Compact mirrorless cameras are enhancing swiftly. Although the Leica TL that was rolled out last year was extremely pretty, it did not go quite well in the market. Now the company has introduced the TL2.
Although its outer side intimately reflects that of the TL, the new device has been developed for improvements in performance under the skin. The 16 MP sensor has been exchanged for a 24 MP APS-C CMOS unit, coupled with a new processor—Maestro II.
There is a new shutter that can be controlled electronically for uninterrupted shooting at the rate of 20 fps. To call that an enhancement, over the 5 fps that its precursor gave, might be a huge underestimation. The latest shutter also permits silent shooting of up to 1/40,000 second, ideal for birdwatchers who do not want to fright their subjects with a traditional click-clack.
Along with the enhanced processor and sensor, Leica is specifically excited about the innovative 49-point autofocus network in the new device. The firm claims the camera will focus on objects in almost 165 Milliseconds utilizing the normal zoom lens at a broad angle, making it 3 times faster than the TL it swaps. Video has been given a drive in the new device providing 1280 x 720p at 60 or 120 fps HD (1920 x 1080 at 60 fps), and 4K (2160p x 3840 at 30 fps).
Other features of the new Leica TL2 are:
- ISO range of 100-50,000
- 24-megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor
- 4K video resolution at 30 frames per second
- Shutter speeds from 30 to 1/40,000 seconds
- 49 autofocus points
- 32GB internal memory, expandable with SD cards
- Customizable dials and function button
- Shoot in JPEG, DNG or both at once
- Optional electronic viewfinder
- Hot shoe for Leica flashgun
- Battery can be charged by USB
As you would think of a Leica camera, the TL2 is not affordable. The body has a price tag of $1,950 with no lens. It is available in silver or black, and there are 6 lenses well-matched with the normal L-mount even though adapters are accessible on offer for the big back catalog of Leica glass.