Like the Panasonic glassless cameras, it uses contrast detector autofocus with a deeper map. It usually provides precise autofocus for objects that do not move much, but it is not suitable for fast moving lessons or video. Also, it can only handle 5 fps shooting with continuous autofocus enabled, so 25 fps shooting speed is limited to standard autofocus with electronic shutter. With the mechanical shutter, it can shoot up to 9 fps without continuous autofocus.
SL2-S handles video, with glass similar to the Panasonic S1. With 8-bit 4: 2: 0 internal and 10-bit 4: 2: 2 external recording, you can shoot up to 4k 60 fps via ABS-C crop. Full frame 4K shooting can be recorded internally and externally with 10-bit 4: 2: 2 up to 30 fps. The displays should be smooth in that mode as they are reduced from the 6K sensor area. It supports V-lock and HLG recording for HDR work or increases the dynamic range, and there are no time limits for recording.
Like the SL2, Laika uses its own image processor and menu system. Although a bit confusing compared to the S1’s tab-based menus, it provides easy access to your favorite settings on the first page. It also includes a cine mode that allows you to quickly flip between photo and video settings.
The German company has promised next year firmware updates that will improve autofocus, especially in eye / face and body detection. They allow the internal 10-bit 4K to 60 fps using the highly efficient HEVC (H.265) codec.
It works with the L-Mount lens system supported by Panasonic and Sigma, offering 40 compatible native lenses. Leica’s SL2-S is now on sale at 8,495 of the authorized Leica dealers.
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