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Leica SL (Typ 601)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 reviews of Leica SL (Typ 601). The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers really like the image quality and usability. The design and durability also get good feedback. The low light performance and sensor get critical comments, and comments are divided on the portability.

performance, durability, design, usability, image quality

price, lens, size, sensor, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Leica SL (Typ 601) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Leica SL (Typ 601) First impressions review


* Please note that the Leica SL that we used for these tests is a near but not final production camera running pre-production firmware. As such, image quality may not reflect the output of final shipping cameras (although it is likely to be very close).

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

Leica SL (Typ 601)


The Leica SL (Typ 601) is an expensive, forward-thinking full-frame mirrorless camera that is a joy to use.

Full-frame image sensor. Responsive, accurate autofocus system. 10.5fps shooting rate. Dust- and splash-proof design. Aluminum body. Huge, sharp EVF. Touch-screen LCD. In-camera Wi-Fi and GPS. Dual SD slots. 4K video recording. Uncompressed 4K HDMI...

Expensive. Lens system in its infancy. Some controls can't be remapped. Omits built-in flash.

Conclusions The Leica SL (Typ 601) is a strong performer, offering 4K video, a full-frame 24-megapixel image sensor, fast, accurate autofocus, and superb build quality. But you pay for it. Leica cameras are expensive—chalk that up to boutique appeal...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Leica SL (Typ 601) review


Sony has dominated the full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera space with its A7 series since it launched two years ago -- not terribly hard, as Sony's had the only cameras in that space until now. Enter the Leica SL, a powerful pro-oriented...

The Leica SL's photo and video quality are first-rate, its continuous shooting is fast with excellent autofocus in good light, and it has almost all the features you might want. Plus it has some very streamlined aspects to its design and operation.

The grip is really uncomfortable, very-low-light autofocus is a bit slow, and the body and lenses are huge for a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera.

With Leica-quality photo and video plus fast performance, the Leica SL has a lot to recommend. But the uncomfortable grip, big body and lens, and high price might make many buyers hesitate.

Oct, 2015


Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (

Leica SL (Typ 601) Review


The Leica SL (Typ 601) is a 24 megapixel compact system camera with a 35mm full-frame (24 x 36mm) CMOS sensor with no optical low pass filter, 4K video with a frame rate of 30 frames per second, the fastest auto-focusing of any full-frame system...

The Leica SL (Typ 601) is a very difficult camera to pigeon-hole, offering some cutting-edge mirrorless camera technologies in a body that's as large as a pro-DSLR, with impeccable build quality and a price-tag to match. Effectively Leica's main rival...

Feb, 2016

Expert review by : Gannon Burgett (

Leica SL (Typ 601) Review


The Leica SL is a thoroughly modern, professional mirrorless camera. As you'd expect from Leica, the SL's build quality is above reproach.

Superb build quality; Amazing EVF; Great image quality from RAW files; Good high ISO performance; Very good dynamic range; Very low shutter lag; Fast AF on stationary objects; Class-leading ~11 fps burst mode; 4K DCI and UHD video; Full HD up to 120p....

Big for a full-frame mirrorless camera; Very slow buffer clearing; Contrast-detect AF system struggles with moving subjects; In-camera JPEGs are muted and dull; Very limited native lens selection (but supports many other Leica lenses via adapters);...

The Leica SL is a thoroughly modern, professional mirrorless camera. As you'd expect from Leica, the SL's build quality is above reproach. And whether coupled with one of Leica's new SL lenses or one of their other legendary optics via an adapter, the...

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Eric Reagan (

Leica SL


I spent a few minutes with the new Leica SL mirrorless camera and the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 lens today and came away with a couple of key first impressions.

The Leica SL (Typ 601) camera body retails for $7450 and the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH lens retails for $4950. Both will be available on November 16, 2015. Check them out here at B&H Photo.

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Andy Westlake (

Leica SL (Typ 601)


There's something about Leica that makes many photographers go slightly weak at the knees. It's a name that's indelibly associated with some of the greatest photographers of all time, including the likes of Annie Leibovitz, Robert Frank, and Henri...

