Leica SL Typ 601 mirrorless full frame camera announced

Today Leica announced a new mirrorless full frame camera called SL Typ 601. This announcement should not be a surprise to regular LeicaRumors readers because the basic information was already posted on the blog herehere and here months before SL rumors started to make their rounds online.

Leica-SL-Typ-601-mirrorless-full-frame-camera-APO Elmarit SL 90-280 f:2.8-4
Leica SL Typ 601 highlights:

  • Leica L-Mount
  • Leica SL system allows access to almost every Leica lens ever made
  • Water sealed milled aluminium body
  • 24MP CMOS sensor
  • Maestro II processor
  • 11 fps
  • ISO range 50 - 50,000
  • Contrast AF system
  • SXAG, 4.4 MP EVF
  • 4k (4096 x 2160) @ 24 fps video
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS
  • Touchscreen
  • Two SD memory cards slots
  • Shutter speed: 1/8000 s to 60 s
  • New SL app for iOS and Android
  • Sample photos
  • Prices: Leica SL camera body - $7,450; Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH lens - $4,950
  • Pre-orders:
  • New Leica SL lenses: 24–90 mm f/2.8–4, 90–280mm f/2.8–4, 50mm f/1.4
  • More SL lenses to be released in the future, including a 35mm f/1.4 Summilux and 50mm f/1 Noctilux:

Leica-SL-Typ-601-mirrorless-full-frame-camera-35mm f:1.4 Summilux SL lens
Leica-SL-Typ-601-mirrorless-full-frame-camera-Noctilux 50mm f:1
Leica SL Typ 601 promo videos:


Press release:


The LEICA SL mirrorless system camera sets new standards in terms of speed, picture quality and versatility

Wetzlar, 20 October 2015. The Leica SL system marks the beginning of a new era of professional photography made in Germany. The Leica SL mirrorless system camera is impressive on account of its innovations in exceptional Leica quality. Its 24 MP full-frame CMOS sensor and perfectly matched components – from superior-quality lenses to its electronic viewfinder – guarantee exceptional imaging performance.

EyeRes viewfinder and touchscreen display for total control of every picture

Developed especially for the Leica SL, this electronic viewfinder is the first of its kind to feature Leica EyeRes technology. With a latency time below the threshold of perception, an impressive resolution of 4.4 million pixels and a magnification reminiscent of a medium format camera, this electronic viewfinder offers an entirely new visual experience and numerous advantages: the final image is visible in the viewfinder before the shutter release is pressed, which enables optimum control over the final picture in any situation. The EyeRes viewfinder is activated simply by looking through it. In addition, the Leica SL also features a 2.95" back panel display with a viewing angle of up to 170° that enables reliable viewing of pictures and efficient touchscreen menu navigation.

Maestro II processor for maximum performance

The high-performance Maestro II series processor guarantees that photographers never miss even the fastest-moving subjects and that the camera responds instantaneously to all commands. Together with 2 GB of buffer memory, the processor makes it possible to capture consecutive exposures at rates of up to 11 frames per second at full 24 MP resolution and 4K video with a frame rate of 30 frames per second. Pictures can be saved simultaneously to an SD memory card as both a JPEG and DNG in line with the fast UHS II standard. Thanks to its Maestro II series processor, the Leica SL achieves the best performance currently possible in the professional camera class and underlines the innovative character of the camera.

24 MP CMOS sensor for exceptional picture quality in 35 mm full-frame format

The 24 MP CMOS full-frame sensor guarantees impressive dynamic range, excellent contrast rendition, exceptional sharpness, the highest resolution, and noise-free images in almost all lighting conditions. The shutter provides speeds from 30 minutes to 1/8000 sec. The sensor reveals its full potential in combination with Leica SL lenses, especially in available-light situations, and captivates users with atmospheric exposures in superior quality at ISO settings up to a maximum of 50,000. What’s more, it is optimised for use with Leica M-Lenses and, in addition to supporting all their functions, delivers the excellent picture quality with which Leica has been synonymous for more than 100 years.

