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LeicaC Digital Camera (Dark Red)
 
4.7

(based on 31 reviews)

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100%

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Pros

  • Compact (26)
  • Easy to use (25)
  • Great resolution (25)
  • Good in low light (21)
  • Fast shutter speed (19)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (27)
  • Family photos (26)
  • Low light (17)
  • Macro photography (11)
  • Sports/action (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (15), Semi-pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Stunning Little Performer!

As much as I love my big cameras, I can't really carry any of them with me 24/7...and that's where the little Panasonic LX5 used to come in. The main problem...Read complete review

As much as I love my big cameras, I can't really carry any of them with me 24/7...and that's where the little Panasonic LX5 used to come in. The main problem was that it was not exactly "pocketable" (even less so with the EVF attached) but more of a "big coat pocket camera". My venerable LX5 had seen a lot of use and was getting a bit long-in-the-tooth. I'd been looking for a replacement and had been looking carefully at the Panasonic LX7 and, when it was introduced a few months ago, the Panasonic LF1. At the time, the most striking thing about the LF1 was the reach it had for something that size - 28mm-200mm (full-frame equivalent)!

When Leica announced their version of the LF1 recently for a reasonable $200 mark-up, it was a no-brainer as the body style was much nicer and I needed another copy of Lightroom 5 (which is normally about $150 by itself). Plus, I preferred a warranty through Leica rather than Panasonic as they've been so very helpful over the years with my M8, M9 and M lenses, often going that extra mile for me.

I've been absolutely loving the C! In my opinion it is certainly a step up from the LX5 in terms of telephoto reach and photo quality. It's no M9 obviously but, turned off with its lens collapsed, it is exceedingly tiny and really can live in my pants pocket 24/7. Being able to tether it to a tablet or phone is also a welcome bit of utility.

I love the macro capabilities, the decent low-light ability, the RAW file capability and the presence of a EVF on something this tiny. For what it's worth, the EVF won't win any prizes but it certainly does the job in bright light and that's all I need it for.

This is a camera that you can always have with you and it's capable of stunning, high quality images, especially if you shoot in RAW format.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Low on Leica Totem Pole

I have been using Leicas since I was a young man. My dad had a IIIF STRD. That is what I learned photography on.
Now it is a Point and Shoot. I...Read complete review

I have been using Leicas since I was a young man. My dad had a IIIF STRD. That is what I learned photography on.
Now it is a Point and Shoot. I give you that. I believe all of these Point and Shoots are made by Panasonic. It will save you hundreds to buy the original manufactures camera and not the rebranded Leica one.
Cons: The WIFI feature is sporatic. Will not stay connected. While toe reaction time to take an image is not that great. the sensor does take nice images, very color saturated contrasty images.
Plus features: good battery life. Nice images if you hold the camera very still. It also has a horizon indicator in it.

I am going to contact Leica service and ask them to make good on the Wifi feature. This camera was a gift for my wife, so I picked it because we have REAL Leica cameras and Binos here at the house and it is cute in its pale gold color.

Reviewed by 31 customers

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5.0

Glad I bought this camera

By martyz15

from alpine, nj

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Battery Life
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

    Family and vacation photosSports eventsSo nice and small and compactSo far nothing negative to say.Really have not used it much yet.I will do so in the next few weeks.

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    5.0

    Leica point-and-shoot makes the grade!

    By Sartre

    from San Mateo, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel

      Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

      My wife and I will be traveling to France in two months. Having been several times, and each trip carrying my large DSLR (Nikon D90, Nikon D7000), I wanted this trip to be less of a tourist and more of a casual, relaxed visitor. So, without the full gear, I still hope to get some nice pictures.I researched and decided to try the Leica C. It has an incredible optical zoom, although I worry about camera shake at distances, and a sleek, user-friendly design. It also has a nifty Wifi feature - I can create an ad hoc network connection between my phone and the camera using the NFC chips in each device. Then I can both transfer images from the camera to the phone, and even more impressively, control the camera using the phone. For example, using a tripod, I can set a shot while standing meters away and trigger the shutter. This is a fun feature, but we'll see how practical when we get to Paris. It also has a feature I had never seen before, which is a wheel circling the lens that can be used to control various features, depending on which mode the camera is in at the time. In automatic mode, it serves as a step-zoom; in other modes it can do the manual focus, or apply various effects. It's positioned in a very handy place if you need to make changes while shooting without looking down or fiddling with the buttons on the back of the unit.Basically this is my first Leica and so far I am pleased.Drawbacks - a unique power/connection cable. I would have liked a more standardized format (micro-USB, for example). No external charger available for a spare battery - you have to put the battery in the camera and plug the camera in. (I may be wrong about this, but this is what I have found.)