Dec, 2016

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Leica SL review


Leica's new mirrorless system camera is a beast that'll savage your bank balance

Compatible with many Leica lens via adapter ; Fast autofocus and handling ; Impressive electronic viewfinder ; Largely excellent image quality ; Superb build quality

Very expensive ; Heavy and large for its category ; Only one fully compatible lens at launch

A professional camera with the price to match

Feb, 2016

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (

Shooting with the Leica SL: A mirrorless marvel or giant-scale misfire? (hands-on)


All the talk about Leica's "next big thing" was fixed on an interchangeable-lens Leica Q. And that was enough hype to get us ultra excited, given how much we love that particular compact camera . Such a concept has almost occurred in the Leica SL, the...

Immense build quality, super-fast autofocus, outstanding electronic viewfinder, adept with video (4K30/1090p120)

It's a big chunk of design, wildly expensive, not especially ergonomic

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Angela Nicholson (

Leica SL (Typ 601)


High quality build ; Extensive Leica lens compatibility – some via adaptors ; High quality components

Large and heavy ; High price ; Slight banding visible in some high ISO images

The SL has some great technology and lovely build quality. It can also produce superb images, but it's too big and heavy in comparison with the CSC competition. The only directly compatible lens to date is also very large and does not have a constant...

Feb, 2016

Product Specifications


Audio system:Stereo
Built-in Microphone:Y
Wind filter:Y


Battery Capacity:1860
Battery life (CIPA standard):400
Battery recharge time:3
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-SCL4
Battery voltage:8.4
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery


Anti-dust function:Y
Built-in processor:Y
Diopter adjustment (D-D):-4 - 2
Dioptre correction:Y
Eye Relief:0.787
GPS (satellite):Y
Live view:Y
Self-timer delay:2,12
Tripod mounting supported:Y
Tripod thread:1/4
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten


Color of product:Black


Display aspect ratio:3:2
Display Diagonal:2.95
Display resolution (numeric):1040000
Second display:Y
Second display diagonal:1.28
Vari-angle LCD display:Y


Flash modes:High-speed synchronization
Flash sync-speed:1/250


Auto Focus (AF) assist beam:Y
Auto Focus (AF) points:9
Auto Focus (AF) points selection:Auto
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Face detection, Tracking Auto Focus
Focus adjustment:Auto / Auto/Manual

Lens System

Lens mount interface:Leica L

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:50, 51200 / 50, Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):50000
ISO sensitivity (min):50
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 3EV (1/2EV; 1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE / Auto, Manual
Light metering:Centre-weighted / Centre-weighted, Spot


Compatible memory cards:SD
Internal memory:2000


Near Field Communication (NFC):N
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Packaging Content

Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:USB

Picture Quality

Camera Type:SLR Camera Body / SLR Camera Kit
Image formats supported:DNG,JPEG / JPEG
Image sensor size (W x H):0.945 x 1.42 / 1.42 x 0.945
Maximum image resolution:6000 x 4000
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):6000 x 4000, 3936 x 2624

Ports & interfaces

Headphone outputs:2
Microphone in:Y
USB connector:Micro-USB B
USB port:Y
USB version:3.0


Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/16000
Slowest camera shutter speed:60

Technical Details

Housing material:Aluminium
Image processor:Leica Maestro


HD type:4K Ultra HD
Maximum video resolution:4096 x 2160
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@120fps,1280x720@24fps,1280x720@25fps,1280x720@50fps,1280×720@30fps,1280×720@60fps,1920x1080@24fps,1920x1080@25fps,1920x1080@30fps,1920x1080@50fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@24fps,3840x2160@25fps,3840x2160@30fps,4096x2160@24fps / 3840x2160@24fps,3840x2160@25fps,3840x2160@30fps,4096x2160@24fps
Video formats supported:MOV,MP4
Video recording:Y
Video Resolutions:1080 x 720,3840 x 2160,4096 x 2160 / 1280 x 720,1920 x 1080,3840 x 2160,4096 x 2160


Viewfinder type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:27.2 / 29.9
Weight (including battery):29.9