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Leica TL2 Review

Leica’s newest mirrorless camera is making a style statement

Our Verdict

With most Leica cameras you can at least see how they could appeal to a very specific kind of user and style of photography – but it’s different with the TL2. The camera body is slim, minimal and attractive in its own way, but the quirky controls and front-heavy handling with a lens fitted make it really rather difficult to use as a photographic tool.

For

  • Sharp images
  • Stylish exterior
  • 4K video

Against

  • Lacks a viewfinder
  • Awkward weight distribution
  • Quirky controls

Leica might be best known for its old-school M-series rangefinder cameras, but it also makes full-frame mirrorless and medium-format DSLRs for the professional market. The TL2 is at the opposite end of the range: it’s a style-conscious fashion statement that’s also intended to be a serious photographic tool.

All the advantages of the TL2’s super-slim body are lost when you attach a lens like Leica’s excellent – but bulky – Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH

Leica TL2 Features

  • 24MP APS-C sensor
  • L mount (plus support for SL lenses) 
  • Maestro II image processor
  • 4K video up to 30fps, Full HD video to 60fps and 720p video to 120fps 
  • 3.7in touchscreen, 1.23million dots
  • 49-point contrast-detect AF system
  • 7fps (up to 20fps with electronic shutter)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 32GB internal memory
  • SDHC/SDXC memory card slot

Machined from a single block of aluminium, the TL2 has a slim, minimal look. There’s no viewfinder, although you can purchase a clip-on Visioflex for a further £350/$575. The twin dials on the top are unmarked, and adjust different settings according to the shooting mode.

Inside there’s a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor teamed up with Leica’s Maestro II image processor. The TL2 has a new 49-point AF system and an ISO range of 100-50,000, and can shoot 4K video. It can also shoot stills at up to 20fps with its electronic shutter.

The rear touchscreen offers responsive access to the camera settings – once you’ve figured it out, that is