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LeicaC Digital Camera (Dark Red)
 
4.7

(based on 44 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (36)
  • Easy to use (34)
  • Great resolution (31)
  • Good in low light (27)
  • Fast shutter speed (25)

Cons

  • Short battery life (5)
  • Lag / shutter delay (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (36)
  • Family photos (34)
  • Low light (25)
  • Macro photography (16)
  • Video (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (20), Semi-pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (36)

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.

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1.0

Misleading deception

By nc0gnit0

from Los Gatos, CA

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Image Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

      Thought that Adobe LightRoom was included in purchase, but it was only a 30-day trial.

      The camera is OK, but unlike Nikon and/or Canon, it is necessary to use a photo editor to tweak up color balance, saturation, etc.

      Wish I had not bought this.

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      4.0

      Nice little camera

      By Sandy

      from Seattle

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about C Digital Camera (Light Gold):

      I took this camera on a trip to Iceland as my backup camera and ended up using it extensively when my Nikon D7100 was dropped. It takes good photos and it easy to carry. And of course, it is a very nice looking little camera. The macro function turns out decent quality photos. On the minus side, the flash is on the same side of the camera as the shutter release button, making it easy to cover up if you are shooting a portrait oriented photo. The on/off button is too close to the shutter button, making it easy to turn off the camera instead of taking a photo. The instruction manual is terrible. I ended up going to the Panasonic website to figure out a question I had since I could not find the answer in the Leica instruction manual. Extra batteries are expensive.

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      4.0

      Great little camera

      By FJA

      from Kirkland, Wa

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

      I love this camera It is small enough to fit in a pocket, but reasonalable versatile for a point and shoot. Nice to have when I don't feel like carrying mt canon DSLR. I also found a small case logic case that fits perfectly and goes on my belt

      Cons: Lens isn't super sharp at longest tele range, and lens aperture limited to a min f 8, so at 200 mm range is f 5.9 to f 8.

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      5.0

      Love this Leica

      By Gerry

      from Wayne, NJ

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Battery Life
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

        I got this to use for travel when I do not want to take my big DSLR and lenses. It has a fast 2.0 lens and can zoom to 200mm Its very well built and small and compact. It has most of the features one would find on a DSLR . The few pictures that I have taken are crisp and sharp. A couple of caveats: the instruction book is ridiculous you really need to download the PDF file if you want to learn about this camera;it is over 200 pages. The wi-fi is neat , but took a while to set up. The included adobe lightroom is a nice ( $ ) free ad on is nice but a pain to download with all the required passcode , etc. Than being said: this camera is worth every penny. I may never use my Pentax K50 again

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        5.0

        Great choice for compact shooter

        By Daryl

        from Lawrence, KS

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • 1080p Video
        • Easy to Use
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life
        • Trouble With Redeye

        Best Uses

        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

        The Leica C makes great images, saturated colors, with a host of features, including a simple to use Wi-Fi feature. The compact body feels solid having easy access to controls and still fits into your pocket.

        The Leica C case is to be highly recommended, finally an "ever ready" case (design from Audi) that actually works.

        The Leica C gives a good long zoom range (29mm to 222mm) with full manual controls and RAW format captures. Still it manages to squeeze in an electronic viewfinder, with diopter adjustments. The 3" screen is very good, working well outdoors.
        For those looking for a great pocket camera to switch between auto and full manual control, the Leica C is the answer.

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        5.0

        Big things in a little package

        By Gerry S

        from Wayne, NJ

        Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

        I became tired of taking my Pentax k50 and all my lenses on trips overseas and was looking for something that was easy to travel with but still give me great pictures with the ability to be creative. After much review, I decided on this Leica C. I needed something with a little reach while still being able to benefit from a fast lens. This fit the bill with an f2.0 lens and a 200mm zoom. It is a beautiful camera and very well built ; I didn't realize how really small it is. Someone with large hands may not find it suitable and comfortable. It has all the features one would find in a DSLR ( most important ones anyway). I've only had it for a few days but it takes beautiful, sharp, crisp photos. I haven't delved to deeply yet into the different modes but still learning. That brings me to the small negatives. The instruction book is ridiculous; to really learn how to use this camera, you need to download the pdf file which is over 200 pages. Very inconvenient! , but thorough. You do get a free Adobe Lightroom which is a pain to download with passwords and serial numbers, etc. I probably won't use it anyway. I like the wi-fi feature but it's not easy to set up. If you have an android device you can use the nfc function which is easier. The only other annoyance is the on off button; it's too close to the shutter button and I once turned the camera off while trying too snap a shot. But those are all minor annoyances; this little Leica is terrific. I may never use my DSLR again. Anyone want to buy it?

