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Leica TL2 Mirrorless Camera (Silver)

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Leica TL2 Mirrorless Camera (Silver)
Key Features
  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Leica Maestro II Image Processor
  • UHD 4K30 and Full HD 1080p60 Video
  • Up to 20 fps Shooting and ISO 50000
Minimal and intuitive, the silver Leica TL2 is an ideal tool for photographers looking for a compact, yet capable imaging system with the latest technology. It maintains the unibody design of its predecessors and is crafted in Germany from a single block of aluminum for durability, but makes a major advancement with the implementation of a newly developed 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and the Maestro II processor. This enables multiple high-end features, including 20-fps shooting with an electronic shutter, UHD 4K video at 30 fps, and Full HD video at 60 fps. Along with the electronic shutter, which can provide shutter speeds of up to 1/40000 second as well, the contrast-detect AF system is enhanced with 49 points and vastly improved speed.
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Leica TL2 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Leica TL2
  • 324.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor & Leica Maestro II Processor
  • 4Leica L-Bayonet Mount
  • 549-Point AF System and 20-fps Shooting
  • 6UHD 4K Video Recording
  • 7Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • 8Other Features
By B&H Photo's

Minimal and intuitive, the silver Leica TL2 is an ideal tool for photographers looking for a compact, yet capable imaging system with the latest technology. It maintains the unibody design of its predecessors and is crafted in Germany from a single block of aluminum for durability, but makes a major advancement with the implementation of a newly developed 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and the Maestro II processor. This enables multiple high-end features, including 20-fps shooting with an electronic shutter, UHD 4K video at 30 fps, and Full HD video at 60 fps. Along with the electronic shutter, which can provide shutter speeds of up to 1/40000 second as well, the contrast-detect AF system is enhanced with 49 points and vastly improved speed.

With a carefully crafted design already, the TL2 enhanced the 3.7" 1.3m-dot touchscreen by making operation about eight times faster than previous models. The MyCamera Menu remains allows for users to create a quickly accessible location for all their commonly accessed settings. An FN button is also available and for speedy data transfer the camera now has a USB Type-C port with USB 3.0 support. Images can be stored in the camera in multiple ways, as the TL2 boasts 32GB of internal memory alongside a UHS-II SD card slot. Additionally, the camera features integrated Wi-Fi connectivity and through an optional mobile app users can remotely control settings.

Leica TL2
Further evolving their mirrorless lineup, the Leica TL2 is another well-designed camera that offers both an outstanding feature set combined with intuitive controls. Made from a solid block of aluminum, the TL2 is assembled and polished by hand in Germany, which ensures outstanding durability and operation. This model also offers incredible speed and performance, including a new electronic shutter function that provides shooting speeds of up to 20 fps, a speedier touchscreen interface, and faster autofocusing. Toss in UHD 4K video recording and the TL2 becomes a top performer in this ever-growing field.
24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor & Leica Maestro II Processor
At the heart of every camera system has to be an exceptional sensor, and the TL2 is fortunate to have an outstanding 24.2MP APS-C CMOS at its core. This sensor, which is paired with Leica's Maestro II processor, provides outstanding resolution and clarity as well as native sensitivities ranging from ISO 100-50000. Combine this with the TL2's minimalist, yet functional design and you have a sleek and intuitive setup for capturing stunning images. Furthermore, this sensor has an electronic shutter option that unlocks high speed 20 fps shooting and faster shutter speeds.
Leica L-Bayonet Mount
Leica's mirrorless L-bayonet mount offers users the ability to connect both full-frame SL-series and APS-C TL-series glass, which benefits from electronic communication for blazing fast autofocus, electronic aperture control, and optical image stabilization. Additionally, as with most mirrorless today, the L mount can accept a variety of adapters, such as the M-Adapter L which provides shooters with access to the entire M-mount lens library. Leica will have adapters for the S, R, and Cine series as well, ensuring compatibility with a range of Leica's best lenses.
49-Point AF System and 20-fps Shooting
Ensuring you are capturing tack-sharp photos at all times is an upgraded contrast-detect AF system, this time with 49 points available. The entire operation has been sped up for faster and more accurate autofocusing, including in AF-C mode, with performance with a wide-angle lens being measured at just 165 ms and telephoto lenses not far behind at just 190 ms. Users can also access a 20-fps shooting speed by switching the camera over to a silent electronic shutter, which also boasts a maximum shutter speed of 1/40,000 second. The mechanical shutter is quite capable as well with 7-fps shooting and a max shutter speed of 1/4000 second.
UHD 4K Video Recording
Massive upgrades have been included in the TL2 when it comes to video recording, most notably with the addition of UHD 4K at 30 fps. This ultra-high resolution video mode allows you to capture sharp video that will work wonderfully with existing and future displays. Also, alongside UHD 4K is boosted Full HD with a max frame rate of 60 fps and HD, which can do slow motion at 120 fps. Focus peaking is available as well to help ensure your videos are in focus and there is a micro-HDMI port for output to an external display or monitor.
Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
Integrated IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi allows you to wirelessly connect iOS and Android devices to the TL for sharing photos and movies to smartphones or tablets for posting online. The free Leica TL-App facilitates sharing imagery between the camera and device, and the app also enables a remote function for wirelessly adjusting the camera's shutter speed, aperture, and for releasing the shutter. The app can also be used as a remote electronic viewfinder to benefit composing self-portraits or group shots, or when working from difficult shooting angles.
Other Features
  • Minimal, unibody design is built from a single, solid piece of aluminum alloy that has been assembled and polished by hand in Germany. The TL2 also features newly curving chamfered edges for an even sleeker design.
  • The seamless aesthetic of the camera body is maintained through the inclusion of just four physical controls along with a large rear touchscreen LCD.
  • The 3.7" LCD monitor has a high resolution of 1.3-million dots for clear and vivid playback and image composition, and the now eight times faster touchscreen interface affords intuitive menu navigation and settings control for easy operation.
  • MyCamera menu lets you customize the display by long-touching and dragging specific camera settings into place to suit your own shooting needs.
  • Start-up time has been improved to 600 ms.
  • Internal 32GB of memory lets you shoot without an SD card if desired, however, a fast UHS-II SD memory card slot is also featured for longer shooting sessions.
  • Leica L lens mount is directly compatible with TL and SL-series lenses, including those with OIS, and Leica M- and R-mount lenses via optional lens mount adapters.
  • Top hot shoe can be used in conjunction with an optional external flash or can also be used with the optional Visoflex external electronic viewfinder for eye-level monitoring.
  • An FN button can be programmed to perform select functions.
  • The TL2 now offers a DNG only shooting mode.
  • A USB Type-C port with USB 3.0 functionality is available for exceptionally fast data transfer as well as USB charging.
  • Included BP-DC13 lithium-ion battery offers approximately 250 shots per charge.
UPC: 799429181888

