Leica SL2 47MP Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Announced With Better Ergonomics

The Leica SL-System has had an update with the introduction of the Leica SL2 that's unmistakably Leica with quite a few improvements over the original SL.

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The Leica SL2 Full-Frame Mirrorless camera has been announced and with it comes several significant updates and design changes when compared with the original Leica SL

There's quite a list of 'what's new/improved' but some of the standout improvements include:

  • Better ergonomics
  • A more comfortable grip
  • In-body image stabilisation
  • A simplified control layout
  • Weather sealing
  • 47MP CMOS sensor
  • Leica Object Detection Auto Focus
  • Maestro III processor
  • 5.76MP electronic viewfinder
  • Larger touchscreen with better resolution


Leica has built-on the design/features of the SL, first announced in 2015, with upgrades featuring inside and out. Of course, Leica's iconic design stands but the SL2 offers better ergonomics, a grip that's more comfortable to hold and a simplified three-button control layout. As well as the buttons, there's also a click wheel, joystick and main parameters can be viewed/adjusted quickly on the rear touchscreen, too, where you'll find 2 menus for stills and video. 

Under the all-metal solid construction, which is also  weather-sealed with an IP54 certification, is a 47MP full-frame sensor (improving on the SLR 24MP sensor) and the new Leica Object Detection AF promises fast and reliable autofocus. The AF system also automatically detects whether a subject is stationary or in motion and subsequently switches between motion and focus priority. Plus, face recognition is built-in. 

Leica SL2
 

The SL2 features a suspended sensor which adjusts its position in order to quickly and efficiently compensate for camera shake. Additionally, in multishot mode, the camera can record up to eight consecutive frames.

The camera’s electronic viewfinder now has a resolution of 5.76MP and the touchscreen has increased in size, when compared with the SL, to 3.2inch and it also has a higher resolution of 2.1MP. 

Other features include an ISO range that tops out at ISO50,000, a new Maestro III processor, Smart AF, 10fps continuous shooting, two UHS-II-compatible SD card slots and support from the Leica FOTOS app. 

"The Leica SL2 is the natural evolution of the innovative Leica SL, serving as a ground-breaking embrace of the future of digital photography and videography while paying homage to its history and lineage," Leica. 

In addition to photographers, Leica wants to attract the attention of videographers as the SL2 can record up to 60 frames per second in Cine 4K mode and up to 180 frames per second in Full-HD mode. Activating Cine mode transforms the SL2 into a manually controlled cine camera as 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.

Leica SL2
 

 

Connecting audio equipment to the Leica SL2 no longer requires the use of adapters, either, as headphone and mic jacks are built-in and there's an HDMI connector for connecting external monitors.

As for lenses, the L bayonet lens mount means that the SL2 isn't only compatible with the growing portfolio of SL-System lenses, but also with Leica's APS-C lenses and with Leica M, S and R-System lenses via an adapter. Thanks to the on-going L-Mount Alliance, L-mount-compatible lenses from Sigma and Panasonic can also be used.

 

Pricing & Availability 

The Lecia SL2 will be available from 21 November 2019 and it's priced at £5,300 (excl. lenses but it does include a leather strap).

 

From Leica: 

Leica SL2
 

Building on the visionary Leica SL-System first launched in 2015, Leica Camera proudly introduces the Leica SL2: a masterpiece merging innovation with pure performance and Leica’s iconic design.

The Leica SL2 is a joy to use with improved ergonomics, a more comfortable grip and a simplified three-button control layout. While cutting-edge features such as in-body image stabilisation unlock new-found potential from legendary Leica M-lenses, it enhances the growing selection of SL-Lenses which are some of the finest optics Leica has ever produced. The Leica SL2 is the natural evolution of the innovative Leica SL, serving as a ground-breaking embrace of the future of digital photography and videography while paying homage to its history and lineage.


Crafted with conscience
The SL2 is the only mirrorless camera designed and crafted in Germany, with an unmatched all-metal solid construction and elegant yet robust leather wrap to deliver years of photographic pleasure.

