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Leica CL Mirrorless Camera with 18mm Lens (Silver Anodized)

BH #LECLSPK18 • MFR #19340
Leica CL Mirrorless Camera with 18mm Lens (Silver Anodized)
Key Features
  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Maestro II Image Processor
  • 2.36m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Touchscreen LCD, Top LCD
Designed within a minimalist-yet-functional school of thought, the silver anodized Leica 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.
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Leica CL Overview

  • 1Description
  • 224.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor & Leica Maestro II Processor
  • 349-Point Contrast-Detection AF System
  • 4Body Design
  • 5Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • 6Leica L-Bayonet Mount
  • 7Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH. Lens

Designed within a minimalist-yet-functional school of thought, the silver anodized Leica 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.

Leica CL Specs

Imaging
Lens MountLeica L
Sensor ResolutionActual: 24.96 Megapixel
Effective: 24.24 Megapixel (6016 x 4014)
Sensor Type23.6 x 15.7 mm (APS-C) CMOS
Crop Factor1.5x
Image StabilizationNone
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeMechanical Focal Plane Shutter, Electronic Shutter
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/8000 to 30 Seconds
Electronic Shutter
1/25000 to 1/8000 Second
ISO Sensitivity100 to 50,000 in Auto Mode
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White BalancePresets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Halogen, Shade
Continuous ShootingUp to 10 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 33 Frames (Raw) / 140 Frames (JPEG)
Self-Timer2/12-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes3:2 DNG
6016 x 4014
3:2 JPEG
6000 x 4000
4272 x 2856
3024 x 2016
Aspect Ratio3:2
Image File FormatDNG, JPEG
Internal Video Capture
Recording ModesMP4
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 29.97p/59.94p
HD (1280 x 720) at 29.97p
Recording LimitUp to 29 Minutes
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
External Video Capture
IP StreamingNone
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Audio I/ONone
WirelessWi-Fi
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Monitor
Size3.0"
Resolution1,040,000 Dot
Display TypeFixed Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder
TypeBuilt-In Electronic
Resolution2,360,000 Dot
Eye Point20 mm
Coverage100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.74x
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +4
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus PointsContrast Detection: 49
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Maximum Sync Speed1/180 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
General
Battery Type1 x BP-DC12 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1200 mAh
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy, Aluminum
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.2 x 3.1 x 1.8" / 131 x 78 x 45 mm
Weight2.82 oz / 80 g
14.21 oz / 403 g (Body with Battery)
Kit Lens
Focal Length18mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 27mm)
Maximum Aperturef/2 to 8
Minimum Aperturef/16
Angle of View75°
Maximum Magnification0.07x
Minimum Focus Distance11.81" / 30 cm
Optical Design8 Elements in 6 Groups
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size39 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.4 x 0.83" / 61 x 21 mm
Weight2.82 oz / 80 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)15 x 12 x 8.4"

Leica CL Reviews

My perfect camera

By Lillian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-13

It's packed very well, I love the camera!

Best Camera.

By Duk
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-04

It is a very beautiful camera. I will shoot my sensibility with this.

Bad package

By Minwoo
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-18

Dust on the sensor! Is it new?

My Dream Come True

By Edward
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-09

I have always wanted a Leica since I was selling cameras and studying photography in my 20's. I finally took the plunge and purchased a Leica CL. I couldn't be more delighted with the results. The camera is easy to understand and the menu system makes personalizing the camera to your needs easy. Best of all, the things that make a Leica a Leica (image quality, resolution and contrast) are there in abundance. There is nothing quite like a Leica!

It's my go-to 'li'l camera' - I love it.

By Philip
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-26

It's essentially replaced my Sony RX1R2 and most other smaller cameras. Even though it's only pushing 24mpx, it's got great colour depth. I'm really enjoying it this autumn.

Great combo

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-23

This is my third Leica moving up the line. Its easy to use esp if you are familiar with Leica cameras. The pictures are perfectly sharp with accurate color. The lens works well in outdoor lighting and is great for close up and Landscape photography. I will add a prime lens to cover my needs. I am very pleased with my purchase.

Old Times Updated

By Linda
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-09

The digital Leica CL reminds me of my film CL. A very good memory. I took it (with 40mm f2 and 90mm 2.8) on a trip to France and it really delivered the goods. Now, I am searching for a light weight normal lens for my digital update. From testing with the 18 - 56, I can report that the new CL is going to be my companion for everything except ultra long lenses. Highly recommended!!!

Nice camera

By Jeyananthan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-14

Small and solid camera. Great picture quality. I love it

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