Leica SL2 full-frame mirrorless camera steps it up a notch with 187MP images

Leica has debuted the second edition of its SL full-frame mirrorless camera, taking about four years to perfect the new SL2. That time, it seems, was well spent, with Leica pretty much overhauling the original SL to bring us a snapper with a tougher, redesigned body, a higher resolution sensor, a shiny new rear touchscreen and an upgraded electronic viewfinder (EVF).

Built around the same 47MP full-frame CMOS sensor that debuted in the Leica Q2 (a major step up from the 24 million effective pixels in the SL), the SL2 boasts a magnesium chassis with aluminum for the top and bottom plates, where earlier the entire camera was made from two blocks of aluminum. The new camera comes with an IP54 dust- and water-resistance rating, and features an updated button layout that resembles the control setup on the Leica Q2 and the CL compacts.

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


(Image credit: Leica)

Competition is brewing

There are numerous similarities between the Leica SL2 and the Panasonic Lumix S1R, and it’s not just the 47MP sensor – that, though, shouldn’t come as a surprise as both companies belong to the L-mount Alliance.

Like the S1R, the SL2 arrives with five-axis image stabilization built in, sharing the same 5.5EV (exposure value) shake compensation. Even the EVF on both cameras has the same 5.76 million dot resolution.

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