Leica CL Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18mm Lens (Black)

Leica CL Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18mm Lens (Black)

Leica CL Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18mm Lens (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
  • Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH. Lens
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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.
Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH. Lens
Included with the camera body is the wide-angle prime Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens, which provides a 27mm equivalent focal length to suit working in a variety of shooting situations. The lens's optical design has four aspherical surfaces to control spherical aberrations and distortion for sharper, clear imagery and its autofocus design permits full-time manual focus override for increased control.
UPC: 799429193041
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Leica CL specs

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
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 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
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
Self Timer 12 Seconds, 2 Seconds
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Battery 1 x BP-DC12 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1200 mAh
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
Kit Lens
Focal Length 18mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/16
Angle of View 75°
Minimum Focus Distance 11.81" / 30 cm
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:14
Optical Design 8 Elements in 6 Groups
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front: 39 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 2.40 x 0.83" / 61 x 21 mm
Weight 2.82 oz / 80 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 6.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.7 x 8.7 x 8.5"

Leica CL reviews

CL Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18mm Lens (Black) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The CL is a true lightweight APS-C system camera Because the TL camera preceded it by several years, this little camera, with an excellent electronic viewfinder has a half dozen excellent lenses ready to be used -- three zoom lenses, an 18 mm pancake and fast 23, 35, and 60 mm lenses.� Plus any Leica M or R manual focus lens (with an adapter).� I'm finding (after about a month) that it handles fast and intuitively, autofocus is accurate, manual focus is reliable, and the image quality is superior to what I have gotten with a Fuji X-T2.� Only drawback -- it's expensive.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact and versatile system Almost daily for the past 6 weeks, I have been playing with the CL with native TL-lenses (TL 18mm, 23mm, 18-56mm; all of which are optically excellent), as well as manual lenses in the Leica M-mount (via the M-to-L adapter). The body is small, but at the same time sufficiently large to be comfortably hand hold. The Image quality is at state-of-the-art for cropped sensors with 24MP resolution, I would range it from excellent for ISOs up to 800, and useable at much higher ISOs. For comparison, I find the CL sensor to be on par with Nikons D500. The colours are balanced and natural out of camera. The auto focus with the TL-lenses is accurate and fast. The electronic view finder is very good and gives you the information needed to properly adjust/set focus and exposure. After a little use, the menu system is quick and intuitive; several user-defined menu-combinations can be stored for quick resetting. I foresee that forthcoming software updates will contribute to streamline the menu further. Bottom line: Leica CL is the first high-quality, modular system that I can bring with me almost everywhere, either with the 18-56mm zoom only, or with a few small TL- og M-mount lenses in a (very) small bag. The CL is also fully compatible with the SL-lenses, for those having those (optically outstanding) lenses.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Camera is great, even better if you have M Lenses The camera is awesome, startup time is quick (if i recall, its faster than the Q). I've had the Q before and I did not like it. Sure the aperture selection is great (something missing from the TL and SL lenses) but otherwise the camera controls were not as intuitive. EVF: the evf�is quick with minimal lag even on�a smaller f-stop. the EVF-Extended mode on the CL is great. I can turn off image review and shoot it with the EVF. When i go to the menu it can show on the big screen. This mirrors the behavior on the Leica M. and again I recall the Q was not this way. Lens: the 18mm f2.8TL is decent, its a bit more clinical than older M glass, but for all intents and purposes it performs well. Where this camera shines is when pairing it with M lenses like the Summilux v1 50mm f1.4 and Summicron 35mm f2 v1. The colors, in/out of focus�rendering similar to the M. Focus peaking is when shooting in low light situations with a�big aperture. Wifi connectivity is decent but not GREAT. but it's usable when you just want to extract a JPG out for quick sharing or review.� Overall i am very happy with my purchase. I can have this travel companion with my M and so i can have others take our photo without them struggling to focus my M.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Camera gets out of the way, except for one big flaw IMO I would give this 5 stars except for one thing: The manual focus implementation on L-mount lenses has the insane "acceleration" feature, such that when making adjustments you never know how much turn of the ring will result in a given amount of focus adjustment. �The camera needs a menu item with at least three settings: accelerated MF, long throw MF, short throw MF. �The latter of these is for the case where quick acquisition of MF is more important than the last little bit of accuracy. �If you only use AF, you won't care, but I predict that most photographers will mature to plenty of times they want good MF, and in a system that is supposed to be small it is not a good idea to mandate carrying two different lenses... on AF and one MF.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from buttery smooth images and colors! This camera totally delivers on the accurate Leica colors and buttery smooth images I was looking for. With the 18mm prime lens it’s nice and compact... much smaller than other mirrorless options I’ve seen. Great for minimalist design lovers.
Date published: 2018-05-01
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