The Leica SL2-S: Not Quite the Camera That Hybrid Shooters Dream Of?

Leica’s SL2-S was announced last week, bringing a 24-megapixel sensor and improved video capabilities to a truly rugged body. At just shy of five grand, is it the better option over its 47-megapixel sibling?

DPReview runs through the specs and gives their thoughts on Leica’s newest full frame DSLR and, as you’d expect, the differences are subtle. That smaller sensor saves you a decent amount of cash however: the new SL2-S is just $4,895 compared to $5,995 for the SL2.

Whichever you choose, Leica’s autofocus does seem to fall fairly short of the competition right now so it will be interesting to see what the firmware update brings when it arrives in the new year. Leica has long been stills-centric, offering a very distinctive photographic experience due to the feel and interface. While this new model brings some notable improvements, I’m not sure that too many hybrid shooters will be tempted to consider this as a serious tool for video, and I suspect that video shooters are typically slightly less concerned about how a camera feels in the hand when there are so many other options available. 

As Chris Nichols notes, if you need to pick up a Sharpie for your SL2, B&H Photo has a 12-pack for just $9.49.


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