Several years ago, Leica tossed their hat into the mirrorless camera ring when they launched the Leica SL camera. Now four years later, it looks like the company finally announced the successor to the SL in the form of the SL2, Leica’s latest attempt at a mirrorless camera where it comes with a bunch of new features that might make it worth the upgrade.
In terms of design, the SL2 looks very much like the SL, however, one of the design changes Leica has made comes in the form of the choice of material for the body where the mid-chassis is now made out of magnesium. The rest of the camera is made with aluminum and features a leatherette that covers the mid-section. The camera has also gained an IP54 rating which makes it slightly more resistant to dust and water.
As for the hardware, the SL2 will be sporting a 47.3MP full-frame sensor which is similar to the sensor found in the Leica Q2. There will also be a new 5-axis in-body image stabilization feature, along with an ISO that goes from 50 up to 50,000. The camera also comes with the company’s Maestro III image processor, shooting speeds of up to 10 fps, and also the ability to capture 4K video at 60 fps. On the back, the camera also comes with a touchscreen display.
Unfortunately, as is the case with all Leica cameras, the SL2 will not come cheap. It is priced starting at $5,995 which is way more expensive than many of the alternatives out there. It will be available for purchase starting November 21.