Leica TL2 mirrorless camera officially announced


The Leica TL2 mirrorless camera is now officially announced - no surprises from what I already reported previously.

Leica TL2 coverage:

"Like the previous T and TL models, the TL2 is a primarily touchscreen-driven camera that uses an almost smartphone-like icon-based interface in the place of any menu lists. However, beyond the move to a 24MP sensor for this latest version, Leica has made small but important changes to just about every aspect of the camera." (dpreview)

  • Key differences between the Leica TL and Leica TL2 cameras (via Photographyblog):
Leica TL Leica TL2
Sensor 16 Megapixels 24 Megapixels
Video 1080p @ 30fps 4K @ 30fps / 1080p @ 60fps / 720p @ 120fps
ISO Speed 100-12500 100-50000
AF Speed 460ms 165ms
Shutter Speed 30 seconds - 1/4000th sec 30 seconds - 1/4000th sec (mechanical shutter)

1/6400th - 1/40000th sec (electronic shutter)

Built-in Memory 16Gb 32Gb
Connectivity USB 2, HDMI 1 USB 3, HDMI 1.4
Touchscreen 8x Faster Gesture Control
Operation Improved Menu and Operating Elements
Flash Pop-up None
  • Leica TL2 main specs:
    • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
    • Leica Maestro II Image Processor
    • UHD 4K30 and Full HD 1080p60 Video
    • Up to 20 fps Shooting and ISO 50000
    • 3.7" 1.3m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
    • 49-Point Contrast-Detect AF System
    • Electronic Shutter Function: 1/40000 Sec
    • MyCamera Menu; Faster Touch Controls
    • 32GB Memory and UHS-II SD Card Slot
    • Integrated Wi-Fi and USB 3.0 Type-C Port
  • Detailed technical specs, full press release and additional pictures:

Lens Mount Leica L bayonet with contact strip for communication between lens and camera
Compatible lenses Lenses with Leica L-Mount, Leica M/R lenses using the Leica M-Adapter L/R-Adapter L
Sensor APS-C sized CMOS sensor (23.6 x 15.7 mm) with 24.96/24.24 million pixels (total/effective), aspect ratio 3:2
Photo Resolution DNG: 6016 x 4014 Pixels (24 Megapixels), JPEG: optional 6000 x 4000 Pixels (24 Megapixels), or 4272 x 2856 Pixels (12 Megapixels), or 3024 x 2016 Pixels (6 Megapixels)
Photo file formats/compression rates Optional: JPG, DNG, or DNG + JPG, DNG optionally uncompressed or compressed (lossless)
Video Recording Format MP4
Video resolution / frame rate 3840 x 2160p (4K) 30fps, 1920 x 1080p (FHD) 60 fps or 1280 x 720p (HD) fps or 1280 x 720p (HD) 120 fps (SLOMO)
Video recording time Depending on ambient or housing temperature video recordings are possible up to a maximum length of 29 minutes, maximum file size is 4 GB, if a recording exceeds this limit, the respective part is automatically stored in another file
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, multimedia cards, UHS II-standard is supported (32GB internal memory)
ISO range Automatic, ISO 100 to ISO 50000
White balance Automatic, presets for daylight, cloudy, halogen lighting, shadow, electronic flash, two memory slots for manually metered settings, manual color temperature setting
Autofocus system Contrast based
Autofocus metering methods Single point, multiple point, spot, face detection, touch AF
Exposure modes Automatic program, aperture priority, shutter speed priority, and manual setting, Fully automatic, sport, portrait, landscape, night portrait, snow/beach, fireworks, candlelight, sunset, digiscoping
Exposure metering Multi-zone, center-weighted, spot
Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3 EV increments
Automatic bracketing Three pictures in graduations up to ±3 EV, adjustable in 1/3 EV increments
Shutter speed range 30 s to 1⁄40000 s (up to 1⁄4000 s with mechanical, shorter with electronic shutter)
Burst shooting Approx. 7 fps (with mechanical shutter) and 20 fps (with electronic shutter), 29 pictures at full speed, then depending on memory card properties
Flash modes Adjustable with attached, system compatible flash (no built-in flash)
Flash exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3 EV increments
Flash synchronization 1/180 s
Recommended Flash Unit Leica SF 40 flash
Monitor 3.7” TFT LCD, 1.3 million pixels, 854 x 480 per color channel
Self timer Selectable delay time 2 or 12 s
Wi-Fi Complies with IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard (standard WLAN protocol), channel 1-11, encryption method: WiFi-compatible WPA™/WPA2™
Power supply Leica BP-DC13 lithium ion battery, rated voltage 7.2 V, capacity 985 mAh (min.) (based on CIPA standard): approx. 250 pictures, charging time (after total discharge): approx. 160 min
Connections Micro (type D) HDMI port, HDMI 1.4b standard is supported, USB type C port, USB 3.0 Super Speed standard is supported, battery charging via USB connection possible with max. 1 A, accessory shoe with Leica flash interface with integrated connection for optional accessories
Charger Leica BC-DC13, input: AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz, automatic reversing, Output: DC 8, 4V 0, 65A, Weight: approx. 90g, Dimensions: approx. 96 X 68 X 28 mm
Body Leica unibody aluminum design, attachment system for carrying straps and other accessories, ISO accessory shoe with center and control contacts for flash units or Leica Visoflex electronic viewfinders
Tripod thread A 1/4 DIN 4503 (1/4”)
Dimensions 134 x 69 x 33 mm
Weight Approx. 399 g/355 g (with/without battery)
Items supplied Camera body, carrying strap, 2 release keys for removing the dummy plugs or the carrying strap, battery (Leica BP-DC13), charger (Leica BC-DC13) with 6 adapter plugs, USB type C cord
Software Leica App (free download in Apple™ App Store™/Google™ Play Store™)
Warranty 2 years
Leica Camera Unveils the Evolution of the TL-System with the Leica TL2

