The LEICA SL
In a bid to combine state of the art technology with a feature-rich set (and coincidentally further the brand name), the Leica SL now makes it's debut. The mirrorless camera has a 24 megapixel full frame sensor and is able to handle 11fps (frames per second) shooting bursts. It eschews the use of physical controls, instead relying on a touch-screen. The 2.95-inch EVF (electronic viewfinder) possesses 4 million dots (4MP), making for a detailed view of whatever the camera is aimed at. To provide for a more rugged construction, the all aluminum body has been weather sealed. 
 
The camera has an ISO range of 50-50,000, shutter speeds of 1/8000  — 60 seconds and records 8 bit 4:2.0, with an output of 10 bit 4:2.2 (via HDMI out). V-Log I gamma support enables log recording. Video resolutions include 4K: Ultra HD 3840×2160 at 25 fps and at 30 fps, as well as DCI 4K 4096×2160 at 24 fps. For 1080p, the resolutions include 1920 x 1080 at 100 fps as well as at 120fps. 
 
Audio input is supported through a 3.5mm jack, accompanied by a 3.5mm output for headphone use in conjunction with the optional AA-SCL4 audio adapter. The internal microphone provides for stereo sound and there is also an optional external microphone available. Digital solid-state recording is handled through dual SDXC/SDHC/SD cards, which can be used in tandem or for continuous recording. 
 
Other technologies included are Wi-Fi capable, a USB 3.0 port and video assist features including peaking and zebras and also aspect ratio overlays.
 
The Leica SL retails at $7,450, which is for the body only. It will become available in November. but while the SL’s mount is adaptable to existing Leica lenses, the 50mm f1.4 “L” mount lens will not be available until next year.

Marshal Rosenthal is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and journalist specializing in technology, consumer electronics and pop culture. Past accomplishments include editing of home theater and video gaming publications domestic and international, operating a NY photographic studio specializing in children/product and providing graphic imaging for video game box art, manuals and related.