As Oskar Barnack began the development of the first Leica in the early years of the last century, his goal was the construction of a camera that would unite compact size, easy handling and superior picture quality without any compromises.
Today, the Leica CL is second to none in the realisation of these values. Advance technology with traditional ease of handling.
Expect only the best
In every perfect picture, the individual elements complement each other and come together to create a greater whole.
This also applies to the Leica CL: a high-resolution, 24 MP, APS-C format sensor, a Maestro II series processor and fast autofocus with 49 metering points come together to guarantee the image quality that is so distinctive for Leica: the best.
This naturally also applies to video recordings captured with a resolution of up to 4K at 30 frames per second. Whatever your expectations, the Leica fulfils them all with distinction.
With a latency time below the threshold of perception, a resolution of 2.36 million dots and the largest possible viewfinder image, the EyeRes® Viewfinder developed especially for the Leica CL ensures that you always have complete control over every picture you take.
The Leica CL is an intuitive camera. A camera you can use immediately, and one that impresses with quality. All essential elements for photography can be found on the top plate of the camera. Aside from the high-resolution electronic viewfinder, this is where you will find two dials for setting the aperture, shutter speed ISO value and exposure compensation.
All these controls are located in positions that enable photographs to be taken without removing the camera from the eye. A top display instantly provides information about all relevant parameters. The shutter button impresses with a perfectly defined release pressure point. The Leica CL gives you the feeling of being in complete control over every photo you take.
A synthesis of tradition and innovation
With its archetypal design, the compact Leica CL sets a new milestone in the over 100-year history of Leica camera development.
It’s classic design appearance is packed with innovations that serve one single purpose – the transformation of your photographic visions into reality. The Leica CL combines iconic design with state-of-the-art technology.
Light, compact and always at hand
The compact, light and handy Leica CL is the ideal everyday companion. Always at hand and ready to capture the essence of every special moment – easily and unobtrusively.
The integrated Wi-Fi module of your Leica CL enables wireless transfer of images to smartphones, tablets or computers.
The Leica CL App for iOS or Android enables you to share your images via email or social media. With the remote function of the CL App, you can use your mobile device as an off-camera viewfinder, change exposure parameters or take pictures with your Leica CL by remote control.
|Camera type||Digital APS-C system camera|
|Lens Mount||Leica L bayonet with contact strip for communication between lens and camera|
|Compatible lenses||Lenses with Leica L-Mount (TL- and SL- Lenses), Leica M/R lenses using the Leica M-Adapter L/R-Adapter L|
|Sensor||APS-C sized CMOS sensor (23.6 x 15.7 mm) with 24.96/24.24 million pixels (total/effective), aspect ratio 3:2|
|Photo Resolution||Total Pixel: 6088 x 4100 Pixel (24,96MP), Effective Pixel: 6032 x 4032 Pixel (24,32MP), Active Pixel 6024 x 4024 Pixel (24,24MP), DNG: 6016 x 4014 Pixel (24 Megapixel), JPG: 6000 x 4000 Pixel (24 Megapixel), 4272 x 2856 Pixel (12 Megapixel) oder 3024 x 2016 Pixel (6 Megapixel)|
|Foto-file format/compression rate||Optional: DNG, JPG, or DNG + JPG|
|Video resolution / frame rate||Optional: 3840 x 2160 p (4K) 30 fps, 1920 x 1080 p (FHD) 60 fps, 1920 x 1080 p (FHD) 30 fps or 1280 x 720 p (HD) 30 fps|
|Video recording format||MP4|
|Video recording time||Depending on ambient or housing temperature video recordings are possible up to a maximum length of 29 minutes, maximum file size is 4 GB. If a recording exceeds this limit, the respective part is automatically stored in another file|
|Processor||MAESTRO II Generation|
|Storage media||SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, UHS II-standard is supported|
|ISO range||Automatic, ISO 100 to ISO 50000|
|White balance||Automatic, presets for daylight, cloudy, halogen lighting, shadow, electronic flash, memory slots for manually metered settings (2 slots TL2, 1 slot CL), manual color temperature setting|
|Autofocus metering methods||Single point, multi-zone, spot, face detection, touch AF, touch AF + release|
|Exposure modes||Program mode, aperture priority mode, shutter speed priority mode and manual setting mode, video|
|Scene Modes||Fully automatic, sport, portrait, landscape, night portrait, snow/beach, fireworks, candlelight, sunset, digiscoping, miniature, panorama, HDR|
|Exposure metering methods||Multi-zone, center-weighted, spot|
|Exposure Compensation||±3 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments|
|Automatic exposure bracketing||Three pictures in graduations up to ± 3EV, adjustable in 1⁄3 EV increments|
|Shutter speed range||30 s to 1⁄25000 s (up to 1⁄8000 s with mechanical, beyond that with electronic shutter)|
|Picture series||Max. approx. 10 fps with mechanical shutter/ 10 fps with electronic shutter function, max. approx. 33 pictures (DNG+JPG) and max. aprrox. 140 pictures (JPG only) at full speed, then depending on memory card properties|
|Flash modes||Adjustable with attached, system compatible flash|
|Flash exposure compensation||±3 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments|
|Flash sync speed||1⁄180 s|
|Self-timer||Selectable delay time 2 or 12 s
|Monitor||3” TFT LCD, 1.04MP, touch and gesture control possible|
|Viewfinder||Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels (2.36 MP), enlargement: 0.74x, aspect ratio: 4:3, eye relief: 20 mm, eyepiece: adjustable ± 4 dioptres, with eye sensor for automatic switching between viewfinder and monitor|
|Top-Display||Resolution: 128 x 58 pixels|
|ISO Accessory shoe||ISO accessory shoe with center and control contacts for Leica flash units|
|Tripod thread||A 1⁄4 DIN 4503 (1⁄4“)|
|WLAN||Satisfies IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard (standard WLAN protocol), channel 1-11, encryption method: WLAN-kompatible WPA™/WPA2™|
|Power supply||Leica BP-DC12 lithium ion battery, rated voltage 7.2 V (7.2 V D.C.), capacity 1200 mAh, (based on CIPA standard): approx. 220 pictures, charging time (after total diwscharge): approx. 140 min
manufacturer: Panasonic Energy (Wuxi) Co., Ltd. made in China
|Charger||Leica BC-DC12, input: AC 100–240 V, 50/60 Hz, automatic switching, output: DC 8.4 V 0.65 A, manufacturer: Shin Tech Engineering Ltd., Made in China|
|Body||Top and bottom covers: milled and anodized Aluminum, front and rear body shells:Magnesium|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||131 x 78 x 45 mm|
|Weight||Approx. 403 g/353 g (with/without battery)|
|Scope of delivery||Camera body, bayonet cap, carrying strap, accessory shoe cover, battery (Leica BP-DC12), charger (Leica BC-DC 12), mains cables (EU, US, local mains cable)|
|Software||Leica CL App (remote control and picture transfer, free download in Apple™ App-Store™ / Google™ Play Store™)|
LEICA APS-C System
The exceptional image performance of the Leica TL-Lenses is the key to the extraordinarily high picture quality delivered by the Leica APS-C System. The portfolio of compact and fast lenses, with equivalent focal lengths from 17mm to 200 mm, offers infinite opportunities for all types of creative photography.
The elegant simplicity of the design of the three zooms and four prime lenses perfectly complement the Leica CL and the Leica TL2, not only in technology, but also in appearance.