Leica SL (Typ 601) Mirrorless Digital Camera


  • 24MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Leica Maestro II Image Processor
  • Internal DCI 4K Video & L-Log Gamma
  • 0.66″ 4.4MP 0.8x Electronic Viewfinder
  • 2.95″ 1.04M-Dot LED-Backlit Touchscreen
  • Contrast AF System with 49 Fields
  • Up to 11 fps Shooting and ISO 50000
  • Two SD Card Slots; 1.3″ Top LCD Screen
  • Weather-Resistant Milled Aluminum Body
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity and GPS

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Best-in-class may be an understatement for the Leica SL (Typ 601) Mirrorless Digital Camera, an outstanding full-frame model that is offering professionals the “new Leica experience.” This generation of Leica is aimed to take the top spot of modern imaging technology and by the implementation of an outstanding 24MP CMOS sensor and Leica’s Maestro II processor, it will deliver among the best in image quality with sensitivities ranging from ISO 50-50000. The sensor also forgoes the use of a low-pass filter in order to maximize possible detail, especially with the use of Leica’s outstanding lens lineups. And, to make the camera a true professional’s tool, Leica has incorporated internal DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) video recording at 24 fps in a Super35 mode, along with the L-Log gamma for maximum dynamic range.

Beginning with stills, the sensor and processor combination delivers high-resolution images at a rate of up to 11 fps. The 2GB internal buffer also allows for bursts of up to 33 DNG files or unlimited JPEGs. The Contrast AF system is claimed to be the fastest among full-frame cameras with 49 fields to work with. This ensures that photographers will not miss the decisive moment.

Video is outstanding, with UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30 and 25 fps available in addition to DCI 4K when using the camera’s Super35 mode. Alongside this impressive resolution is the ability to utilize the L-Log gamma, a super flat profile that maximizes the dynamic range of the image and gives editors more information to work with in post production. Video is easily recorded internally via the UHS-II and UHS-I standard SD card slots at 4:2:0 8-bit sampling rate though it can be output over HDMI with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling.

Also available is Full HD (1920 x 1080) and standard HD (1280 x 720) at up to an impressive 120 fps for slow motion in the camera’s full-frame mode. Numerous other video recording features were implemented on the SL (Typ 601) to make high-quality recording easier, this includes focus peaking, exposure simulation, clipping/zebras, grid overlays, aspect ratios, and safe area. Audio is also supported with a built-in stereo microphone and users can add both a 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm microphone input with the optional AA-SCL4 Audio Adapter. Manual and auto audio control is available.

Made in Germany from two blocks of solid aluminum, the SL (Typ 601) fits right in with Leica’s other precision made imaging tools. This body is designed for intuitive use, with numerous dials and buttons in addition to the implementation of a rear 2.95″ 1.04M-dot rear LED touchscreen for hybrid operation as part of Leica’s Professional user interface. The body also offers a spacious 0.66″ EyeRes 4.4MP EVF with a fast refresh rate of 60 fps and a magnification of 0.8x for more natural handling and composition.

The weather-resistant body has a variety of other features packed into it with dual SD card slots, one with the UHS-II standard and a backup with the UHS-I standard, as well as a 1.3″ top monochrome LCD screen for quickly viewing and changing exposure settings. Along with all of this, the SL (Typ 601) has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for remote control and image capture using the Leica SL App and a GPS unit for geo-tagging your photographs.

Leica SL (Typ 601)
24MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor & Leica Maestro II Processor
Leica L Bayonet Mount
DCI 4K Video Recording & L-Log Gamma
4.4MP EyeRes Electronic Viewfinder
2.95" 1.04M-Dot Rear LED Touchscreen
Contrast AF System
Dual SD Card Slots
Body Design & Menu
Flash System
Made in Germany
Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity and GPS System
Operating/Storage Temperature

Operating 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C) Humidity: 0 – 85%

Dimensions (WxHxD)

5.8 x 4.1 x 1.5″ / 147.0 x 104.0 x 39.0 mm

Viewfinder Eye Point

20.00 mm

Image Stabilization


Box Dimensions (LxWxH)

14.3 x 10.0 x 7.4″

Screen Coverage


Internal Memory


Flash Modes

Manual TTL Auto

Viewfinder Coverage


Package Weight

5.7 lb

Viewfinder Magnification

Approx. 0.8x

Autofocus Points

Contrast Detection:49


Type: Mechanical Speed: 1/8000 – 60 second Type: Mechanical Speed: 30 minutes in Time Mode

Viewfinder Type


Self Timer

2 seconds, 12 seconds

Memory Card Type


Sensor Size

Full Frame


Leica L Mount

Max Image Resolution

24 Megapixels

Focal Length Ranges
Lens Diameter
Sensor Type / Size

CMOS, 24 x 36 mm

File Formats

Still Images: DNG, JPEG Movies: MOV, MP4

Viewfinder Pixel Count



1.86 lb / 847 g with battery

White Balance Modes

Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Warm White), Manual, Shade, Tungsten

Video Recording



24 Megapixel

Max Resolution

24 MP: 6000 x 4000

Max Sync Speed

1 / 250 seconds

Lens Mount

Leica L

Dedicated Flash System


Memory Card Type


Aspect Ratio


Exposure Modes

Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)

Viewfinder Size


Remote Control

RC-SCL4 Remote Release Cable (Optional)


1x BP-SCL4 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 8.4 VDC, 1860 mAh


4096 x 2160: 24 fps 3840 x 2160: 30 fps, 25 fps 1920 x 1080: 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, 50 fps, 60 fps 1920 x 1080: 100 fps, 120 fps 1280 x 720: 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, 50 fps, 60 fps 1280 x 720: 100 fps, 120 fps

Display Screen

2.95″ Touchscreen LED (1,040,000)

Burst Rate

Up to 11 fps at 24 MP for up to 33 frames

ISO Sensitivity

Auto, 50-50000

Dust Reduction System


Diopter Adjustment

– 4 to +2 m

Metering Method

Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering

Bit Depth


Camera Format


Continuous Shooting

Up to 11 fps


1/8″ Headphone, 1/8″ Microphone, HDMI A (Full Size), USB 3.0, X-Sync Socket 1/8″ microphone input and 1/8″ headphone output available only with use of optional AA-SCL4 Audio Adapter

Focus Mode

Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S), Touch AF & Shutter

Interval Recording


Built-in Flash


Focus Type

Auto & Manual

Audio Recording

Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo + Mono External mic jack available with use of optional AA-SCL4 Audio Adapter

Wi-Fi Capable


External Flash Connection

Hot Shoe, PC Terminal

Video Clip Length

Up to 29 Minutes




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