The Leica SL2-S is a 24 Megapixel stills/video hybrid full-frame camera that uses the L-mount. It has built-in sensor-shift image stabilization and the camera can move the sensor in order to produce 96 Megapixel images. In this article you can find the details of the Leica SL2-S features, sales price and promotional videos.
The new Leica SL2-S is the company’s third full frame L-mount (bayonet) camera and is the most video-focused camera ever. Using a 24MP sensor, the SL2-S offers the option to capture 10-bit footage to an internal SD card or externally to a recorder, as well as high-speed sampled (i.e. very detailed) 4K / 30p shooting with no limitation in recording time.
The SL2-S has a brand-new 24-megapixel full-frame backside-illuminated CMOS image sensor, rather than the 47-megapixel sensor found in the SL2 B&H Photo Video/Adorama/Amazon. With its lower resolution, the Maestro III-powered SL2-S can capture DNG or JPEG images at up to 25 frames per second. The data collected by the sensor is quickly processed by the camera’s Maestro-III processor, along with a 4GB buffer memory. This enables endless continuous shooting at up to 9 frames per second for the first time; here the burst length in JPEG format is limited only by the capacity of memory cards in the camera’s dual UHS-II card slots.
Additional video features are promised to arrive via a firmware update in the first half of 2021. These include an improved autofocus algorithm, focus tracking, internal 4K/60p recording (10-bit using HEVF compression), Long-GOP recording, segmented video, automatic follow focus, waveform monitoring, tally mode, color bars and an improved live view mode for low-light recording.
The Leica SLS-2 utilizes sensor-shift stabilization and this IBIS tech includes multi-shot capturing and can combine eight shots into a single 96-megapixel image. This mode requires the use of a tripod. The camera is CIPA-rated for 5.5 stops of image stabilization.
Leica SL2-S specifications
- 24MP full-frame BSI-CMOS sensor
- In-body image stabilization (up to 5.5 stops)
- Contrast-detect autofocus with depth prediction
- Up to 25 fps burst shooting (e-Shutter)
- 5.76M-dot electronic viewfinder (0.78x magnification)
- 3.2″ touchscreen display w/2.1M dots
- Oversampled 4K/30p video (up to 10-bit 4:2:2)
- Unlimited video recording
- Multi-shot 96MP mode
- Dual UHS-II SD cards
- 802.11ac + Bluetooth connectivity
Leica SL2-S price
The Leica SL2-S’s L-Mount is fully compatible with Leica SL system lenses, adapted APS-C TL lenses and lenses from Leica’s M, R and S systems. Further, as part of the L-Mount Alliance, SL2-S owners can use the more than 40 autofocus lenses available from alliance partners, including Panasonic and Sigma. Further, for video-heavy applications, Leitz Cine lenses can be adapted to the SL2-S.