Leica TL2

Leica TL2 front
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 50000
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 399g - 134 x 69 x 33mm
  • Released July 2017
  • Earlier Model is Leica TL
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison

Leica TL2 overview

Leica TL2 is Leica's Advanced Mirrorless digital camera originally introduced on July of 2017. It houses a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 6016 x 4014.

Leica introduced this model in order to improve the older Leica TL (Read Full Comparison)

The TL2 places at #31 out of 54 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras and all around #178 out of 1428 for cameras in our database. Remember to test our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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Leica TL2 history

The Leica TL2 comes with a history of related cameras. Below, you can view all previous and more recent models as well as key specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Leica-TL2 front thumbnailLeica TL224MPAPS-C7.0 fps2017
Leica-TL front thumbnailLeica TL
TL2 vs TL
16MPAPS-C5.0 fps2016
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Leica TL2 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Leica TL2 based on features that are normally viewed as necessary in a digital camera.

above average high ISO (50,000)
above average min ISO (100)
change lenses (Leica L mount)
comes with HDMI socket
features focus via touch
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has touchscreen
megapixel count decent (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detection autofocus
provides tracking autofocus
saves RAW formats
screen larger than average (3.7 inches)
silent shooting (1/40,000 seconds)
very good screen resolution (1,230 thousand dots)
you can focus manually
doesn't have external microphone socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have Timelapse function
does not have image stabilization
no phase detect autofocus
not so great battery (250 shots)
screen does not articulate
screen is not selfie friendly
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Leica TL2 Sensor specifications

The sensor measurement in the Leica TL2 is 23.6mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 371 mm² sensor is able to resolve 6016 x 4014 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 - 50000. RAW format is supported therefore the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below displays the TL2's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The TL2 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Leica TL2 dimensions

Leica TL2 has a weight of 0.88 pounds (399 gr / 14.07 ounces) and features outer measurements of 134mm x 69mm x 33mm (5.3" x 2.7" x 1.3"). The weight of normal Advanced Mirrorless camera is 437 gr so the Leica TL2 is on par when compared with various competitors.

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The following is a pic of the Leica TL2 alongside a soft drink so you can have a sense of its scale.

Leica TL2 dimensions scale

The top view below will illustrate the button design on the TL2.

Leica TL2 topview buttons dials

Leica TL2 Lens specifications

The TL2 works with the Leica L mount and has 38 lenses available for sale. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the TL2.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-100-400mm-F5-6.3-DG-DN-OS-Leica-SL lensSigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS100-400mmf/5-6.3 1135g
Sigma-50mm-F1.4-DG-HSM-A-Leica-L lensSigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A50mmf/1.4 815g
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Leica-APO-Summicron-SL-90mm-F2-ASPH lensLeica APO-Summicron-SL 90mm F2 ASPH90mmf/2700g
Sigma-56mm-F1.4-DC-DN-Leica-L lensSigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN C56mmf/1.40g
Sigma-24-70-F2.8-DG-DN-Art-Leica-SL lensSigma 24-70 F2.8 DG DN Art24-70mmf/2.8835g
Sigma-85mm-F1.4-DG-DN-Art-Leica-SL lensSigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Art85mmf/1.4630g
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Leica-APO-Summicron-SL-75mm-F2-ASPH lensLeica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm F2 ASPH75mmf/2720g
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Leica TL2 Connectivity

The TL2 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily send images and in some cases adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.

Many applications even allow a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB port.

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Leica TL2 Video specifications

The maximum video resolution in the Leica TL2 is 3840 x 2160 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 file format. 2160p offers a great resolution for video. You can easily crop to Full HD in order to get improved video. Be wary of the huge file sizes and ensure you have got good SD cards that have fast write speeds. The camera doesn't feature a mic and headphone jack which means that you have little control over your sound. It is perhaps best to order another camera if you want good sound in your videos.

