Leica launch their latest camera, the Leica SL2. This is the second generation SL series. The first camera, Leica SL was released in 2015. The German company completes Leica SL2 with new features. By design, the new model is similar to precious series. One of the design changes made by Leica is the choice of material for camera’s body. Leica SL2’S body made of magnesium.
In addition, the Leica SL2 is strengthened with 47 MP resolution full-frame image sensor, Maestro III processor, enhanced electronic viewfinder (EVF), superior video capabilities and e.c.t.
Then, what are the new Leica SL2’s features?
Body Leica SL2
The device is made of aluminum body material, according to Leica. This camera has a new grip which is claimed to be more comfortable to hold when compared with the previous series. Leica SL’s body has weigh 928 grams including the battery. Some of this weighting is due to the integration of five-way image stabilization.
The design is still similar to previous series, Leica SL. But, there are some updates on the body. According to Leica, SL2 now comes with a more comfortable grip. The edges of the body are also made more blunt. In addition to the touch screen measuring 3.2 inches.
In addition the product has 3 navigation buttons adopted from the Leica Q2 camera. Another update, the weatherproof feature is also better with the IP54 rating. So, the device can be used to take pictures in a variety of weather conditions.
The second generation of SL cameras is equipped with a new feature. What are the new Leica SL2 features?
27 Megapixel Resolution
As mentioned above, the product is equipped with a resolution of 47 Megapixels. Therefore, making this model one of the high-resolution full-frame cameras on the market. This resolution is almost double compared to the previous model. This sensor is similar to that found in Leica Q2.
Photograph Resolution Up To 187 Megapixels
Leica SL2 is equipped with Maestro III image processor. With this processor, This device is able to track objects and subjects, as well as face and eye detectors. In addition, the Leica SL2 offers ISO 50-50000 settings and can shoot endlessly up to 10fps in mechanical shutter mode. 20fps in using an electronic shutter. Faster than Leica SL.
To ensure photo and video shots stay sharp, Leica adds a 5 axis shift sensor stabilizer feature that can stabilize shocks to about 5.5 stops using any Leica lens. That also applies to videographer so that the video they take is more stable. Thanks to the support of the stabilizer feature, SL2 can now shoot up to 187 megapixel resolution the available multi-shot mode.
The ability to capture light on SL2 is also quite extraordinary, this camera can increase the ability to capture light up to ISO 50,000. In addition to the camera, Leica is also famous for creating super ‘sharp’ lenses in capturing moment.
Leica SL2’s EVF has a 5.8MP resolution OLED panel, similar to the Panasonic S series and Sony A7R IV full-frame cameras. There is also a 3.2-inch touch screen that allows users to easy access the menu directly on the screen.
Next, Leica SL’s video recording capabilities are also increasingly qualified. In terms of video, Leica provides SL2 with pretty good specifications. Leica SL2 supports DCI or 4K UHD video recording up to 60p. 60p and 50p video recordings can be recorded with 8-bit 4: 2: 0 output, while 30p video can be recorded with 10-bit 4: 2: 2 output.
So, it’s not only suitable for photographers, it can also be relied upon for professional videographer. Leica did collaboration with Panasonic for this feature.
Leica SL lens
Leica has another way to outsmart the use of lenses outside of products, Leica did collaboration with Panasonic and Sigma to create an L-Mount that can be attached to SL2, so that the budget to buy lenses can be reduced. The price of Leica SL2 is around USD 5,995.
Now Leica has eight L-Mount lenses with three zoom lenses and five prime lenses. Users can also use L-Mount lenses from Panasonic and Sigma for Leica SL2.
The other features, the SL2 is equipped with a contrast detection autofocus system with the Smart AF feature. It has 2 SD memory card slots that support UHS-II. In addition the Leica SL is equipped with an electronic viewfinder, and a battery that can be used up to 370 photo shots.
That’s the features from Leica SL2. The most intersting from Leica SL2’s features is 47 megapixel resolution. In addition, the ability to capture resolutions up to 187 Megapixels also attracts the attention of photographers. This camera will be on the market at November 2019.