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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No Significant Advantages
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.
No Significant Disadvantages
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.
|Announced||Nov 08, 2016|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Lens Mount||Leica L|
|Number of Lenses||3|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction|
|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|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Physical Dimensions||134 x 69 x 33 mm|
|Battery Life||400 shots|
|Battery Type||400 shots|
|Storage Type||Internal + SD/SDHC/SDXC card|