After ready Four years, Leica followers now have a brand new Leica SL2 full-frame mirrorless digicam to get enthusiastic about and whereas paying homage to its historical past and lineage with the long-lasting Leica design, there are fairly a number of modifications that present Leica is, very a lot, embracing the way forward for digital images and videography.

The Leica SL2 has a 47MP full-frame sensor which is a better decision than the 24MP sensor discovered within the Leica SL, an improved LCD monitor (3.2inch, 2.1m dots in contrast with 2.95inch, 1.04dots), higher viewfinder (5.76m dots vs 4.4m dots), a brand new Maestro III processor and Sensible AF. The unmistakable Leica design stays however the SL2 provides higher ergonomics, a grip that is extra comfy to carry and a simplified three-button management structure. 

The Lecia SL2 can be accessible from 21 November 2019 and it is priced at £5,300 (excl. lenses however it does embody a leather-based strap).

Leica SL2 Options:

  • 47mp full-frame CMOS sensor
  • Leica L lens mount
  • ISO50 to 50,000
  • 4K video at 59.94fps, 50fps, 29.97fps, 25fps, 23.98fps
  • 10fps steady capturing with focal-plane shutter, 20fps with an digital shutter
  • 5.76million dot EVF, 0.78x magnification
  • 3.2inch contact display screen with anti-fingerprint and anti-scratch coating, 2.1million dot
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Climate-sealed aluminium physique
  • Higher ergonomics with a extra comfy grip & a simplified management structure
  • In-body picture stabilisation
  • Headphone and mic jacks

 

Leica SL2 Dealing with

PB060002 | 1/25 sec | f/9.0 | 17.0 mm | ISO 3200
 

The Lecia SL2 has an all-metal development (primarily aluminium) so it feels stable within the hand and as with all Leica cameras, shouts ‘high quality’. The grip has been improved, making the Leica SL2 much more comfy to carry because it’s deeper and the leather-based wrap now extends throughout the entrance of the digicam which is able to shield the digicam physique and make it grippier. In contrast to some cameras that you just need to put again round your neck on a strap, the Leica SL2 makes you need to maintain it because the improved grip actually is rather more comfy to carry and consequently, it makes the Leica very moveable and rather more tactile. The Leica SL2 can also be weatherproof with an IP54 ranking (the SL does not have an IP ranking however it’s climate resistant). 

“Total, the design of the SL2 displays the long-lasting Leica identification and conventional design components that the model has turn out to be identified and beloved for over time.”

On the again is a bigger, greater decision touch-screen LCD monitor and to the left facet are Three extra buttons that are designed to simplify the management structure and they’re ‘Play’, ‘Operate’ and ‘Menu’. Beforehand, on the Leica SL, there have been Four rectangular unlabeled buttons so what was an intuitive management system ought to be even simpler to make use of. In addition to the buttons, there’s additionally a click on wheel, joystick. Plus, while you view the menu system on the LCD display screen, you may see that the choices for stills/video are separate which is a pleasant contact and it does make you marvel why it isn’t one thing we have seen earlier than. The general UI is properly set out and the way it responds to the touch is on-par with a high-end smartphone. 

 

PB060019 | 1/15 sec | f/9.0 | 17.0 mm | ISO 3200
 

Flip your consideration to the highest of the digicam and you may discover it hasn’t modified that a lot while you examine it with the Leica SL as there are nonetheless the principle dial and a small LCD display screen, that exhibits digicam settings, to the appropriate.

The digicam’s digital viewfinder now has a decision of 5.76million dot (the SL had 4.4m dot) so what was an already spectacular digital viewfinder has received even higher. It is massive, too, provides 0.78x magnification and is comfy when you’ve gotten your eye held as much as it. There’s a built-in eye-detection sensor to robotically swap between the EVF and rear display screen and the evf has a refresh price that may be set between 60-120fps. 

 

Leica SL2
 

Two UHS-II-compatible SD card slots are built-in together with headphone and mic sockets which is one thing videographers can be notably happy to see as beforehand, you wanted an adapter to attach these to the SL. There’s additionally an HDMI connector for connecting exterior screens and while you want extra energy than the 1860mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery can provide, a further battery grip is accessible. 

As for video codecs, the SL2 can document as much as 60 frames per second in Cine 4K mode and as much as 180 frames per second in Full-HD mode. Activating Cine mode transforms the SL2 right into a manually managed cine digicam as ISO turns into ASA, the shutter pace is marked in levels on the rotary disk shutter, and the f-stops indicating the aperture ratio are changed by T-stops.

Different options embody an ISO vary that tops out at ISO50,000, a brand new Maestro III processor and 10fps steady capturing. Plus, picture stabilisation is now constructed into the digicam physique and the SL2 contains a suspended sensor which adjusts its place so it might probably compensate for digicam shake. Sensible AF (autofocus) is a brand new characteristic that switches between focus precedence and shutter launch precedence, as is the Leica Object Detection AF which guarantees quick and dependable autofocus. The Auto Focus (AF) system additionally robotically detects whether or not a topic is stationary or in movement and, consequently, will swap between movement and focus precedence. Plus, physique/face recognition is built-in (prevously, it was simply face detection) with the choice to toggle between a number of individuals within the body and there is an possibility to show off noise discount throughout lengthy exposures.

 

PB060032 | 1/10 sec | f/9.0 | 17.0 mm | ISO 3200
 

In case you examine the Leica SL2 with different full-frame mirrorless cameras, it’s fairly large because it shares related measurements because the Leica SL however it’s lighter. Having mentioned that, the redesigned grip does make it very easy to carry and carry round in only one hand so maybe the marginally bigger physique will not be an excessive amount of of a problem.

As for value, the £5,300 introductory value is similar to different Leica cameras however while you think about lenses, the full system may flip into fairly an funding.

We’re trying ahead to placing the Leica SL2 to a full take a look at once we get it again to the workplace however for now, take a look on the pattern photographs we captured whereas out on location with the Leica SL2 on the following web page. 

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