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Leica C Digital Camera

12-megapixel camera with Wi-Fi® (Light Gold)

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Leica C Digital Camera

Overview

Our take on the Leica C Digital Camera

You won't believe how much technology Leica has put in such a small package. The Leica C features a high-performance 7X optical zoom lens, a 3" LCD viewscreen and an integrated Wi-Fi/NFC module, all in a slim camera body that fits easily in the palm of your hand. A 12.1-megapixel sensor, lightning-quick image processor and optical image stabilization make sure you can capture important moments when they happen. The Leica C records HD video and has a built-in stereo microphone, so you're ready to immortalize school plays and sporting events in all their glory.

The Leica C puts classic styling and high-quality photography technology in the palm of your hand.

The Leica C puts classic styling and high-quality photography technology in the palm of your hand.

Compact, stylish and versatile

You won't believe how much technology Leica has put in such a small package. The Leica C features a high-performance 7X optical zoom lens, a 3" LCD viewscreen and an integrated Wi-Fi/NFC module, all in a slim camera body that fits easily in the palm of your hand. A 12.1-megapixel sensor, lightning-quick image processor and optical image stabilization make sure you can capture important moments when they happen. The Leica C records HD video and has a built-in stereo microphone, so you're ready to immortalize school plays and sporting events in all their glory.

High-performance zoom lens

Leica lenses are famously good. The Leica C features a built-in Leica DC Vario-Summicron f/2-5.9 lens with 35mm equivalent focal length of 28-200m, so you can count on crystal-clear images of your subject, whether it's near by or far away.

Stay connected

The Leica C offers an integrated Wi-Fi/NFC module that lets you wirelessly upload photos and videos to your paired mobile device. From there, it's easy to share your photos with friends via social media.

Great size. Amazing clarity and technology yet small enough to travel with. This is for those who are NOT going to shoot everything with their iphone. Simple to use, fab images, useful tools like wi-fi ability.

AMG, New York

What's in the Box:

  • Leica C digital camera (light gold)
  • BP-DC14-U Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.7 Volts 950 mAh 3.6Wh)
  • ACA-DC11-U AC adapter (DC output: 5V 800mA)
  • 59" A/V cable (proprietary connector on one end and RCA composite video and RCA mono audio on other end)
  • 24" USB cable (proprietary connector on one end and Type A USB on other end)
  • Wrist strap
  • Instructions on CD-ROM
  • Instructions booklet
  • Guarantee Card
  • Self-adhesive labels

Product Highlights:

  • 12.1-megapixel camera with 1/1.7" CMOS image sensor
  • 3" LCD viewscreen (921,600-dot) lets you review photos and videos in high definition
  • color LCD viewfinder (200,000-dot) helps frame your subject
  • 7X optical zoom lens gets you closer to your subject
  • burst rate of up to ten frames per second in continuous shooting mode
  • integrated Wi-Fi/NFC module lets you wirelessly upload photos and videos to the Internet
  • packaged with Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® photo editing software
  • red-eye reduction mode improves group shots
  • optical image stabilization helps eliminate blurring
  • built-in flash helps illuminate your subject
  • records to optional SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards
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Leica C Digital Camera Reviews

Average Customer Review:

1 Review

Sweeeeeeet little camera

AMG from New York on 6/25/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great size. Amazing clarity and technology yet small enough to travel with. This is for those who are NOT going to shoot everything with their iphone. Simple to use, fab images, useful tools like wi-fi ability.

Pros: Size and capability are wonderous..

Cons: I do so hate paying for the name. Might as well just send an additional $100 for that red button on the front. Never mind that it's well made and built to outlast the technology behind it. Never mind the lens is the best made. Never mind that I may now be a target for well read and informed snatch and grab thieves (do they even exist?).

