“The Leica SL2 has given me a lot of ease, a lot of simplicity. It has allowed me to focus on what was behind the lens. The Leica SL2 is a camera that comes from a way of doing and understanding that encourages many values. In how it is manufactured, how simple it is, how it looks in its appearance, in its shape and in what is inside this camera. The new Leica SL2 is a camera with soul. And it's what will be a tool that will allow us to greatly improve our work.”
Francis Paniego, Spain
Made to inspire
“I’ll shoot with the SL2 for photo shoots in a wide variety of different situations from social reportage to some the most beautiful fashion studios across the globe and the SL2 is a true beauty to wear around the neck so when you’re on a red carpet in Los Angeles rather than in Milan or Paris it’s a camera that gets always noticed!"
Stefano Guindani, Italy
Crafted with conscience
"The Leica SL2 has such an amazing “made in Germany” feeling. It is the best quality I’ve come across in photographic equipment from the glass, the metal to the leather. Loving the new Leica SL2 and the way it allows me shoot."
Alex Drewniak, Australia
The only mirrorless full format system camera designed and crafted in Germany, next to the Leica M, with an unmatched all metal solid construction and elegant leather wrap to withstand the time and deliver years of photographic pleasure, thanks to the sustainability guaranteed by consistent firmware updates.
A unique user interface, separated for photo and video functions, simple and intuitive to allow the photographer to focus on picture taking and live an unparalleled experience, developed through feedbacks of customers and professional photographers worldwide.
With it’s 4k on full-frame and up to 60fps, the SL2 can perform exceptionally demanding video production tasks. Being separated from the photo-modes also means that that important settings such as ISO, shooting assistants, image style settings, are entirely independent of photo mode. Time consuming settings in sub-menus are avoided - meaning that the camera is correctly configured and ready to shoot at all times.
"I was especially impressed by the camera’s video function. Not just by the different recording formats, but also by the frame-rate capacity of 180 fps in Full HD. This has basically opened up a whole new creative path for me, by allowing me to present my images in the form of moving pictures. You could say that the SL2 doesn’t mess around, but gets the job done – all while embodying the look and soul of a Leica camera."
Patrick Domingo, Austria
The improved EyeRes® EVF matches an outstanding 5.76MP panel with an eyepiece built with finest metal and glass and the tightest mechanical and optical tolerances to deliver an unmatched viewing experience, and allow the easiest composition of the image.
The unprecedented resolution of the SL2’s CMOS image sensor in full-frame format results in an unparalleled level of detail rendition and image quality. Enormous dynamic range, a color depth of 14 bits per RGB channel and a sensitivity of up to ISO 50,000 enable outstanding image quality in all lighting conditions. Even when combined with Leica TL lenses, which are designed for the smaller sensor format of the Leica TL2 and CL, the SL2’s sensor still delivers an excellent image resolution of over 20 megapixels.
The new Maestro III processor facilitates a superior operating speed that shines in many aspects of the SL2’s performance. The autofocus is significantly faster and allows for a virtually lag-free shutter release in any shooting situation, which is further complemented by the new Smart AF mode, which autonomously switches between focus priority and shutter release priority. Full-resolution recordings of consecutive images are possible at 10 frames per second with the focal plane shutter, and 20 frames per second with the electronic shutter. Thanks to two UHS-II-compatible SD card slots, raw files can be saved simultaneously in DNG and JPEG format.
Leica FOTOS 2.0 connects your camera seamlessly to your smartphone or iPad via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth®. The app enables you to transfer images, control your Leica camera per remote, as well as to view, edit and share your pictures in several formats.
Get the app and visit fotosapp.leica-camera.com
The new Leica Object Detention AF ensures a fast and reliable AF. In addition to an array of modes and features, including face recognition, the SL2’s high-performance AF system also automatically detects whether a subject is stationary or in motion, and subsequently switches between motion and focus priority.
New in-body stabilization
Through sensor-shift technology
"The Leica SL2 is full of pleasant surprises. The biggest one for me was the in-camera image stabilization function, which I never thought I’d see in a Leica camera. I decided to play around with it a bit at dusk by shooting a few scenes in low-light conditions without a tripod, completely hand-held and using a shutter speed of 2 seconds. I was genuinely amazed at the quality of the images, which were still and sharp with no noticeable motion blur, yet still conveyed a sense of movement in the subjects. With no loss of image quality, the Leica SL2’s in-body shake correction is definitely a very welcome addition!"
Katsumi Nakao, Japan
In a major evolution of the SL, the Leica SL2 features a suspended sensor which adjusts its position in order to quickly and efficiently compensate for camera shake. This in-camera method even makes image stabilization available to lenses that are not equipped with their own.
Additionally, in multishot mode, the tripod-mounted camera can record up to eight consecutive frames, whereby the sensor is shifted in half-pixel increments in between every exposure. This key feature results in images with an incredible quadrupled resolution of around 187* megapixels, leading to an extreme increase in detail resolution.
*This feature will be established with a firmware update in the first half of 2020.
The SL2’s IP54 certification ensures an elevated weather sealing for more rugged situations, while a new option to turn off noise reduction during long exposures allows for more hands-free shooting. Less worry about the weather and environmental situations means photographers can focus more on getting the shot.
Unparalleled image quality.
"Extra megapixels allow for better cropping even when carrying a single lens — which in my case is a Leica Summicron-SL 50mm lens. I would normally carry a longer lens to get more zoom-in images, but I find that I don’t need to do that anymore. I tend to shoot wide open at f2 and with a 3-stop ND filter, I get an amazing look from the camera during the day time shooting. Additionally the in-body stabilization is a godsend especially when shooting in low-light."
