Leica SL2 full-frame mirrorless camera, it soaked up a notch with 187MP images

Leica SL2 full-frame mirrorless camera, it soaked up a notch with 187MP images

Leica has debuted the second edition of its SL full-frame mirrorless camera, taking about four years to perfect in the new SL2. Time, it seems, was well laid out, with the Leica pretty much the review of the original SL-bring us a snapper with a harder, redesigned body, a higher resolution sensor, a shiny new rear touch screen and an improved electronic viewfinder (EVF).

Built to the same 47MP-format full-frame CMOS sensor that debuted in the Leica Q2 (a big step up from the 24 million effective pixels, that features in the SL) SL2 over a magnesium chassis with aluminum used for the top and bottom plates, where the entire camera consists of two blocks of aluminum. The new camera comes with a IP54 dust and water resistance rating, and features an updated button layout, similar to the car the controls on the Leica Q2, and CL small.

The sensor has an ISO range of 50 to 50,000, with the promise of a “huge dynamic range” that the Leica says that an “unprecedented level of detail reproduction and image quality”.

(image credit: Leica)

competition brewery

There are numerous similarities between the Leica SL2 and the Panasonic Lumix S1R, and it is not only the 47MP sensor, that, though, should not come as a surprise, as both companies belong to the L-mount-Alliance.

As the S1R, the SL2 comes with five-axis image stabiliser built in, which shake the same 5.5 EV (exposure value) compensation. Even the EVF on both cameras the same 5.76 million pixels resolution.

There is a 225-area contrast auto focus with depth mapping of the SL2, that sounds pretty similar to the 225 area of Depth From Defocus AF system of the Panasonic. There is even an eight-image multi-shot mode on the SL2, produced 187MP composites, just like the High-Resolution mode, the Lumix S1R.

What is different, though, is the imaging engine: the SL2 uses Leica’s very own Maestro-III processor, the new camera has a maximum burst speed of 10 with a mechanical shutter and 20fps with electronic shutter. Buffer-depth is also kept very presentable, with over a hundred JPEGs or 78 DNGs (Adobe’s Digital Negative Raw file format) to the map.

the Video specs will be familiar to Panasonic Lumix S users, the Leica capable of 4K recording with up to 60fps and 1080p at up to 180fps.

With so much shared DNA, it is safe to say that the SL2 will perform as good as the Lumix S1R.

-L mount

in contrast to the Panasonic Lumix S-series cameras, Leica offerings are expensive, and the lenses are not cheap either. Thanks to the L-mount-Alliance, although the Leica fans, can with the L-mount and a-mount glass from Panasonic, and Sigma, the users much more choice and flexibility.

That said, Leica older M -, S-and R-lenses can also be used with the SL2, along with a lens Adapter.

The Leica SL2 is already available for pre-order and the shipping begins on the 21st. November with a price tag of $5,995 / £5,300 / AU$9,900 for the body alone. You could be forgiven for thinking this is expensive, but then we have to expect that from Leica.

Released on Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:38:24 +0000

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