Leica TL2 Snap Verdict
Although it has the solid build quality that you expect from Leica, the TL2’s heavy use of touch-control makes it very unlike a typical Leica camera. It’s designed for use by people who have come to photography via their smartphone and while this might be off-putting for traditionalists, the majority of the features that you’d expect are present and the camera is easy to use. It may not be the usual approach for Leica but it means you can focus on the essentials of photography. The image quality is extremely good and the touch-control effective, but on the whole we prefer the Leica CL which combines clever touch-control with more physical controls.
For Leica TL2
- Superb build quality
- Excellent optical quality
- Slick touch-control
Against Leica TL2
- No viewfinder built-in
- Limited range of directly compatible APS-C format lenses
- High price
What is the Leica TL2?
The Lecia TL2 is a 24Mp compact system or mirrorless camera with an APS-C format sensor and the Leica L lens mount. Although it’s made by Leica and has the build quality you’d expect from the respected Germany company, it has a large touch-screen and few physical controls. It’s designed with well-heeled smartphone users in mind.
Leica’s TL2 is the third in its T-series line-up, and was announced just eight months after the TL but 3 months before the Leica CL.
While the body design stays roughly similar to that of the original TL, the TL2 has the same 24Mp APS-C CMOS sensor Maestro II processing engine as the CL. This means it has higher resolution and faster operation speeds, autofocus and start-up time than the TL.
There’s also 4K video recording, at up to 30fps and a mechanical shutter which means you can utilise shutter speeds as quick as 1/40,000.
A 3.7-inch touch-sensitive screen is where most of the operation takes place, and as such there a very few physical controls to be found.
|Camera Name||Leica TL2|
|Date announced:||10th July 2017|
|Price at launch:||£1,700 body only|
|Sensor size:||APS-C (23.6x15.7mm)|
|Effective pixel count:||24.24 million|
|Sensitivity range:||ISO 100-50,000|
|AF System:||49-point contrast detection|
|Max video resolution:||3840 x 2160 p (4K) 30fps|
|Viewfinder:||Optional external EVF|
|Screen:||3.7-inch TFT LCD, 1.3 million dots|
|Dimensions:||134 x 69 x 33mm|
|Weight:||355g body only, 399g with battery|