Leica C-Lux Review

Overall 45
Imaging 14
Features 58
Size 81
Price 0

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP 1" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Expands to 80 - 25600)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 113 x 67 x 46 mm
  • Weight: 340 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Leica C-Lux Summary

This review is devoted to C-Lux that Leica has first introduced to the public in Jun 10, 2018. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #101 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #312 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Leica C-Lux Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Leica C-Lux review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Max Native Iso: 12800
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 49
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 10.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Battery Life: 370 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Leica C-Lux With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Leica C-Lux. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Leica C-Lux

Leica C-Lux has the following external dimensions 113 x 113 x 46 mm (44.49 x 26.38 x 18.11″) with the weight of 340 g.

The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Leica C-Lux, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Leica C-Lux is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 46mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Leica C-Lux with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Leica C-Lux is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Leica C-Lux compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Leica C-Lux — 370 shots
Min: 200 shots
Average: 301 shots
Max: 450 shots

Thickness

Leica C-Lux — 46 mm
Min: 31 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 122 mm

Weight

Leica C-Lux — 340 g
Min: 206 g
Average: 393 g
Max: 1040 g

Unfortunately, Leica C-Lux comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Leica C-Lux comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Leica C-Lux Photo and Sensor Features

Leica C-Lux boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Leica C-Lux has the following ISO range 125 - 12800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 80 - 25600.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Leica C-Lux features a 20.0 MP 1" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Leica C-Lux is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1" sensor featured in Leica C-Lux with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Leica C-Lux

LCD and ViewFinder

Leica C-Lux is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,240k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Leica C-Lux’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,330k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Leica C-Lux are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, C-Lux comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/2000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, C-Lux unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, C-Lux has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Leica C-Lux, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Leica C-Lux allows you to save files in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 formats.

Leica C-Lux supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of C-Lux.

Leica C-Lux is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Leica C-Lux is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, C-Lux is equipped with its USB 1 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect C-Lux with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Leica C-Lux provides a shooting life of 370, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 301 shots.

Compared to all models in the Large Sensor Compact category, Leica C-Lux offers the highest battery life that reaches 370 shots.

How Good is Leica C-Lux for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Leica C-Lux’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Leica C-Lux’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the C-Lux to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Leica C-Lux for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica C-Lux performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 47. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica C-Lux can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Leica C-Lux for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica C-Lux performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 82. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica C-Lux can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (113 x 67 x 46 mm)
  • Small 1"(13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Leica C-Lux for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica C-Lux performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 63. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica C-Lux can be called a 63 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (49)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)
  • Small battery life (370 shots)

Leica C-Lux for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica C-Lux performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 16. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica C-Lux can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Leica C-Lux for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica C-Lux performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 68. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica C-Lux can be called a 68 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Leica C-Lux Detailed Specs

General
Brand Leica
Model C-Lux
Announced Jun 10, 2018
Body Type Large sensor compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 5
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,240k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 2,330k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 6.8
Flash Modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External Flash No
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1"
Sensor Dimensions 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Sensor Area 116.16 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5472 x 3648
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO 25,600
Min Native ISO 125
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 49
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 1
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 340 g
Physical Dimensions 113 x 67 x 46 mm
Battery Life 370 shots
Battery Type 370 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible)
Storage Slots 1

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