Leica’s SL 24MP Full-Frame camera has just raised the bar for mirrorless cameras


The world of professional photography just got another shot in the arm with the newly launched Leica SL mirrorless system camera. With high-end components and state-of-the-art technology, the SL camera is designed to offer users high quality performance in a more compact form that includes a 24 MP full-frame CMOS sensor and other perfectly matched components.

The company has developed components specifically for this camera like the all new, first of its kind, electronic viewfinder that Leica has dubbed EyeRes technology. It features a resolution of 4.4 million pixels and a magnification similar to a medium format camera; it’s also designed to give users a quick-view of the final image before you’ve even snapped the picture. The EyeRes viewfinder is auto-activated the moment you bring your eye up to it. Aside from this, the 2.95-inch display (scratch-resistant with an anti-reflex coating) at the rear will also provide users with a 170 degree viewing angle for images captured and navigating the various menus and systems.

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Other features include a Maestro II series processor to capture fast moving objects, 2GB of buffer memory, 4K video capture capabilities (@ 30fps or Cine4K @ 24fps), image capture in both JPEG and DNG formats and the ability to use the SL with Leica M-Lenses with full support for all of their functions and features. The SL camera also gives professionals the option of using an external microphone and the audio recording level can be set without accessing the menu. Speaking of lenses, the options being designed for this particular camera include the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH, Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280 mm f/2.8–4 and the Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH with more to follow. However, due to the highly compatible Leica SL system, professionals would nonetheless have access to use almost all other Leica lenses produced by the German camera-maker. Adapters will even allow photographers to use lenses from other manufacturers as well.

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The Leica SL is built using components machined from solid aluminum that are well encased using precisely engineered seals to keep the elements like dust, moisture and water splashes at bay. But just in case you’re worried, the camera also comes with an integrated ultrasonic sensor cleaning function that removes dust and dirt from the sensor.

Come November 16th the Leica SL body will be hitting the shelves along with the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm zoom lens. The others will follow in the second and fourth quarters of 2016. The SL body will bear a price tag of $7,450 while the lens will be selling for $4,950.