Perfected features and persuasive performance meet nuanced design in this new generation

At first shot, photographers will notice the refinement of the TL2.  A new sensor, developed specifically for this camera, and high-performance image processor work in tandem to guarantee outstanding picture quality with higher dynamic range, excellent contrast, and color definition, along with exceptional sharpness and the finest resolution of details. Even the smallest components stand out, allowing users to shoot any subject and make the photos their own. The Leica TL2 impresses similarly with its video capabilities. The camera’s various video recording modes, up to 4K resolution, make the TL2 a formidable tool for video capture as well.

Connectivity with and without a cable

Photos and videos can be conveniently transferred by wireless connection to smartphones, tablets and desktop PCs thanks to the integrated Wi-Fi module of the Leica TL2, which also allows for mobile hotspot setup and easy sharing via email and social media. Data can also be transferred lightning-fast by a wired connection, with the camera’s integrated HDMI 1.4 and USB Type C 3.0 ports. The USB-C port also enables recharging of the Leica TL2 without a battery charger – for example from a laptop computer or an external power bank.

With the Leica TL App, available for both iOS and Android devices, smartphones or tablets are transformed into remote electronic viewfinders and offer remote control of various exposure-relevant parameters such as the shutter speed and aperture. The Leica TL App also makes it much easier to capture photos and video from unusual angles, with a self-timer and longer shutter speeds.

Modern, intuitive and versatile controls

Leica’s commitment to eliminating distractions and focusing on the essentials is showcased in the TL2 camera controls.  The MyCamera menu and user interface groups icons according to related functions and thus creates a seamless user experience.  Photographers will notice that this function makes handling easier and more intuitive than ever while on the go. The menu can be further personalized to meet individual preferences and particular needs, meaning that the photographer always has fast access to all frequently used features and pre-sets.

Furthermore, as a continuation of Leica’s commitment, the TL2 features significantly increased touchscreen fluidity and responsiveness, to make using the camera even faster and more enjoyable.  At the heart of this, a bright and clearly laid-out 3.7" LCD touchscreen display enables both composition and reliable and convenient assessment of subjects before and after exposure. The only other controls are four ergonomically positioned physical elements that are intuitive in their operation.

