Playback and Printing Functions
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
- 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:
|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
- 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
- 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
- Shutter-Priority: The exposure is determined by the
automatically-controlled aperture value, based on the manually set shutter
- 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
- 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
- White Balance: You can change the white balance setting
to an automatic setting or a preset White Balance.
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
- 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
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