The new movie star: professional video in cinematic resolution

The Leica SL is much more than a professional still-picture camera with video recording capability: it fulfils even the most stringent demands of moviemakers as a fully fledged video camera. Thanks to its 24 MP CMOS sensor and high-performance Maestro II series processor, the Leica SL enables the production of professional videos in 4K resolution. Videos can be recorded in UHD at 30 frames per second or even in Cine4K at 24 frames per second. In full HD, the Leica SL records video at up to 120 frames per second and makes use of the entire sensor area. Here, the logical and intuitive handling concept of the camera makes a clear distinction between still- and motion-picture recording. As soon as the camera is in video mode, the display shows only relevant information for video recording, such as safe area, aspect ratio, zebra function or the recording level of the microphone. An optional audio adapter allows you to connect an external microphone and the audio recording level can be set without accessing the menu. Videos can be output in 4:2:2 10-bit format in 4K resolution over HDMI 1.4.

Aluminium body for robust performance in everyday photography

From the beginning, resilience and robustness were at the focus of the Leica SL’s development. Body components machined from solid aluminium and precisely engineered seals around controls and in the lenses provide optimum protection against dust, moisture and splashes for the sensitive technology inside. At the same time, integrated ultrasonic sensor cleaning removes dust and dirt from the sensor. The glass covering the back panel display is extremely scratch-resistant and features an anti-reflex coating. All these properties make the camera an ideal tool for use in the rough, everyday conditions faced by professional photographers. In the interplay between its equally classic and functional design and its distinctive lines, the Leica SL is another example of Leica’s fine art of engineering.

A new generation of lenses for excellent picture quality

The combination of outstanding imaging performance and the fastest autofocus currently possible makes working with the Leica SL an entirely new experience and enables photographers to produce images in a quality never before seen in 35 mm format. True to Leica’s principles, the new lenses specific to the Leica SL are distinguished by superior optical and mechanical precision. With its wide range of focal lengths and high speed, the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH. is the ideal standard zoom lens in the Leica SL-System portfolio. The zoom range of the fast Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280 mm f/2.8–4 follows on directly from this and the current lens portfolio is rounded off by the Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH., the new reference lens for this focal length.

What’s more, the exceptional compatibility of the Leica SL-System grants photographers access to almost all Leica lenses ever made. For instance, all lenses for the Leica T camera can be used without an adapter. In addition, appropriate adapters allow Leica S, M, and R system lenses and lenses from other manufacturers to be mounted on the Leica SL.


The Leica SL (Type 601) body will be on sale from 16 November 2015. The Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH. zoom lens will be available at the same time. Further Leica SL lenses will follow.

Detailed technical specifications for the Leica SL (Typ 601)

Lenses (lens mount: Leica L-Mount)

  • Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH.
  • Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280 mm f/2.8–4
  • Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH.
  • Lenses from the Leica T Camera System, Leica M-Lenses with Leica M-Adapter T, Leica S-Lenses with
  • Leica S-Adapter L, Leica R-Lenses with Leica R-Adapter L and Leica Cine lenses with Leica PL-Adapter L.


  • Type: 24-MP-CMOS-Sensor (24 x 36 mm)
  • Resolution: Full Frame (24 MP): 6000 x 4000 Pixel, APS-C (10 MP): 3936 x 2624 Pixel
  • Filter: IR-Filter, no Lowpass Filter
  • ISO: ISO 50–ISO 50,000
  • Sensor Cleaning: Provided


  • Type: Leica Maestro II series
  • Internal RAM: 2 GB: 33 DNGs or 30 JPEGs and DNGs


  • Image Data Format: JPEG, DNG
  • Color depth: 14 bit (DNG), 8 bit (JPEG)
  • JPEG: Color Space Adobe RGB, ECI RGB, sRGB


  • File Format: MP4, MOV
  • Resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160) @ 24 fps; 4K (3840 x 2160) @ 25 and 30 fps; 1080 @ 24, 25, 30, 50, 60, 100 and 120 fps; 720 @ 24, 25, 30, 50, 60, 100 and 120 fps
  • Bitrate: 8 bit (recording); 10 bit (HDMI not recording)
  • Color sampling: 4:2:2/10 bit (HDMI only); 4:2:0/8 bit (recording on SD card)
  • Video: V-Log L gamma selectable
  • Audio: Manual/Auto; Stereo microphone, 48 kHz, 16 bit; Wind elimination
  • Audio external via Audio-Adapter: Audio-In (3.5 mm phone jack), Audio-Out (3.5 mm phone jack)
  • Movie Length: Max. duration: 29 min, Max. size: 4 GB


