As its name suggests, the Leica SL2-S shares many features and similarities with the Leica SL2, which the company introduced last year.
The Leica SL2-S has the same chassis, along with design, build quality, touch screen LCD, viewfinder, battery, image stabilization and auto focus system as the Leica SL2.
And it differs with regard to the sensor, as it includes a new 24-megapixel sensor with backlight instead of the sensor that was 47.3 megapixels high-resolution found in the Leica SL2.
This lower resolution allows shooting of up to 25 fps with its electronic shutter, as opposed to 9 fps with the mechanical shutter.
The backlight gives it a larger ISO range and better low-light performance compared to the Leica SL2, and the new sensor is the first backlight sensor the Leica uses.
The new camera can shoot up to ISO 100,000, and the company claims it has less noise and better colors at extremely high ISO levels.
The camera’s Multi Shot mode can also combine up to 8 shots into a single 96MP photo if you need more resolution.
Thanks to a 4GB internal buffer, the camera can capture continuous batches of JPEG images at 9 frames per second until SD cards fill up in the UHS-II slots.
Leica SL2-S features separate photo and video modes, allowing camera functions and settings to be customized for each task, and to switch between them.
Aside from the internal differences, the new camera is a clone of the previous one, with the same aluminum top and bottom attached to a magnesium alloy frame.
The company has provided the camera body with an IP54 standard to protect from dust and water, and is able to work in temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius.
Leica says it plans to release a firmware update in the first half of 2021, adding a number of new features, including an improved auto-tuning algorithm. For the image, Focus tracking, segmented videos, auto focus tracking, count mode, color bars, and optimized live view for low-light shooting.
The Leica SL2-S is set to sell for $ 4,895, which is about $ 1,100 less compared to the Leica SL2.