Leica advised Engadget that the SL2’s physique was constructed in-house and that the highest cap is comprised of a stable piece of aluminum. It has a brand new grip that is speculated to be a lot much less slippery than the one on the outdated mannequin. That is as a result of it is wrapped throughout the entrance with a “leatherette” materials that will increase its ruggedness, in addition.
To wit, the SL2 is constructed like a tank, weighing in at 928 grams (2 kilos) with a battery, across the similar because the S1R and Leica’s authentic SL. A giant a part of that heft is as a result of built-in five-axis picture stabilization system, which delivers 5.5 stops of shake discount with all of Leica’s (very costly) lenses.
The 47-megapixel sensor almost doubles the decision of the final mannequin, making the SL2 one of many higher-resolution full-frame cameras on the market. On the similar time, you may hit burst speeds of as much as 10 fps with the mechanical shutter, or 20 fps in silent digital shutter mode. The autofocus system is distinction detect solely, and comes with object and topic monitoring together with face and eye detection.
You may get a greater view of all these pixels because of the 5.Eight-megapixel OLED digital viewfinder (EVF). That is the very best decision EVF you may discover on any digital camera proper now, and just like the one on Panasonic’s S-series cameras and the Sony A7R IV.
The brand new three.2-inch LCD touchscreen can also be all-new, and offers you full contact entry to an up to date menu system. Leica gave me a fast demo of it, and it appears to be simpler to make use of than the menus I’ve seen on Sony, Canon and different cameras. There is a fast settings menu to entry frequent controls and even a particular Cine Mode with video-centric settings like t-stops (fairly than f-stops) and shutter angle as a substitute of shutter pace.
On the video facet, the SL2 has fairly nice specs, because of its Panasonic connection. You stand up to 5K 30 fps video, and you may seize 4K at as much as 60 fps utilizing the full-width of the sensor. It additionally comes with 4K, 10-bit four:2:2 L-log video seize with each exterior and inside recording.
Different options embrace a high-resolution 187-megapixel mode, built-in microphone/headphone ports, and a USB Kind C three.1 port for each information and energy. Leica now has eight L-Mount lenses with three zooms and 5 primes, and whereas they’re costly ($5,295 for the 50mm F/1.four Summilux lens), the optics are phenomenal. You may additionally be capable of use L-Mount lenses from Panasonic and Sigma, albeit with some decreased digital performance.
The SL2 will arrive on November 21st for $5,995, which is sort of a bit of money, and about $2,300 greater than the Panasonic S1R that it is based mostly on. It does ship some distinctive options although, notably the menu and management system. And should you’re into the Leica model, it is truly a fairly affordable worth subsequent a few of Lecia’s different fashions.