Leica TL2 Specs

Imaging
Lens MountLeica L
Sensor ResolutionActual: 24.96 Megapixel
Effective: 24.6 Megapixel (6072 x 4056)
Sensor Type23.6 x 15.7 mm (APS-C) CMOS
Crop Factor1.5x
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/8000 to 500 Seconds
Electronic Shutter
1/16000 to 60 Seconds
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode
ISO Sensitivity50 to 100,000 in Auto Mode (Extended: 50 to 50,000)
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White BalancePresets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Warm White), Halogen, Shade, Tungsten, White Balance Adjustment
Continuous ShootingMechanical Shutter
Up to 9 fps at 24.6 MP for up to Unlimited 78 Frames (Raw) / Unlimited 100 Frames (JPEG)
Up to 5 fps at 24.6 MP for up to Unlimited 29 Frames (Raw) / Unlimited Frames (JPEG)
Up to 2 fps at 24.6 MP for Unlimited Frames (Raw) / Unlimited Frames (JPEG)
Electronic Shutter
Up to 25 fps at 24.6 MP for Unlimited Frames (Raw) / Unlimited Frames (JPEG)
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/12-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes3:2 DNG
6016 x 4014
3:2 JPEG
6000 x 4000
4272 x 2856
3024 x 2016
Aspect Ratio3:2
Image File FormatDNG, JPEG
Bit Depth14-Bit
External Recording Modes4:2:2 10-Bit via HDMI
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
4:2:0 8-Bit via HDMI
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/119.88/179.82 fps
Recording LimitNone
Broadcast OutputNTSC/PAL
IP StreamingNone
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording AAC Audio
LPCM Audio
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Internal Memory32 GB
Video I/O1 x Micro-HDMI Output
Audio I/ONone
Power I/O1 x USB-C Input/Output
Other I/O1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
WirelessWi-Fi, Bluetooth
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Monitor
Size3.2"
Resolution2,100,000 Dot
Display TypeFixed Touchscreen LCD
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus PointsContrast Detection: 225
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Maximum Sync Speed1/250 Second
Flash Compensation-2 to +2 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Environmental
Operating Temperature14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
General
Battery Type1 x BP-SCL4 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh (Approx. 510 Shots)
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Material of ConstructionAluminum, Magnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.3 x 2.7 x 1.3" / 134 x 69 x 33 mm
Weight14.1 oz / 399 g (With Battery)
12.5 oz / 355 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.7 x 8.5 x 6.6"

Leica TL2 Reviews

Great APS-C camera at a "discounted" price

By Brandon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-24

So... yeah this camera is really expensive for what it offers. Additionally, Leica has discontinued their APS-C cameras. Having said that, this camera is incredibly fun to shoot with for daily personal use. I carry it with me almost everywhere. I also picked up the 18mm F2.8 TL lens which give a 28mm equivalent when attached to the TL2. I'm not a huge fan of the 18-56mm zoom lens, but the bundled price for the kit lens happened to be the same price as the body only option. Overall, I really surprised with how much I enjoy using this camera. If I were to describe it, it's like shooting with a smartphone that has a significantly larger sensor and better lens.

