Building on the Leica T camera system, the Leica TL embraces all its features and adds to them. One of these is the doubling of the size of its internal buffer memory to 32 GB. Other new features are improved autofocus, especially in AF-C mode, and optimized compatibility with lenses from other Leica camera systems. For instance, the TL supports SL lenses with OIS and allows the use of R-System lenses in combination with the R-Adapter L. A new Leica TL app offers additional options for sharing pictures by email or on social networks and is now available for Android as well as iOS devices.
The TL will in available in three colour options: silver and black (identical in design and construction), while the titanium-coloured option is distinguished by a bevelled edge (chamfer) to the top and bottom plates.
In combination with its high-performance image processor, the APS-C-format CMOS image sensor of the TL is said to guarantee exceptional imaging quality and deliver brilliant pictures with outstanding contrast, finest detail resolution and natural colour rendition.
The TL-System currently has six lenses: the Leica Summicron-TL 23 mm f/2 ASPH. and the Summilux-TL 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH., and the APOMacro-Elmarit-TL 60 mm f/2.8 ASPH.; Leica Super-VarioElmar-TL 11–23 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH., Vario-Elmar-TL 18–56 mm f/3.5–5.6 ASPH. and APO-Vario-Elmar-TL 55–135 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH.
Each camera body is machined from a single block of aluminum in the Leica factory.
The ‘control centre’ is a 3.7-inch touchscreen display. Numerous functions in capture and playback mode can be controlled simply by touching the screen. The only other controls are four ergonomically positioned control elements. The freely configurable MyCamera menu offers even greater flexibility, even in spontaneous snapshot situations. This means the photographer always has fast access to the most frequently used features and personalised presets, says Leica.
Thanks to its integrated WiFi module and the function for setting up its own mobile hotspot, the TL can transfer stills and videos by WLAN to smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktop PCs and allows users to share their pictures and films by email, on Facebook or other social networks. A free Leica TL app for iOS and Android devices is available with the release of the camera. The company notes a particularly practical feature of the app is the remote function. This lets users connect a smartphone or tablet to the camera by WLAN as an electronic viewfinder for the TL and offers remote control of shutter speed and aperture settings.
The camera shoots JPEG stills and HD MP4 video.