Canon, Nikon and Sony have become very comfortable in the professional camera industry and occupied their respective thrones for a long time now. Now the question is: will Leica’s brand new SL (TYP 601) change it?
Leica SL is a professional camera that has its focus on delivering speed. The autofocus of this device is said to be the fastest among other full-frame system cameras as it gives 11 frames per second at full resolution in raw as well as in JPEG format. Leica SL is handmade in Germany using two solid aluminum blocks. And the best part is that the camera as well as its lenses are dust and spray-proof.
The top shutter speed of the Leica SL is 1/8000s and the highest ISO rating is 50,000 with the lowest ISO setting of ISO 50. The camera captures broadcast-quality videos and comes with an option of using an HMDI connector. You can also record 10-bit 4:2:2 footage with the help of an external recorder. The camera supports slow-motion recording as well. PL Adapters are also available which can be used with Leica Summilux-C Cine and Summicron-C lenses.
With 24-megapixel CMOS sensor, Leica SL will come with a 24-90 mm f/2.8-4 zoom lens. This mirrorless camera is heavier than the Canon 5D Mk3 DSLR. Once you attach the lenses, it becomes even heftier. EyeRes, the electronic viewfinder, comes with 4.4-megapixel resolution and a magnification of 0.8x and 60 frames per second refresh rate.
Without a doubt, this is one of the best professional cameras, especially in the mirrorless category. But when it comes to the price, you would like to stick to your respective brands. The body of Leica SL (Typ 601) will cost you US$7,450. The 24-90 lens comes for $4,050. This means you are spending a whooping amount of $11,500 just for a starter kit. If you are in Australia, Leica will cost you AU$17,900.