Monday, 10 July 2017 15:36

Leica TL2 – new compact mirrorless camera (first look)


Leica has updated its TL compact body, mirrorless camera, with a new 24MP, CMOS sensor and a new Maestro II high-performance image processor. 

Lecia TL2 lensesThe Leica TL2 hallmark is the unusual design of its compact body precisely machined from a single block of aluminium to give a unique look, feel and solidity to its diminutive 134 x 69 x 33 mm x 399g body (plus Leica SL, M, or R lenses with a mount). It has a 3.7” LCD monitor and optional electronic viewfinder or it can be viewed/controlled from an iOS or Android app.

Ryan Williams, general manager at Leica Camera Australia, said that the TL2 offered everything a still photographer could want including video 4K (3840 x 2160p @30 fps), full HD (1920 x 1080p @60 fps), HD (1280 x 720p @ 60 fps) or slow motion at 120 fps.

“The Leica TL2 is a beautiful evolution of the TL-System, with a suite of innovation improving on its speed and ease of handling. New design elements carry on the system’s unmistakable look, and the result is an unparalleled piece of art. We’re thrilled to welcome the TL2 into Australia, and are expecting strong interest in the new product locally,” he added.

The TL2 body is available in silver and black at $2,750 plus lenses. Functional camera accessories, such as high-quality protectors in Nappa leather, which can stay on the camera when changing the battery, and colour-co-ordinated carrying straps in stone-grey, black, red, yellow and cemento, complement the TL system portfolio.

Lecia TL2 top

Leica TL2 front

Leica TL2 back

Leica TL2 gesture


Camera name

Leica TL2

Camera type

Digital APS-C system camera

Lens mount

Leica L bayonet with contact strip

Compatible lenses

Lenses with Leica L-Mount, Leica M/R lenses using the Leica M-Adapter L/R-Adapter L


APS-C sized CMOS sensor (23.6 x 15.7 mm) with 24.96/24.24 million pixels (total/effective), 3:2 aspect ratio

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


Video resolution/frame rate

3840 x 2160 p (4K) 30fps, 1920 x 1080 p (FHD) 60 fps or 1280 x 720 p (HD) fps or 1280 x 720 p (HD) 120 fps (SLOMO)

Video recording time

Maximum length 29 minutes, maximum file size is 4 GB

Internal memory

32 GB

Storage media

SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, multimedia cards, UHS II

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 colour temperature setting  

Autofocus system


Autofocus metering methods

Single point, multi-zone, 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 Methods

Multi-zone, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure compensation

±3 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments

Automatic exposure bracketing

Three pictures in graduations up to ± 3EV, 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)

Picture sequence

7 fps (with mechanical shutter)

20 fps (with electronic shutter), 29 pictures at full speed

Then depending on memory card properties

Flash modes

Adjustable with attached, system compatible flash

Flash exposure compensation

±3 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments

Flash synchronization

1⁄180 s


3.7” TFT LCD, 1.3 million pixels, 854 x 480 per colour channel

Touch screen with gesture control


Selectable delay time 2 or 12 s


Wi-Fi N

Power supply

Leica BP-DC13 lithium ion battery, 7.2V, 985 mAh

Approx. 250 pictures

Charging time (after total discharge): approx. 160 min  


Micro HDMI port, HDMI 1.4b

USB type C port, USB 3.0

Battery charging via USB connection

Accessory shoe with Leica flash interface with integrated connection for optional accessories


Leica unibody aluminium design

Attachment system for carrying straps and other accessories

ISO accessory shoe with centre and control contacts for flash units or Leica Visoflex electronic viewfinders

Tripod thread


WxHxD x weight

134 x 69 x 33 mm x 395g with battery

In the box

Camera body

Carrying strap

2 release keys for removing the dummy plugs

Leica BP-DC13 battery

Leica BC-DC13 charger with 6 adapter plugs

USB type C cable


Leica App (free download in Apple App Store/Google Play Store)

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