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Leica Camera is excited to bring the next milestone and icon in the company’s long history of premium cameras – the new Leica SL2. Building on the platform that was established with the Leica SL when the trailblazing system was introduced in 2015, the Leica SL2 elevates the full frame mirrorless segment to new heights with improved performance, refined ergonomics and streamlined controls.

The Leica SL2 combines a brand new 47 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor with state-of-the-art sensor-based Body Image Stabilization to get the best image and video quality possible with all Leica lenses. The new Maestro III processor enables fast burst shooting and 4K for the highest quality and flexibility, and the optional Cine Mode speaks the language of cinematographers who require a professional work flow. The new OLED EVF with 5.76 million dots of resolution guarantees the clearest view and composition through a Leica lens. These new technical achievements paired with a larger 3.2″ rear LCD and the essential Leica three-button control layout make the SL2 the most capable and approachable professional system camera.

Important Features

  • 47 MP High Resolution stills and 4K video: The perfect hybrid camera with top-level image quality from Leica for both stills and video
  • Built-in Body Image Stabilization: All lenses are now stabilized, helping lens a steadier shot even with adapted Leica M-Lenses
  • Leica Object Detection Autofocus with face/body tracking: Track moving subjects to capture the action in tack-sharp focus
  • IP54 Weather sealed full-metal body made from aluminum and magnesium: Use the SL2 in any and all rough environments with confidence that it will continue to perform
  • Designed in-house and Made in Germany: Built to last, with design cues from Leica’s history that honor the past with a focus on the future
  • Enhanced ergonomic design: Better comfort for a more secure grip with less fatigue after long hours of use
  • Leatherette wrap around front and rear: More rugged and resilient exterior that feels comfortable in the hand
  • Streamlined three-button rear control layout with customizable function buttons: Approachable and easy to use button layout similar to the Leica M10, CL and Q2
  • Upgraded EyeRes EVF – 5.76 MP: The best view with easier critical focusing, including focus peaking for manual focus lenses
  • Dual UHS-II SDXC card slots: Get maximum memory card performance for burst shooting, video & direct backup to either card
  • Maestro III Processor: The newest generation of processors to maintain high speeds at these new levels of image quality
  • ISO range 50 – 50,000: Flexible enough to shoot in any lighting scenario, even low light
  • 3.2″ rear LCD – 2.1 million dot resolution: Larger rear LCD for easier use of touch functions and a better/bigger viewing experience
  • Up to 20 fps (electronic shutter) and 10 fps (mechanical shutter) still-capture speed: Fast back-to-back shots to ensure you do not miss the right moment
  • 14 stops of dynamic range: Plenty of latitude in post-processing to push shadows and pull highlights even in difficult lighting
  • Multishot function (187 MP resolution): Use the built-in stabilization to stitch together super high-res still images (coming 2020 via firmware)
  • 4K video recording across the full sensor: Top-notch video recording that captures every detail from edge to edge of the lens
  • Up to 4K/60p and 5K/30p (cropped): A multitude of filming mode options for the most versatility on any video job
  • L-Log and HLG video gamma: Pro-friendly options for post-processing that maximizes the highest quality from the sensor
  • Optional Cine Mode: Changes photo terms like shutter speed into cinema terms like shutter angle for a seamless cinematographer’s workflow
  • 8 or 10-bit recording straight to card: Maximum color fidelity in video even on-the-go when shooting to the memory card
  • HDMI output for full 10-bit 4:2:2 recording: Record to an external recorded such as Atomos for the very best results with the most versatility
  • Built-in 3.5mm headphones and mic jacks: Plug in nearly any microphone and monitor audio levels on-the-go without the need of a dongle
  • USB-C 3.1 port for in-camera charging and fast data transfer: The convenience of a reversible USB cable that supports charging, data transfer and tethering

New Sensor with Body Image Stabilization
The newly developed 47 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor – with an ISO range of 50 – 50,000 – gives photographers all the resolution they need while still maintaining high speeds and versatile low-light shooting. The integrated BIS system offers up to 5.5 stops of stabilization with any lens, including adapted Leica lenses never before stabilized, allowing stills and video to be steadier and helping guarantee sharp images even in low light with slower shutter speeds.

4K Video Recording with Cine Mode
The Leica SL2 is a perfect hybrid platform for both stills and video, now recording 4K across the full sensor. It goes further with 4K video up to 60 fps, a cropped 5K mode, built-in 3.5mm headphone and mic jacks and 10-bit quality direct to card. For pros operating in a high-level work flow, the SL2 can be set to Cine Mode to speak the language of cinematographers. For example, shutter speed becomes shutter angle and ISO becomes ASA.

Streamlined Menu Interface and Button Layout
Furthering Leica’s mantra of “Das Wesentliche” (The Essentials), the Leica SL2 has a simplified interface and control scheme. The menu functions for Photo and Video are split up with a graphical interface to clearly identify which one you are in and help you navigate. The three-button control layout of the M10, CL & Q2 has now migrated to the SL2 for easier controls that are more approachable while still customizable enough for even seasoned pros.

