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Leica SL2-S Mirrorless Camera

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Leica SL2-S Mirrorless Camera
Key Features
  • 24.6MP Full-Frame BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Maestro III Image Processor
  • DCI 4K Video; HLG & 10-Bit Recording
  • ISO 50-100000, Up to 25 fps Shooting
Mixing Leica's traditional aesthetic with contemporary, hybrid functionality, the SL2-S is a well-rounded full-frame mirrorless camera with apt photo and video capabilities. Revolving around Leica's first BSI CMOS sensor, the 24.6MP sensor offers DCI/UHD 4K 10-bit video recording, broad sensitivity from ISO 50-100,000, and vivid image quality with low noise.
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Leica SL2-S Overview

  • 1Description
  • 224.6MP Full-Frame BSI CMOS Sensor and Maestro III Processor
  • 3DCI/UHD 4K 10-Bit Video Recording
  • 4Body Design
  • 5Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
  • 6Object Detection Autofocus System

Mixing Leica's traditional aesthetic with contemporary, hybrid functionality, the SL2-S is a well-rounded full-frame mirrorless camera with apt photo and video capabilities. Revolving around Leica's first BSI CMOS sensor, the 24.6MP sensor offers DCI/UHD 4K 10-bit video recording, broad sensitivity from ISO 50-100,000, and vivid image quality with low noise.

The sensor is complemented by the refined Maestro III image processor, which avails high-speed performance and versatility throughout the camera system. Full-res DNG continuous shooting at up to 25 fps is possible along with 4K video at up to 60p or Full HD at up to 180 fps. And, emphasizing the hybrid ethos, Leica has also implemented separate Photo and Video menu systems for more intuitive navigation and settings control when working in either mode.

Complementing both photo and video applications, a 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. Also, the sensor's design incorporates a Leica Object Detection AF system, which uses 225 selectable AF areas for fast and accurate performance.

Beyond updated imaging, the SL2-S also features durable, weather-sealed body design that includes a 5.76m-dot EyeRes OLED EVF and a large 3.2" 2.1m-dot touchscreen LCD. A top status LCD is also featured for quick recognition of shooting settings and dual UHS-II-compatible SD memory card slots offer file-saving flexibility. Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work in conjunction with the Leica FOTOs app for wireless file transferring and remote camera control.

24.6MP Full-Frame BSI CMOS Sensor and Maestro III Processor
Featuring a highly versatile full-frame 24.6MP BSI CMOS sensor, the SL2-S has apt imaging capabilities for both stills and video applications. Coupled with the Maestro III image processor, fast performance is ensured along with a wide ISO 50-100,000 sensitivity range. The sensor's BSI design also promotes especially clean and smooth color and tonal rendering, along with reduced noise when working at higher ISO settings. The sensor's design also omits a low-pass filter in order to maintain the highest degree of sharpness and resolution. Additionally, beyond sheer image quality, the processing power affords quick continuous shooting, up to 25 fps with an electronic shutter or 9 fps with a mechanical shutter, and a 4GB buffer enables near limitless burst shooting of full-resolution DNG or JPEG files.
DCI/UHD 4K 10-Bit Video Recording
An immensely capable video camera, the SL2-S offers both DCI and UHD 4K recording at up to 60p using either the full-frame sensor area or an APS-C/Super 35mm crop. Internal 10-bit 4:2:2 recording is supported for frame rates up to 30p, and 60p is available at 8-bit 4:2:0. When recording externally via the full-size HDMI port, 10-bit output is available at all frame rates for DCI and UHD 4K. Full HD recording is also supported with high-speed frame rates up to 180 fps for slow-motion playback. Additionally, there is no imposed recording limit at any resolution or frame rate, allowing for extended recording times.

