Last updated on November 15th, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Leica SL Camera

One of the best lens-makers on the planet, Leica has just announced the Leica SL and it is a thing of optical beauty.

The Leica SL is a full-frame camera, which means its 24-megapixel sensor can output images that equate to the same as a traditional 35mm film camera. Made to be used regularly, the SL is made from solid aluminium and is dust, moisture and spray protected.

With the SL, it seems clear that Leica have noticed the trend of professionals out there trading in their SLR-based cameras for the smaller and lighter mirrorless compact system cameras (CSC).

They tend to offer faster autofocus and also some really handy video functions, which is becoming more and more important in this day and age. With that in mind, it’s probably fair to say that the German optical leaders’ entry into the CSC market will get many professional Joes paying close attention.

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This is high end stuff, so unsurprisingly Leica have thrown pretty much everything at it, including the latest in imaging tech, a three-inch touchscreen display and a viewing angle of up to 170-degrees. It also comes complete with Wi-Fi connectivity and an app for iOS and Android, so pairing with a smartphone is a piece of cake.

The SL’s Maestro II image processor is said to offer the best performance in a professional camera yet with a 2GB buffer memory enabling photographers to capture 24-megapixel stills at up to 11 frames per second and 4K video at 30 frames per second. Take it from us, that’s impressive.

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Leica are also launching the SL with a new lens – a 24-90mm standard zoom – but be rest assured, most existing Leica-made lenses will be compatible with the SL, although you may need get yourself an adapter.

The new Leica SL camera is naturally aimed at professional photographers and collectors alike who can afford to justify splashing out some serious cash on a serious bit of kit. As such, the SL is priced at an eye-watering £5,050. And that’s just for the body only – the standard zoom lens will then set you back a further £3,150.

The Leica SL will be available in the UK from 16th November. Head over to the Leica Website for more specs.

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