Om Malik, USA
A fusion in which two systems with their own soul merge together.
"Using my M optics with the SL2 is a unique experience. A fusion in which, for me, two systems with their own soul merge together. On a creative level, the SL2 has no limits, it allows me to work with different crops and formats, which are fundamental in my photography when it comes to creating the visual narrative of the projects that I photograph."
Alvaro Ybarra Zavala, Spain
|Camera Type||Mirrorless Fullframe System Camera|
|Buffer memory||4 GB: DNG™: 78 recordings / JPG: > 100 recordings|
|Storage medium||UHS-II (recommended), UHS-I, SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card|
|Material||Full-metal housing made of aluminum and magnesium, leatherette, cover, splash-water protected in compliance with IEC standard 60529 (protection type IP54).|
|Lens mount||Leica L bayonet with contact strip for communication between lens and camera|
|Operating conditions||-10 to +40°C|
|Interfaces||ISO 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 thread||A 1⁄4 DIN 4503 (1⁄4”) with stainless steel in the base|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||146 x 107 x 42 mm|
|Weight||approx. 835 g (without battery)
|Sensor size||CMOS sensor, pixel pitch: 4.3 μm / Fullframe (47.3 MP): 8368 x 5584 pixels / APS-C (20.2 MP): 5504 x 3664 pixels|
|Image Stabilization||5 axis Body Image Stabilization. Camera stabilizes up to 5.5 stops.|
|Filter||RGB color filter, UV/IR filter, no low-pass filter|
|Processor||Leica Maestro series (Maestro III)|
|File formats||Photo: DNG™ (raw data), DNG + JPG, JPG (DCF, Exif 2.31) Video: MP4: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (Audio Format: 2ch 48 kHz/16 bit, AAC), MOV: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (Audio Format: 2ch 48 kHz/16 bit, AC-3)|
|Picture resolution||DNG™: 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 depth||DNG™: 14 bit, JPG: 8 bit|
|Color space||Picture: sRGB
Video: Rec. 709/Rec. 2020 (HLG)/L-Log
|File size||DNG™: 84.4 MB JPG: depending on resolution and image content Video: max. length: 29 min, max. file size: 96 GB|
|Recording Mode Video||Video mode: P - A - S – M / Cine mode: M|
|Video resolution/frame rate||MOV 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 Rate||8/10 bit for recordings on SD card, 10 bit via HDMI output|
|Video Gamma||Rec. 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: 21 mm, setting range +2/-4 diopters, with eye sensor for automatic switchover between viewfinder and LCD panel, time delay 0.005 s|
|LCD panel||3.2“ (backlight LED) with anti-fingerprint and anti-scratch coating, 2,100,000 pixels (dots), format 3:2, touch control available|
|Top display||1.28“ highly reflective trans-reflective monochrome LCD, 128 x 128 pixels, viewing angle 120°; anti-fingerprint coating|
|Shutter type||Electronically controlled focal plane shutter/electronic shutter|
|Shutter speeds||Mech. shutter: 30 min to 1⁄8000 s / Electr. shutter function: 1 s to 1⁄40000 s / Flash Synch: up to 1/250 s|
|Shutter button||Two-stage (1st stage: Activation of the camera electronics including autofocus and exposure metering, 2nd stage: Taking the picture)|
|Self-timer||Delay time: 2 s or 12 s|
|Picture Series||Single 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|
|Multishot||Generates 2 DNGs: 1x 47 MP, 1x 187 MP (8 pictures are combined into one high-res image)|
|Focus Mode||Automatic (Autofocus in modes iAF/AFs/AFc/Touch AF) or manual. With manual setting: Auto Magnification and Focus Peaking optionally available as focus aids|
|Autofocus system||Based on contrast metering and depth mapping|
|Autofocus modes||Smart 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 Methods||Spot (can be shifted), Field (can be shifted), Multi-Field, Zone, Face detection, object Tracking, optional Touch AF|
|Autofocus Metering Fields||225|
|Exposure metering||TTL (‚Through The Lens‘ exposure metering)|
|Exposure Metering Methods||Spot, Center-Weighted, Multi-Field|
|Exposure modes||Automatic 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 bracketing||3 or 5 exposures, up to ±3 EV, in 1⁄3 EV increments Shift function: up to ±3 EV|
|ISO sensitivity range||Auto ISO: ISO 100 to ISO 50000, Manual: ISO 50 to ISO 50000|
|White balance||Automatic (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 unit connector||About the accessory shoe|
|Flash sync time||Flash : 1⁄2 50 s, slower shutter speeds available, automatic changeover to TTL linear flash mode with HSS-compatible Leica flash units if sync time is undercut|
|Flash exposure metering||Using center-weighted TTL pre-flash metering with Leica flash units (SF 26, 40, 40MkII, 58, 60, 64) or with systemcompatible flash units, flash remote control SF C1|
|Flash exposure compensation||SF 40: ±2 EV in 1⁄2 EV increments, SF 60: ±2 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments|
|Microphone||Stereo internal + microphone input 3.5 mm stereo jack|
|Speaker||Mono internal + headphones output 3.5 mm stereo jack|
|WLAN||The 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™|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v4.2 (Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)), 2402 to 2480 MHz|
|GPS||Via Leica FOTOS app|
|Menu languages||English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean|
|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 Supply||USB 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|