 
Leica S2optical Y3.0 / 460 fixed n 1/4000s 1.5 n n
10.
 
Nikon D6optical Y3.2 / 2359 fixed Y 1/8000s 14.0 n n
11.
 
Sony RX10 IV2359 Y3.0 / 1440 tilting Y 1/2000s 24.0 Y Y

If you would like to see a side-by-side review of this and another camera, just make a corresponding selection in the search boxes below. Alternatively, you can follow any of the listed hyperlinks for comparisons that others found interesting.

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Leica S3
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens Leica S mount lenses
    Launch Date September 2018
    Launch Price USD 18 995
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CMOS
    Sensor Format Medium Format Sensor
    Sensor Size 45.0 x 30.0 mm
    Sensor Area 1 350 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 54.1 mm
    Crop Factor 0.8x
    Sensor Resolution 64 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 9 800 x 6 533 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 4.59 μm
    Pixel Density 4.74 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter
    Movie Capability 4K/24p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 50 000 ISO
    Image Processor Maestro II
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 98%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.87x
    Top-Level Screen Control Panel
    LCD Framing Live View
    LCD Size 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 922k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen
    V-logging Friendliness No front-flip
    Touch Input No touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System Phase-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peaking
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 3 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations
    Silent Shootingno E-Shutter
    Time Lapse Photographyno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium CF or SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Dual card slots
    UHS card support UHS-II
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    Studio Flash PC Sync socket
    USB Connector USB 3.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port
    Headphone Socket Headphone port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Geotagging GPS built-in
    Body Specs
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed body
    Battery Type BP-PRO1 power pack
    Body Dimensions 160 x 120 x 80 mm
    (6.3 x 4.7 x 3.1 in)
    Camera Weight 1 260 g (44.4 oz)

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