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Features and Specs

General
LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi Built-in
Touchscreen No
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled Via Smartphone
Lens 35mm Equivalent 28-200mm
Optical Zoom 7.1x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Micro
Memory
Internal Memory 87MB
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Image
Effective Megapixel Count 12.1
Total Megapixels 12.8
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 4000 x 3000
HD Video Recording 1920 x 1080
Dimensions
Width (inches) 4-1/16
Height (inches) 2-9/16
Depth (inches) 1-1/4
Weight With Battery (ounces) 6.9
Warranty
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research

Features
Wi-Fi Features
Playback and Printing Functions

Features

Overview: The Leica C compact digital camera combines elegance and performance into an affordable package. The camera has a fast Leica 7.1x zoom lens and a large 1/1.7" image sensor for impressive pictures throughout the zoom range. The built-in Wi-Fi capability lets you easily transfer your pictures directly to a smartphone or tablet. The Leica C comes with a handy wrist strap and a rechargeable battery.

Lens: The Leica C has a fast Leica DC Vario-Summicron F2.0-5.9, 7.1x zoom lens with a focal length of 6.0 to 42.8mm. This is equivalent to a focal length of 28-200mm in 35mm photography. In addition to the optical zoom, the camera has a 4x digital zoom. To prevent blurred images from camera shake, the Leica C has an optical image stabilization system.

Image Sensor: The Leica C is equipped with a large 1/1.7" MOS sensor with 12,800,000 total pixels and 12,100,000 effective pixels.

Monitor/Viewfinder: The camera has a 3.0" TFT-LCD monitor with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a resolution of 921,600 dots. The monitor offers approximately 100% picture coverage. In addition to the monitor, the Leica C has an electronic color viewfinder with approximately 200,000 dots. A built-diopter allows you to adjust the viewfinder for your personal eyesight.

Battery: The camera is powered by the Leica BP-DC14 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.7 Volts, 950 mAh, 3.6Wh). The battery charges in the camera via the supplied USB cable, using the supplied AC adapter, or a USB port on your computer. Charging time is approximately 160 minutes. A fully charged battery will provide enough power for approximately 250 still pictures, or approximately 125 minutes of shooting time. When recording movies, the battery can record for approximately 70-80 minutes continuously, or 30-35 minutes typically (starting and stopping and zooming).

Flash: The camera has a built-in flash with a range of 2' to 23' with the zoom at maximum wide angle, and 2' to 7' at maximum telephoto. The flash can be set to the following modes:

  • Auto: The flash fires when subject is poorly lit.
  • Auto/Red Eye: A pre-flash is fired just before the main flash to reduce the presence of red-eye in photos.
  • Forced Flash: The flash fires every time a photo is taken.
  • Slow Sync/Red Eye: Combines flash with slow shutter for brighter pictures. Pre-flash fires to reduce red-eye.
  • Flash Off: Flash does not fire, regardless of lighting.

Recording Media: The Leica C records still images and movies onto SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards up to 64 GB. Memory cards with an SD Speed Class 4 or higher are recommended for recording motion pictures. The camera also has a built-in memory of approximately 87MB. You can copy pictures between an SD card and the internal memory, if desired.

Still Images: Still images can be recorded in 5 sizes in 4 different aspect ratios: 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, and 1:1. Recording Quality can be set to Fine, Standard, RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, 3D+Fine, and 3D+Standard. The number of pixels can be set to the following:

4:3 3:2 16:9 1:1
12M: 4000 x 3000 10.5M: 4000 x 2672 9M: 4000 x 2248 9M: 2992 x 2992
8M: 3264 x 2448 7M: 3264 x 2176 6M: 3264 x 1840 6M: 2448 x 2448
5M: 2560 x 1920 4.5M 2560 x 1712 3.5M: 2560 x 1440 3.5M: 1920 x 1080
3M: 2048 x 1536 2.5M: 2048 x 1360 2M: 1920 x 1080 2.5M: 1536 x 1536
0.3M: 640 x 480 0.3M: 640 x 424 0.2M: 640 x 360 0.2M: 480 x 480

Movies: Movies can be recorded in AVCHD format, which is suitable for playback on high-definition TVs. Image sizes include Full HD 1920 x 1080 (60i) and HD 1280 x 720 (60p) with a bit rate of approximately 17 Mbps. You can also record in the MP4 format for playing back on a computer in Full HD 1920 x 1080 (30p) @ 20 Mbps, HD 1280 x 720 (30p) @ 10 Mbps, or VGA 640 x 480 (30p) @ 4 Mbps. While recording a movie, you can also simultaneously take 16:9 still images, with picture sizes of 9M (4000 x 2248), 6M (3264 x 1840), or 2M (1920 x 1080).