The comprehensive portfolio of lenses in the Leica TL-System offers an ideal range of focal lengths for all situations and types of photography. The system currently comprises of six lenses – three prime lenses and three zoom lenses – that meet the needs of every photographic situation. The two fast prime lenses, the Leica Summicron-TL 23 mm f/2 ASPH. and the Summilux-TL 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH., are classic focal lengths for reportage photography, and the APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60 mm f/2.8 ASPH. complements them ideally as a lens for finely detailed close-up photography and portraits. The three compact zoom lenses, the Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-TL 11–23 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH., Vario-Elmar-TL 18–56 mm f/3.5–5.6 ASPH. and APO-Vario-Elmar-TL 55–135 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. cover an entire range of focal lengths equivalent to 17 to 200 mm (equiv. in 35 mm format) and deliver exposures with rich contrast and sharpness from corner to corner of each frame.

Developed by optical design specialists in Wetzlar, Germany, all Leica TL-Lenses offer the exceptional imaging performance and iconic “Leica look” for which Leica lenses are famed. The combination of optical and precision engineering and use of the finest materials in their construction ensures their constant quality and reliability in use.

Sustainability guaranteed by cross-system compatibility

A major nuance and advantage of the TL2 – and a demonstration of Leica’s fundamental principles of cross-system compatibility and sustainability – is its compatibility across the Leica lens portfolio. The camera features an L-Bayonet mount, which allows it to fit seamlessly with all TL and SL lenses without an adapter.  Should users choose to use lenses within the M or R systems, Leica has also created new adapters that make this possible, as well.  This opens up the camera to an exciting range of lenses across Leica’s product portfolio – a veritable playground of lenses available to the user.

 

Like the new Leica TL2 Facebook page for a more detailed coverage.

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  • Les

    Wow, 20fps contrast-detection AF. Wonder where they sourced that sensor?

    • Lee Pillar

      TowerJazz maybe?

  • raziel28

    d preview already has a sample gallery…
    regards

    • So does Fstoppers. Plus raw DNGs you can download.

  • John-F

    The specs look promising (support for UHS-II), even though some parts are still not up to the latest (no phase detect AF). Would like to know more about the 4K video: does the TL2 record (internally) in 4:2:2 8-bit or 4:2:0 8-bit?

    And since there is a micro HDMI port, can the TL2 be connected to an external recorder (ex Atomos), and record in 4:2:2 10-bit? No mention of any of this in the Leica TL2 tech specs or user manual …

    All in all, sounds pretty good. Would very much like to try it out.

    • Ben Woodard

      To me it is a little bit disappointing that they added a HDMI port. I would almost call it a design flaw. They have a USB-C port which is perfectly capable of providing DisplayPort https://www.displayport.org/what-is-displayport-over-usb-c/ furthermore evidently it only charges at 1A or 5W. Imagine this scenario, you plug your Leica TL2 into 4K or 5K monitor and it not only charges as fast as the battery can accept charge due to USB-PD http://www.usb.org/developers/powerdelivery/ but also outputs the video signal to the monitor. It would be nice if you could just plug your nice new fancy USB-C 4K or 5K monitor into the camera or if you have an old HDMI display then you could use a USB-C to HDMI adapter.

      • Les

        maybe Leica isn’t as enamored of dongles as some other brands are?
        Almost all TVs and external recorders have HDMI connections, not USB-C. Things may be different in a few years, but Leica doesn’t have enough market strength to make the change happen faster.

        • Ben Woodard

          Won’t you still need to use a micro-HDMI to HDMI dongle? 😉

          • Les

            One would assume the camera comes with such a cable. If not, they sell for less than $10 on Amazon (and elsewhere).

  • eric

    Looks cool in black…but I agree with what other people have pointed out design wise, shutter not flush with the height of the body looks weird. Im sure it will take great photos though and 24mp’s is perfect for making most prints.