 

Streamlined design with new status menus
The Leica SL2 offers an innovative user interface whose efficient design allows photographers to focus their attention on the creative process. The design alignment with the existing M and Q systems makes it even easier for existing Leica photographers. The main 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 configurable buttons ensure 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. Overall, the design of the SL2 reflects the iconic Leica identity and traditional design elements that the brand has become known and loved for over the years.

 

Improved ergonomics
Despite significant technical improvements and the presence of in-body stabilisation, the Leica SL2 has kept the same size as its predecessor. Improved body design paired with increased durability make the SL2 the perfect companion for all forms of shooting. IP54 certification ensures an elevated weather sealing for more rugged situations, while a new option to turn off noise reduction during long exposures allows for more hands-free shooting.

Leica SL2
 

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 unparalleled level of detail rendition and image quality. Enormous dynamic range, a colour depth of 14 bits per RGB channel and a sensitivity of up to ISO 50,000 enable outstanding image quality in all lighting conditions.

 

New Leica Object Detection Autofocus
The new Leica Object Detection AF ensures a fast and reliable AF. In addition to an array of modes and features, including face recognition, the SL2’s high-performance AF system also automatically detects whether a subject is stationary or in motion and subsequently switches between motion and focus priority.

 

Optical image stabilisation through sensor-shift technology
The SL2 features a suspended sensor which adjusts its position in order to quickly and efficiently compensate for camera shake. Additionally, in multishot mode, the camera can record up to eight consecutive frames, whereby the sensor is shifted in half-pixel increments in between every exposure. This key feature results in images with an incredible quadrupled resolution of around 187 megapixels.


Leica EyeRes viewfinder with even higher resolution
The camera’s electronic viewfinder now boasts a resolution of 5.76 megapixels, allowing for a large, entirely natural-looking viewfinder image. Simultaneously, the experience is further enhanced when using the touchscreen, which has increased in size to a 3.2-inch diagonal, and now offers a significantly higher resolution of 2.1 megapixels.

Leica SL2
 

Maestro III processor for ultra-fast operation
The new Maestro III processor delivers significantly faster autofocus and allows for a virtually lag-free shutter release in any shooting situation, which is further complemented by the new Smart AF mode. This 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. Thanks to two UHS-II-compatible SD card slots, raw files can be saved simultaneously in DNG and JPEG format.


Perfect tool for cinematographers
In addition to its great appeal for photographers, the Leica SL2 speaks the language of cinematographers, as the camera can record up to 60 frames per second in Cine 4K mode and up to 180 frames per second in Full-HD mode. Activating Cine mode transforms the SL2 into a manually controlled cine camera as 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 with built- in headphones and mic jack, complemented by a fully-fledged HDMI connector for external monitors.


Limitless connections
The L bayonet lens mount is not only compatible with the growing portfolio of SL-System lenses, but also with our APS-C lenses and with the legendary lenses of Leica’s M, S and R-Systems via adapter, providing more than 170 Leica lens options. The L-Mount Alliance expands this scope of possibilities even further, by giving SL2 photographers access to L-mount-compatible lenses from Sigma and Panasonic.

 

Leica FOTOS App
The Leica SL2 is supported by Leica FOTOS, the versatile app available for Android and iOS Smartphones. Leica FOTOS enables photographers to access the Live View function of the camera and remotely change exposure-relevant settings such as aperture, ISO value, shutter speed and exposure compensation from a smartphone. It also allows wireless control of the shutter release, which offers an entirely new range of creative opportunities. Pictures can either be shared on social networks or saved for mobile post-processing on the smartphone, both in JPEG and DNG RAW data format. If users wish to save the finished pictures after processing on their smartphone, they can take advantage of the option for saving them to a separate Leica Gallery - this keeps painstakingly composed and processed pictures from the Leica FOTOS app separate from simple snapshots. Expect many new features and a whole new mobile workflow experience on the iPad when Leica FOTOS will be available in version 2.0 from November 21, 2019.

 

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