Photo and video journalists are no strangers to intimidating territory — as a matter of fact, that’s usually where the heart of their story lies. Leica has accounted for the unpredictable environments they encounter with its SL2-S Reporter, a rugged take on the traditional SL2-S.
The redesigned release boasts a scratch-and-fingerprint-resistant matte green finish accentuated with lightweight aramid fiber armor, as the esteemed manufacturer claims “it sets a new standard in camera durability.” It’s worth noting that this is not the first time Leica has instituted this utilitarian design method, as the brand’s Reporter-Design-Series also features the 47.3-megapixel Q2 model. As you may have expected from the Red Dot, this IP54-rated gadget is made in Germany using high-quality materials like milled aluminum for its top sturdy cover.
All in all, this will allow documentary makers, photojournalists, and (namely) reporters to capture nothing short of premium footage in all circumstances around the world and still be able to return home with their cameras intact. Spec-wise, it is a carbon copy of the standard SLS-2 series model, with features rapid-fire, 25fps video capturing in DNG, 4K recording capabilities, and a 24MP CMOS-BSI sensor. Additionally, it’s compatible with several Leica lenses, including those from the M System and L-Mount Alliance.
Leica’s SL2-S Reporter is available on the brand’s webshop for $5,495.