ISO Sensitivity: The Leica C allows you to adjust the ISO Sensitivity automatically or manually. You can choose from the following settings: Auto, Intelligent ISO (i-ISO), ISO 80, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, and ISO 6400. Extended ISO allows you to set the sensitivity to an equivalent of ISO 12800.

White Balance: The White Balance setting ensures the desired color is achieved, depending upon the light source. You can set the White Balance automatically, or set a metered White Balance. WB presets include: Clear Sky, Cloudy Sky, Shade, and Incandescent Lighting.

Burst Shooting: The Leica C offers several Burst Shooting modes:

  • Intelligent Burst: The frame rate is approximately 2-10 pictures per second, and is adjusted automatically according with the movements of the subjects. When a fast-moving subject is recorded, the frame rate becomes faster. Maximum number of pictures: 100.
  • Continuous AF: The subject is brought into focus as it is allowed by the frame rate. The exposure and white balance are continually being adjusted. Frame Rate: 2 pictures or 5 pictures per second. Maximum number of pictures: 100.
  • High Speed: Photos are taken at a high rate, with the focus, exposure, and white balance fixed with the first picture. The frame rate can be set to 10 pictures per second at full resolution, and the maximum number of pictures is 12.  You can also increase the frame rate to 40 or 60 pictures per second, but the resolution setting is reduced to a maximum of 5M or 3.5M, respectively.
  • Flash Burst: A series of pictures can be recorded in low light conditions with flash. Focus, exposure, and flash level are all fixed at the first picture. The frame rate depends upon the recording conditions, and the maximum number of pictures that can be taken is 5.

Shooting Modes: Using the Mode Dial on the top panel of the Leica C, you can choose from the following Shooting Modes:

  • Snapshot: A shooting mode for point-and-shoot photography or beginners. The camera optimizes the settings to match the subject and recording environment. These scenes are automatically detected: People, Children, Landscapes, Sunsets, Night Scenes (with people), Night Scenes, Hand-held night scenes, Closeups (Macro), and Automatic (for moving subjects)
  • Program AE: The camera automatically sets both the shutter speed and aperture values according to the brightness of the subject. You can change various settings in the menu as desired.
  • Aperture-Priority: The exposure is determined by the automatically-controlled shutter speed, based on the manually set aperture value.
  • Shutter-Priority: The exposure is determined by the automatically-controlled aperture value, based on the manually set shutter speed.
  • Manual: The exposure is determined by the manually-set aperture value and shutter speed.
  • Panorama: This mode lets you record a panoramic picture by panning the camera in the direction you desire while the camera automatically combines the picture series into a single image. You can set the direction as left-to-right, right-to-left, up-to-down, or down-to-up.
  • Scene Modes: You can take pictures with optimum settings, such as exposure, color, etc. for the following scenes: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Food, Baby, Pet, Sunset, Starry Sky, Through Window, and 3D Photo.
  • Creative Control Modes: You can select from various effects: Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft focus, Star Filter, and One Point Color.
  • Custom Modes: There are two Custom Modes (C1 and C2) where you can store your favorite camera settings.

Control Ring: The Leica C has a control ring surrounding the lens that lets you assign a function and quickly change settings on the fly by turning the ring. Functions that can be assigned to the control ring include:

  • Step Zoom: You can set the focal length in steps rather than a continuous zoom. The steps are typical focal lengths for 35mm cameras.
  • Exposure Compensation: You can quickly adjust the exposure for a lighter or darker rendition than the metered exposure. You can adjust the Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps.
  • Aspect Ratio: You can change the aspect ratio to one of the following: 4:3 (for displaying on a non-HDTV), 3:2 (for best printing results), 16:9 (for displaying on an HDTV or wide computer screen), or 1:1 (for making square prints).
  • Sensitivity: Allows you to quickly set the ISO Sensitivity to Automatic or a preset sensitivity between ISO 80 and ISO 12800.
  • White Balance: You can change the white balance setting to an automatic setting or a preset White Balance.

