Though small in size, the Leica TL2 camera performs just as well as the big boys

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Based on the Leica TL-System, which has been continuously improved since its market launch a few years ago, the new Leica TL2 leads the innovative camera concept into a new generation with additional innovation. We think it’s impressive how each camera body is precisely machined from a single block of aluminium. The Leica TL2 is equipped with a newly developed, 24-megapixel CMOS sensor in APS-C format that, in combination with an equally new, Maestro II series high-performance image processor. These upgrades guarantee outstanding picture quality with dynamic range, contrast and colour rendition, sharpness and resolution of details.

The Leica TL2 impresses not only with its still picture performance, but also with its video capabilities. The camera’s various video recording modes, such as 4K (3840 x 2160p at 30 frames per second), full HD (1920 x 1080p at 60 frames per second), HD (1280 x 720p at 60 frames per second or slow motion captured at 120 frames per second), leave absolutely nothing to be desired.

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One of the highlights of the Leica TL2 is its enormously improved AF speed and precision. For instance, the camera focuses sharply on subjects in around only 165 milliseconds, and thus focuses up to three times faster than the previous model. The new Leica Maestro II series image processor not only plays a significant role in its faster autofocus, but also to the considerably shorter start-up time. Another new development is an electronically controlled shutter that enables silent exposures at shutter speeds up to 1/40,000 s and an increase in the continuous shooting rate from 7 to a maximum of 20 frames per second.

Thanks to the integrated Wi-Fi module of the Leica TL2 and the function for setting up a mobile hotspot, pictures and video can be conveniently transferred by wirelessly to smartphones, tablets and desktop PCs from anywhere and then, be shared by email, on Facebook, Instagram or other social media. Data can also be transferred fast by cable with the camera’s integrated HDMI and USB 3.0 ports. The USB port also enables recharging of the Leica TL2 without a battery charger – for example from a laptop computer or an external power bank.

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With the Leica TL-App available for both iOS and Android devices, smartphones or tablets are transformed into electronic viewfinders and offer remote control of various exposure-relevant parameters such as the shutter speed and aperture. The TL-App also makes it much easier to capture photos and video from unusual angles, with a self-timer or with longer shutter speeds.

By grouping menu items according to related functions, the menu of the Leica TL2 is more clearly and logically structured and makes camera handling easier and more intuitive than before. Moreover, thanks to significantly increased reactivity and up to eight times faster response when using the touchscreen, camera handling is now even more efficient and intuitive.

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The Leica TL2 will be offered in a choice of two different colours from the start. The design of both the silver and black versions of the camera has been slightly revised in comparison with its predecessor. In addition to chamfered edges the body also features redesigned control elements that have been modified not only in visual style, but also provide a new haptic experience.

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