Leica CL “Oskars Legacy”

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Leica CL “Oskars Legacy”

The Leica CL unites innovative technologies, extremely easy handling and iconic compact design in a perfect balance.

 

Wetzlar, 21 November 2017. Leica Camera AG has expanded its APS-C System product portfolio with a new camera that unites innovative technologies, extremely easy handling and iconic design: the Leica CL. Its ideal balance between state-of-the-art technology, mechanical precision and compact construction makes it the perfect everyday companion – especially for spontaneous and discreet pictures.

The Leica APS-C System now offers two camera models made in Germany – the Leica CL and the Leica TL2. In technical terms, they are equals, but could hardly be more different with regard to their design and handling concepts: reflecting the traditions of Leica in the form of the iconic Leica CL and, in contrast, the futuristic look of the Leica TL2. Together with the extensive portfolio of TL-Lenses, they create a system that makes it possible to experience a special kind of photography.

One of the outstanding features of the Leica CL is its electronic viewfinder with EyeRes technology developed by Leica especially for this camera. With a latency time below the threshold of perception and a resolution of 2.36 million pixels, the EyeRes® viewfinder offers an impressive viewing experience and numerous advantages: As the final image is visible in the viewfinder before the shutter release is pressed, users have complete control over the composition of their subjects.

In combination with the high-resolution, 24 MP, APS-C format sensor of the Leica CL, a Maestro II series processor and fast autofocus with 49 metering points guarantee maximum picture quality in all photographic situations. The Leica CL is not only an impressive still picture camera, this also applies to moving pictures captured with its video function at a resolution of up to 4K at 30 frames per second.

The Leica CL also equipped with an integrated Wi-Fi module. Pictures and videos can be sent by a wireless connection to smartphones, tablets or computers and quickly and easily shared by email or in social networks with the Leica CL App for iOS or Android. In addition to this, the remote function of the app lets mobile devices be used as an off-camera viewfinder or for altering exposure parameters – for example when shooting with the self-timer function or from unusual angles.

The Leica CL establishes the unmistakeable simplicity of iconic Leica design in the compact system camera class. In every respect discreet, this compact camera is an ideal companion with a user-friendly handling concept that makes it an intuitive tool. All essential controls are located on its top plate. In addition to the electronic viewfinder, there are two dials for setting the aperture, shutter speed ISO value, and exposure compensation. Everything is so conveniently located that photographs can be made without taking the camera from the eye. An additional display on the top plate instantly provides information about all relevant settings and exposure parameters. Together with the perfectly defined release pressure point, this ensures that users have absolute control over every picture they take with the Leica CL.

The extensive portfolio of TL-Lenses is also available to the Leica CL. The lenses offer superior imaging performance and are responsible for the exceptionally high picture quality delivered by the Leica APS-C System. The portfolio of compact and fast lenses with focal lengths from 17 to 200 mm offers infinite opportunities for all kinds of creative photography. The elegant simplicity of the design of the three zooms – the Super-Vario-Elmar-TL 1:3.5–4.5/11–23 ASPH., Vario-Elmar-TL 1:3.5–5.6/18–56 ASPH. and the APO-Vario-Elmar-TL 1:3.5–4.5/55–135 ASPH. – and four prime lenses – the Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/18 ASPH., Summicron-TL 1:2/23 ASPH., Summilux-TL 1:1.4/35 ASPH. and the APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/60 ASPH. – perfectly complement the Leica CL, not only in terms of technology, but also in looks.

Developed by optical engineering specialists in Wetzlar, the Leica TL-Lenses all offer the exceptional imaging performance for which Leica lenses are famed. The combination of optical and precision engineering expertise and the use of finest materials in their construction ensures their constant quality and reliability in use.

Thanks to the L-Bayonet mount shared by the Leica TL- and SL-Systems, SL-Lenses can also be used without an adapter on the CL and the TL2. Appropriate adapters are also available for using Leica M- and R-Lenses on the cameras.

An extensive range of technical- and style-accessories ideally complements the APS-C System.

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The Inspiration

The new APS camera goes back to the first Leica designs that are today known worldwide as… THE ICONIC Leica Design!

 

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The Photographic Interface

All dials and photographic values are always visible and available.

In order to achieve that the Leica CL has a photographic layer that is dedicated for taking – no actively making! – pictures.

Everything necessary to create an image – aperture, shutter speed, ISO and Exposure Value  – can be adjusted without taking the camera from the eye – without loosing sight of the motive.

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EyeRes® EVF

Always in control.

What You See Is What You Get.

A sight of the motive that is  “big window like”, brilliant & bright  – made happen by the new built in EyeRes EVF.

You always see what you get. And you always feel in control.

Taking an image with the CL is like having a great conversation. Action and answer. Instant feedback. Tactile. Fast. Immediate.

 

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Top Display

The conversation is additionally supported by the Top Display that shows only the necessary and relevant settings

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The Menu & Playback Interface

intuitive interface for reviewing the images or entering the menu.

An overall handling that is simple, customizable and inspiring.

But do not get fooled: As iconic and classic the new CL looks  – inside it encloses a modern heart.

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State of the Art Technology

Fast. Reactive. High Quality.

 

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CL-APP for Android & iOS

With the CL App the pictures memories are accessible everywhere you are.

Just share them instantly or be creative with its remote function.

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Technical Data 

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 System Contrast-based
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)

 


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