Strong image capture

By Arnold
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-05

I got this as my travel camera. I am really happy with the image quality. Lowlight performance, not so much. But generally really good. The Eyepiece makes it an overall better experience as the screen, whilst big had some reflections making sun use difficult. Thats the star.

Leica TL2 Underrated!

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-25

This has to be one of the most underrated mirrorless cameras in the market. The build, and more importantly, image quality are both outstanding! The small size and incredibly fast operating system make this an absolute joy to carry around and use on a day to day basis. The Tl lenses offer an incredible range of uses and provide outstanding color reproduction and image quality. The only negative I have for this camera is it makes me wonder how much better a M or SL2 might be...

Old tech in a great body

By Peter
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-02

Always wanted a Leica and the TL2 was on sale (for an obvious reason) Did a lot of reviews and was hoping that the review were just over picky about certain functions of the camera. Well, they were all correct. With good light, the camera does really well and it's very easy to use. I drove home from work yesterday and was taking photos as I drove. I checked the images on the mac and they were actually very sharp. Then I played with it at after dark and indoors. The images were worse then my old Nikon D80 10MP camera. Quite disappointed. If you can afford a $2.5K novelty in your collection (to claim you have a Leica)... then I would say go for it. Otherwise, the Sony A7c would be your better choice for about the same size camera with newer technology and it's a full-frame.

Leica TL2 review

By Kevin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-27

For anyone using a mobile phone (everyone) the Leica TL2 interface is fast and friendly. Adjusted to it quickly. So far so good. Love the quality of the 18-56 "kit" lens. A nice value package

Compact excellence

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-09

Just love this little camera. Produces excellent quality pictures. Easy, intuitive menu system. I wanted a small camera with good quality, this is it!!

What a good deal and what a great camera/lens

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-14

I was looking for an upscale point and shoot camera to supplement my Nikon Z7ii gear. On a recent trip, one member had a Leica CL as a backup camera and was pleased with it. The TL2 with the capability of interchangeable lenses piqued my interest and the B&H price made it a done deal. I hate learning new operating systems, but this Leica is quick to understand and the images are better than my trilogy 2.8 Nikon glass in many cases. A win-win deal om a Leica. I am sold!

Great clearance price for a Leica TL2!

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-28

I have a Nikon DF, Olympus Pen F, and a Ricoh GRII. While all three cameras are a joy to use, I've found that most often I'm grabbing the Ricoh GRII. Why? Because it has a large APS-C sensor that takes wonderful pictures, and it fits in my pocket. It's also mistaken for a cell phone, so most of the time I'm able to take pictures without much notice. So, when I decided to get a new camera, the TL2 was one of the top contenders for this reason. I was surprised (and disappointed) to learn that Leica was dropping their APS-C cameras, but happy to see BH Photo still had the TL2 w/18-56mm lens at a great price. Like others have said, the image quality of this camera is superb in daylight, but it's a struggle getting good pictures in low light. I also wish that I had pulled the trigger when BH Photo had this camera paired with the 18mm lens as a kit. The 18-56mm lens is nice but doesn't allow the TL2 to be carried in my pocket. I have the 18mm lens on order, but of course, this is driving up my investment in a camera system that will have no support from Leica after 6 years. I also purchased the Visoflex as it was too difficult using the camera in daylight with a zoom lens and no viewfinder. I do plan to use my TL2 without the Visoflex when the 18mm is attached because my ultimate goal is to have a pocket camera with excellent IQ. The cons for this camera & lens combo (at least for me, anyway) is the lack of OIS and slow shutter speed. I'm used to not having OIS with my Ricoh, so I know how to work with it, but it would have been nice to have this feature. Taking pictures of stationary objects is not a problem with the 18-56mm lens (I think that's where it shines) but moving objects can be more of a challenge. I've included a picture of a Thresher Shark being caught off the pier in San Clemente to illustrate how the TL2 w/18-56mm lens performs with an action shot. I set it to aperture priority using the largest setting based the zoom selected, along with ISO set to auto. The picture is not great in terms of sharpness, but it's not too bad either. I don't think action photos are what this camera is all about, so it doesn't bother me. I bought this camera to perform like a cell phone camera on steroids. To this end, it excels with the added benefit of the "Leica look". Finally, about my review: I have a friend who always tells me how a car performs is primarily based on the "nut behind the wheel". So, with that in mind, take this review with a grain of salt. I'm an amateur at best, so I'm sure a seasoned photographer can get better results from this camera. With that said, I love the TL2 and plan to use it often!

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