In 2012, perfectly timed for the Photokina imaging fair, Leica introduced the successor to the S2: the new Leica S. The most significant changes included improved image quality, as well as a more light sensitive sensor (offering an ISO of 100 to 1600). The camera's storage capacity had been doubled to 2GB RAM – enabling it to capture up to 32 images in DNG format with lossless compression, at a frame rate of 1.5 fps.
The Leica S featured an optimised operating concept with fully coordinated components for an even more efficient and user-friendly work-flow, as well as an improved autofocus system. It also offered an integrated GPS module, able to record the exact shooting location, date and time.
The Leica S was complemented by accessories (multi-function hand grip, professional battery charger) and three new S lenses: the super wide-angle Leica Super-Elmar-S 24 mm f/3.5 Asph, the standard zoom Leica Vario-Elmar-S 30-90 mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph, and the tilt/shift lens Leica TS-APO-Elmar-S 120 mm f/5.6 Asph.