Not to be left behind by the likes of Nikon, Canon and Sony, it seems Leica is planning to release a new full-frame mirrorless camera of its own.
Japanese rumor site Nokishita has published a set of leaked images and specs of the alleged Leica SL2, a followup to the full-frame mirrorless Leica SL (Typ 601). From an aesthetic perspective, there’s not much to comment on: the design has been rounded out a little bit, and the large unlabeled buttons on either side of the LCD have been replaced by three smaller buttons on the left-hand side:
The majority of the improvements made to the Leica SL2 seem to be on the inside. According to Nokishita, the camera will feature a 47-megapixel image sensor—that’s nearly twice the resolution of the SL’s 24MP chip—4K video with a special “CINE mode,” and built-in WiFi and Bluetooth with FOTOS app compatibility.
The current Leica SL (Typ 601) costs $6,000 (although it’s currently on backorder), so we expect the new version to be around the same price point. Which leads us to the obvious question: given the sheer amount of competition in this space, including from other L-Mount cameras like the Panasonic S1R, will anybody be interested in the 47MP Leica SL2?