Leica SL2 summary
Leica SL2 is Leica's Pro Mirrorless camera originally launched on November of 2019. It houses a 47 MegaPixel, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a max resolution of 8368 x 5584.
The SL2 stands at #13 out of 51 in Pro Mirrorless cameras and overall #16 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. You should test our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your custom factors.
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Leica SL2 family
The Leica SL2 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the full range underneath.
Leica SL2 Gallery
You can see the SL2 from several angles in the gallery here.
Leica SL2 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of upsides and downsides of the Leica SL2 based on features which are oftentimes considered necessary in a camera.
Leica SL2 Sensor details
The Leica SL2 is run by the Maestro III chip. The measurement of the sensor in the Leica SL2 is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor is able to capture 8368 x 5584 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The CMOS sensor boasts 47MP and delivers a native ISO range of 100 - 50000. This ISO can also be extended digitally to a low of 50. RAW photos are saved so you have wider room to maneuver in post.
Leica opted to skip the anti aliasing filter on the Leica SL2. This may result in more sharper pictures but might introduce moire in certain circumstances.
The image underneath displays the SL2's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The SL2 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is outlined in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Leica SL2 dimensions
Leica SL2 is 1.84 lbs (835 grams or 29.45 oz) and features external measurements of 146mm x 107mm x 83mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 3.3"). The weight of typical Pro Mirrorless camera is 699 grams so the Leica SL2 is more heavy when compared with various competitors.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Down below is a image of the Leica SL2 besides a softdrink so you can have a feel for its scale.
The top view just below will provide the button design on the SL2.
Leica SL2 Lens specs
The SL2 fits the Leica L mount and has 38 lenses available for sale. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the SL2.
Leica SL2 Connectivity
The SL2 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily copy photos and oftentimes change settings without connecting straight to the camera.
A few applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external monitor. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Leica SL2 Video specs
The max video resolution in the Leica SL2 is 4096 x 2160 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 2160p delivers a outstanding resolution for video recording. You can easily crop to 1080p in order to get cleaner results. Be wary of the substantial file sizes and make sure you get decent SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera does feature both headphone and microphone support making it extremely useful while capturing audio.
Leica SL2 Weather Sealing
Leica SL2 comes with environment proofing which makes it a excellent candidate to use for tricky conditions. This is particularly handy any time you are not sure about the elements you might face for outdoor photography.
Leica SL2 Display and Viewfinder
The Leica SL2 is equipped with a 3.2" fixed display boasting a resolution of 2,100k dots.
Additionally the display is touch friendly so you can easily shift focus points as well as adjust settings using your fingers. The SL2 also comes with a Top display so that you can instantly see the camera's settings.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The View Finder specifications regarding Leica SL2 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 5,760k dots
- Coverage 100 percent
- Magnification 0.78x
In those sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders can be particularly useful.
Leica SL2 Shutter specs
Leica SL2 continuous shooting rate is 20.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds. The camera also comes with silent electronic shutter of 1/40000 seconds. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter may cause "rolling shutter" in certain conditions.
Leica SL2 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Leica SL2 has got external flash support but with no built-in flash.
Leica SL2 Autofocus specs
Leica SL2 has got just Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker and accurate when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera supports Face detect which can be useful for people photography.
The Sensor supports 225 focus points to choose from. Leica SL2 has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to shift where you focus. It also features Tracking AF for things that move. Leica SL2 has got manual focus in case it is required for low light occasions or you require more accurate control on focus.
Leica SL2 Battery life
The battery pack (BP-SCL4) on the Leica SL2 is fashioned to last for 370 clicks according to the CIPA standards which is less compared to its rivals. The usual Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 441. Olympus E-M1X offers the maximum (870) battery life for this class of cameras.
Here is a number of Pro Mirrorless cameras which have the highest battery life:
Leica SL2 for specific kinds of photography
The following bar chart displays a outline of the Leica SL2 for specific kinds of photography. To check out more, check out the specific section underneath.
Leica SL2 Portrait photography details
The Leica SL2 receives a points tally of 89 which is brilliant, meaning that it is a great option to use for portrait photos. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW photos & capability to utilize off-camera flash.
Leica SL2 Street photography details
Getting a nice score of 72, the Leica SL2 is a fine choice to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Leica SL2 as a Sports photography camera
A impressive sports photography points tally of 81 means the Leica SL2 is a outstanding pick for taking photos of sports. A camera must have good tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Leica SL2 as a Travel photography camera
Size is super important in getting a camera for travel. Overall, the Leica SL2 gets a above average 66 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine pick to buy for your trips.
Leica SL2 Landscape photography information
When you are looking to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Leica SL2 at it's wonderful score of 84 as a landscape camera is a brilliant fit in the current market.
Leica SL2 as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera preferably should have a articulating display screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Leica SL2 is not really acceptable as a vlog camera as it receives a subpar score of 36.
Leica SL2 Alternatives
If you need replacements to the SL2, here is a range of the highest scored cameras which fall into the class of Pro Mirrorless.
The line chart here offers you a bird's eye view of the SL2 compared to it's top scoring competitors shown previously.
There are a bunch of cameras you might look at as alternate options. To browse through a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.