    • Thorsten Overgaard

      The shutter sits perfect for the finger to release. I haven’t had any time where I felt it looked odd (using he black TL2 for the last two months)

  • Eric

    Not perfect, but surely impressive. Think of the direction this camera is pointing to with its iPhone-like interactive display, updated UHS-II recording, USB3 connectivity, etc., and there is no doubt that Leica is not giving up on the “modern camera for a modern user” concept. The ability to use both M and R lenses with adapters, dramatically expands the concept of a modular camera for Leica. The World Tourism Organization reported 1.235 billion tourist arrivals in 2016, and I can guarantee you that most were not carrying heavy DSLRs without wifi along, but rather their iPhones (the most used camera in the world). The TL2, with its iPhone style interface and functionality is right up this market’s alley. It is a step in a future to come, and it’s coming fast.

    • What would you still want to change about the TL2, aside from an internal EVF?

      • Eric

        I hate to admit that I kind of like the Leica external EVF somewhat, primarily because of the ability to flip it up and look down while taking photos. But my main interest is always with the optics and sensors, and the TL2 doesn’t yet have too many “native” lenses, even when you can adapt the M and R lenses. Would like to see a better/faster selection of native lenses in the not-too-distant future.

      • I was a bit disappointed they didn’t upgrade the EVF (whether built-in or external) to match the Q or SL’s spec … although I suppose that would have been pricey.

        How much lighter is the TL2 than the SL? It’s interesting that you can use the same lenses for 4K video.

      • Actually the biggest thing would be to have a lens bundle. The Fuji XT2 is a touch cheaper than the TL2 but the usable system (TL2 + 18-55 lens) is far cheaper — and the lens is f/2.8-4 instead of 3.5-5.6. So a discounted lens with the camera would really help me out a lot vs Fuji. Or a f/2.8 zoom since I shoot mostly in low light.

        My Q is just fantastic as a video camera and I really like Leica controls, design and software. Does the TL2 have focus peaking similar to the Q?

    • Buy an iphone them.

  • RONIT

    REALLY IMPRESSIVE SPECS, was really worried about battery life but not to bad, I guess you have to carry a couple spares – a must!

  • RONIT

    Now I see a reason for a new adapter, the contacts are towards the top!

    https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/10/15938500/leica-tl2-mirrorless-camera-review

    • soundimageplus

      Exactly the same as the original T (Typ 601)

  • I’ve been holding my tongue for the two weeks I’ve been using one, but it’s really a JOY to use.

    I liked the original T (more after the 1.4 update) but it still felt very last-gen consumer tech on the inside. It was hard to want to actually take on serious trips.

    The new TL2, however, feels like a proper high-end luxury modern camera now. I’m really jealous and want to upgrade my T now. It’s so fast and just feels worth the price now.

    • soundimageplus

      Hi Sean – does it have focus peaking? I’m interested in how it performs with MF lenses.

      • Yes it does have focus peaking. Unfortunately I don’t have an M adapter so I wasn’t able to test it out, though.

        • soundimageplus

          Thanks for that. My pre-order goes in tomorrow after that news.

        • John-F

          Hello Sean – on the 4K video side, would you happen to know if the TL2 records in 4:2:2 8-bit or in 4:2:0 8-bit ? Is there any possibility (now or with a future firmware upgrade) to record in 4:2:2 10-bit to an externat device (ex: Atomos) ? Thank you.

          I am very impressed with the TL2. Well done Leica!

      • Thorsten Overgaard

        The focus peaking works really well: When you go manual focus or use a manual lens, the left of the two small wheels is dedicated to selecting 3x or 6x enlargment. Most lenses the enlargement steps in automatically and you gert back to full-frame by pressing shutter release slightly. Very intuitive to use (unlike the Leica SL).

        • soundimageplus

          Thanks for that. I always struggled with the magnification procedure on the original T. I love the focus peaking on the SL and I use M & R lenses on it all the time. However, the idea of carrying around a lighter, smaller camera with 4K and 24MP is very appealing. As I indicated below, as soon as I saw focus peaking was onboard I put my pre order in. I’ve been working with two T’s for a while but, like every other working photographer, I have to shoot video as well and since I walk a lot the lighter camera will be ideal. Do you know whether they have retained that software stabilisation on the T? That was very useful.

