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Leica Launches The SL2 – A 47-MP Mirrorless Masterpiece

Tech meets art as Leica debuts new full-frame mirrorless model…

Leica has added a new full-frame mirrorless camera to its range with the release of the SL2 – a model that not only looks amazing, but is also packed with impressive features. Built around a 47-megapixel full-frame sensor, the SL2 replaces the original SL and sees some huge improvements.

Say hello to the Leica SL2…

Along with that 47-megapixel sensor that delivers a colour depth of 14 bits per RGB channel and a max ISO ceiling of 50,000, the SL2 benefits from a re-designed body, making for a more comfortable hold and a redesign on the rear to a three rear button layout to make for a simplified workflow when capturing images.

The SL2 features a simplified button layout.

Leica point out that the SL2 is the only mirrorless camera designed and crafted in Germany and the build quality is seriously solid, along with boasting weatherproof credentials, in fact the SL2 boasts IP54 certification, meaning you won’t have to stop shooting when the rain starts to fall.

An optional grip is available for the SL2.

Photographers who love shooting in low light conditions will be pleased to hear the SL2 benefits from In Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS) and if 47-megapixels isn’t enough for you, the SL2 also offers a high resolution mode that captures up to eight frames, merging them together to produce a massive 187-megapixel frame.

The classic design of the SL2 benefits from weather-sealing.

The viewfinder on the SL2 is improved over the original and now features a resolution of 5.76 megapixels but photographers can always choose to use the 2.1 megapixel 3.2-inch touch-sensitive LCD to compose images instead.

SL2 shooters can select from the growing choice of L mount lenses.

Along with impressive stills capabilities, the SL2 also has a lot to offer videographers. In fact, the new Leica can shoot up to 5K at 30p or 60 frames per second in Cine 4K mode, and up to 180 frames per second in Full HD, enabling film-makers to create epic slow motion sequences in at decent quality. The video specs are further backed up by jacks for headphones and an external microphone so enhanced audio can be both captured and monitored and there’s also HDMI connectors to link up an external monitor.

Leica’s SL2
is the only mirrorless camera designed and crafted in Germany

Available from late November, the Leica SL2 will be priced from $5,995/£5,300 (body only).