Improved Ergonomics and Weather Sealing
Part of what makes the Leica SL-System so special is its versatility. The new IP54-rated weather sealing of the SL2 ensures this versatile camera can perform in any extreme environment. Additionally, the ergonomics and contours of the camera have been improved to ensure it can be used for long periods of time without fatigue. The new grip material gives a more confident and secure grip that is comfortable to hold and use.

New Electronic Viewfinder
When the Leica SL debuted in 2015, it set the standard for EVF performance for years to come. The new OLED EVF in the Leica SL2 brings even better color fidelity and higher contrast with more resolution and sharpness. This new EVF has 5.76 million dots of resolution for the highest quality viewing and composing experience through a Leica lens.

Evolved Design for an Iconic Leica Identity
For the SL2, the designers at Leica’s design office in Munich looked to the brand’s heritage for inspiration. Hearkening back to the Leicaflex SL and Leica R3/R4, the SL-System’s forebears, they established a more iconic Leica identity for the SL2. Now built from a main chassis of magnesium and a solid aluminum top, the Leica SL2 marches towards the future while respecting the past and its legacy.

Leica Object Detection Autofocus System
The advanced contrast-detect autofocus system of the Leica SL2 is capable of face detection and body detection, to track moving subjects and maintain pinpoint accuracy. Intelligent-AF (iAF) can be used to focus on still subjects and begin tracking them as soon as they move. The focusing settings can also be fine-tuned by the user to adjust the behavior and tolerances for tracking.

Long Exposures in Less Time
Users now have the option of turning off Long Exposure Noise Reduction in the menu of the Leica SL2, allowing photographers who capture long exposures to work quicker and more conveniently. Capture detail in even the darkest scenes with a maximum shutter time of 30 minutes.

 

