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Leica SL (Typ 601) review

March 23, 2016

Overall Rating:

4

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

Manufacturer:

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Price as Reviewed:

£5,050.00 (Body only)

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Leica SL (Typ 601) review – Full specification

  • 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)
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