New digicam resets the tone for the mirrorless market
November 6, 2019 – Building on the muse established in 2015 with the visionary Leica SL-System, Leica Camera proudly introduces the Leica SL2, the storied model’s new icon and subsequent evolutionary step in the direction of constructing the proper all-purpose digicam. By listening intently to the valued suggestions of photographers and current SL homeowners, Leica made many efforts to push the envelope of technological innovation and efficiency whereas respecting its heritage of design and legacy. In addition to a technical marvel of pure efficiency and unmatched construct high quality, the Leica SL2 can be a joyous expertise to make use of with improved ergonomics and extra comfy grip married to the well-established, simplified three-button management format, additional unifying the Leica design language throughout a number of product traces. While cutting-edge new options equivalent to in-body picture stabilization unlocks newfound potential from legendary Leica M-Lenses, it concurrently augments the rising collection of SL-Lenses that are a few of the most interesting optics Leica has ever produced. The Leica SL2 is the pure evolution of the modern Leica SL, serving as a groundbreaking embrace of the way forward for digital images and videography whereas paying homage to its revered historical past and lineage.
CMOS sensor with 47 megapixels for superior picture high quality
The unprecedented decision of the SL2’s CMOS picture sensor in full-frame format ends in an unparalleled degree of element rendition and picture high quality. Enormous dynamic vary, a coloration depth of 14 bits per RGB channel and a sensitivity of as much as ISO 50,000 allow excellent picture high quality in all lighting circumstances. Even when mixed with Leica TL lenses, that are designed for the smaller sensor format of the Leica TL2 and CL, the SL2’s sensor nonetheless delivers a wonderful picture decision of over 20 megapixels.
Optical picture stabilization via sensor-shift expertise
In a serious evolution of the SL, the Leica SL2 encompasses a suspended sensor which adjusts its place with a view to shortly and effectively compensate for digicam shake. This in-camera technique even makes picture stabilization obtainable to lenses that aren’t outfitted with their very own.
Additionally, in multishot mode, the tripod-mounted digicam can file as much as eight consecutive frames, whereby the sensor is shifted in half-pixel increments in between each publicity. This key function ends in photos with an unimaginable quadrupled decision of round 187 megapixels, resulting in an excessive improve intimately decision.
Improved ergonomics for stress-free taking pictures in any scenario
Despite important technical enhancements, the Leica SL2 is neither bigger nor heavier than its predecessor and feels significantly compact to deal with. This is because of the totally redesigned digicam physique, whose handgrip and the perimeters have been subtly refined for simpler dealing with.
Improved physique design paired with elevated sturdiness make the SL2 the proper companion for all types of taking pictures. The SL2’s IP54 certification ensures an elevated climate sealing for extra rugged conditions, whereas a brand new possibility to show off noise discount throughout lengthy exposures permits for extra hands-free taking pictures. Less fear in regards to the climate and environmental conditions means photographers can focus extra on getting the shot.
Overall the design of the SL2 recollects extra of the long-lasting Leica identification and conventional design DNA parts that the model has change into recognized and cherished for.
Streamlined design with new standing menus
The Leica SL2 provides an modern consumer interface whose environment friendly design permits photographers to focus their consideration on the artistic course of. The design alignment with the prevailing M and Q techniques makes the adjustment even simpler for current Leica photographers.
The principal recording parameters could be considered on the rear show and adjusted shortly and simply with a easy finger faucet. A click on wheel, a joystick, and three strategically positioned, individually configurable buttons additionally contribute to an easy operation. Thanks to 2 devoted standing menus for stills and video recording, the parameters for both taking pictures mode could be adjusted completely individually from one another.
Featuring an L bayonet lens mount, the Leica SL2 shouldn’t be solely appropriate with the ever-growing portfolio of SL-System lenses, but in addition with lenses of the TL-System and with the legendary lenses of Leica’s M, S and R-Systems by way of adapter, offering greater than 170 Leica lens choices, assured to supply the proper match for any photographic state of affairs. The L-Mount Alliance expands this scope of potentialities even additional, by giving SL2 photographers entry to L-mount-compatible lenses from Sigma and Panasonic.
Maestro III processor for ultra-fast operation
The new Maestro III processor facilitates a superior working velocity that shines in lots of points of the SL2’s efficiency. The autofocus is considerably sooner and permits for a nearly lag-free shutter launch in any taking pictures scenario, which is additional complemented by the brand new Smart AF mode, which autonomously switches between focus precedence and shutter launch precedence. Full-resolution recordings of consecutive photos are attainable at 10 frames per second with the focal aircraft shutter and 20 frames per second with the digital shutter. Thanks to 2 UHS-II-compatible SD card slots, uncooked information could be saved concurrently in DNG and JPEG format.
Leica EyeRes® viewfinder with even increased decision
The digicam’s digital viewfinder now boasts a decision of 5.76 megapixels, permitting for a big, completely natural-looking viewfinder picture. Simultaneously, the expertise is additional enhanced when utilizing the touchscreen, which has elevated in dimension to a 3.2-inch diagonal, and now provides a considerably increased decision of two.1 megapixels.
The excellent instrument for cinematographers
In addition to its nice attraction for photographers, the Leica SL2 speaks the language of cinematographers, because the digicam is ready to file as much as 60 frames per second in Cine 4K mode, and as much as 180 frames per second in Full-HD mode. Activating Cine mode transforms the SL2 right into a manually managed cine digicam as ISO turns into ASA, the shutter velocity is marked in levels on the rotary disk shutter, and the f-stops indicating the aperture ratio are changed by T-stops, which measure the precise quantity of sunshine transmitted via the lens. Connecting audio gear to the Leica SL2 not requires using adapters, because the digicam now encompasses a built-in headphones and mic jack, complemented by a fully-fledged HDMI connector for exterior screens.
The Leica SL2 is accessible in Leica Stores and Leica Boutiques starting November 21, 2019, at a recommended retail price of $5,995.