Deep-pocketed Leica enthusiasts rejoice! There’s a new follow-up to the excessively good, full-frame mirrorless Leica SL.
Four years after the original, the SL2’s full-frame CMOS sensor is almost twice the resolution of the SL’s 24-megapixel sensor, giving you 47.3-megapixels to play with. The new red dotted camera will be able to shoot in 60 frames per second in Cine 4K Mode (versus 24fps on the original SL) and up to 180fps in full-HD mode, with sensitivity up to ISO 50,000.
There’s a whole new object detection auto-focus system as well. So it’s able to detect whether a subject is moving or stationary, and automatically adjust the focus priority between motion and focus mode.
The SL2 also has much-improved optical image stabilisation. Using Leica’s sensor shift technology, the SL2 is able to compensate for any camera shake, being able to record up to eight consecutive frames, shifting in half-pixel increments between exposure and with a combined resolution of 187-megapixels.
As for the design, it looks pretty similar to the SL but weighs slightly less than the 2015 model at 835g, without the battery. It also looks quite a bit more versatile compared to the original Leica SL, boasting a fresh three-button control layout, and the user interface has been brought in line with its M and Q models. There’s now a 3.2in touchscreen and OLED electronic viewfinder.
With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth onboard, you can link the camera up to the Leica Fotos app, to remotely tweak settings like aperture, ISO, exposure compensation and shutter speed.
As for price? Well, it’s as you’d expect. The SL2 costs £5,300 for the camera body, which is roughly the same price as the original Leica SL at launch, and the range of Leica SL lenses starts at £3,750. For comparison, Panasonic’s full-frame mirrorless Lumix S1R is £3,400.
The Leica SL2 out in the UK from 21 November, so you’ve got about two weeks to save up for the feature-packed, full-frame Leica of your dreams.
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