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      5.0

      Great camera

      By joelheikki

      from Tucson, AZ

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Resolution
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

        Just returned a few months ago from touring Finland July 11-25. Top to bottom. From Ivalo to Honko. Took about 500 pictures. Narrowed them down to 199 for a presentation to my FinnishAmericanClub in Tucson. Just an easy and light weight camera to pack around the country side.

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        5.0

        Great compact camera

        By Gary G

        from West Suffield, CT

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Great Zoom
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel

          Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

          I have found this to be an exceptional compact camera. The the sensor renders great pictures in just about any condition - indoors or out, sunny or shady. The lens is top notch. I usually run my photos thru Photoshop to adjust, exposure, color, etc. but have found very little tweeking is needed. I this is based on a Panasonic, but I have not regretted this purchase.

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          5.0

          great little camera

          By wdg-bmw

          from saraland, Al

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Battery Life
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel

          Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

          very fast lens. photos are great

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Point & Shoot

          By Steve

          from Spokane, WA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel

            Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

            This is a great small travel camera

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great P&S Camera

            By BRYSF

            from San Francisco

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

              I have not had a lot of time to fully put this little guy to the test, but so far, I'm impressed. After reading many reviews on a lot of its competitors, I decided to finally spend the extra $ and get the Leica. Glad I did. Great smaller size that actually fits in your pocket; solid build; image quality seems top notch; stylish design; and it actually has a view finder. Not the best in the world, but just having one on something this size is nice. Now just excited to see how well it performs in various situations.

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              • No

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              4.0

              awesome little camera

              By Goldfish

              from San lorenzo, CA

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

                    great versatile little camera to carry around

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    The Real Thing

                    By Rick

                    from Rye, NH

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about C Digital Camera (Light Gold):

                      Just returned from Machu Picchu and The Galapagos where the Leica C performed exactly as advertised by both Leica and B&H Photo Video. Unsurpassed when traveling to out of the way places by difficult conveyance where carrying a 35mm digital camera body and various lenses would be both cumbersome and impractical for all but the most seasoned professional photographers.
                      The camera features significantly surpass my prior Lumix LX-3 and LX-5, especially the 28mm to 200mm true optical zoom..I have not used the video feature yet! I am completely delighted with the quality of the images, the ease of using aperture or shutter speed preference, the endurance of the Li-ion battery. The leather case is perfect for traveling in all but pouring down rain.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great snap and shoot

                      By Kjksoho

                      from NYC

                      Comments about C Digital Camera (Light Gold):

                      Love the camera, especially like the quick switch to color options like black and white.

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                      5.0

                      My new go to

                      By mpress

                      from ny ny

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

                      I finally moved away from lugging my canon 5D III around, and switched to the Canon M mirror less which I love,but its not pocketable and lack of dedicated lenses in the line up yet had me looking for something more versatile. The Leica C has me floored. The IQ is outstanding, ease of use, a VIEWFINDER!!!!!! I take it everywhere and the the reach to 200mm on something this small while still keeping the IQ is awesome.. I tried the panny LF1 but i personally see a lot of differences in the imaging of the Leica C. I didn't think i would ever find the perfect travel go anywhere P&S, never loved the images from and of my Canon G or S series while both were very good they always left me wanting more….The Leica C finally lets me travel light without compromise or leaving me wishing i had lugged my DSLR.. The wifi both for file transfer as well as remote control is first rate, allowing the ability to recognize and connect quickly to iPhone, iPad and my macbook...Great Job Leica…..Worth every Penny!!!!! I do highly recommend the expensive but great case which BHP finally has in stock, and a few extra power/down load cords i picked up nikons at BHP for[$] so i have one in my car, home office and knapsack, the ability to charge the camera direct from a cell phone back up battery like a mophie is a huge plus to guarantee always being able to shoot.. I also picked up spare LF1 battery and off camera charger, but have no tended to use them.

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                      4.0

                      Very good little camera

                      By Amudgarden

                      from Phoenix, MD

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Battery Life
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel

                      Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

                      I use it as a supplementary camera to carry with me wherever I go. It fits in my pocket just as easily as my iPhone, but captures images in a far superior way the iPhone. It's very simple to operate, the flash works just fine for its intended range. the zoom is quick and easy. I don't use this camera in low light without its flash...if I ever anticipate low light shooting, I'd use a different camera which is suited for that type of shooting (i.e. the Leica M 240).

                      I prefer working with RAW files in LR and PS, and avoid taking JPEGS whenever possible for that reason. This is another reason why I enjoy using the C, it takes RAW images that are quite malleable in post production.

