News |Leica SL2-S announced, specs, price, release date confirmed

Leica SL2-S announced, specs, price, release date confirmed


Leica has announced its latest addition to the SL-System that launched in 2015. The Leica SL2-S has a 24Mp full-frame BSI CMOS sensor and can shoot continuously at up to 25fps (frames per second) at full resolution.

It’s also capable of recording 10-bit 4K video with no length limit.

Made in Germany, the Leica SL2-S is a mirrorless camera with an all-metal, body.

New sensor

Inside the Leica SL2-S is a newly developed BSI-CMOS image sensor with an effective pixel count of 24-million and a Maestro-III processor that has a buffer capacity of 4GB. This combination enables open-ended burst shooting of Jpegs at up to 9 frames per second. The capacity of the memory card is the only limitation.

According to Leica, the SL2-S’s highest sensitivity setting is ISO 100,000.

Video as well as stills

The Leica SL2-S can record 4K video at 10bit 4:2:2 and C4k at 10bit 4:2:2 and Leica L-Log is available along with integrated viewing LUTs (Look Up Tables).

Video-shooting is also only limited by the capacity of the storage card of external storage device.

In the future, the camera will also support the highly efficient HEVC video compression standard for 10-bit recordings up to 4K/60p. This will allow videos to be split into one-minute segments, minimising the risk of data loss.

An integrated waveform monitor and an automatic Follow Focus feature will be added with the next firmware update.

Tethered shooting

The Leica SL2-S is the first SL model to feature direct tethered shooting with Capture One 21. This allows you to control the camera remotely via a computer.

Those who prefer to use Adobe software will be pleased to learn that the SL2-S can also be tethered to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic. A time-limited Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan is included with the camera purchase.


As it features the L-Mount, Leica SL2-S is compatible with TL lenses and, via an adapter, lenses from the Leica M, R and S-System, as well as the SL-System’s lens range.

The L-Mount Alliance also means that SL2-S owners can use over 40 autofocus lenses. In addition, Leitz Cine lenses can also be adapted to the Leica SL2-S.

Image stabilisation

Leica has built sensor-shift image stabilisation into the SL2-S for multi-axis image stabilisation when any Leica lens is mounted. This technology also enables a multi-shot high-resolution mode in which 8 shots are merged into one 96Mp image.

Leica SL2-S Price and Availability

The Leica SL2-S is on sale from today in Leica Stores and authorised Leica dealers at £3,975.00.

You can order the Leica SL2-S from Park Cameras in the UK and BHPhoto in the USA.

Sample Images

Follow the link to browse and download full-resolution Leica SL2-S images provided by Leica

Leica SL2-S Images


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