Leica launches new full-frame mirrorless camera with SL (Type 601)

Leica's new full-frame mirrorless camera, the Leica SL (Type 601).
Leica's new full-frame mirrorless camera, the Leica SL (Type 601).PHOTO: LEICA
The launch of Leica SL (Type 601) was held here in Leitz Park of Wetzlar, Germany.
The launch of Leica SL (Type 601) was held here in Leitz Park of Wetzlar, Germany.ST PHOTO: TREVOR TAN
Members of the press and Leica retail partners mingling before the launch of the new Leica SL (Type 601) at Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany.
Members of the press and Leica retail partners mingling before the launch of the new Leica SL (Type 601) at Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany.ST PHOTO: TREVOR TAN
Leica Camera CEO Oliver Kaltner announcing the launch of Leica SL (Type 601) in a special event held at Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany.
Leica Camera CEO Oliver Kaltner announcing the launch of Leica SL (Type 601) in a special event held at Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany.ST PHOTO: TREVOR TAN
Members of the press and Leica retail partners having an hands-on with the new Leica SL (Type 601) in a special event held at Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany.
Members of the press and Leica retail partners having an hands-on with the new Leica SL (Type 601) in a special event held at Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany.ST PHOTO: TREVOR TAN
The new Leica SL (Type 601) being showed off at the hands-on area in a special event held at Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany.
The new Leica SL (Type 601) being showed off at the hands-on area in a special event held at Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany.ST PHOTO: TREVOR TAN

WETZLAR (GERMANY) - Leica, the maker of the legendary rangefinders, has launched a new full-frame mirrorless camera with the Leica SL (Type 601).

Named after Lecia's first SLR from 1968, the Leicaflex SL, the new 24-megapixel full-frame camera uses the Maestro II image processor, and comes with an internal memory of 2GB, for a quick shooting speed of up to 11 frames per second (fps). It comes armed with a sensitivity range of between ISO 50 and ISO 50,000.

The new SL is able to record full high-definition (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) videos at up to 120fps, and is capable of shooting ultra high definition 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) videos at 30fps.

The SL's electronic viewfinder (EVF) has a resolution of 4.4 million dots, which is almost twice the amount on the highest-resolution EVF currently available in the market, and has a refresh rate of 60fps.

A 2.95-inch touchscreen display, with 1,040,000 dots, allows you to tap on it for focusing, or to activate the shutter release. There is also an LED screen on the top right of the camera to show vital information from the device, such as the current shooting mode, shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

Pricing for Singapore has not been announced but the Straits Times understands that the SL (Type 601) will be available in here from Nov 16. Pre-orders for the camera starts today at all Leica stores and boutiques located at ION Orchard, Raffles Hotel Arcade, Mandarin Gallery, Vivocity and all authorized Leica dealers

For a more detailed hands-on experience, read the 21 Oct print issue of ST Digital.

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