Leica SL (Typ 601) Achieved 84% Overall Score at DPReview


DPReview published their full in-depth review for the Leica SL (Typ 601) full frame mirrorless camera, and the new Leica SL (Typ 601) mirrorless camera achieved an impressive 84% overall score from the experts at DPReview.




  • 24MP sensor offers good noise performance, detail
  • The best electronic viewfinder currently on the market
  • Solid, weather-sealed build oozes quality
  • Unconventional controls work well
  • Detailed 4K video
  • Dual card slots
  • Good Auto ISO implementation
  • Overall good AF performance with zoom lenses
  • 11 fps burst shooting (7 fps with AF)
  • Responsive touchscreen for placing focus and image playback
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS


  • Expensive
  • Heavy and unbalanced with native lenses
  • Grip is frustratingly unergonomic, makes camera feel heavier than it is
  • JPEG color is just unpleasant
  • Autofocus speed highly lens dependent (very slow on Summilux-SL 50mm F1.4)
  • Autofocus subject tracking lags behind competition
  • Dynamic range lags behind competition
  • Slow card write speeds
  • Lacking in-camera Raw conversion


Conclusion from DPReview:

The Leica SL is a competent, capable camera for a variety of uses at a premium price. It’s a beautifully built machine with native lenses that offer top optical quality but the overall package is heavy and unwieldy in the hand. The SL doesn’t do any one thing appreciably better than cameras costing much less, but if you have your heart set on a camera with a big red dot, it is the most practical and well-rounded camera Leica currently makes.

Leica SL (Typ 601) Mirrorless Camera: $7,450 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama.