Leica TL2 Review

Overall 50
Imaging 20
Features 43
Size 82
Price 0

Main Features

  • 24.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 50000
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3.7″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 7.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 134 x 69 x 33 mm
  • Weight: 399 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Leica TL. Compare

Leica TL2 Summary

This review is devoted to TL2 that Leica has first introduced to the public in Jul 10, 2017. This model is a Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 24.0 MP and a APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Leica released to replace their older product TL. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Leica TL2 vs. TL

In Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #55 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 50/100 and it takes a rank of #97 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Leica TL2 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Leica TL2 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
  • Continuous Shooting: 7.0 fps
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Built-In Flash: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Popular comparisons of Leica TL2

Complete Comparison of Leica TL2 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 TL2. 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 TL2

Leica TL2 has the following external dimensions 134 x 134 x 33 mm (52.76 x 27.17 x 12.99″) with the weight of 399 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro Mirrorless type cameras is 437g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Leica TL2, 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 TL2 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 TL2 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 TL2 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 TL2 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Leica TL2 — 250 shots
Min: 250 shots
Average: 348 shots
Max: 540 shots

Thickness

Leica TL2 — 33 mm
Min: 33 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 93 mm

Weight

Leica TL2 — 399 g
Min: 140 g
Average: 437 g
Max: 625 g

Unfortunately, Leica TL2 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 TL2 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 TL2 Photo and Sensor Features

Leica TL2 boasts of a resolution of 24.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Leica TL2 has the following ISO range 100 - 50000 .

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.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Leica TL2 features a 24.0 MP sensor. In the Semi-Pro Mirrorless class, there is a high-resolution camera.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Leica TL2 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 TL2 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Leica TL2

LCD and ViewFinder

Leica TL2 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 TL2 are its 7.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, TL2 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

In addition, TL2 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 TL2, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Leica TL2 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 formats.

Leica TL2 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of TL2.

TL2 comes with an embedded built-in microphone and Mono speaker.

Leica TL2 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 TL2 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, TL2 is equipped with its USB 3.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect TL2 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Leica TL2 provides a shooting life of 250, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 348 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Leica TL2 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Leica TL2 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Leica TL2’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Leica TL2’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the TL2 to the average MirrorLess camera.

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

Leica TL2 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica TL2 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 89. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica TL2 can be called a Great 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
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Leica TL2 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica TL2 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica TL2 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 TL2 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica TL2 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 75. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica TL2 can be called a 75 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (7.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (49)
  • Small battery life (250 shots)

Leica TL2 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica TL2 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 12. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica TL2 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

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

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in Flash

Leica TL2 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica TL2 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica TL2 can be called a 86 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
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing

Leica TL2 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Leica
Model TL2
Announced Jul 10, 2017
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 7.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes no built-in flash
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 24.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 6016 x 4014
Max Native ISO 50,000
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 49
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 3.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 399 g
Physical Dimensions 134 x 69 x 33 mm
Battery Life 250 shots
Battery Type 250 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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