  • Resolution: SXAG, 4.4 MP
  • Size: 0.66"
  • Eye Point: 20 mm
  • Field of View: 37°
  • Magnification: x 0.80 (With 50 mm lens at infinity, −1 dpt)
  • Frame coverage: 100 %
  • Diopter correction: − 4 to +2
  • Eye Sensor: Yes

Live View

  • Operating Modes: Video- and Photo-Live-View separated; Frame rate: up to 60 fps; Exposure simulation available,
  • Optional information: Focus Peaking, Histogram, Clipping/Zebra, Level, Grid Overlay (3 x 3, 6 x 4), Aspect Ratio (1.33:1; 1.66:1; 1.78:1; 1.85:1; 2.35:1; 2.4:1), Safe Area (80 %; 90 %; 92.5 %; 95 %)


  • SD 1 slot (UHS II) with maximum writing speed 100 MB/s, SD 2 slot (UHS I) with maximum writing speed 30 MB/s


  • Type: Contrast AF
  • Focus Modes: AF-S (focus priority), AF-C (shutter priority), MF, Touch-AF
  • AF Modes: Static, Dynamic (tracking), Auto (face detection)
  • AF Size: Point, Field, Zone (9 Fields)
  • AF Steps: 37 or 49 Fields
  • AF Assist Lamp: Built in


  • Exposure Modes: Program Mode (P), Shutter speed priority mode (T),
  • Aperture priority mode (A) and manual mode (M)
  • Exposure Metering Modes: Center weighted, Multi zone, Spot
  • Exposure Compensation: ±3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV-steps
  • Exposure Bracketing: 3/5/7 images in 1/2/3 aperture steps; additional direct JPEG-HDR

White Balance

  • Preset Auto, Daylight 5200 K, Cloudy 6000 K, Shade 7000 K, Tungsten 3200 K, HMI 5600 K, Fluorescent warm 4000 K, Fluorescent cool 4500 K, Flash 5400 K, Greycard, Manual color temperature 2000 K to 11500 K


  • Type: Focal plain shutter
  • Drive Modes: Single, Continuous slow S (4 fps), Continuous medium M (7 fps), Continuous fast F (11 fps), Self timer 2 s, Self timer 12 s, Interval, Exposure Bracketing, Time exposures up to 30 min
  • Shutter speed: 1/8000 s to 60 s, time exposures up to 30 min, Max. frame rate 11 fps,
  • Warranty: 2 years or 200,000 releases


  • Interface: Standard X-jack, Hot shoe with Sync. and TTL-Mode contacts
  • X-Synchronization: 1/250 s


  • Built in, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (2.5 GHz)


  • Built in, Automatic time and date, Sensitivity < 1°

Power supply:

  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, Nominal voltage 8.4 V, Capacity at least 1860 mAh; Lifetime per charge (CIPA): approx. 400 shoots; Charging time: approx. 180 min; Charger: 100–240 V 50/60 Hz 0.25 A with adapters

Touch Screen

  • 2.95" Touch Back light LED with Anti-fingerprint and Anti-scratch coating; 1.04 Mio. pixels; Format 3:2; View angle: 170°; Colors: 16 Million; Frame coverage: 100 %

Top Display

  • 1.28" highly reflective monochrome LCD; 128 x 128 dots; View angle 120°; Anti-fingerprint coating


  • Material: Milled Aluminium
  • Dust/Spray water sealing: Provided
  • Interfaces: USB 3.0 Micro Type B; HDMI Type A; Multi connector adapter for Audio-Out 3.5 mm/Audio-In 3.5 mm; Multi
  • Connector cable release; ISO accessory shoe with center and control contacts for flash units; Standard X-jack;
  • Multifunctional interface in baseplate for optional handgrip
  • Tripod threat: A 1/4 DIN 4503 (1/4") with anti-twist locking pin
  • Dimensions: 147 x 104 x 39 mm (W x H x D)/
  • Weight: approx. 771/847 g (with/without battery)
  • Working conditions: Approx. 0°– 40°C, max. 85 % humidity

Scope of delivery

  • Camera body, Camera strap, Lens mount cap, Battery, Battery Charger with international adapter, USB 3.0-cable, Manual, Warranty Card, Leica Lens cleaning tissue


  • Remote Control (USB): Leica Image Shuttle SL; Remote Control (Wi-Fi): Leica SL app (Android/iOS)

Additional pictures:

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Leica SL Typ 601 mirrorless full frame cameraLeica SL Typ 601 mirrorless full frame camera LCD screen
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Leica-SL-Typ-601-camera-battery-grip Leica-SL-Typ-601-camera

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  • Just ugly.

