The Leica SL (Typ 601) Mirrorless Digital Camera is an
outstanding full-frame model that is offering professionals the "new
Leica experience." This generation of Leica is aimed to take the top
spot of modern imaging technology and by the implementation of an
outstanding 24MP CMOS sensor and Leica's Maestro II processor, it will
deliver among the best in image quality with sensitivities ranging from
ISO 50-50000. The sensor also forgoes the use of a low-pass filter in
order to maximize possible detail, especially with the use of Leica's
outstanding lens lineups. And, to make the camera a true professional's
tool, Leica has incorporated internal DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) video
recording at 24 fps in a Super35 mode, along with the V-Log L gamma for
maximum dynamic range.
Beginning with stills, the sensor and processor combination delivers
high-resolution images at a rate of up to 11 fps. The 2GB internal
buffer also allows for bursts of up to 33 DNG files or unlimited JPEGs.
The Contrast AF system is claimed to be the fastest among full-frame
cameras with 49 fields to work with. This ensures that photographers
will not miss the decisive moment.
Video is outstanding, with UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30 and 25 fps
available in addition to DCI 4K when using the camera's Super35 mode.
Alongside this impressive resolution is the ability to utilize the V-Log
L gamma, a super flat profile that maximizes the dynamic range of the
image and gives editors more information to work with in post
production. Video is easily recorded internally via the UHS-II and UHS-I
standard SD card slots at 4:2:0 8-bit sampling rate though it can be
output over HDMI with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling.
Also available is Full HD (1920 x 1080) and standard HD (1280 x 720) at
up to an impressive 120 fps for slow motion in the camera's full-frame
mode. Numerous other video recording features were implemented on the SL
(Typ 601) to make high-quality recording easier, this includes focus
peaking, exposure simulation, clipping/zebras, grid overlays, aspect
ratios, and safe area. Audio is also supported with a built-in stereo
microphone and users can add both a 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm
microphone input with the optional AA-SCL4 Audio Adapter. Manual and
auto audio control is available.
Made in Germany from two blocks of solid aluminum, the SL (Typ 601) fits
right in with Leica's other precision made imaging tools. This body is
designed for intuitive use, with numerous dials and buttons in addition
to the implementation of a rear 2.95" 1.04M-dot rear LED touchscreen for
hybrid operation as part of Leica's Professional user interface. The
body also offers a spacious 0.66" EyeRes 4.4MP EVF with a fast refresh
rate of 60 fps and a magnification of 0.8x for more natural handling and
The weather-resistant body has a variety of other features packed into
it with dual SD card slots, one with the UHS-II standard and a backup
with the UHS-I standard, as well as a 1.3" top monochrome LCD screen for
quickly viewing and changing exposure settings. Along with all of this,
the SL (Typ 601) has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for remote control and
image capture using the Leica SL App and a GPS unit for geo-tagging