                      And, most importantly, you're taking photos with a Leica lens, which are the finest lenses made in the world. While it's not a full frame Leica, the images still have that natural look with excellent contrast that only Leica lenses give you.

                      The one thing about this camera I'd like to improve is the resolution of the EVF and the LVF. They are adequate, but don't seem to be up to the quality of a Sony or Olympus compact point and shoot in this price range.

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                      5.0

                      Stunning Little Performer!

                      By Carbon111

                      from Mukilteo, WA

                      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

                        As much as I love my big cameras, I can't really carry any of them with me 24/7...and that's where the little Panasonic LX5 used to come in. The main problem was that it was not exactly "pocketable" (even less so with the EVF attached) but more of a "big coat pocket camera". My venerable LX5 had seen a lot of use and was getting a bit long-in-the-tooth. I'd been looking for a replacement and had been looking carefully at the Panasonic LX7 and, when it was introduced a few months ago, the Panasonic LF1. At the time, the most striking thing about the LF1 was the reach it had for something that size - 28mm-200mm (full-frame equivalent)!

                        When Leica announced their version of the LF1 recently for a reasonable $200 mark-up, it was a no-brainer as the body style was much nicer and I needed another copy of Lightroom 5 (which is normally about $150 by itself). Plus, I preferred a warranty through Leica rather than Panasonic as they've been so very helpful over the years with my M8, M9 and M lenses, often going that extra mile for me.

                        I've been absolutely loving the C! In my opinion it is certainly a step up from the LX5 in terms of telephoto reach and photo quality. It's no M9 obviously but, turned off with its lens collapsed, it is exceedingly tiny and really can live in my pants pocket 24/7. Being able to tether it to a tablet or phone is also a welcome bit of utility.

                        I love the macro capabilities, the decent low-light ability, the RAW file capability and the presence of a EVF on something this tiny. For what it's worth, the EVF won't win any prizes but it certainly does the job in bright light and that's all I need it for.

                        This is a camera that you can always have with you and it's capable of stunning, high quality images, especially if you shoot in RAW format.

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                        2.0

                        Low on Leica Totem Pole

                        By daleeman

                        from Dayton, Ohio

                        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Resolution

                        Cons

                        • Lag / Shutter Delay
                        • Poor Image Stabilization

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Travel

                        Comments about C Digital Camera (Light Gold):

                        I have been using Leicas since I was a young man. My dad had a IIIF STRD. That is what I learned photography on.
                        Now it is a Point and Shoot. I give you that. I believe all of these Point and Shoots are made by Panasonic. It will save you hundreds to buy the original manufactures camera and not the rebranded Leica one.
                        Cons: The WIFI feature is sporatic. Will not stay connected. While toe reaction time to take an image is not that great. the sensor does take nice images, very color saturated contrasty images.
                        Plus features: good battery life. Nice images if you hold the camera very still. It also has a horizon indicator in it.

                        I am going to contact Leica service and ask them to make good on the Wifi feature. This camera was a gift for my wife, so I picked it because we have REAL Leica cameras and Binos here at the house and it is cute in its pale gold color.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        So far, So good............

                        By Bob

                        from New Jersey

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Resolution
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Travel

                        Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

                        Just started using it and still have to put it thtough it's paces. The Viewfinder is one of the reasons I purchased this model over Nikon's & Canon's. It's small size makes it very pocketable.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Loved it

                        By Alepaty

                        from Brasil

                        Comments about C Digital Camera (Light Gold):

                        Small
                        Great wifi
                        Easy
                        Wonderful image

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                        5.0

                        Great camera perfect size

                        By BADDAD

                        from B.C. Canada

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Resolution
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Video

                          Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

                          Vacations. On the go.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          great camera for beginners or pros

                          By beelyn12

                          from nyc

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Battery Life
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Resolution
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about C Digital Camera (Light Gold):

                            Great point and shoot camera for anyone. Easy settings for beginners and advance customization for the pros. Can't go wrong. Software also easy to yase

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Excelente

                            By Rodrigo Jara

                            from Chile

                            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Battery Life
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Resolution
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about C Digital Camera (Light Gold):

                                La mejor camara de bolsillo que he tenido, se logran un disparons extraordinarios con muy poca luz y no necesita tripode ni apoyo, es realmente increíble, la mejor de todas ;) completamente recomendable.

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                                5.0

                                Upgrade from V-Lux 20

                                By Mr. Don

                                from Chicago

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Good in Low Light
                                • Great Resolution
                                • Small / Compact

                                Cons

                                • Lag / Shutter Delay

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Travel

                                Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

                                The "C" is better in low light than my 3-year-old V-20, has nice Scene features (use the Food option for anything existing light) and an acceptable telephoto. May be the best camera in its size class.

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                                • No

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