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illuminated pumpkins for light, the TL2
managed to focus reliably and deliver
images that weren’t terribly swamped
with noise at ISO 50,000.
The TL2 acquires focus fairly quickly and
does an adequate job tracking subjects,
though it’s not class-leading in this
respect. As noted above, low-light focusing
was much more impressive.
The TL2 does deliver an excellent
continuous shooting mode that places it
near the top of its class, especially when
using the electronic shutter.
You’ll get a CIPA-rated battery life of
250 shots, which places the TL2 below
almost all of its comparably priced
competitors in the stamina department.
Price-wise, the TL2 competes against
models like Panasonic’s G85, Olympus’s
OM-D E-M5 Mark II, Sony’s a6300 and
Fuji’s X-T20. It’s a stacked field that offers
something for everyone. If video matters, the
TL2 shouldn’t be your first choice. Sports
shooters may find the Sony’s autofocusing
more to their liking while the body-based
stabilization in the Olympus and Panasonic
make those compelling rivals.
The TL2 is a solid piece of aluminum,
beautifully built if not necessarily
accessible at first glance. After shooting
so many mirrorless cameras that have
buttons and knobs galore, we found the
TL2’s minimalism both refreshing and,
at times, cumbersome. Thankfully, that
touch screen is huge.
The Orbit360 has two 20-megapixel image
sensors fronted by a pair of wide-angle lenses.
One lens is a 197-degree f/2.4 and the second is
an even wider 235-degree lens with the same
fixed f/2.4 aperture. When shooting in VR mode,
both lenses and image sensors combine to create
a fully spherical capture at 7360 x 3680 for stills
or 3840 x 2160 for video (at 24p).
You can also shoot from just one of the lenses,
giving you a total of three different options for
framing your scene.
Both lenses have a minimum focus distance
of 30cm. There’s electronic image stabilization
and a 5fps burst mode. The Orbit360 has wi-fi for
wirelessly controlling the camera.
The Orbit is quite compact but makes good use of
its limited real estate. While we opted to adjust
as much on the camera as we could using the
app, the tiny LED display and menu system are
fairly straightforward and easy to navigate.
It has a removable rechargeable battery, which is
nice. With a protective cover on the lens, the camera
is shockproof to a height of 2 meters. It’s also splash
proof, but unlike rivals like Nikon’s KeyMission,
you can’t dunk it underwater without a housing.
The Orbit360 offers typical action quality—even
at 4K resolution, video won’t be overly sharp and
areas of high contrast can often get swamped by
over or under exposure. The spherical footage is
is the excellent TL lens system (35mm f1.4),
the second factor is the sharpness filtering
done by the “Maestro II” image processor.
Even though Ima Test presents a “clipping
warning,” the images of the Leica TL2
don’t look over sharpened. The high
sharpness is also noticeable in our test
images (portrait shot and standard test
The tests using the Stouffer 4110 guide prove
that noise results are excellent up to ISO
3200 (y-factor far below 1.0 percent up to ISO
1600-3200), very good up to ISO 12,500 and
worse than other results between ISO 25,000
and 50,000. In higher ISO speed settings,
the noise results will climb remarkably high
up to 4. 66 percent in ISO 50,000 mode.
But dynamic range results are
excellent. The camera reproduced the
Stouffer 4110 chart with a maximum of
11. 8 f-stops. It can hold a high level of
more than 11 f-stops between ISO 100 and
400, even in higher ISO speed settings the
dynamic range is higher than 10 f-stops.
This is an excellent result for a camera
with an APS-C sized sensor.
The camera achieved extremely high
resolution results. 4K recordings are
reproduced with 1946 of 2160 lines per picture
height. Full HD recordings are shown with
1040 of 1080 lines per second. Both video
modes produce extremely over sharpened
footage. This will cause some very nasty
effects. Hard contrast lines (like the lines in
our test chart) are reproduced with “jaggies.”
The color reproduction in video is very
good. The automatic white balance system
shows an excellent reproduction of neutral
gray values. Skin tones are reproduced very
exactly, only the dark blue nuances are
exaggerated (they shift into the magenta area).
Due to the missing ISO speed setting
in video mode we can only provide one
shot for dynamic range and noise tests.
In contrast to the very good results in
photo mode, the dynamic range result in
video mode is poor. The camera achieved
a maximum of just 7. 51 f-stops.
Action cameras are prized for delivering
point-of-view thrills, but Kodak’s PixPro
Orbit360 4K represents a new breed—
cameras that see all.
Leica TL 2
PROS: Compact high-quality build;
excellent image quality; large and
responsive touch display; excellent
dynamic range for still images;
solid low-light performance.
CONS: Few external controls; poor battery
life; poor dynamic range in video; over-sharpening in video; lacks viewfinder.