Best cameras under $2000
Published Jun 24, 2020 | dpreview staff
24MP APS-C CMOS sensor | 3.7" touchscreen LCD | 4K video capture
What we like:
- Excellent image quality
- Large, responsive touchscreen
- 4K video
What we don't:
- Unconventional handling
- AF system not capable of accurate subject tracking
- No built-in EVF
The Leica TL2 is a minimalist APS-C mirrorless camera. Despite the name, it's the third generation of the series and is now built around a 24MP CMOS sensor.
The TL2's touchscreen-driven interface is defiantly non-conventional but is cleverly designed such that it's easy to learn how to work with it. Beyond this unfamiliarity there are some quirks you'll just have to adapt to, but it's a generally smooth sailing after that.
The TL2 is the least traditional camera to come from that most traditional of camera makers
Autofocus is improved over previous models but not really fast enough to continuously focus on moving subjects. AF can also struggle as the light level drops. The camera and its interface are usually very responsive, the exception being when the camera is writing files from 7 fps bursts (20 fps with electronic shutter).
We've not been able to test the TL2's image quality yet but our impressions near-final camera are of fairly typical Leica output, with good levels of detail at low ISO but rather underwhelming, unsaturated JPEGs and rather primitive noise reduction at higher ISOs. 12-bit Raw files hold up well to processing, but end up reducing the camera's dynamic range, compared with its 24MP APS-C peers.
The TL2 can shoot 4K UHD video at up to 30p. We've not had a chance to shoot any footage with it yet, but its reliance on contrast-detection AF means we'd expect it to be a primarily manual focus experience.
The TL2 is the least traditional camera to come from that most traditional of camera makers. But, while it's improved over its predecessors and can be very enjoyable to shoot with, you pay a significant premium for a (beautifully built) camera that is outperformed by its much cheaper peers in several key respects.
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