          • Thorsten Overgaard

            Yes, the stabilization is there as well. I personally struggle with focusing the video (in any mode I think). On the Q I learned that the best focusing mode is to turn AFs on so as not to have the default AFs that results in the focus keep moving.

            How do you do with focusing on the T..?

          • soundimageplus

            Wide apertures on the T are ‘tricky’ The Visoflex is OK, but it doesn’t work so well in low light, just when you need it. I did use my Q for video instead al lot of times, particularly indoors,as I found that worked very well and the SL, with that incredible viewfinder is better still. I ended up using the T’s for occasional video, particularly as the files ended up somewhat soft. However, I have been using my Voigtlander 10mm on it, since setting it on the hyperfocal distance at f/8 means everything is in focus. As I indicated I do walk some distance and therefore a lot of my video work is handheld, 4K plus the IS should help with that.

            I’m also wondering whether my Novoflex Canon > TL mount AF adapter will work on it. It didn’t work on the T’s but Novoflex apparently work with Leica as the SL has support for it in the firmware. Hopefully that will be possible.

            Overall, for the kind of work I do, outdoors in good light, I’m hoping that the TL2 could replace my SL for lots of my needs. The SL is great but it isn’t light and the TL2 would get a big thumbs up from my back if it does what I hope it does!!

        • DouglasGottlieb

          I would like an option to have face and eye detect in manual focus mode with peaking and/or magnification (and metering) on that spot

  • Aditya Gupta

    Samples are not impressive…….

    • Les

      They never are, for any camera. The samples on DPR look like a bunch of random snapshots.
      That’s not the camera’s fault.

    • eric

      best photos Ive found are usually on flickr, once people get to use the product. i wouldn’t judge a product from marketing samples alone.

    • ZMWT

      Look at Jono’s samples; he has talent and good eye. On the other hand, DPR’s example galleries, regardless of camera, are the worst ever, anywhere. Never judge any camera by the DPR’s examples — look elsewhere.

    • soundimageplus

      Compared to what?

      • Aditya Gupta

        i was comparing it to fujis

  • Bo Dez

    USB 3 on the TL but not on the M? This is the sort of thing I am absolutely fed up with Leica for, letting down their existing customers who rely on such things. But they can include it on the TL? The TL??????

  • DouglasGottlieb

    I still want an integrated EVF and a zillion phase detect autofocus points like the SONY A6500. But I’d still rather have Leica design, build and UI.

  • FountainHead

    Looks good, but the glass is too expensive.
    I can’t see anyone buying this as a primary system.
    Either go less expensive (Canikon, Fuji) or go full throttle (M).

    As a secondary system for the idle rich, maybe, but that’s a very limited market.

    • “Looks good, but the glass is too expensive. ”
      No, it really isn’t. That glass is expensive because it’s VERY good. I find it humorous that people will spend $300 on a pair of plastic sunglasses but whine about a $1600 lens.

    • Just out of curiosity, do you HAVE a Leica, or ANY camera outside of a ten year old Canon DSLR?

      • FountainHead

        Sorry I hit a nerve.

    • Floyd Summerhayes

      Cant work out why on photography forums idle = rich or rich = idle

  • “Looks good, but the glass is too expensive” say the trolls.

    No, it really isn’t overpriced. That glass is expensive because it’s VERY good. I find it humorous that people will spend $300 on a pair of plastic sunglasses but whine about a $1600 lens.

  • I had to laugh, I was shooting an event a month back and this chap was carrying his Leica DSLR at “HEAD” height, in his right hand through crowds, obviously to any “photo nerd” trying his best to show it off, no one cared a jot.

  • There are better for less than you pay for a red dot

  • CWH

    The reasons for using this camera are size, simplicity and delicious optics. The TL version one can be a punishing little filly because of the combined lag times of focus, process and write to card. The being said she calmed me down, made me lean less on autofocus and help create a LOT of great images over the last two years.

    And a large library of out of focus shots with the subject exiting the frame.

    Looks as though Leica has addressed a lot of issues in addition to processor speed. Looking forward to working with the new body.

  • No Dana the glass is expensive because is leica.Take look at fuji glass please.

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