Leica SL2 review

Inside the Leica SL2 has much in common with the rather good Panasonic Lumix S1R, but on the outside it's pure Leica

Leica SL2
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Digital Camera World Verdict

It’s late to the party, it’s a lot like the Lumix S1R and it’s really expensive. But then when you see the Leica SL2, pick it up, handle it and use it, none of that matters. True, the Leica SL2 will always be a niche camera sold in small numbers to connoisseurs and a certain type of discerning pro, but this is no overpriced toy for rich folk. It incorporates a level of design and thought that is actually rather inspiring.


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    Excellent resolution

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    4K video at 60/50p

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    Superb interface design

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    10/20fps continuous shooting


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    Fixed non-tilting rear touchscreen

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    Price, obviously

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    AF sluggish in low light

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The Leica SL2 is the replacement for Leica's full frame mirrorless camera, the Leica SL. We imagine that Sony was once the only full frame mirrorless camera maker until Canon, Nikon and Panasonic joined in, but the prestigious but pricey 24-megapixel Leica SL, launched in 2015, was there right at the start of the mirrorless revolution.

But the Leica SL was expensive, technically limited and nowhere near a mainstream rival for Sony's cameras. The Leica SL2, however, is a very different proposition. It’s been a busy couple of years for full frame mirrorless cameras, and the SL2 is the last to arrive at the party, but it makes quite an entrance.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com