Meet Leica’s new 47-megapixel SL2 mirrorless camera

The camera has improved ergonomics and a powerful full-frame CMOS sensor.

Leica SL2
The Leica SL2 is a powerful full-frame mirrorless camera built around a 47-megapixel CMOS sensor.Jeanette D. Moses

This morning Leica announced the Leica SL2, a powerful full-frame mirrorless camera built around a 47-megapixel CMOS sensor. The follow-up to 2015's Leica SL features improved ergonomics and a simplified three-button layout. Here is what else you need to know about it:

  • Suspended sensor that adjusts position to compensate for shake for 5-axis in-camera image stabilization, great for manual focus M mount lenses
  • 47-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 14-bit color depth
  • ISO sensitivity up to 50,000
  • New Maestro III processor for faster autofocus and lag-free shutter release
  • New Smart AF mode switches between focus priority and shutter release priority
  • Can shoot at 10 frames per second with focal plane shutter, 20 frames per second with the electronic shutter
  • 5.76 megapixel electronic viewfinder
  • 187 megapixel image capture in multishot mode
  • Redesigned camera body with substantial improvements to handgrip
  • IP54 certification for shooting in the elements
  • Updates to menu make shooting with the SL2 similar to the M and Q systems
  • 3.2-inch touchscreen LCD with resolution of 2.1 megapixels
  • Customizable buttons
  • Dedicated menus for video and photo shooting
  • Features the L-mount Alliance bayonet mount making it natively compatible with SL and TL Leica lenses, as well as L-mount lenses from Sigma and Panasonic
  • M, S, and R system lens compatibility via adapter
  • Two UHS-II SD card slots
  • 60 frames per second in Cine 4K, 180 frames per second in Full-HD
  • Built in headphone and mic jack and HDMI connector for external monitors
  • Weighs 1.8 lbs without battery
Leica SL2
The camera has in-body image stabilization and fast burst shooting capabilities.Jeanette D. Moses

It’s been four years since the release of original SL camera and the mirrorless market has changed a lot in that time, so it makes sense that the SL2 features so many substantial updates. We actually had a chance to check out the camera prior to its announcement, stay tuned for our thoughts on shooting with the camera and some sample images from it. The SL2 will be available just before the holidays on November 21 for $5,995.

Leica SL2
The camera features a 3.2-inch touchscreen LCD with resolution of 2.1 megapixels.Jeanette D. Moses
Leica SL2
The menus inside the SL2 have been simplified and photo and video have distinct color-coded sections.Jeanette D. Moses
Leica SL2
The SL2 has two UHS-II SD card slots for simultaneous recording.Jeanette D. Moses
Leica SL2
The camera features and built in headphone and mic jack, plus an HDMI connector for external monitors, making this a capable camera for video as well.Jeanette D. Moses
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