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Product Overview

Overall rating:

Leica SL (Typ 601)

Features:8/10
Build/Handling:7/10
Metering:8/10
Autofocus:8/10
AWB Colour:7/10
Dynamic Range:9/10
LCD viewfinder:9/10

Pros:

  • - Extraordinary electronic viewfinder
  • - Excellent image quality
  • - Internal 4K video recording

Cons:

  • - Large, heavy body
  • - Unintuitive controls with poor default set-up
  • - Limited native lens range

Product:

Leica SL (Typ 601) review

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Price as reviewed:

£5,050.00 (Body only)

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Leica SL (Typ 601) review – Full specification

Details

Sensor:24-million-pixel full-frame CMOS
Output size:6,000×4,000 pixels
Lens mount:Leica L
Focal-length mag:1x
Shutter speeds:60-1/8000sec + bulb
ISO:50-50,000
Exposure modes:PASM
Metering system:Multi-field, spot, average
Exposure comp:±3EV in 1/3 steps
Drive mode:11fps max, 7fps with AF
LCD:3in, 1.04-million-dot touchscreen
Viewfinder:4.4-million-dot, 0.8x magnification
AF points:49-point contrast-detection
Video:Cine 4K (4,096×2,160) at 24fps
External mic:Via optional adapter
Memory card:SD, SDHC, SDXC (2 slots)
Power:BP-SCL4 rechargeable Li-ion
Battery life:Approx 400 shots
Dimensions:147x104x39mm
Weight:847g (with battery and card)
  1. 1. Leica SL (Typ 601) review - Introduction
  2. 2. Leica SL (Typ 601) review - Features
  3. 3. Leica SL (Typ 601) review - Viewfinder and screen
  4. 4. Leica SL (Typ 601) review - Build and handling
  5. 5. Leica SL (Typ 601) review - Autofocus
  6. 6. Leica SL (Typ 601) review - Performance
  7. 7. Leica SL (Typ 601) review - Image quality
  8. 8. Leica SL (Typ 601) review - Our verdict
  9. 9. Leica SL (Typ 601) review - Full specification
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