Leica SL2 Vs Leica SL Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

On paper, the Leica SL2 introduces several improvements when compared with the Leica SL so we're taking a closer look at the specs to see what exactly has changed.

|  Leica SL (Typ 601) in Mirrorless Cameras
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Leica SL2
 

The Leica SL2 has, finally, joined the Leica SL in the Leica SL-System family of full-frame mirrorless cameras and with it comes a slight design change and several updates. To find out, in more detail, what's new, we're comparing the SL2 and Lecia SL side-by-side to find out, on paper, what the latest mirrorless camera from Leica brings to an already rather busy market.


Here's a quick look at some of the key features of the Leica SL and Leica SL2 compared:

  Lecia SL Lecia SL2
Sensor 24MP 47MP
LCD Monitor 2.95inch, 1.04m dots 3.2inch, 2.1m dots
Electronic Viewfinder 4.4 million dots 5.76 million dots
Continuous Shooting  11fps 10fps
Image Stabilisation No Yes
ISO Range  50-50,000 50-50,000
4k Video Yes Yes
Weight 847g 835g
Dimensions 147mm x 104mm x 39mm 146mm x 107mm x 42mm
Price £5050 (when released)  £5300

 

Design 

Leica SL2

Leica SL2
 

The Leica SL2 is unmistakenly a Leica with its all-metal solid construction that's very similar to the Leica SL but there are slight design adjustments which include the leather wrap going around the front of the camera and a deeper, more comfortable grip. The Leica SL2 is also weatherproof, as was the Leica SL, with an IP54 rating. Both cameras are of a similar size but the Leica SL2 is lighter than the Leica SL by 12g. 

Leica SL Without Lens
Leica SL 

 

On the back, 3 simple buttons replace the 4 rectangle, non-labelled buttons on the Leica SL which should make it even easier to use but not much else is different (looks-wise) as the click wheel and joystick remain.

Leica SL2
Leica SL2

 

Leica SL Back GUI Design
Leica SL 

 

The top of the SL2 is very similar to the Leica SL, too, with the main dial and a small LCD screen, that shows camera settings, sitting to the right.

 

Leica SL2
Leica SL2

 

Leica SL
Leica SL

 

Screen & Electronic Viewfinder 

Leica SL2
 

On the back of both Leica cameras is a larger, higher resolution touch-screen LCD monitor but the SL2 has an improved LCD monitor (3.2inch, 2.1m dots compared with 2.95inch, 1.04dots on the Leica SL). There's also a big electronic viewfinder (EVF) on both models but, again, the EV on the Lecia SL2 is better with a higher resolution of 5.76million dots (the SL had 4.4m dot). Bother offer built-in eye-detection sensor to automatically switch between the EVF and rear screen. 

When you view the menu system on the LCD screen of the SL2, you'll see that the options for stills/video are separate which is a nice touch. 

 

Video 

Leica SL2
 

As well as grabbing the attention of photographers, Leica wants to persuade cinematographers that the Leica SL2 is for them and they're doing this with features such as 4K video at 60fps and up to 180 frames per second in Full-HD mode. The Leica SL does offer 4K but the way the SL2 transforms into a manually controlled cine camera when in Cine mode will be of particular interest to videographers. For example, ISO becomes ASA and f-stops indicating the aperture ratio are replaced by T-stops. Plus, headphone and mic sockets are built-in which are two features we didn't see on the Leica SL. There's also an HDMI connector for connecting external monitors. 

 

Lenses 

Leica SL2
 

Both the Leica SL and Leica SL2 feature the  Leica L-Mount which makes them compatible with a wide range of Leica lenses. Plus, the L-Mount Alliance means the cameras also fit L-mount-compatible lenses from Sigma and Panasonic.

 

Additional Features

Leica SL2

 

The battery type is the same (1860mAh), as is the ISO range but continuous shooting is 1 frame less on the SL2 when compared with the SL. You do, however, get in-body image stabilisation on the SL2, something that wasn't built into the Leica SL, and there's a new Maestro III processor as well as a suspended sensor which adjusts its position so it can compensate for camera shake. Smart AF (autofocus) is a new feature that switches between focus priority and shutter release priority, as is the Leica Object Detection AF which promises fast and reliable autofocus. The Auto Focus (AF) system also automatically detects whether a subject is stationary or in motion and, as a result, will switch between motion and focus priority. Plus, face recognition is built-in and there's an option to turn off noise reduction during long exposures.

 

Price 

The Lecia SL2 will be available from 21 November 2019 and it's priced at £5300 while the Leica SL, at the time of release, was priced at £5050. 

For more camera comparisons and opinions on 'best buys', have a look at our Digital Camera Guides where we rank various cameras, including full-frame mirrorless camera options. 

 

Comparison Table

Leica SL (Typ 601)Leica SL2
ManufacturerLeicaLeica
Image Sensor
Pixels24Mp (Megapixels)47Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)60008368
Pixels (H)40005584
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor SizeFull-frameFull-frame
Sensor Size (width)36mm36mm
Sensor Size (height)24mm24mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2.95in3.2in
Screen resolution1.04m dots2.1m dots
Touch ScreenYesYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec60sec
Bulb modeYesYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity50 - 5000050 - 50000
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-3+/-3
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution4.4 million dots5.76 million dots
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting11fps10fps
Video
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 4K
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
Video FPSCINE4K, 30/25/24MOV 5K, MOV 4K, MOV FHD, MP4 4K, MP4 FHD
Stereo SoundYesYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNoYes
Interface
HDMIYesYes
USBUSB 3USB 3
Wi-FiYesYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, Nominal voltage 8.4 V, Capacity at least 1860mAh1860mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Battery Life (CIPA rating)400shotsNo Data
Box Contents
Box ContentsCamera body, camera strap, lens mount cap, battery, battery charger with international adapter, USB 3.0 cable, user manual, warranty card, Leica lens cleaning clothCamera body, camera strap, lens mount cap, battery, battery charger with international adapter, USB 3.0 cable, user manual, warranty card, Leica lens cleaning cloth
Dimensions
Weight847g835g
Width147mm146mm
Height104mm107mm
Depth39mm42mm
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