Wi-Fi Features

Built-in Wi-Fi: The Leica C compact digital camera has built-in Wi-Fi functionality (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4 GHz), allowing you to transfer your pictures to a smartphone, upload them to social networking services, and remotely operate the camera by smartphone. In addition, you can easily connect the camera wirelessly to a smartphone using the NFC (Near-Field Communication) function (where compatible). You can connect the camera and smartphone via a wireless LAN or using Wi-Fi Direct, if compatible.

Leica C Image Shuttle: In order to connect your smartphone or tablet to the camera, you must first install the Leica C Image Shuttle app on your device. Android devices must be running Android version 2.2 to 4.2 or later. iPhone and iPad users must have iOS 6.0 or later on their devices.

Wireless Functions: The Leica C can perform the following functions through the Leica C Image Shuttle app:

  • Remote Recording: When wirelessly connected to the smartphone, you can use the app to take still images and movies remotely. The recorded images are saved in the camera.
  • Saving Pictures: Images and movies stored in the camera can be viewed on the smartphone (movies will not play back). You can save images in the camera to the smartphone one by one using a drag-and-drop motion.
  • Sending Pictures: Using the NFC function (available for select Android devices only), you can easily transfer the picture on display by simply holding the smartphone close to the camera (3/16" or less). Pictures can be transferred as soon as they are recorded, then transferred to your friend's and family's smartphones. You can also use the same action to send pictures to a selected social networking service.
  • Location Information: You can acquire the location information from a smartphone to the camera and store the information on the images you take.

Playback and Printing Functions

Playback Methods: Recorded pictures can be played back in a variety of ways. Images can be played back one-by-one manually, or automatically in slide show fashion. You can play all recorded images, or narrow them down according to various conditions. In the Calendar mode, images can be played back according to recording date.

Filtering Play: Filtering Play narrows down your photos with set filters for playback. You can choose from the following filters: Picture only, Video only, 3D play, Category Selection, Select Date, and Favorite.

Slide Show: Playing back photos in a Slide Show is recommended when viewing on a TV. You can choose from four musical effects: Natural, Slow, Swing, Urban, or off. Slides can be played for a set duration (1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec, or 5 sec), and played once through or continuously repeated. Sound options include: Auto (music playing with still images, recorded sound with movies), Music only (music plays with still images and movies), and Audio (no sound with still images, and recorded audio is played with movies). During Slide Show playback, you can control the volume using the zoom lever.

Retouching Pictures: You can adjust the color and brightness of a still picture using the Auto Retouch function. The Creative Retouch function applies a special effect to recorded images, such as Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, and One Point Color. A new picture is created, and can be saved in addition to the original image, or replace the original image.

Text Stamp: You can apply a stamp on recorded still pictures which will appear when the photo is displayed or printed. You can stamp one photo at a time, or multiple photos (up to 100) at once. Text Stamps can include the Shooting Date (with or without time), Name (using the name registered in Face Recognition, Baby, or Pet), Location, Travel Date, or Title.

Viewing on a TV: The Leica C has a micro-HDMI (Type D) output that allows you to connect the camera via an HDMI micro cable (not included) to a high-definition TV for playing back still images and movies. In many cases, you can control the playback of the images using the remote control of the connected TV (HDTV Link). If the TV is 3D-capable, any 3D still pictures you have recorded can be viewed in 3D, when the camera is connected via HDMI. You can also connect the camera to a TV using the included AV cable.

Copying Photos to a Computer: Using the supplied USB cable, you can copy still images and movies from your camera to your computer. You can connect the camera to a computer that can detect a mass storage device, including those with the following operating systems: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Mac OS X v10.1 to v10.8 or higher. When using a Mac, you can copy motion pictures recorded in AVCHD using iMovie '11.

Printing Photos: The Leica C can be connected directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer using the supplied USB cable. This allows you to to print directly from the camera's memory card. You can print one photo at a time, or print multiple pictures by selecting them from the camera, print "Favorites" only, print "All" pictures, or by using the Print Set (DPOF) method. Once you have selected which pictures to print, you can also choose the number of prints (up to 999), the paper size, the page layout, and print with date (or no date).

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