Leica SL2 Review

December 12, 2019 | Gavin Stoker |


The adage that ‘you get what you pay for’ is an old one, but the Leica SL2 had even old cynics like ourselves pleasantly surprised during the week we were able to have a play with it.

It doesn’t matter how well built or featured a camera is if the images it produces are found wanting, but here the output actually exceeded our expectations. Which is a rare thing indeed. Images are simply stunning from the combination of a large full frame sensor and Leica manufactured optics.

All this being said, while the SL2 is very capable, it’s still a big old weighty beast of a ‘compact’, the metal build of which makes it feel like something of a doorstop – especially with the added heft of the premium Leica glass supplied with our review sample.

Yes £5,300 for the body before you even start adding lenses makes this something of a rich man’s – or at least a professional’s – plaything, but if you are lucky enough to have that sort of cash to invest in your hobby, then we suggest the Leica SL2 won’t find you disappointed. It’ll certainly keep you happy for another five years until, all being well, an SL3 is inevitably debuted.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 5
Value for money 3.5