    Nice specs though.

    • DDA

      Not really overexited on this. Guess I’ll go for Leica Lumix competitor the Sony A7R. Dump all Leica glass under 35 mm, and get a somewhat less big, somewhat less in IQ, but as well somewhat less in money set that still fits in the Ona bag …

  • Alisk

    wow, what an ugly piece of expensive aluminium


    It has the Leica S1 look with the flat matte front. Love the specs, don’t like the grip and fake pentaprism, love the S inspired top LCD

  • So basically, it’s a cheap S sans the large sensor.

  • So this camera has V-log after all, same as the GH4! This can be great, it doens’t say but I wished it had a Super35 mode for 4K as well, 24MP FF is made for that.

    • According to several early reviews it is Super 35 in 4k mode.


      • Yeah, I’ve read those after, but not having 4K in FF is kind of a waste, was the resulta that bad to not include it? Then they could had used lineskipping like Sony did as well because for a lot of people having a FF look is a selling point. Although I don’t really think a lot of people will buy this camera because of the video, even though it should be pretty good.

  • waterengineer

    Can we please see this camera in a photo side by side with the: a) the Sony and b) the “S”. TYIA.

  • sickheadache

    Sick Headache Already, I need to Lie Down. In the meantime…did you all know..your out of 10 grand right off the bat. Camera and their not so great lenses. Why does it look like a bigger version of a lesser known Sony Product A7rll? lol

  • Pierre Van der Vaeren

    Price is completely delirious… I was quite understandable that the film M series had the price it had, but an electronic camera? With “only” contrast detection autofocus? The M held their values over times, even decades. This piece of electronics will be outdated in a few years… The lenses, however, although horribly expensive, are interesting as far as spec. Hello Zeiss? See what ca be achieved? How about the same type for the Sony A7 series? A zoom 24-105 2.8-4, fast focusing and weather sealed would be a traveler’s dream, wouldn’t it?

  • doge

    Meh. I’ll wait for the Lenny Kravitz edition.

  • etr_brony

    price is high, even for Leica (and I’m a Leica fanboy).
    i have no doubt this camera will be super nice, but the offerings from sony and fuji really impressive, capable and way cheaper

    • I agree, I think the price is the main issue with this camera, even for Leica standards.

      • The main issue is the clunky form factor and utterly rubbish lens selection. The 24-90 is a decent range but the bokeh is way too ordinary for even a collector’s price.

  • DouglasGottlieb

    I really thought you were going to keep the M as the handcrafted luxury jewel that it is but step back into the business of serving all photographers with this system. You broke my heart, Dr. Kauffman. 🙁

    • anti-stpd

      Heritage? Lol
      Or just learn to take photos

  • François Nuq

    I love the specs. At last a FAST EVF! Expensive but it’s ok considering their other products

  • Cynog

    What a disappointment! I was hoping for something like the Q (size- and price-wise) with interchangeable M lenses…. Ah well!

  • I was curious about this announcement after the Q but I think we were all looking for more of a modern M design. The size seems right and the viewfinder looks amazing but price, lens size and battery life are a real put off and both card slots should have been full speed SDXC UHS-II.

  • Michael Fang

    if that’s the size of 50/1.4 imagine how big the 50/1 would be @.@

  • Pat Mann

    Can’t wait to see what Canon and Nikon slot in the range between this and the Sonys. This looks like a beautiful instrument with some nice advances in technology for the user. Can’t wait to see more results and filling out of the lens lineup into the wide range, and a PC. Of course I can’t afford it, but what Leica does pushes others along sometimes. And how about that SL-M with a CCD? I would be happy to test that.

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