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        5.0

        Perfect pocket camera

        By Ron

        from Anoka, MN

        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):

          I use this camera whenever I want to carry a light, high quality pocket camera.
          Image quality is excellent, as you would expect from a Leica. The lens range (28mm-200mm) is perfect for my needs. The viewfinder, although very small, comes in handy in bright light. The LCD is fine, although a tilting screen would be better for low angle or high angle shots. Overall, I give this camera high grades.

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          4.0

          Nice little camera

          By anne27m

          from Bozeman, MT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light

          Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

          It's little. It has a viewfinder, albeit not great but much better than no viewfinder. It's handy. But B&H says no polarizer possible, which is sad for those of us who take lots of outdoor pictures. It's well made. It's Leica, albeit Panasonic's version being sold in this country. I like it.

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          5.0

          Surprised

          By Ed

          from Lodi

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Macro Photography
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

            Family revolted against me taking my Canon 5DmkII and lens kit to Disneyland. So, I looked at reviews and image samples of point and shoots from various manufacturers. The Leica C kept coming to the top. So i bought it and recieved it 2 days before we left. I just shot and did not have time to read the manual but just dug into the menus. THere is a fully auto mode where you can set it to that and hand it to someone and they can just take great pix. I got into the program mode where you have a bit more control as well as the manual mode. I also set it to recrod RAW as well as JPGs. I also took lots of 1080p video. End result? This will now be my family travel camera 95% of the time. Because of this, i am looking at Leica a lot more seriously now. I still will need to do my 5d2 with my 17mm t/s and 24-70 for specific projects, but i am really liking the freedom this very smll camera gives me. The out of the box JPGs are not bad at all either. Note: if you are not afraid to dig into tech, then this camera will be a good fit for most.
            i used a sandisk 32GB class 10 card and off-loaded video each night. I also own an Ankor 13,000mwh UBS battery that i was able to keep the camera charged up on the fly so i cant comment on the battery life.
            overall, i took about 1400 pix and about 4 hours of video. slight shutter lag ... very very slight ... faster than most other PAS cameras.
            I did a lot of after the fact research on the Leica Digital Rangefinder with an attached TTL electronic viewfinder and 35mm 1.4 lens. - i'd have to take out a mortgage for this but this is now a dream in the future.

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            5.0

            Wonderful Camera System

            By David

            from Laguna Woods, California

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

              The Leica C, together with the Leica C case, is a terrific system. I spent many months comparing various very small, good quality cameras. This Leica system is easily pocketable, uniquely elegant and boasts many features so that you will want to take it with you wherever you go. Unlike other cameras, Leica has put a lot of thought as to how a camera and a case should work together as a team so that you will actually use it. In addition, I wanted a travel camera with a usable viewfinder, manual controls (if necessary) such as adjustable aperature and shutter speed so that my brain will be engaged in the photographic process, a good quality warranty, and finally, a camera that might have some future trade in value. As a long term value, Leica wins, hands down. Oh, it also takes great photos!

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              5.0

              Tiny contradiction

              By gmayaia

              from North Carolina

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Viewfinder Poor Quality

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

              I wanted a camera to replace my Nikon D70 to recorded better images as well as be smaller. Smaller has turned into tiny! I love it anyway. It takes the most fantastic photographs. The controls are simple but also allows for setting up any situation. It is a joy to use.

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              5.0

              Love it

              By Kumararun_29

              from New York

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about C Digital Camera (Dark Red):

              A fantastic point and shoot. Of course expensive but that's what you pay for the red dot. I know this is basically a panasonic camera at its core, but I decided to plonk the extra $$$ for the brand and the prestige that comes with owning a Leica. I love the pics it has taken so far. I am not a natural, and even in my hand it takes great pics. All conditions. Lightweight and easy to cart around. Plus transfering pics to the phone is a breeze through built in Wifi.
              Highly Recommended

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              5.0

              One great Camera

              By DOC.

              from Chicago

              Comments about C Digital Camera (Light Gold):

              I got this for my wife to replace a camera she had problems working. Now she can just take pictures and not need a degree to operate it. Easy to use with the Leica quality you expect. I would recommend it.

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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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                • No

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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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