Leica SL2-S review

The Leica SL2-S is a lower resolution sister camera to the Leica SL2, that retains a lot of the SL2's features, but not the price

Leica SL-2S review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The SL2-S looks like a great option for those that are already using the L mount. The price looks steep by regular standards, but it's much lower than the higher-resolution Leica SL2. What's really good about this camera is that even with such a drastic difference in price, the compromises are minimal and the drop in resolution is the only major downside. This could be a great entry point for those considering and SL camera system. It could even serve as a brilliant second body for those that already own the SL2. However, for the rest of us, options from Panasonic may offer greater value for money.


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    The least expensive SL camera

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    Excellent Leica build quality

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    Fewer megapixels can be a benefit


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    More expensive than alternatives

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    Contrast detect AF isn't great

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    It's a large and heavy camera

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The Leica SL2-S, like any new camera from Leica, might be expected to have two things; exceptional build quality and an eye watering price point. This time, we almost have both because although the Leica SL2-S is more expensive than Panasonic alternatives like the Lumix S1, it's considerably less expensive than the original SL2. 

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Usman Dawood

Usman is a commercial and architectural photographer based in West Yorkshire, who has been working professionally for over seven years. He has also spent over four years as a writer for the biggest photography sites in the world, including Staff Writer for Digital Camera World, senior staff writer for FStoppers, and tech writer for Petapixel. 

With a particular interest in technology developments, high-resolution imaging and the high-end cameras, Usman has been on the cutting edge of camera news as well as writing features about medium format systems and global shutters, and has reviewed some of the latest Leica cameras as well as a tripod that’s even taller than Andre the Giant!