Leica, legendary for its analog film cameras, has lately championed virtual controls in its mirrorless cameras, with minimalist physical controls. It has its fan base and, in an age when camera design has sometimes taken a turn for the worse, has continued to bring us cameras with exceptionally clean lines and pleasant proportions: Form follows function.
When the SL2 mirrorless camera was introduced back in November, it was targeted to professional photographers and, to underscore its seriousness to that market segment, made a promise “with conscience.”
Crafted with conscience
The SL2 is the only mirrorless camera designed and crafted in Germany, with an unmatched all metal solid construction and elegant leather wrap to withstand the time and deliver years of photographic pleasure, thanks to the sustainability guaranteed by consistent firmware updates.
Although Leica listed multishot mode in its specs, it was not able to deliver that feature back in November, and projected that feature would be available in 2020. Today, it has delivered on that promise.
With Multishot the user can create photos with a resolution up to 187M: One photo will be taken at normal resolution (47MP), and one at high resolution (187MP). In Multishot mode, IBIS is disabled and electronic shutter is used.
|Multishot||• With Multishot the user can create photos with a resolution up to 187MP.
• One photo will be taken at normal resolution (47MP) and one at high resolution (187MP).
|Improvement on the Video Menu GUI||• In the submenus of the video mode, a white highlighted header shows that the user operates in video mode.|
|Improvement on the AF field size setting||• The AF-field size can be changed with a long tap without moving the AF field.|
|SD-Card naming||• After formatting the SD-Card, the card will be named with “Leica SL2”.|
|Detection of M lenses||6-bit coded M lenses will be recognized at all time with the M-Adapter L.|
|Elimination of artifacts on very fast continuous shooting||In the drive mode “Continous – Very High Speed” there were artifacts in the DNG under certain settings, which have now been removed.|
|Correction of the focus distance value of feet||The focus distance on the top display has been corrected and now shows the correct values.|
|Connectivity enhancements with App and Image Shuttle||General improvements for a faster and more stable connection between camera and smartphone or computer.|
Information on Multishot Function
- Only full-frame lenses are suitable for use with the multishot function.
- Any aperture between 1 and 16 can be selected.
- As ISO settings, values from 50 to 3200 are possible.
- The use of a flash is not possible.
- The electronic shutter is always used.
- The multishot function automatically turns off the image stabilization (BIS and OIS).
- The shutter speeds range from 1/40,000 to 1sec.