Leica SL Review

Overall Score

84

Main Features

  • 24 MP Full frame CMOS Sensor
  • 50 - 50000 ISO
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 4400k dot Electronic viewfinder
  • 11 fps continuous shooting
  • 4K 4096 x 2160 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • Built-In GPS
  • 147 x 104 x 39 mm, 847g.
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  • Replaced by: SL2

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Leica SL Overview


First introduced in October, 2015, Leica SL is a 24 MP Mirrorless with a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Leica replaced SL with Leica SL2. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Leica SL with Leica SL2


Proc and Cons of Leica SL


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Leica SL with competitors in pro mirrorless cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
4096 x 2160 (4K) Max Video Resolution
AF Face Detection
24MP High Resolution Sensor
1040k dots Screen Resolution
1/8000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
Microphone Port
Environmental Sealing
4400k dot Viewfinder Resolution
2 Storage Slots
Focus Bracketing
Touch Screen
External Flash
RAW Support
50000 Max Native ISO
11.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
UHS-II Memory Card Support
Headphone Port
Timelapse Recording
49 Focus Points
Flash Sync Port
Remote Control with a Smartphone
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Image Stabilization
Low Battery Life: 400 shots
No Articulating Screen
Weight: 847g
Type Scores

Leica SL has an Overall Score of 84/100 and ranked #22 out of 195 in Mirrorless cameras, and ranked #30 out of 1201 in all cameras.

Leica SL Scores
Imaging score
73
Features score
86
Value for money score
78
Portability score
75
Overall score
84
Average Scores in Pro Mirrorless
Imaging Score
69
Features Score
74
Value For Money Score
80
Portability Score
74
Overall score
76

Physical Dimensions of Leica SL


Leica SL weighs 847g and has external dimensions of 147 x 104 x 39mm (5.79 x 4.09 x 1.54"). Considering that the average weight of Pro Mirrorless cameras is 675g, Leica SL is 172 grams more than the average weight of cameras in this category.

Weight Comparison
Pro Mirrorless Cameras


Leica SL
847g
Average weight
675g
Min weight
465g
Max weight
1320g

Thickness Comparison
Pro Mirrorless Cameras


Leica SL
39mm
Average Thickness
64mm
Min Thickness
37mm
Max Thickness
97mm

Here is the front and top view image of Leica SL with the dimensions:

Leica SL

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight SL Dimensions SL
Leica M Typ 240 Leica M Typ 240 680 g 847 g 139 x 80 x 42 mm 147 x 104 x 39 mm
Leica Q Leica Q 640 g 847 g 130 x 80 x 93 mm 147 x 104 x 39 mm
Sony Alpha A7R II Sony A7R II 625 g 847 g 127 x 96 x 60 mm 147 x 104 x 39 mm
Hasselblad X1D Hasselblad X1D 725 g 847 g 150 x 98 x 71 mm 147 x 104 x 39 mm
Leica M10 Leica M10 660 g 847 g 139 x 39 x 80 mm 147 x 104 x 39 mm
Sony Alpha A7 II Sony A7 II 599 g 847 g 127 x 96 x 60 mm 147 x 104 x 39 mm
Nikon D5 Nikon D5 1415 g 847 g 160 x 158.5 x 92 mm 147 x 104 x 39 mm
Sony Alpha A9 Sony A9 673 g 847 g 127 x 96 x 63 mm 147 x 104 x 39 mm

Specifications of Leica SL


General
Brand Leica
Model SL
Announced October, 2015
Body Type SLR-style mirrorless
Lens
Lens Mount Leica L
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 1
Number of Lenses 29
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Fixed
Screen Resolution 1040k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution 4400
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 49
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/60 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec
Continuous Shooting 11.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range no built-in flash
Flash Modes no built-in flash
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ± EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions - mm
Sensor Area 0.0 mm²
Sensor Resolution 24 MP
Max Image Resolution 6000 x 4000
Max Native ISO 50000
Min Native ISO 50
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 4096 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS Built-In
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 400 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model BP-SCL4
Physical
Weight 847 g
Physical Dimensions 147 x 104 x 39 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported on slot 1)
Storage Slots 2
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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