Leica TL Review

Overall Score


Main Features

  • 16 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • 100 - 12500 ISO
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • Electronic (optional) Viewfinder
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 134 x 69 x 33 mm, 384g.
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  • Replaced by: TL2

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Leica TL Overview

First introduced in November, 2016, Leica TL is a 16 MP Mirrorless with a APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Leica replaced TL with Leica TL2. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Leica TL with Leica TL2

Leica TL comes with a 23.6 x 15.7 mm CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 28.35 mm (1.11").

- Full Frame
- Leica TL

Sensor resolution of Leica TL ~ 4898 x 3265 pixels.

Leica TL has Crop Factor: 1.53

The sensor has a surface area of 370.5 mm².

There are approximate 15,991,970 photosites (pixels) on this area.

Leica TL Series History
Model Year $ Sensor ISO Weight Dimensions
Leica TL2 Leica TL2 2017 24MP 100 - 50000 399g 134 x 69 x 33mm
Leica TL Leica TL 2016 16MP 100 - 12500 384g 134 x 69 x 33mm

Proc and Cons of Leica TL

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

Built-in Wireless
External Flash
RAW Support
1230k dots Screen Resolution
1/4000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
±3 AE Bracketing Range
Focus Bracketing
Touch Screen
AF Face Detection
12500 Max Native ISO
5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
384g Light Body
Flash Sync Port
Remote Control with a Smartphone
No Bluetooth
No Image Stabilization
Low Battery Life: 400 shots
No Articulating Screen
No Environmental Sealing
Type Scores

Leica TL has an Overall Score of 66/100 and ranked #115 out of 214 in Mirrorless cameras, and ranked #228 out of 1222 in all cameras.

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Physical Dimensions of Leica TL

Leica TL weighs 384g and has external dimensions of 134 x 69 x 33mm (5.28 x 2.72 x 1.3"). Considering that the average weight of Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras is 444g, Leica TL is 60 grams less than the average weight of cameras in this category.

Weight Comparison
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Here is the front and top view image of Leica TL with the dimensions:

Leica TL

Size Compared to Major Competitors

Model Weight TL Dimensions TL
Leica TL2 Leica TL2 399 g 384 g 134 x 69 x 33 mm 134 x 69 x 33 mm
Leica SL Leica SL 847 g 384 g 147 x 104 x 39 mm 134 x 69 x 33 mm
Sony Alpha a6500 Sony A6500 453 g 384 g 120 x 67 x 53 mm 134 x 69 x 33 mm
Leica T Typ 701 Leica T Type 701 384 g 384 g 134 x 69 x 33 mm 134 x 69 x 33 mm
Leica M Typ 240 Leica M Typ 240 680 g 384 g 139 x 80 x 42 mm 134 x 69 x 33 mm
Fujifilm X-T2 Fujifilm X-T2 507 g 384 g 133 x 92 x 49 mm 134 x 69 x 33 mm
Sony Alpha a6000 Sony A6000 344 g 384 g 120 x 67 x 45 mm 134 x 69 x 33 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 Panasonic GX85 426 g 384 g 122 x 71 x 44 mm 134 x 69 x 33 mm

Specifications of Leica TL

Brand Leica
Model TL
Announced November, 2016
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens Mount Leica L
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 1.5
Number of Lenses 4
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Fixed
Screen Resolution 1230k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage n/a%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.0
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 0
Number of Cross Focus Points
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 4.50
Flash Modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, off, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±3 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 23.6 x 15.7 mm
Sensor Area 370.5 mm²
Sensor Resolution 16 MP
Max Image Resolution 4928 x 3264
Max Native ISO 12500
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Center Weighted
GPS Optional
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery Life 400 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model BP-DC13
Weight 384 g
Physical Dimensions 134 x 69 x 33 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage Type Internal + SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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