Leica SL-2 Announced: 4K/60p answer to popular full-frame hybrid cameras in 2021

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Leica has announced the SL2-S, its third full-frame L-mount camera. Leica is billing the SL2-S as its most versatile digital camera for still photography and video.

The SL2-S is Leica’s follow-up to the Leica SL2 and incorporates the same ‘Made in Germany’ robust construction, IP54 water resistance, LCD touchscreen, viewfinder, in-body image stabilization and autofocus system.

The magnesium alloy body weighs 2.05 pounds (905 grams) including its BP-SCL4 battery. Battery life is rated at 510 shots, which is 140 more shots than the SL2’s rating. The camera includes dual UHS-II SD card slots. Like the SL2, the digital camera does not include a wealth of physical controls, although the camera’s buttons can be extensively customized. The rear of the camera includes a 3.2-inch fixed LCD with 2.1M dots. The OLED electronic viewfinder, which has 5.76M dots, delivers 100% image area coverage and has 0.78x magnification.

While the outside of the SL2-S appears like its sibling, the within of the cameras differ considerably. The SL2-S includes a brand-fresh (to Leica digital cameras) 24-megapixel full-frame backside-illuminated CMOS image sensor, as opposed to the 47-megapixel sensor within the SL2. Using its lower quality, the Maestro III-driven SL2-S can catch DNG or JPEG pictures at up to 25 fps. The digital camera can shoot JPEG images at around 9 fps indefinitely, stopping only once a couple of SD cards are usually complete. Per Leica, the SL2-S has a 4GB buffer adding to its impressive overall performance.

The 24-megapixel sensor includes a native ISO selection of 100-50,000, which may be expanded up to ISO 100,000. Leica states, ‘The high sensitivity as high as ISO 100,000 – combined with quick autofocus and in-body picture stabilization – enables photographers to fully capture excellent pictures in all forms of environments and also the dimmest of light.’ It is possible to record around 14-bit RAW documents with the SL2-S.

Regarding image stabilization, the SLS-2 utilizes sensor-shift stabilization. Making use of this IBIS tech, the camera consists of multi-change capturing and may combine eight photos into a solitary 96-megapixel image. This mode requires the usage of a tripod. The digital camera is CIPA-ranked for 5.5 stops of picture stabilization.

When it comes to autofocus performance, the SL2-S runs on the contrast-detect autofocus system with 225 points. Leica dubs the machine ‘Leica Object Recognition AF’. The machine instantly detects whether a subject will be stationary or shifting and switches between movement and focus concern accordingly.

Even though the camera can shoot at up to 25 fps, with continuous autofocus, speeds are capped at 5 fps. Likewise, the 25 fps burst speeds depend on the digital shutter, which has an optimum shutter velocity of 1/16,000s. With regards to the mechanical shutter, its minimum amount shutter speed will be thirty minutes (1,800 mere seconds) and the max rate is 1/8,000s.

As well as the various image sensor, the SL2-S separates itself from the SL2 through its video clip features. The SL2-S can report 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 and Cinema 4K ProRES footage at around 30p to a Sdcard or more to 60p to an exterior recorder via its full-size HDMI slot. The camera may also perform L-log documenting with a set of built-in lookup tables (LUTs). Leica says even more LUT’s will undoubtedly be accessible in the near future. The digital camera can record 1080/180p video as well and doesn’t add a recording limit.

Extra video features are promised to reach with a firmware update inside the first 1 / 2 of 2021. Included in these are an improved autofocus algorithm, focus tracking, internal 4K/60p recording (10-little bit making use of HEVF compression), Long-GOP recording, segmented video, automatic follow concentrate, waveform supervising, tally mode, colour bars and a better live view setting for low-lighting recording.

The Leica SL2-S’s L-Mount is fully appropriate for Leica SL system lenses, adapted APS-C TL lenses and lenses from Leica’s M, R and S systems. Further, within the L-Mount Alliance, SL2-S owners may use a lot more than 40 autofocus lenses offered from alliance companions, including Panasonic and Sigma. Further, for video-heavy programs, Leitz Cine lenses could be adapted to the SL2-S.

Leica expenses the SL2-S as ‘the ideal all-rounder for even now digital photography and cinematic videography.’ The Leica SL2-S can be acquired starting nowadays from certified Leica sellers for $4,895 USD. More, as introduced by Capture One on Tuesday, Leica cameras, like the SL2-S, are completely supported in Catch One 21, which includes tethered shooting features.

If you want to hear concerning the SL2-S’s new functions and its own performance from Leica photographers Marc Stickler, Dominic Nahr and Bernhard Spöttel, you can examine out the three video clips below.

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Last updated on January 17, 2021 2:18 pm

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