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Leica TL2 Weather Sealing

Leica TL2 doesn't include weather sealing so damp conditions may damage the camera.

Leica TL2 Screen and Viewfinder

The Leica TL2 is equipped with a 3.7 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 1,230 thousand dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means you can easily switch focus point and change settings with your finger.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Leica TL2 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic (optional)

In those bright outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and hard to view, viewfinders are very helpful.

Leica TL2 Shutter specifications

Leica TL2 is able to shoot continuously at 7.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec. The camera also includes silent electronic shutter of 1/40000 sec. Beware that the electronic shutter may lead to "rolling shutter" under certain circumstances.

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Leica TL2 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Leica TL2 includes external flash ability but is without integrated flash.

Leica TL2 Autofocusing specifications

Leica TL2 includes just Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & exact when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera supports Face detection making it handy for portrait photography.

The Sensor supports 49 focus points to select from. Leica TL2 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to change focus points. It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for things on the move. Leica TL2 has got manual focusing if needed in low light scenarios or you need more precise control on focusing.

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Leica TL2 Battery life

The battery (BP-DC13) on the Leica TL2 is built to last for 250 clicks with respect to the CIPA standards making it lower when compared to its competition. The general Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 366. Sony A6600 comes with the highest possible (810) battery life in this category of cameras.

Below is a listing of Advanced Mirrorless cameras with the highest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Sony-Alpha-A7c front thumbnailSony A7c
TL2 vs A7c
740 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Z5 front thumbnailNikon Z5
TL2 vs Z5
470 yesnoyes

Leica TL2 for various styles of photography

The following diagram provides a analysis of the Leica TL2 for various styles of photography. To learn more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Leica TL2 Portrait photography information

The Leica TL2 receives a rating of 82 which is exceptional, and means the camera is a outstanding choice to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files in addition to the ability to work with external flash.

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manual focus
MP count decent (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detection focusing
supports RAW formats

Leica TL2 as a Street photography camera

Getting a above average score of 75, the Leica TL2 is a good pick to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
offers touch to focus
great ISO range (50,000)
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization

Leica TL2 as a Sports photography camera

A very good sports photography points total of 63 means the Leica TL2 is a good pick for shooting sports. A camera must have fantastic tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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silent shutter (1/40,000s)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
lack of image stabilization
bad battery power (250 shots)
does not have phase detect auto focus

Leica TL2 Travel photography features

Weight is pretty critical when buying a camera for travel. All round, the Leica TL2 gets a nice 64 as a travelling camera which is a fine option for your trips.

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features touch focus
megapixel count good (24MP)
lack of Timelapse mode
terrible battery pack (250 per charge)
display isn't selfie friendly

Leica TL2 Landscape photography factors

For those who are looking to buy a camera for landscape photos, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Leica TL2 and it's very good score of 71 as a landscape camera is a fine option amongst its rivals.

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you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Leica L mount)
big screen (3.7 inch)
good megapixels (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
great ISO range (50,000)
delivers RAW formats
no image stabilization
not so great battery life (250 shots)
lack of Time Lapse function

Leica TL2 Vlogging details

A vlogging camera should posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Considering every thing, the Leica TL2 is not really acceptable as a vlog camera as it delivers a bad score of 34.

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touch screen
supports face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
doesn't have external microphone support

Leica TL2 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the TL2, below is a list of the highest placed cameras that fall within the category of Advanced Mirrorless.

The graph underneath will give you a bird's eye view of the TL2 versus it's top scoring rivals suggested previously.

Following are additional cameras you may see as alternatives. To read through a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Leica TL2
Advanced Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.6 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Maximum resolution
6016 x 4014
RAW files
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Leica L
Amount of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3.7 inches
Screen resolution
1,230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic (optional)
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Maximum silent shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash options
no built-in flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
399 grams (0.88 pounds)
134 x 69 x 33mm (5.3" x 2.7" x 1.3")
Battery life
250 shots
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Internal + SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots
Launch cost