Leica SL (Typ 601) Review

February 1, 2016 | Mark Goldstein |
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Specifications

Lenses
Lens Mount Leica L-Mount
Applicable lenses Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH.
Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280 mm f/2.8–4
Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH.
Lenses from the Leica T Camera System, Leica M-Lenses with Leica M-Adapter T, Leica S-Lenses with Leica S-Adapter L, Leica R-Lenses with Leica R-Adapter L and Leica Cine lenses with Leica PL-Adapter L.
Sensor
Type 24-MP-CMOS-Sensor (24 × 36 mm)
Resolution Full Frame (24 MP): 6000 × 4000 Pixel, APS-C (10 MP): 3936 × 2624 Pixel
Filter IR-Filter, no Lowpass Filter
ISO ISO 50–ISO 50000
Sensor Cleaning Provided
Processor
Type Leica Maestro II series
Internal RAM 2 GB: 33 DNGs or 30 JPEGs and DNGs
Image
Image Data Format JPEG, DNG
Colordepth 14 bit (DNG), 8 bit (JPEG)
JPEG Color Space Adobe RGB, ECI RGB, sRGB
Motion
File Format MP4, MOV
Resolution 4K (4096 × 2160) @ 24 fps; 4K (3840 × 2160) @ 25 and 30 fps; 1080 @ 24, 25, 30, 50, 60, 100 and 120 fps; 720 @ 24, 25, 30, 50, 60, 100 and 120 fps
Bitrate 8 bit (recording); 10 bit (HDMI not recording)
Color sampling 4:2:2/10 bit (HDMI only); 4:2:0/8 bit (recording on SD card)
Video L-Log selectable
Audio Manual/Auto; Stereo microphone, 48 kHz, 16 bit; Wind elimination
Audio external via Audio-Adapter Audio-In (3.5 mm phone jack), Audio-Out (3.5 mm phone jack)
Movie Length Max. duration: 29 min, Max. size: 4 GB
EVF
Resolution SXAG, 4.4 MP
Size 0.66"
Eye Point 20 mm
Field of View 37°
Magnification × 0.80 (with 50 mm lens at infinity, −1 dpt)
Frame coverage 100 %
Diopter correction − 4 to +2
Eye Sensor Yes
Live View Operating Modes: Video- and Photo-Live-View separated; Frame rate: up to 60 fps; Exposure simulation available, Optional information: Focus Peaking, Histogram, Clipping/Zebra, Level, Grid Overlay (3 × 3, 6 × 4), Aspect Ratio (1.33:1; 1.66:1; 1.78:1; 1.85:1; 2.35:1; 2.4:1), Safe Area (80 %; 90 %; 92.5 %; 95 %)
Storage SD 1 slot (UHS II) with maximum writing speed 100 MB/s, SD 2 slot (UHS I) with maximum writing speed 30 MB/s

SD memory cards compatibility:

UHS-1:
All UHS-1 SD cards

UHS-2:
TOSHIBA EXCERIA PRO [16GB]
TOSHIBA EXCERIA PRO [32GB]
TOSHIBA EXCERIA PRO [64GB]
TOSHIBA EXCERIA PRO [128GB]
Focussing
Type Contrast AF
Focus Modes AF-S (focus priority), AF-C (shutter priority), MF, Touch-AF
AF Modes Static, Dynamic (tracking), Auto (face detection)
AF Size Point, Field, Zone (9 Fields)
AF Steps 37 or 49 Fields
AF Assist Lamp Built in
Exposure
Exposure Modes Program Mode (P), Shutter speed priority mode (T) , Aperture priority mode (A) and manual mode (M)
Exposure Metering Modes Center weighted, Multi zone, Spot
Exposure Compensation ±3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV-steps
Exposure Bracketing 3/5/7 images in 1/2/3 aperture steps; additional direct JPEG-HDR
White Balance Preset Auto, Daylight 5200 K, Cloudy 6000 K, Shade 7000 K, Tungsten 3200 K, HMI 5600 K, Fluorescent warm 4000 K, Fluorescent cool 4500 K, Flash 5400 K, Greycard, Manual color temperature 2000 K to 11500 K
Type Focal plain shutter
Drive Modes Single, Continuous slow S (4 fps), Continuous medium M (7 fps), Continuous fast F (11 fps), Self timer 2 s, Self timer 12 s, Interval, Exposure Bracketing, Time exposures up to 30 min
Shutter speed 1/8000 s to 60 s, time exposures up to 30 min, Max. frame rate 11 fps,
Warranty 2 years or 200,000 releases
Flash
Interface Standard X-jack, Hot shoe with Sync. and TTL-Mode contacts
X-Synchronization 1/250 s
Top Display 1.28" highly reflective monochrome LCD; 128 × 128 dots; View angle 120°; Anti-fingerprint coating
Housing
Material Milled Aluminium
Dust/Spray water sealing Provided
Interfaces USB 3.0 Micro Type B; HDMI Type A; Multi connector adapter for Audio-Out 3.5 mm/Audio-In 3.5 mm; Multi connector cable release; ISO accessory shoe with center and control contacts for flash units; Standard X-jack; Multifunctional interface in baseplate for optional handgrip
Tripod threat A 1/4 DIN 4503 (1/4") with anti-twist locking pin
Dimensions/Weight 147 × 104 × 39 mm (W × H × D)/approx. 771/847 g (without/with battery)
Working conditions Approx. 0°– 40 °C, max. 85 % humidity
Scope of delivery Camera body, Camera strap, Lens mount cap, Battery, Battery Charger with international adapter, USB 3.0-cable, Manual, Warranty Card, Leica Lens cleaning tissue
Software Remote Control (USB): Leica Image Shuttle SL; Remote Control (Wi-Fi): Leica SL app (Android/iOS)