Complementing the video quality, a dedicated Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) mode and L-Log gamma profile can be used to for in-camera HDR output or for expand highlight and shadow detail and greater flexibility when color grading during post-production. There are also integrated viewing LUTs for improved color control and accuracy. Video recording can be split into 1-minute segments to avoid data loss, and a color bar provides reference for correct color grading and sound control in postproduction. Additionally, benefitting audio quality, support for an external microphone and headphones are also available via dedicated 3.5mm jacks. Video recording can be split into 1-minute segments to avoid data loss.
Body Design
  • Used in conjunction with other members of the L-Mount Alliance, the L lens mount is a versatile interface with a mount diameter of 51.6mm and a flange distance of 20mm for working with a broad range of optics.
  • The impressive EyeRes EVF is a high-resolution 5.76m-dot OLED finder offering a clear 0.78x configurable viewing magnification along with a smooth 120 fps refresh rate and 0.005 sec lag.
  • Large 3.2" 2.1m-dot touchscreen LCD is a bright, clear means for live view shooting as well as playback and menu navigation. This screen also uses Gorilla Glass for a highly durable design.
  • Separate photo and video menu systems eliminate the need to readjust settings when switching from photo to video modes, resulting in a more intuitive workflow, especially when mixing content types in a single shoot.
  • In addition to the rear LCD, a 1.28" top status LCD can also be used for quickly reviewing shooting settings, even when the camera is powered off.
  • Durable, weather-sealed magnesium-alloy construction is splash, dust, and freezeproof (IP54-rated) to accommodate working in harsh weather conditions and trying environments.
  • Dual UHS-II-compatible SD memory card slots offer flexible image storage, allowing you to segregate raw and JPEG files to different cards, save duplicate files to both cards, or simply double your storage space with overflow recording.
  • A USB Type-C port allows for fast file transferring; tethering, with full support for Capture One 21 and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom; and high-speed in-camera battery charging. Additionally, a full-size HDMI Type-A port benefits video applications, and 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks suit advanced audio recording needs.
  • BP-SCL4 rechargeable lithium-ion battery is rated for approximately 510 shots per charge.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, when used in conjunction with the Leica FOTOS app for iOS and Android, permits sharing imagery directly to a linked mobile device and also enables remote control over the camera and remote shooting via a live view image. Additionally, Bluetooth LE helps to maintain a permanent connection between the mobile device and the camera, enabling remote waking of the camera and automatic connection anytime within range.
Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
Helping to achieve the utmost sharpness when photographing handheld, 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization compensates for a broad range of movement types to render sharper, clearer imagery.

Using sensor-shift stabilization technology, the SL2-S also features a Multishot mode to capture and compile eight separate exposure to create a single 96MP file. Suitable for static subjects and when working on a tripod, this mode creates a more highly detailed and color accurate image than a single shot alone can produce and produces an image with a 12000 x 8000-pixel resolution.
Object Detection Autofocus System
For accelerated autofocus performance, a Leica Object Detection AF system quickly calculates the distance to subjects and adjusts the focusing position with sensor and lens communication occurring at rates up to 480 fps. This contrast-detection type focus method benefits both still and video recording modes, as well as subject tracking applications through the use of a Body Detection mode. It also features 225 selectable AF areas, which provide excellent control over where the camera will focus, and Automatic Follow Focus offers three focus points for automatic focus shift during video recording.

Leica SL2-S Specs

Key Specs
Lens Mount
Leica L
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 24.6 Megapixel (6072 x 4056)
Image Sensor
Full-Frame CMOS
Image Stabilization
Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
ISO Sensitivity Range
50 to 100,000 in Auto Mode
Continuous Shooting
Mechanical Shutter
Up to 9 fps at 24.6 MP for Unlimited Frames (Raw) / Unlimited Frames (JPEG)
Up to 5 fps at 24.6 MP for Unlimited 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)
Internal Recording Modes
H.264/MOV 4:2:2 10-Bit
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24.00/25/29.97 fps [400 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97 fps [400 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps [200 Mb/s]
H.264/MOV 4:2:0 8-Bit
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 50/59.94 fps [150 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 50/59.94 fps [150 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 100 fps [20 Mb/s]
H.264/MP4 4:2:0 8-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps [100 to 150 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100 fps [20 to 150 Mb/s]
External Recording Modes
4:2:2 10-Bit via HDMI
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94 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 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/180 fps
Media/Memory Card Slot
Dual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O
1 x HDMI 2.0b Output
Audio I/O
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Power I/O
1 x USB-C Input/Output
Other I/O
1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
Wireless
2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Bluetooth 4.2
Display Type
Fixed Touchscreen LCD
Battery Type
1 x BP-SCL4 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh (Approx. 510 Shots)
Imaging
Lens Mount
Leica L
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 24.6 Megapixel (6072 x 4056)
Image Sensor
Full-Frame CMOS
Crop Factor
1x
Image Stabilization
Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Built-In ND Filter
No
Capture Type
Stills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter Type
Mechanical Focal Plane Shutter and Electronic Rolling Shutter 
Shutter Speed
Mechanical Shutter
1/8000 to 500 Seconds
Electronic Shutter
1/16000 to 60 Seconds
ISO Sensitivity Range
50 to 100,000 in Auto Mode
Metering Method
Center-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure Modes
Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation
-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance
Presets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Warm White), Halogen, Shade, Tungsten, White Balance Adjustment
Continuous Shooting
Mechanical Shutter
Up to 9 fps at 24.6 MP for Unlimited Frames (Raw) / Unlimited Frames (JPEG)
Up to 5 fps at 24.6 MP for Unlimited 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 Recording
Yes
Self-Timer
2/12-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes
3:2 DNG
6000 x 4000
3:2 JPEG
6000 x 4000
4272 x 2848
2976 x 1984
Aspect Ratio
3:2
Image File Format
DNG, JPEG
Bit Depth
14-Bit
Video Capture
Internal Recording Modes
H.264/MOV 4:2:2 10-Bit
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24.00/25/29.97 fps [400 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97 fps [400 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps [200 Mb/s]
H.264/MOV 4:2:0 8-Bit
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 50/59.94 fps [150 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 50/59.94 fps [150 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 100 fps [20 Mb/s]
H.264/MP4 4:2:0 8-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps [100 to 150 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100 fps [20 to 150 Mb/s]
External Recording Modes
4:2:2 10-Bit via HDMI
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94 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 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/180 fps
Recording Limit
No
Broadcast Output
NTSC/PAL
IP Streaming
No
Built-In Microphone Type
Stereo
Audio Recording
AAC Audio
LPCM Audio
Interface
Media/Memory Card Slot
Dual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O
1 x HDMI 2.0b Output
Audio I/O
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Power I/O
1 x USB-C Input/Output
Other I/O
1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
Wireless
2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Bluetooth 4.2
Mobile App Compatible
Yes: Android & iOS
App Name: Leica FOTOS
Functionality: Access Stored Files, Adjust Settings, Firmware Update, Remote Control, View Live Feed
*As of September, 2023: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)
GPS
*Via Connected Smartphone
Monitor
Display Size
3.2"
Resolution
2,100,000 Dot
Display Type
Fixed Touchscreen LCD
Secondary Display
Top: Status Display
Viewfinder
Type
Built-In Electronic (OLED)
Resolution
5,760,000 Dot
Eye Point
21 mm
Coverage
100%
Magnification
Approx. 0.78x
Diopter Adjustment
-4 to +2
Focus
Focus Type
Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Mode
Continuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus Points
Contrast Detection: 225
Flash
Built-In Flash/Light
No
Maximum Sync Speed
1/250 Second
Flash Compensation
-2 to +2 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash System
TTL
External Flash Connection
Shoe Mount
Environmental
Operating Temperature
22 to 72°F / -10 to 40°C
General
Battery Type
1 x BP-SCL4 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh (Approx. 510 Shots)
Shoe Mount
1 x Hot Shoe
Tripod Mounting Thread
1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Material of Construction
Aluminum, Magnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)
5.7 x 4.2 x 3.3" / 146 x 107 x 83 mm
Weight
2 lb / 931 g (With Battery, Recording Media)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
3.715 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.6 x 8.6 x 6"

