Leica CL Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only, Black)

Leica CL Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only, Black)

Leica CL Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only, Black)

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Product Highlights

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Maestro II Image Processor
  • 2.36m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Touchscreen LCD, Top LCD
  • UHD 4K30 and Full HD 1080p60 Video
  • Up to 10 fps Shooting and ISO 50000
  • 49-Point Contrast-Detect AF System
  • Electronic Shutter up to 1/25000 Sec
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
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Color: Black

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Leica CL overview

  • 1Description

Designed with Leica's minimalist yet functional school of thought, the black CL is a compact, sleek mirrorless digital camera offering intuitive control and a versatile range of imaging capabilities. Revolving around a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and Maestro II image processor combination, the CL is capable of producing high-resolution stills at up to 10 fps and UHD 4K/30p video, along with a sensitivity range of ISO 100-50000 for working a variety of lighting conditions. An electronic shutter function permits totally silent operation along with shutter speeds up to 1/25000 sec, and a 49-point contrast-detection autofocus system affords quick and accurate performance.

The characteristic svelte profile incorporates a 2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder for bright and clear eye-level viewing and a rear 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD enables the use of touch and gesture controls for familiar operation. Additionally, the top plate features its own LCD for quick settings review and two dials and customizable buttons are featured for more direct adjustment of oft-used settings. Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity also enables wireless sharing and remote camera control from a linked mobile device.

24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor & Leica Maestro II Processor
At the heart of the camera system is a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, which is paired with Leica's Maestro II processor to produce high-resolution, clear stills with native sensitivities ranging from ISO 100-50000 along with a top continuous shooting rate of 10 fps for up to 33 DNG+JPEGs or 140 JPEGs. A mechanical shutter affords precise speeds up to 1/8000 sec, and flash sync to 1/180 sec, while a silent electronic shutter can be used to reach a top speed of 1/25000 sec.

The sensor and processor also enable UHD 4K video recording at 30 fps for ultra-high resolution playback, along with support for Full HD at 60 fps and HD at 30 fps. Focus peaking is available as well to help ensure your videos are in focus.
49-Point Contrast-Detection AF System
Ensuring you are capturing tack-sharp photos at all times is an upgraded contrast-detect AF system with 49 selectable points available. The focusing system offers fast and accurate performance in a variety of lighting and shooting conditions.
Body Design
  • Built-in electronic viewfinder has a 2.36m-dot resolution and 0.74x magnification for bright, clear eye-level viewing. A manual +/-4m diopter is also available to suit different visions strengths.
  • Rear 3.0" 1.04m-dot LCD has a touchscreen design and supports familiar gesture controls for seamless, intuitive navigation while shooting or reviewing imagery.
  • Top status LCD is used to quickly monitor shooting settings.
  • Top and bottom covers are constructed from milled and anodized aluminum alloy while the front and rear body shells are magnesium alloy for an overall construction that is rigid yet lightweight.
  • Two dials with center buttons are featured on the top plate for easy settings adjustment and four-way rear directional pad can be used for intuitive selecting of focus points.
Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
Integrated IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi allows you to wirelessly connect iOS and Android devices to the CL for sharing photos and movies to smartphones or tablets for posting online. The free Leica App facilitates sharing imagery between the camera and device, and the app also enables a remote function for wirelessly adjusting the camera's shutter speed, aperture, and for releasing the shutter. The app can also be used as a remote electronic viewfinder to benefit composing self-portraits or group shots, or when working from difficult shooting angles.
Leica L-Bayonet Mount
Leica's mirrorless L-bayonet mount offers users the ability to connect both full-frame SL-series and APS-C TL-series glass, which benefits from electronic communication for blazing fast autofocus, electronic aperture control, and optical image stabilization. Additionally, as with most mirrorless today, the L mount can accept a variety of adapters, such as the M-Adapter L which provides shooters with access to the entire M-mount lens library. Leica will have adapters for the S, R, and Cine series as well, ensuring compatibility with a range of Leica's best lenses.
UPC: 799429193010
In the Box
Leica CL Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only, Black)
  • BP-DC 12 Lithium-Ion Battery for Leica Q Typ 116 Digital Camera (7.2V, 1200mAh)
  • Battery Charger BC-DC 12 For V Lux 4
  • Camera Body Cap T
  • Carrying Strap
  • Accessory Shoe Cover
  • Limited 1-Year Leica Society Digital Membership
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Leica CL specs

