Leica Maestro II Image Processor
Internal DCI 4K Video & L-Log Gamma
0.66" 4.4MP 0.8x Electronic Viewfinder
2.95" 1.04M-Dot LED-Backlit Touchscreen
Contrast AF System with 49 Fields
Up to 11 fps Shooting and ISO 50000
Two SD Card Slots; 1.3" Top LCD Screen
Weather-Resistant Milled Aluminum Body
Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity and GPS
Video is recorded in 4K 24p or UHD 30p in APS-C format, as well as HD in Full Frame Leica Format up to 120 fps.
MOV or MP4 4:2:0 8-bit files are recorded onto an internal SD card. External 4:2:2 10-bit recording is provided via an HDMI 1.4 connector.
Best-in-class may be an understatement for the Leica SL (Typ 601) Mirrorless Digital Camera, an outstanding full-frame model that is offering professionals the "new Leica experience." This generation of Leica is aimed to take the top spot of modern imaging technology and by the implementation of an outstanding 24MP CMOS sensor and Leica's Maestro II processor, it will deliver among the best in image quality with sensitivities ranging from ISO 50-50000. The sensor also forgoes the use of a low-pass filter in order to maximize possible detail, especially with the use of Leica's outstanding lens lineups. And, to make the camera a true professional's tool, Leica has incorporated internal DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) video recording at 24 fps in a Super35 mode, along with the L-Log gamma for maximum dynamic range.
Beginning with stills, the sensor and processor combination delivers high-resolution images at a rate of up to 11 fps. The 2GB internal buffer also allows for bursts of up to 33 DNG files or unlimited JPEGs. The Contrast AF system is claimed to be the fastest among full-frame cameras with 49 fields to work with. This ensures that photographers will not miss the decisive moment.
Video is outstanding, with UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30 and 25 fps available in addition to DCI 4K when using the camera's Super35 mode. Alongside this impressive resolution is the ability to utilize the L-Log gamma, a super flat profile that maximizes the dynamic range of the image and gives editors more information to work with in post production. Video is easily recorded internally via the UHS-II and UHS-I standard SD card slots at 4:2:0 8-bit sampling rate though it can be output over HDMI with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling.
Also available is Full HD (1920 x 1080) and standard HD (1280 x 720) at up to an impressive 120 fps for slow motion in the camera's full-frame mode. Numerous other video recording features were implemented on the SL (Typ 601) to make high-quality recording easier, this includes focus peaking, exposure simulation, clipping/zebras, grid overlays, aspect ratios, and safe area. Audio is also supported with a built-in stereo microphone and users can add both a 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm microphone input with the optional AA-SCL4 Audio Adapter. Manual and auto audio control is available.
Made in Germany from two blocks of solid aluminum, the SL (Typ 601) fits right in with Leica's other precision made imaging tools. This body is designed for intuitive use, with numerous dials and buttons in addition to the implementation of a rear 2.95" 1.04M-dot rear LED touchscreen for hybrid operation as part of Leica's Professional user interface. The body also offers a spacious 0.66" EyeRes 4.4MP EVF with a fast refresh rate of 60 fps and a magnification of 0.8x for more natural handling and composition.
The weather-resistant body has a variety of other features packed into it with dual SD card slots, one with the UHS-II standard and a backup with the UHS-I standard, as well as a 1.3" top monochrome LCD screen for quickly viewing and changing exposure settings. Along with all of this, the SL (Typ 601) has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for remote control and image capture using the Leica SL App and a GPS unit for geo-tagging your photographs.
Milled from two solid blocks of aluminum and packed with the latest and greatest in imaging technology, the Leica SL (Typ 601) is a full-frame mirrorless camera ushering in the new, professional Leica experience. The SL takes on all fronts with outstanding 24MP stills and high-quality DCI 4K video, along with a best-in-class 4.4MP EVF with a magnification of 0.8x. Optimized for speed as well as quality, it delivers one of the fastest AF systems available in a full-frame camera as well as a burst rate of 11 fps. With exceptional quality and fast operation, the SL (Typ 601) allows shooters to take on nearly any scene with ease, be it nature, sports, action, or press photography.
24MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor & Leica Maestro II Processor
Packed with a phenomenal 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor that omits the low-pass filter and the Leica Maestro II processor, the SL (Typ 601) will deliver sharp, finely detailed images throughout the wide sensitivity range of ISO 50-50000. This setup will also enable speed, with burst shooting up to 11 fps for up to 33 DNG frames, or unlimited JPEGs, thanks to a 2GB buffer. DCI 4K video is also supported at 24 fps along with Full HD at up to 120 fps for slow motion capture. Furthering the camera's performance is a fast Contrast AF system, which Leica claims is the fastest available in a full-frame camera, which uses 49 fields to lock on quickly and accurately. Ultrasonic dust cleaning further ensures image quality remains at its peak by removing small particles without the need for deep cleaning.
Leica L Bayonet Mount
First seen in the Leica T, the renamed L bayonet mount offers users the ability to connect full-frame SL-series glass which benefits from electronic communication for blazing fast autofocus, electronic aperture control, and optical image stabilization. The mount also works with existing and future TL-series lenses, though in a reduced resolution APS-C crop mode. Additionally, as with most mirrorless today, the L mount can accept a variety of adapters, such as the M-Adapter T 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.
DCI 4K Video Recording & L-Log Gamma
High-quality video has become a highly important feature for numerous hybrid shooters and Leica has taken steps to deliver the best video available with the implementation of DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) video at 24 fps in the Super35 mode for true, cinema quality. Alongside this impressive resolution is the ability to utilize the L-Log gamma, a super flat profile that maximizes the dynamic range of the image and gives editors more information to work with in post production. L-Log also allows for better color matching with existing systems and has similar characteristics to Cineon, which is used for film digitization.
This is easily recorded internally via the UHS-II and UHS-I standard SD card slots at 4:2:0 8-bit sampling rates. When output over HDMI however, this can be improved to 4:2:2 10-bit sampling, ensuring the maximum image quality possible with the full-frame sensor. Super35 and full-frame options are also available, depending on your resolution and frame rate.
The SL offers also UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30 or 25 fps in Super35 and Full HD (1920 x 1080) and standard HD (1280 x 720) at up to an impressive 120 fps in full-frame mode for slow motion. Numerous other video recording features were implemented on the SL (Typ 601) to make high-quality recording easier, this includes focus peaking, exposure simulation, clipping/zebras, grid overlays, aspect ratios, and safe area. Audio is also supported with a built-in stereo microphone and both a 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm microphone input can be added through the use of the optional AA-SCL4 Audio Adapter. Manual and auto audio control is available.