With its enormous resolution, unique image quality and innovative operating concept, the Leica SL2 embodies the pinnacle of what is currently achievable in the field of camera construction. The successor to the Leica SL supersedes the previous model in virtually every aspect of performance – setting a new benchmark for what a modern-day full-frame camera can, and must, be able to deliver.
CMOS sensor with 47 megapixels for superior image quality
The unprecedented resolution of the SL2’s CMOS image sensor in full-frame format results in an unequaled level of detail rendition and image quality. Thanks to its enormous dynamic range, a color depth of 14 bits per RGB channel, and a sensitivity of up to ISO 50,000, it enables outstanding image quality in all lighting conditions. Even when combined with Leica TL lenses, which are designed for the smaller sensor format of the Leica TL2 and CL, the SL2’s sensor still delivers an excellent image resolution of over 20 megapixels.
Maestro III processor for ultra-fast operation
The new Maestro III processor facilitates a superior operating speed that is noticeable in many aspects of the SL2’s performance. The autofocus is significantly faster and allows for a virtually lag-free shutter release in any shooting situation; this is further complemented by the new Smart AF mode, which autonomously switches between focus priority and shutter release priority. Full-resolution recordings of consecutive images are possible at 10 frames per second with the focal plane shutter, and 20 frames per second with the electronic shutter (which offers shutter speeds of up to 1/40,000 second). Thanks to two UHS-II-compatible SD card slots, raw files can be saved simultaneously in DNG and JPEG format, if desired.
Optical image stabilization through sensor-shift technology
The Leica SL2 features a suspended sensor which adjusts its position in order to quickly and efficiently compensate for camera shake. This in-camera method is not only extremely effective, but also makes image stabilization available to lenses that are not equipped with their own, lens-based IS mechanism. Yet there are even more advantages to the SL2’s moveable sensor: in multishot mode, the tripod-mounted camera can record up to eight consecutive frames, whereby the sensor is shifted in half-pixel increments in between every exposure. This results in images with a quadrupled resolution of around 187 megapixels, which contain all of the color information for each pixel without interpolation – leading to an extreme increase in detail resolution. The multishot function will be available via a firmware update shortly after the Leica SL2’s release.
Leica EyeRes® viewfinder with even higher resolution
The camera’s electronic viewfinder displays the live view image with a minimal lag of 0.005 seconds, and a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. Its resolution of 5.76 megapixels facilitates a large, entirely natural-looking viewfinder image. The touchscreen on the rear of the camera has increased in size to a 3.2-inch diagonal, and now offers a significantly higher resolution of 2.1 megapixels.
Streamlined operating concept with new status menus
The Leica SL2 offers an innovative operating concept whose efficient design allows photographers to focus their attention on the creative process. The main recording parameters can be viewed on the rear display, and adjusted quickly and easily with a simple finger tap. A click wheel, a joystick and three strategically placed, individually configurable buttons also contribute to a straightforward operation. Thanks to two dedicated status menus for stills and video recording, the parameters for either shooting mode can be adjusted entirely separately from each other.
Perfect tool for cinematographers
In addition to its great appeal for photographers, the Leica SL2 is also an ideal tool for cinematographic projects: the camera is able to record up to 60 frames per second in Cine 4K mode, and up to 180 frames per second in Full-HD mode. In addition, the SL2 features a special 5K recording mode with an aspect ratio of 4:3, known as the classic ‘academy format’. All important camera functions such as autofocus, automatic exposure and auto ISO are also available when shooting videos. Activating Cine mode, however, transforms the SL2 into a manually controlled cine camera: ISO becomes ASA, the shutter speed is marked in degrees on the rotary disk shutter, and the f-stops indicating the aperture ratio are replaced by T-stops, which measure the actual amount of light transmitted through the lens. Connecting audio equipment to the Leica SL2 no longer requires the use of adapters, as the camera now features an audio-in and audio-out port, complemented by a fully fledged HDMI connector for external monitors.
Protected against the elements
Despite its movable sensor, the Leica SL2 is neither larger nor heavier than its predecessor, but actually feels particularly compact to handle. This is due to the fully redesigned camera body, whose central section is made of magnesium alloy, while both the handgrip and the edges of the camera have been subtly altered to be more ergonomic. Furthermore, the SL2’s resistance to dust and moisture has been increased and now corresponds to a rating of IP54.
Due to its L bayonet mount, the Leica SL2 is not only compatible with the ever-growing portfolio of SL-System lenses, but also with lenses of the TL-System and – via adapter – with the legendary lenses of Leica’s M, S and R-Systems. The L-Mount Alliance expands this scope of possibilities even further, by giving SL2 photographers access to L-mount-compatible lenses by third-party manufacturers.
The Leica SL2 is available in Leica Stores and Leica Boutiques from November 21, 2019, at a recommended retail price of € 5,990.