Leica SL2

Leica SL2 front
  • 47MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 50000
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 835g - 146 x 107 x 83mm
  • Revealed November 2019
  • Replaced the Leica SL
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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.

Leica launched this camera in order to update the older Leica SL (Read Full Comparison)

The SL2 stands at #24 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras and overall #37 out of 1465 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.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Leica-SL2-S front thumbnailLeica SL2-S
SL2 vs SL2-S
24MPFull frame20.0 fps2020
Leica-SL2 front thumbnailLeica SL247MPFull frame20.0 fps2019
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Leica-SL front thumbnailLeica SL
SL2 vs SL
24MPFull frame11.0 fps2015

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.

2 card slots
comes with HDMI out
comes with headphone support
comes with microphone support
does have Top display
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
environment proofing
fantastic megapixels (47MP)
fast shooting (20.0 fps)
features touch to focus
great ISO range (50,000)
great minimum ISO (100)
has bluetooth
high resolution screen (2,100 k dots)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
manual focus
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
provides face detect focus
provides tracking focus
quiet shooting (1/40,000s)
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports RAW files
switch lenses (Leica L mount)
touchscreen capability
video res high (4096 x 2160 pixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
fixed screen
lacks phase detect auto focus
terrible battery pack (370 CIPA)
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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.

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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.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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 722 grams so the Leica SL2 is more heavy when compared with various competitors.

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Down below is a image of the Leica SL2 besides a softdrink so you can have a feel for its scale.

Leica SL2 dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button design on the SL2.

Leica SL2 topview buttons dials

Leica SL2 Lens specs

The SL2 fits the Leica L mount and has 52 lenses available for sale. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the SL2.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-35mm-F1.4-DG-HSM-Leica-L lensSigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM35mmf/1.4 665g
Leica-Vario-Elmarit-SL-24-90mm-F2.8-4-ASPH lensLeica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm F2.8-4 ASPH24-90mmf/2.8-4.0 1140g
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Sigma-28-70mm-F2.8-DG-DN-C-L-Mount lensSigma 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN C28-70mmf/2.8470g
Sigma-20mm-F2-DG-DN-C-L-Mount lensSigma 20mm F2 DG DN C20mmf/2.0 370g
Sigma-24mm-F1.4-DG-HSM-A-Leica-L lensSigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A24mmf/1.4 665g
Panasonic-S-70-300-F4.5-5.6-Macro-OIS lensPanasonic S 70-300 F4.5-5.6 Macro OIS70-300mmf/4.5-5.6 790g
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Panasonic-Lumix-S-85mm-F1.8 lensPanasonic Lumix S 85mm F1.885mmf/1.8 355g
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 460. 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 88 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.

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has manual focus
high resolution (47MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
features face detect focusing
exports RAW formats

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.

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has image stabilization (Sensor based)
large sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
has focus via touch
environment proof
great high ISO (50,000)
no moving screen

Leica SL2 as a Sports photography camera

A impressive sports photography points tally of 80 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.

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maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
silent mode (1/40,000s)
high max fps (20.0 fps)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
fantastic sensor resolution (47MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
includes tracking autofocus
environment proofing
not so great battery pack (370 CIPA)
does not have phase detect auto focus

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 65 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine pick to buy for your trips.

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environment proof
connects via bluetooth
boasts focus via touch
megapixel count amazing (47MP)
terrible battery pack (370 CIPA)
does not offer selfie friendly screen

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 83 as a landscape camera is a brilliant fit in the current market.

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focusing manually
switch lenses (Leica L mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count high (47 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
doesnt have low pass filter
great ISO range (50,000)
supports RAW formats
weather proofing
2 card slots
bad battery pack (370 shots)

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.

Photography Glossary
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection autofocus
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pxls)
has external microphone port
display isn't selfie friendly

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.

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General Information
Leica SL2
Pro Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Maestro III
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor measurements
36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Max resolution
8368 x 5584
RAW support
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Minimum enhanced ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Leica L
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
3.2 inches
Resolution of display
2,100k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
5,760k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Max quiet shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash settings
no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
4096 x 2160 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM/4096 x 2160 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM/4096 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM/4096 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM/4096 x 2160 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM/3840 x 2160 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM/3840 x 2160 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM/3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM/3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM/1920 x 1080 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM/1920 x 1080 @ 100p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM/1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM/1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM/1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM/1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM/1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
835 gr (1.84 lb)
146 x 107 x 83mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 3.3")
Battery life
370 photographs
Battery style
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported on slot 1)
Card slots
Retail cost