One of the outstanding features of the Leica CL is its electronic viewfinder with EyeRes technology developed by Leica specifically for this camera. With a latency time below the threshold of perception and a resolution of 2.36 million pixels, the EyeRes® viewfinder offers an impressive viewing experience and numerous advantages; as the final image is visible in the viewfinder before the shutter release is pressed, users have complete control over the composition of their subjects.
In combination with the high-resolution, 24MP, APS-C format sensor of the Leica CL, a Maestro II series processor and fast autofocus with 49 metering points guarantee maximum picture quality in all photographic situations. The Leica CL is not only an impressive stills picture camera, but excels in moving pictures too – its video function captures at a resolution of up to 4K at 30 frames per second.
The Leica CL also comes equipped with an integrated Wi-Fi module. Pictures and videos can be sent by a wireless connection to smartphones, tablets or computers and quickly and easily shared by email or in social networks with the Leica CL App for iOS or Android. In addition to this, the remote function of the app lets mobile devices be used as an off-camera viewfinder or for altering exposure parameters – for example when shooting with the self-timer function or from unusual angles. The Leica FOTOS App can also be used with the Leica CL.
With its compact size and iconic design, the Leica CL is an ideal everyday companion, while its user-friendly handling concept makes it an intuitive tool for capturing spontaneous and discreet pictures. All essential controls are located on its top plate. In addition to the electronic viewfinder, there are two dials for setting the aperture, shutter speed ISO value, and exposure compensation. Everything is so conveniently located that photographs can be made without taking the camera from the eye. An additional display on the top plate instantly provides information about all relevant settings and exposure parameters. Together with the perfectly defined release pressure point, users have absolute control over every picture they take with the Leica CL.
Thanks to the L-Bayonet mount shared by the Leica TL- and SL-Systems, SL-Lenses can also be used without an adapter on the CL and the TL2. Adapters are available for using Leica M- and R-Lenses on the cameras. The Leica CL is also prepared for future lens developments.
Sample images shot by Leica ambassador Sarah M Lee.
|Camera type:||Digital APS-C system camera|
|Lens mount:||Leica L bayonet with contact strip for communication between lens and camera|
|Compatible lenses:||Lenses with Leica L-Mount, Leica M/R lenses using the Leica M-Adapter L/R-Adapter L|
|Sensor:||APS-C sized CMOS sensor (23.6 x 15.7 mm) with 24.96/24.24 million pixels (total/effective), aspect ratio 3:2|
|Photo Resolution:||DNG: 6016 x 4014 Pixels (24 Megapixels), JPEG: optional 6000 x 4000 Pixels (24 Megapixels), or 4272 x 2856 Pixels (12 Megapixels), or 3024 x 2016 Pixels (6 Megapixels)|
|Photo file formats / compression Rates:||Optional: DNG, JPG or DNG + JPG|
|Video recording format:||MP4|
|Video resolution/frame Rate:||Optional: 3840 x 2160 p (4K) 30 fps, 1920 x 1080 p (FHD) 60 fps, 1920 x 1080 p (FHD) 30 fps or 1280 x 720 p (HD) 30 fps|
|Storage media:||SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, multimedia cards, UHS II-standard is supported|
|ISO range:||Automatic, ISO 100 to ISO 50000|
|White balance:||Automatic, presets for daylight, cloudy, halogen lighting, shadow, electronic flash, two memory slots for manually metered settings, manual color temperature setting|
|Autofocus metering Methods:||Single point, multi-zone, spot, face detection, touch AF Exposure modes Automatic program, aperture priority, shutter speed priority, and manual setting, Fully automatic, sport, portrait, landscape, night portrait, snow/beach, fireworks, candlelight, sunset, digiscoping|
|Scene Modes:||Fully automatic, sport, portrait, landscape, night portrait, snow/beach, fireworks, candlelight, sunset, digiscoping, miniature, panorama, HDR|
|Exposure Metering Methods:||Multi-zone, center-weighted, spot|
|Exposure compensation:||+/-3 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments|
|Automatic exposure Bracketing:||Three pictures in graduations up to +/- 3EV, adjustable in 1⁄3 EV increments|
|Shutter speed range:||30 s to 1⁄25000 s (up to 1⁄8000 s with mechanical, beyond that with electronic shutter)|
|Picture series:||Max. approx. 10 fps with mechanical shutter/ 10 fps with electronic shutter function, max. approx. 33 pictures (DNG+JPG) and max. approx. 140 pictures (JPG only) at full speed, then depending on memory card properties|
|Flash modes:||Adjustable with attached, system compatible flash|
|Flash exposure compensation:||+/-3 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments|
|Flash synchronization:||1⁄180 s|
|Monitor:||3” TFT LCD, 1.04MP, touch and gesture control possible|
|Viewfinder Resolution:||1024 x 768 pixels (2.36 MP), enlargement: 0.74x, aspect ratio: 4:3, eye relief: 20 mm, eyepiece: adjustable +/- 4 dioptres, with eye sensor for automatic switching between viewfinder and monitor|
|Top-Display:||Resolution: 128 x 58 pixels|
|ISO Accessory shoe:||ISO accessory shoe with center and control contacts for Leica flash units|
|Self-Timer:||Selectable delay time 2 or 12 s|
|WLAN:||Complies with IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard (standard WLAN protocol), channel 1-11, encryption method: WiFi-compatible WPA™/WPA2™|
|Power supply:||Leica BP-DC12 lithium ion battery, rated voltage 7.2 V (7.2 V D.C.), capacity 1200 mAh, (based on CIPA standard): approx. 220 pictures, charging time (after total discharge): approx. 140 min manufacturer: Panasonic Energy (Wuxi) Co., Ltd. made in China|
|Interfaces:||Micro (type D) HDMI port, HDMI 1.4b standard is supported, USB type C port, USB 3.0 Super Speed standard is supported, battery charging via USB connection possible with max. 1 A, accessory shoe with Leica flash interface with integrated connection for optional accessories. Subject to changes in design and production.|
|Charger:||Leica BC-DC12, input: AC 100–240 V, 50/60 Hz, automatic switching, output: DC 8.4 V 0.65 A, manufacturer: Shin Tech Engineering Ltd., Made in China|
|Body:||Top and bottom covers: milled and anodized Aluminum, front and rear body shells: Magnesium|
|Tripod thread:||A 1⁄4 DIN 4503 (1⁄4“)|
|Body dimensions (WxHxD)||131 x 78 x 45 mm|
|Weight:||Approx. 403 g/353 g (with/without battery)|
|Scope of delivery:||Camera body, bayonet cap, carrying strap, accessory shoe cover, battery (Leica BP-DC12), charger (Leica BC-DC 12), mains cables (EU, US, local mains cable)|
|Software:||Leica CL App (remote control and picture transfer, free download in Apple™ App-Store™ / Google™ Play Store™)|
The purchase of this camera includes a free 90 days membership of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, including 20GB of Cloud storage.