Leica TL2 is the latest mirrorless camera from the popular German optics makers. It is the successor the Leica TL which was launched late last year after giving a minor retouch to the original T. The Leica TL2 comes with an upgraded image sensor, powerful processor and faster autofocusing capabilities.
Just like its predecessor, the Leica TL2 breathes irresistibly retro from the front. It comes with a design that’s far off from present day cameras. The mirrorless camera now comes with an aluminum body bearing chamfered edges. This makes it easier to hold with one hand. Further, the command dials of the predecessor have not been replaced with new ones. The back of the Leica TL2, however, bears a 3.7-inch touchscreen for controlling various features of the camera.
The main changes with the Leica TL2 are in the hardware. The camera now features a new 24MP APS-C sensor and Maestro II image processor. Besides, the TL2 mirrorless camera now supports a broader ISO range with a peak value of 50,000. The autofocusing system too has received a much-needed boost. It now comes with a 49 AF points, up from the 9 points found in its predecessor. The autofocusing speed has also improved too. Leica promises an autofocusing speed of 165 milliseconds.
Leica has also improved the video recording capabilities of its TL2 mirrorless camera. It can now shoot 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps and 720p 120fps videos. That aside, the German high-end camera maker has incorporated a Wi-Fi, MicroSD card slot, USB Type-C and an HDMI port in its TL2 camera. The Leica TL2 is compatible with both TL and SL mount lenses. An adapter is however required in case of the latter.
Leica TL2 Price and Availability
The Leica TL2 comes in black and silver color hues. It is currently available for sale via official Leica stores at $1,950. It’s worth noting that this standard package only consists of the Leica TL2 mirrorless camera. The lenses have to be bought separately. Needless to say, that the TL2 costs a lot more than similarly specced mirrorless cameras from Sony, Fujifilm or Olympus. That said, Leica’s business model depends on die-hard fans who are always ready to shell in a few extra bucks for the prestigious German branding.