Weight3.5 kg
Dimensions14 × 21 × 21 cm

Technical Data

  • CameraLeica SL2
    Camera typeMirrorless full-frame system camera
    Type no.2998
    Buffer memory4 GB: DNG™: 78 recordings / JPG: > 100 recordings
    Storage mediumUHS-II (recommended), UHS-I, SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
    MaterialFull-metal housing made of aluminum and magnesium, leatherette, cover, splash-water protected in compliance with IEC standard 60529 (protection type IP54).
    Lens mountLeica L bayonet with contact strip for communication between lens and camera
    Operating conditions-10 to +40°C
    InterfacesISO accessory shoe with additional control contacts, HDMI jack 2.0b Type A, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type C, Audio-Out 3.5 mm/Audio-In 3.5 mm, communication interface in the base cover for multifunction hand grip
    Tripod threadA 1⁄4 DIN 4503 (1⁄4”) with stainless steel in the base
    Dimensions (WxHxD)146 x 107 x 42 mm
    Weightapprox. 835 g (without battery)
    Sensor
    Sensor sizeCMOS sensor, pixel pitch: 4.3 μm / Fullframe (47.3 MP): 8368 x 5584 pixels / APS-C (20.2 MP): 5504 x 3664 pixels
    Image Stabilization5 axis Body Image Stabilization. Camera stabilizes up to 5.5 stops.
    FilterRGB color filter, UV/IR filter, no low-pass filter
    ProcessorLeica Maestro series (Maestro III)
    File formatsPhoto: DNG™ (raw data), DNG + JPG, JPG (DCF, Exif 2.31) Video: MP4: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (Audio Format: 2ch 48kHz/16 bit, AAC), MOV: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (Audio Format: 2ch 48 kHz/16 bit, AC-3)
    Picture resolutionDNG™: 8368 x 5584 pixels (46.7 MP) JPG: 8368 x 5584 pixels (46.7 MP), 6000 x 4000 pixels (24 MP), 4272 x 2848 pixels (12 MP)
    Color depthDNG™: 14 bit, JPG: 8 bit
    Color spacePicture: sRGB, ECI-RGB v2.0, Adobe RGB Video: Rec. 709/Rec. 2020 (HLG)/L-Log
    File sizeDNG™: 84.4 MB JPG: depending on resolution and image content Video: max. length: 29 min, max. file size: 96 GB
    Recording Mode VideoVideo mode: P – A – S – M / Cine mode: M
    Video resolution/frame rateMOV 5K: 29.97 fps, 25 fps, 23.98 fps / MOV C4K: 59.94 fps, 50 fps, 29.97 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps / MOV 4K: 59.94 fps, 50 fps, 29.97 fps, 25 fps, 23.98 fps / MOV FHD: 180 fps, 150 fps, 120 fps, 100 fps, 59.94 fps, 50 fps, 29.97 fps, 25 fps, 23.98 fps / MP4 4 K: 59.94 fps, 50 fps, 29.97 fps, 25 fps, 23.98 fps / MP4 FHD: 180 fps, 150 fps, 120 fps, 100 fps, 59.94 fps, 50 fps, 29.97 fps, 25 fps, 23.98 fps
    Bit Rate8/10 bit for recordings on SD card, 10 bit via HDMI output
    Video GammaRec. 709, L-Log Rec. 2020, HLG Rec. 2020
    Viewfinder (EVF)Resolution: 5,760,000 dots, 120 fps, magnification: 0.78x, aspect ratio: 4:3, frame coverage: 100%, exit pupil position: 21mm, setting range +2/-4 diopters, with eye sensor for automatic switchover between viewfinder and LCD panel, time delay 0.005 s
    LCD panel3.2“ (backlight LED) with anti-fingerprint and anti-scratch coating, 2,100,000 pixels (dots), format 3:2, touch control available
    Top display1.28“ highly reflective trans-reflective monochrome LCD, 128 x 128 pixels, viewing angle 120°; anti-fingerprint coating
    Shutter
    Shutter typeElectronically controlled focal plane shutter/electronic shutter
    Shutter speedsMech. shutter: 30 min to 1⁄8000 s / Electr. shutter function: 1 s to 1⁄40000 s / Flash Sync: up to 1/250 s
    Shutter buttonTwo-stage (1st stage: Activation of the camera electronics including autofocus and exposure metering, 2nd stage: Taking the picture)
    Self-timerDelay time: 2 s or 12 s
    Picture SeriesSingle Continuous Low Speed (3 fps), Continuous Medium Speed (6 fps), Continuous High Speed (10 fps without AFc/AE/WB), Continuous Super Speed (20 fps with electr. shutter function without AFc/AE/WB), Interval Shooting, Exposure Bracketing, Multishot
    MultishotGenerates 2 DNGs: 1x 47 MP, 1x 187 MP (8 pictures are combined into one high-res image)
    Focusing
    Focus ModeAutomatic (Autofocus in modes iAF/AFs/AFc/Touch AF) or manual. With manual setting: Auto Magnification and Focus Peaking optionally available as focus aids
    Autofocus systemBased on contrast metering and depth mapping
    Autofocus modesIntelligent AF (autonomously selects AFs and AFc), AFs (picture taken only after successful focusing), AFc (picture can be taken at any time), AF setting can be saved
    Autofocus Metering MethodsSpot (can be shifted), Field (can be shifted), Multi-Field, Zone, Face detection, object tracking, optional Touch AF
    Autofocus Metering Fields225
    Exposure
    Exposure meteringTTL (“Through The Lens” exposure metering)
    Exposure Metering MethodsSpot, Center-Weighted, Multi-Field
    Exposure modesAutomatic program (P), Aperture priority (A): manual aperture setting, Shutter priority mode (S): manual shutter speed setting Manual (M): manual setting for shutter speed and aperture
    Exposure Compensation±3 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments or 1/2 EV increments
    Automatic bracketing3 or 5 exposures, up to ±3 EV, in 1⁄3 EV increments Shift function: up to ±3 EV, additional JPG-HDR
    ISO sensitivity rangeAuto ISO: ISO 100 to ISO 50000, Manual: ISO 50 to ISO 50000
    White balanceAutomatic (Auto), Daylight 5200 K, Cloudy 6000 K, Shadow 7000 K, Tungsten 3200 K, HMI 5600 K, Fluorescent Warm 4000 K, Fluorescent Cold 4500 K, Flash 5400 K, Gray Card Live View, Gray Card, Color Temperature 2000 K to 11500 K
    Flash
    Flash unit connectorAccessory shoe
    Flash sync time1⁄250 sec, slower shutter speeds available, automatic changeover to TTL linear flash mode with HSS-compatible Leica flash units
    Flash exposure meteringUsing center-weighted TTL pre-flash metering with Leica flash units (SF 26, 40, 58, 60, 64) or with system-compatible flash units, flash remote control SF C1
    Flash exposure compensationSF 40: ±2 EV in 1⁄2 EV increments, SF 60: ±2 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments
    Equipment
    MicrophoneStereo internal + microphone input 3.5 mm stereo jack
    SpeakerMono internal + headphones output 3.5 mm stereo jack
    WLANThe Leica FOTOS app is required to use the WLAN function. The Leica app is available from the Apple App Store™ or the Google Play Store™. Compliant with Wi-Fi IEEE802.11b/g/n, 2.4 GHz, channel 1-11 (2412-2462 MHz) and Wi-Fi IEEE802.11ac, 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz, channel 39-48 (5180-5240 MHz), channel 52-64 (5260-5320 MHz), channel 100-140 (5500-5700 MHz) (standard WLAN protocol), encryption method: WLAN-compatible WPA™/WPA2™
    BluetoothBluetooth v4.2 (Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)), 2402 to 2480 MHz
    GPSVia Leica FOTOS app
    Menu languagesEnglish, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean
    Power supply
    Rechargeable battery (Leica BP-SCL4)Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, rated voltage: 7.2 V (DC); capacity: 1860 mAh (min.), approx. 370 recordings (based on CIPA standard, without EVF); charging time: approx. 140 min (after deep discharge); manufacturer: Panasonic Energy (Wuxi) Co. Ltd., Made in China
    USB Power SupplyUSB charger function in standby mode or when switched off, USB power supply when switched on
    Charger (Leica BC-SCL4)Input: AC 100–240 V, 50/60 Hz, 0.25 A, automatic switchover; Output: DC 8.4 V 0.85 A; Manufacturer: Salom Electric (Xiamen) Co., Ltd., Made in China

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