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Leica has debuted the second version of its SL full-frame mirrorless camera, taking about 4 years to excellent the brand new SL2. That time, it appears, was effectively spent, with Leica just about overhauling the unique SL to convey us a snapper with a more durable, redesigned physique, a increased decision sensor, a shiny new rear touchscreen and an upgraded digital viewfinder (EVF).

Built across the identical 47MP full-frame CMOS sensor that debuted within the Leica Q2 (a main step up from the 24 million efficient pixels within the SL), the SL2 boasts a magnesium chassis with aluminum for the highest and backside plates, the place earlier the whole camera was created from two blocks of aluminum. The new camera comes with an IP54 dust- and water-resistance score, and options an up to date button format that resembles the management setup on the Leica Q2 and the CL compacts.

The sensor has an ISO vary of 50 to 50000, with the promise of “enormous dynamic range” that, Leica says, will ship an “unparalleled level of detail rendition and image quality”.

(Image credit score: Leica)

Competition is brewing

There are quite a few similarities between the Leica SL2 and the Panasonic Lumix S1R, and it’s not simply the 47MP sensor – that, although, should not come as a shock as each corporations belong to the L-mount Alliance.

Like the S1R, the SL2 arrives with five-axis picture stabilization inbuilt, sharing the identical 5.5EV (publicity worth) shake compensation. Even the EVF on each cameras has the identical 5.76 million dot decision.

There’s a 225-area distinction autofocus system with ‘depth mapping’ accessible on board the SL2, which sounds moderately much like the 225-area Depth From Defocus AF system within the Panasonic. There’s even an eight-image multishot mode on the SL2 that produces 187MP composites, identical to the High Resolution Mode on the Lumix S1R.

What’s totally different, although, is the imaging engine: the SL2 makes use of Leica’s very personal Maestro III processor that provides the brand new camera a most burst pace of 10fps with a mechanical shutter and 20fps with an digital shutter. Buffer depth can be very respectable, with over hundred JPEGs or 78 DNGs (Adobe’s Digital Negative Raw file format) being saved to card.

Video specs shall be acquainted to Panasonic Lumix S customers, with the Leica able to 4K recording at up 60fps and 1080p at up to 180fps.

With a lot shared DNA, it’s protected to say the SL2 will carry out simply in addition to the Lumix S1R.

Climbing the L mount

Unlike the Panasonic Lumix S collection cameras, Leica’s choices are costly, and the lenses aren’t low cost both. Thanks to the L-mount Alliance, although, Leica followers can use the L-mount glass being made by Panasonic and Sigma, giving customers a lot extra selection and suppleness.

That mentioned, Leica’s older M, S and R lenses can be used with the SL2 alongside with a lens adaptor.

The Leica SL2 is already accessible for pre-order and can start transport on November 21 with a price ticket of $5,995 / £5,300 / AU$9,900 for the physique alone. You is likely to be forgiven for considering that is costly, however then we have come to anticipate that from Leica.

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