Leica SL2-S Reviews

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Why isn’t the SL2-S included in the Digital Cine ...

Why isn’t the SL2-S included in the Digital Cine Camera section of your Pro Video category? Video looks to be good.
Asked by: Anonymous
It should definitely be added to the digital cinema camera category as it has in some ways better specs than other similar cameras, one example being having waveform not to mention shutter angle instead of shutter speed. It is a very video centric camera.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2021-04-03

Will this camera ever have light composite ...

Will this camera ever have light composite features like some of the other mirrorless brands?
Asked by: Edwin
Unfortunately, we have no prior knowledge concerning future firmware updates or features that may be compatible for use with the Leica SL2-S Mirrorless Digital Camera in the future. The best I can recommend would be to contact Leica USA with your inquiry directly by e-mailing them at [email protected].
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2021-05-06

Can you use the SL2-S as a webcam for ...

Can you use the SL2-S as a webcam for livestreaming? I've heard that when the screen times out the auto-focus stops working?
Asked by: Christopher
You can use the SL2/SL2-S for live streaming. You will need a switcher or dongle to convert the HDMI output to USB. We recommend manually focusing the lens and selecting an aperture that gives you sufficient depth of field to cover any subject movement.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2022-02-09

Is this a 4/3 sensor?

Is this a 4/3 sensor?
Asked by: Joshua
No, this is a full frame sensor.
Answered by: Dimitri
Date published: 2022-12-12

What is the Max write speed to card by this ...

What is the Max write speed to card by this camera?
Asked by: Ivo
The Leica SL2-S fully supports the read and write speeds of UHS-II cards.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2023-11-21

How many stop of dynamic range is the SL2-S ...

How many stop of dynamic range is the SL2-S capable of in video mode?
Asked by: Michael
There are many factors in evaluating dynamic range. While we do not have any specifics on the SL2-S's dynamic range in video mode, we can say the file, if properly exposed, is very flexible. Another consideration is the LUT that is being applied. Hope this info helps.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2021-05-11

4k 60p crop?

4k 60p crop?
Asked by: Artur
Yes, you are correct. C4K and 4K @60fps are Super 35 or APS-C.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2020-12-14

How will this camera perform for startscape / ...

How will this camera perform for startscape / Milky Way photography? I have an SL2 for landscape work but am considering adding either this or the Sony A7III for astrophotography.
Asked by: Randy
does it have a log profile picture?
Answered by: Dylan
Date published: 2020-12-13
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