Meet the Leica SL, a camera that is designed as a high-end professional DSLR — sans mirror.
It’s a new camera, with a full-frame 24 megapixel CMOS sensor, ISO of 50 to 50,000, 11 frames-per-second shooting at full resoltuion, 1080p HD video at 120fps or 4K UHD a 60FPS. All of those fantastic specs aside, Leica is also touting that the SL will have the fastest AF in the land of full-frame cameras. The EVF (electronic viewfinder) is also one of the best in class, with 4.4MP at 60fps,at x0.8 magnification.
Aesthetically, the Leica SL is work of art, kept simple. Machined from two blocks of aluminum, the SL is dust and water spray proof (meaning water will slide off the lens), It also makes uses of the fastest SD card standard (UHS2), with support for two SD cards, along with a built-in GPS module and WiFi.
As for lens support, the SL has pretty much covered all the bases in the Leica catalog, with support for SL (obviously), S, R, M, T and Cine lenses. The first lens suggested for use with Leica SL is the 24-90mm lens, seen in these shots.
Some of the SL’s neat tricks include remote shutter/exposure control from iOS or Android, ultrasonic sensor cleaning, a touchscreen for use with the customizeable Leica Professional user interface, a battery that requires only one flip of a latch to remove/replace; its usage of which is rated at 400 frames. The port selection is also stellar, with a full-size HDMI-out, USB 3.0, and more.
And of course, the Leica SL is made in Germany with a launch date of November 16th. MSRP for the Leica SL (body-only) — remember this is a Leica — is $7,450, while the first SL lens, the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90 / f 2.8-4 ASPH, will be available at Leica stores and vendors for $4,950.
More shots plus presser, after the break.