Leica SL2 is a full frame camera that cinematographers will love

The German brand has unveiled the successor to the first SL with some slight design changes, new controls on the back and a 4K Cine mode for cinema-level manual video recording.

Four years after the first SL camera, Leica unveiled this week the second iteration of its full-frame mirrorless. The new camera is called SL2 and it’s a technical evolution of the first SL model from 2015. The design sports slight aesthetic changes, with softer lines and corners, while on the back the display has been upsized to 3.2” and the controls have changed to reflect the three-button configuration of the Leica Q2. The real changes are under the hood, though. The 47MP CMOS full-frame sensor of the SL2 comes with a 5-axis IS shift mechanism that brings in-body stabilization and can produce composed images with a resolution of 187MP, while the Maestro III image processor enables a new autofocus system with objects and movement detection. 

While it shines as a photography powerhouse, the new SL2 will certainly wow video maker and cinematographers as well, thanks to a Cine 4K mode that turns ISO values into ASA, and allows for a fully manual control of video recording. There’s even an option to record at 5K at up to 30p from a 4:3 cropped region of its sensor with a 1.6 magnification factor. Leica SL2 will be available later this month with a £5,300 price tag  (camera body only).


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