Leica debuts SL3 mirrorless full-frame camera

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Leica SL3

Leica Camera AG introduced a third camera body in the SL-System, the Leica SL3, which the company claims is more compact, lighter, and even more user-friendly than its preceding model. The new functions of the Leica SL3 are based on an ongoing dialogue with professionals, which is highly valued and cultivated by the company in the ever-changing world of photography, the company says. The Leica SL3 is now available globally at all Leica Stores, the Leica Online Store, and authorized dealers.  The retail price will be $6,995, including VAT.

The Leica SL3 records raw files in DNG or JPEG format with either 60, 36, or 18 MP resolution. In each case, the full sensor surface is used. The camera offers Together with the dynamic range expanded to 15 f-stops and the impressive ISO range from 50 to 100,000, the SL3 delivers remarkably detailed images in outstanding quality – in all light conditions.

In terms of autofocus, the SL3 ha phase detection (PDAF), depth mapping (Object Detection AF), and contrast recognition (Contrast Detection AF).

The lens mount is the L-Mount standard developed by Leica, and has in-body image stabilization further broadens the scope of application for M-Lenses.

The EyeRes viewfinder of the Leica SL3 is equipped with an optical system made of glass lenses. It always shows the subject crystal clear with up to 120 frames per second and a resolution of 5.76 million pixels. The live preview enables full control over the exposure and composition of images even before releasing the shutter. Another new feature is the tiltable 3-inch high-res touchscreen with a high-quality tilting mechanism. Even more creative possibilities can be achieved thanks to its additional viewing angles.

Videos are recorded in a resolution of up to 8K. A dedicated time code interface allows for professional image and sound synchronization on set. Throughout this process, the new Maestro-IV processor with L² technology easily handles vast amounts of data, resulting in pictures with magnificent color rendering as well as excellent noise performance.