The Leica TL2 is a high-quality mirrorless camera in Leica’s L-mount system, and an update to the original Leica TL. Key features include:
24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and Maestro II processor
Improved on-sensor contrast-detection autofocus
3.7-inch 1.3m-dot TFT LCD touchscreen
Improved aluminum alloy unibody design
What’s New? The Leica TL2 offers several marked improvements over its predecessor, the TL. It features a newly developed 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, a faster processor, faster autofocus, up to 20 fps shooting, UHD 4K/30p capture, a Type-C USB 3.0 connector, HDMIoutput, a more comfortable build, and an improved, icon-based menu system. It’s not all great news, though: the TL2 gives you slightly less battery life than its predecessor, and it loses that camera’s pop-up flash.
24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor. This improved sensor produces high-quality images in a wide range of lighting conditions thanks to its ISOrange of 100-50,000. The upgraded on-sensor 49-point contrast-detection autofocus system ensures fast, accurate performance, but doesn’t have any sort of phase detection. You get a DNG-only shooting mode, and you can capture UHD 4K video at 30 fps and Full HD video at 60 fps.
Leica TL Mount. Leica’s T-series L-mount lenses (separate rental items) are high-quality lenses you’d expect to bear the Leica name, and they feature autofocus capability this time around. The Leica TL2 does not natively accept Leica M-mount lenses, but you can use a Leica M-Adapter-L for Leica TL/SL to adapt them.
High-Quality Build, Minimalist Design. While image quality is obviously an important feature in a camera, the Leica TL2’s handmade build makes it unique. It has only four physical controls (two dials, a shutter button, and a record button), and all of its other functions are controlled via the large 3.7-inch 1.3m-dot LCDtouchscreen. The TL2’s standard ISO hot shoe lets you attach an external flash, which is useful because it doesn’t have a built-in flash. Finally, its milled aluminum body has been redesigned to be easier on your fingers—a welcome improvement on long shoots.
Other Notable Features. The Leica TL2 features cross-platform compatibility with SL lenses. It has built-in IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity for image transfer and camera control from smartphone or computer. The camera takes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that’s rated for about 250 shots per charge. For image storage, the camera has 32 GB of internal memory and accepts SDHC/XC memory cards up to UHS-II speed class for additional storage.
Still Images: 3:2; Movies: 16:9
BP-DC13 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 985 mAh
HDMI D (Micro), USBType-C
Up to 20 fps at 24 MP for up to 29 frames; Up to 7 fps at 24 MP for up to 29 frames
5.3″ × 2.7″ × 1.3″
Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority; Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
|External Flash Connection||
Still Images: DNG, JPEG; Movies: MP4
Autofocus and manual focus
24 MP: 6016 × 4014
|Maximum Sync Speed||
Mechanical Shutter: 1/180 Second
32GB (Internal) and SDHC/XC
Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot Metering
Actual: 24.96 Megapixel; Effective: 24.24 Megapixel
12 Seconds, 2 Seconds
CMOS, 23.6 × 15.7mm
Type: Electronic Speed: 30 – 1/40000 Second; Type: Mechanical Speed: 30 – 1/4000 Second
|Video Clip Length||
Up to 29 minutes
3840 × 2160p at 30 fps; 1920 × 1080p at 60 fps; 1280 × 720p at 60 or 120 fps