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Leica CL (no lens included)

24-megapixel APS-C sensor mirrorless camera with Wi-Fi®

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Our take on the Leica CL (no lens included)

The Leica CL combines classic and contemporary features in a conveniently compact rangefinder-style design. It's an ideal camera for travel and everyday photography. Easy to use and completely unobtrusive, the CL is discreetly sized so you can keep a low profile when you're out shooting street scenes or candids.

A modern retro-styled camera with undeniable appeal

The Leica CL combines classic and contemporary features in a conveniently compact rangefinder-style design. It's an ideal camera for travel and everyday photography. Easy to use and completely unobtrusive, the CL is discreetly sized so you can keep a low profile when you're out shooting street scenes or candids.

Leica CL

The Leica CL combines a luxury design with state-of-the-art technology (lens and strap not included).

The CL's high-speed Maestro II processor gives you high-resolution, low-noise imaging up to ISO 50,000. In continuous shooting mode, it can capture up to 10 frames per second at full resolution. All that processing power also enables crisp, accurate contrast-based autofocus with face detection and subject tracking. Focus peaking helps you achieve sharp manual focus when you want artistic control.

A powerful fusion of digital and mechanical, manual and automatic

A high-resolution electronic viewfinder gives you a bright frame for easy, ergonomic composition and shooting. You can also use the CL's 3" LCD touchscreen to compose your shots. Touch shooting and familiar gesture controls allow for seamless, intuitive navigation while shooting or reviewing images.

Top-plate dials give you smooth manual control over the CL without having to move your eye from its electronic viewfinder. But if you're more comfortable letting the camera call the shots, there are aperture and shutter priority shooting options to fall back on. Or you can go full auto and use one of the CL's preprogrammed scene modes to let the camera choose all the appropriate settings for your situation.

Smartphone compatibility adds convenience and control

Transfer images from the CL to your mobile device for instant sharing using the camera's built-in Wi-Fi. The Leica CL app has a remote control function that lets you set aperture and shutter speed and also triggers the shutter release for self-timer shots, group portraits, and shots taken from odd angles.

Product Highlights:

  • 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • built-in Wi-Fi for easy sharing and control from smart devices
    • free Leica CL app for Apple® or Android™ devices
  • lightweight magnesium alloy body with machined aluminum top and bottom plates
  • compatible with Leica L-mount and T-mount lenses
  • Maestro II series image processor allows for fast autofocus and low-noise images
  • 3" high-resolution (1.04-million-dot) LCD touchscreen
  • allows touch-focusing, touch-shooting, and gesture controls
  • top-plate LCD screen lets you confirm settings at a glance
  • 2.36-million-dot EyeRes® electronic viewfinder with eye sensor for automatic switching between viewfinder and LCD screen
  • 49-point contrast-detection autofocus system
  • focus peaking allows for sharp manual focus
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: up to 10 frames per second at full resolution
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/8,000 seconds (up to 1/25,000 seconds with electronic shutter)
  • ISO sensitivity range from ISO 100-50,000
  • auto, program, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, and manual exposure modes
  • 13 scene modes for different subjects and environments
  • flash sync speed: 1/180 seconds with compatible external flash unit (no built-in flash)
  • interval timer shooting for time-lapse photos and videos
File Formats and Storage:
  • still image storage modes: JPEG, RAW (DNG)
  • top JPEG resolution (pixels): 6,000 x 4,000
  • MP4 movie files with stereo sound
  • 4K Ultra HD video recording at 30p
  • shoots Full HD video at 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • records photos and video onto SD memory cards (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable BP-DC 12 battery and AC charger
  • neck strap
Dimensions and Warranty:

Leica CL (no lens included) Reviews

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Leica Has Hit It Out Of The Ballpark

Jonathan from New York, NY on 1/14/2018

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I kept my expectations low for this camera due to the mixed online reviews from sources I trust, but man, am I just blown away. The Leica CL is the PERFECT everyday camera! Finally a pro-worthy Leica camera that can legitimately fit in the pocket. It's as if the Q and the M10 had a baby, which, I didn't know it before, but is my ideal kind of camera for what I shoot: street and travel photography. The CL body is sexy and intuitive with just the right amount of controls and buttons, and the image quality that it produces is worthy of the red dot. It might be considered a luxury by a lot of people (understandably) but when you combine the size of the camera and the L lenses with the Leica shooting experience and the 3D-like image quality, it's a bargain. Throw in the ability to use M lenses (with an optional adapter) and the new CL system becomes a no-brainer, especially for those who already have an M or Q or SL. I realize that I sound like someone from the Leica publicity department right now, lol! I mean it's not all puppies and rainbows: no image stabilization (except for in some huge SL lenses that don't honestly make sense to use on such a small body) and no weather sealing are bummers that I hope will be resolved if there's a CL2. But, in my opinion, these two gripes are overwhelmingly outweighed by the stunning photography experience from start to finish that Leica has achieved in the CL.

Pros: Pocketable, outstanding image quality

Cons: No IBIS, lack of weather sealing


Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi Built-in
Touchscreen Yes
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent ---
Optical Zoom ---
Digital Zoom ---
Filter Diameter ---
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash No
HDMI Output No
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD Card
Sensor Size APS-C
Megapixels 24.24
Image Stabilization None
Highest Resolution 6000 x 4000
4K Video Yes
Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Width (inches) 5-3/16
Height (inches) 3-1/8
Depth (inches) 1-13/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 14.2154
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
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