Leica TL Review

Overall 45
Imaging 13
Features 44
Size 82
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 12500
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3.7″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 134 x 69 x 33 mm
  • Weight: 384 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced by Leica TL2. Compare

Leica TL Summary

This review is devoted to TL that Leica has first introduced to the public in Nov 08, 2016. This model is a Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Leica has replaced this product with their most recent model TL2. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Leica TL vs. TL2

In Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #135 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #335 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Leica TL Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Leica TL review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Size: 3.7″
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Popular comparisons of Leica TL

Complete Comparison of Leica TL With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Leica TL. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Leica TL

Leica TL has the following external dimensions 134 x 134 x 33 mm (52.76 x 27.17 x 12.99″) with the weight of 384 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro Mirrorless type cameras is 437g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Leica TL, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Leica TL is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 33mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Leica TL with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Leica TL is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Leica TL compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Leica TL — 400 shots
Min: 250 shots
Average: 348 shots
Max: 540 shots

Thickness

Leica TL — 33 mm
Min: 33 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 93 mm

Weight

Leica TL — 384 g
Min: 140 g
Average: 437 g
Max: 625 g

Unfortunately, Leica TL comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Leica TL comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Leica TL Photo and Sensor Features

Leica TL boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Leica TL has the following ISO range 100 - 12500 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Leica TL features a 16.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Leica TL is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Leica TL with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Leica TL

LCD and ViewFinder

Leica TL is equipped with a Fixed Type 3.7" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic (optional) ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Leica TL are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

TL features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, TL has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Leica TL, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Leica TL allows you to save files in MPEG-4 formats.

Leica TL provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

TL comes with an embedded built-in microphone and Mono speaker.

Leica TL is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Leica TL is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, TL is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect TL with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Leica TL provides a shooting life of 400, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 348 shots.

Compared to all models in the Semi-Pro Mirrorless category, Leica TL offers the highest battery life that reaches 400 shots.

How Good is Leica TL for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Leica TL’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Leica TL’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the TL to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Leica TL for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica TL performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 72. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica TL can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Leica TL for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica TL performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 87. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica TL can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large APS-C(23.6 x 15.7 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (134 x 69 x 33 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Leica TL for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica TL performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 76. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica TL can be called a 76 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12500)
  • Small battery life (400 shots)

Leica TL for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica TL performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 1. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica TL can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Leica TL for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica TL performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 76. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica TL can be called a 76 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12500)

Leica TL Detailed Specs

General
Brand Leica
Model TL
Announced Nov 08, 2016
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Leica L
Number of Lenses 3
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3.7″
Screen Resolution 1,230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic (optional)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 4.5
Flash Modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.6 x 15.7 mm
Sensor Area 370.52 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4928 x 3264
Max Native ISO 12,500
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 384 g
Physical Dimensions 134 x 69 x 33 mm
Battery Life 400 shots
Battery Type 400 shots
Battery Model BP-DC13
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Optional
Storage Type Internal + SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage Slots 1

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