    Imaging
    Lens Mount Leica L
    Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 24.96 Megapixel
    Effective: 24.24 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 6016 x 4014
    Aspect Ratio 3:2
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.6 x 15.7 mm
    File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG
    Movies: MP4
    Memory Card Type SD
    SDHC
    SDXC
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes
    Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 30 fps
    1920 x 1080p at 30/60 fps
    1280 x 720p at 30 fps
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 49
    Viewfinder/Display
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,360,000
    Viewfinder Eye Point 20.00 mm
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.74x
    Diopter Adjustment -4 to +4 m
    Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen LCD (1,040,000)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-50000
    Shutter Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 30 - 1/8000 Second 
    Type: Electronic
    Speed: 1/8000 - 1/25000 Second 
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Spot Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Halogen, Shade
    Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 33 Frames in Raw Format
    Up to 10 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 140 Frames in JPEG Format
    Flash
    Built-in Flash No
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 Second
    Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Dedicated Flash System TTL
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
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    Self Timer 12 Seconds, 2 Seconds
    Wi-Fi Capable Yes
    Power
    Battery 1 x BP-DC12 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1200 mAh
    Physical
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.2 x 3.1 x 1.8" / 131.0 x 78.0 x 45.0 mm
    Weight 14.21 oz / 403 g with battery
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.7 x 8.5 x 6.6"

    Leica CL reviews

    CL Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only, Black) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Little Camera Background: I was a professional commercial photographer in the 70s and 80s. Today just an avid hobby for me. If this camera is on your short list, but don't have the opportunity to handle or test it, trust the reviews and images you are seeing from this little engine that could. Myself, like you, had a list of bodies (usual suspects) I was trying to choose from. Size, image quality and simple controls were my priorities, this turned out to be a great choice for me. Build: This camera is solidly built. The size is surprising but the weight to size ratio is feels like it is built to last and not a plastic toy. Yes the battery door may feel out of place, but nothing about feels like it will fall apart. Features: Everything you need as a camera with full control over the right variables needed to take quality images. I found it very intuitive no matter what mode is your favorite, even manual. The view finder is bright, large and with the right information available without taking your eye away (Its' stunning). You can add electronic leveling or grid if you need those things on the fly. The histogram overlay while composing doesn't get in the way of framing the image and helps determine the best exposure for the scene. Menu's are straight forward and not too many choices as to overwhelm the user. Video: I can't help you here, not why I purchase a camera. I can understand the need for stabilization for this feature. Stabilization is not an issue for stills, after all we've shot film for decades without it and you couldn't change ASA (ISO) on the fly. Image Quality: The contrast and exposure are extremely well with the Leica glass. There is something about the images I've never experienced with other system. The 11-23 is my first lens for the system, just because it falls into the sweet spot. Hope to add the 55-135 soon, which will cover 90% of what I do with a camera. For me this camera was the right choice. I also felt it a bit pricey until I un-boxed it and started handling it, then the value changed. Once I started pulling images off of the memory card, then there was no question of what this camera provides the user. There isn't anything (except maybe another Leica) out there built like this little gem.
    Date published: 2018-04-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY SECOND CL I bought my first CL as the kit with the 18-56mm zoom earlier this year. I've used the range finder cameras since the early 80's. At this point of my life I like the convenience of autofocus and zoom lenses. I like everything about this camera. It is light and compact. It has a horizon line in the view finder that makes alignment easy. The menus are easy to understand and set up. Most of my photography is travel photography. It is easy to work quickly with the camera. I've had no problem with the 2 setting wheels on the top of the camera. It takes a little while to remember what does what, but the more you use the camera, the easier it gets. I have found that the image quality is very close to what I have gotten with my M series rangefinder lenses. I also have the 35f1.4 and 55 to 135 zoom. Although I still carry the rangefinder cameras, I can carry these 2 cameras and cover an equivalent of 27 to 200mm working very quickly.
    Date published: 2018-08-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The right fit This is a great camera for traveling. The good feel and the light weight it's great for hiking around. The lens is great, I use a 50 mm summilux F1.4 this is my new go to camera.
    Date published: 2018-06-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific little camera The CL delivers the quality of Leica in a small camera that I can take everywhere. It's small and unobtrusive...the perfect solution. I love that it can also take M lenses.
    Date published: 2018-07-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG BEST LEICA for the likes of me --- INTUITIVE USEFULNESS. CAN / DID PICK IT UP AND START USING IT WITH THE MENU -- HAD TO BECAUSE NO INSTRUCTION MANUAL EXCEPT FOR THE QUICK START -- WHICH IS GOOD.
    Date published: 2018-09-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect I was concerned going back to crop sensor would decrease quality of my pictures. This camera is phenomenal and outperforms most full frame cameras! I don't regret buying this camera whatsoever. It's light and powerful!
    Date published: 2018-09-20
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