Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601)
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Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601)

Our tour ends with a view of the bottom of the camera. When inserted, the battery's flat end (seen above) sits flush with the bottom of the camera. To remove the battery you first flip a switch, which releases it slightly. You then press it inward slightly and it pops out as shown above. Battery life is as good as you'll find on a mirrorless full-frame camera (but poor compared to a professional DSLR) with an estimated 400 shots per charge using the CIPA standard.

Hiding behind the battery, under a protective cover are contacts for an optional grip. Next to that is a tripod mount with an anti-rotation pin.

The Leica SL (Typ 601) is another bold move by Leica, following in the footsteps of the somewhat unloveable T and really impressive Q. Aside from the stunning EVF and unconventional ergonomics, the SL isn't terribly ground-breaking, and it's considerably more expensive than full-frame mirrorless (Sony) and DSLR (Canon/Nikon) cameras. But despite its price the SL is still an impressive piece of kit and we expect that it'll find its way into the hands of well-heeled photographers soon enough.


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