$19,000 for 64MP? The Leica S3 is out this month… if you can afford it

$19,000 for 64MP? The Leica S3 is out this month… if you can afford it
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Some 17 months after we last saw it, the Leica S3 has finally been officially released. The long-awaited medium format DSLR boasts a 64-megapixel sensor and uncropped full-width 4K video – but comes with an $18,995 / £16,500 price tag that is more than a little out of whack for that kind of resolution in 2020.

To put the Leica S3's price into context, the Fujifilm GFX 100 is $9,995 / £9,499 for 102MP, the Hasselblad X1D II 50C is $5,750 / £5,399 for 50MP, and the Fujifilm GFX 50R is currently just $3,499 / £2,999 for 50MP

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.