Leica SL2-S

Leica SL2-S

Leica SL2-S

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The Leica SL2-S Body is the perfect solution for anyone seeking outstanding imaging performance in both photography and video production from Leica. With its new 24 megapixel CMOS-BSI sensor and two separate recording modes for photos and videos, the Leica SL2-S offers the best of both mediums in one all-metal, state-of-the-art body built for long-term durability.

The Leica SL2-S expands the multi-faceted SL-System with a versatile full-frame camera that serves as the ideal option for creatives who seek the Leica Look in both still and motion pictures. With its high-speed shooting at continuous burst rates up to 25 frames per second at full resolution and its pro-level cinema capabilities encompassing 10-bit 4K and Cine4K video with no recording length limits, the SL2-S is the ideal choice to capture brilliant photographs and cinematic videos through an intuitive camera that is built to last.

With the exception of the image sensor, the Leica SL2-S has the same core attributes as the SL2 (such as the unique operating concept and high-resolution Leica EyeRes® viewfinder), and shares the SL2’s entire accessory range. Of course, the all-metal camera also features a dust and water protection rating of IP54, and is produced in Germany to the highest quality standards.

High-quality 24.6MP Full-Frame BSI CMOS Sensor

The core element of the Leica SL2-S is the newly developed BSI-CMOS image sensor with a resolution of 24 megapixels. The data collected by the sensor is processed by the camera’s Maestro-III processor in conjunction with the generous, 4-gigabyte buffer memory. This, for the first time, enables virtually open-ended burst recordings at up to 9 frames per second, whereby the burst length in JPEG format is only limited by the storage capacity of the installed memory cards.

  • 24.6MP Full-Frame BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Maestro III image processor
  • ISO 50-100,000 sensitivity range
  • BSI sensor design promotes clean and smooth colour and tonal rendering, along with reduced noise when working at higher ISO settings
  • No low-pass filter in order to maintain the highest degree of sharpness and resolution
  • Quick continuous shooting, up to 25 fps with an electronic shutter or 9 fps with a mechanical shutter

Image stabilisation

The Leica SL2-S features a suspended image sensor, which provides a highly efficient, multi-axis image stabilisation in connection with any Leica lens. This sensor-shift technology also facilitates multishot capturing, whereby eight shots are calculated into one image with a fourfold resolution of 96 megapixels. The high sensitivity of up to ISO 100,000 – combined with the fast autofocus and in-body image stabilisation – enables photographers to capture excellent images in almost all types of light.

Optimal integration with Capture One 21

The Leica SL2-S is the first SL model to enable direct tethered shooting with Capture One 21. This gives users the option of full remote control of the camera via the computer. In addition, the SL2-S can also be tethered to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic. A time-limited Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan is included when purchasing the camera.

Perfect for creative videographers

The Leica SL2-S provides not just photographers, but also videographers and cinematographers with outstanding possibilities – which are continuously optimised via the firmware updates released for SL-System cameras on an ongoing basis. The Leica SL2-S captures 10-bit 4:2:2 videos with Leica’s L-LOG gamma, at frame rates of up to 60 fps. Thanks to the integrated viewing LUTs, the user is able to have full control throughout the recording. Another pro-level trait is the camera’s unlimited recording time for videos, which means that the video length is only limited by the respective (internal or external) memory.

  • 10-bit 4:2:2 videos at frame rates of up to 60 fps
  • Integrated viewing LUTs
  • Unlimited recording time
  • Dedicated Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) mode for in-camera HDR output
  • L-Log gamma profile for expanded highlight and shadow detail and greater flexibility when colour grading during post-production
  • Support for external microphone and headphones available via dedicated 3.5mm jacks

In future*, the camera will also support the highly efficient HEVC video compression standard for 10-bit recordings up to 4K/60p. Videos can also be split into one-minute segments, in order to minimise the risk of data loss. Other enhancing features, such as the integrated waveform monitor and the automatic Follow Focus, will be added with the next firmware update further enhancing the camera’s suitability for professional applications.

*as per Leica Press Release December 2020.

Object Detection Autofocus System

For accelerated autofocus performance, the Leica Object Detection AF system quickly calculates the distance to subjects and adjusts the focusing position with sensor and lens communication occurring at rates up to 480 fps. This contrast-detection type focus method benefits both still and video recording modes, as well as subject tracking applications through the use of a Body Detection mode. It also features 225 selectable AF areas, which provide excellent control over where the camera will focus.


Lens Mount Leica L
Camera Format Full-Frame (1x Crop Factor)
Sensor Resolution Effective: 24.6 Megapixel (6072 x 4056)
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type CMOS
Image File Format DNG, JPEG
Bit Depth 14-Bit
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
  • New 24MP CMOS-BSI full-frame sensor
  • 25 fps electronical shutter (DNG), 9 fps mechanical shutter
  • 4GB internal buffer memory
  • Up to ISO 100,000
  • Multishot Mode with up to 96MP
  • Video recording with 4K at 30p 10bit 4:2:2 / C4k at 30p10bit 4:2:2 (internal) & up to 4K at 60p 10bit 4:2:2 / C4k at 60p
  • 10bit 4:2:2 (via HDMI)
  • Unique Leica L-Log & 2 integrated viewing LUTs (for EVF/LCD monitor or for HDMI viewing monitor)
  • Endless filming with no 29-minute limit
  • Full support in Capture One 21 including tethered shooting
  • Made in Germany: Milled aluminium top cover and bottom plate
  • 5.76 MP EyeRes viewfinder with unique and easy operating diopter adjustment
  • IP54 protection and guaranteed -10°Celsius minimum operating temperature
  • Multi-axis In-Body Image-Stabilization
  • Dual UHS-II SD card slots
  • Helpful top display on the shoulder of the camera
  • Full-size HDMI connector for external recorders
  • Intuitive and user-friendly UI concentrating on the essentials with separated into photo and video functions
  • Easy, secure and fast battery release mechanism
  • External light sensor for Leica M-Lens support & sensor stack fully compatible with Leica M-Lenses
  • L-Mount: seamless support of all lenses from the L-Mount Alliance
  • The only autofocus full-frame mirrorless camera with futureproof Adobe-DNG format
  • Leica FOTOS App connectivity with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi