The Leica CL Is A New Mirrorless Camera Designed In The Iconic Leica Style

Written by Gina Stephens


Leica CL Mirrorless Digital Camera

Leica has extended its APS-C System line-up with the introduction of the Leica CL camera which features the same 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor as the Leica TL2, a built-in electronic viewfinder, touch-screen, profit 10fps continuous shooting.

Even though the CL and TL2 are made in the same place, the two cameras couldn't look more different with the Leica CL charming on the classic Leica style while the TL2 is slightly more futuristic. 

The electronic viewfinder features EyeRes technology developed by Leica predominantly for this camera and it has a latency time below the threshold of perception and a resolution of 2.36 million pixels.

In addition to the electronic viewfinder, there are two dials for location the aperture, shutter speed ISO value, and exposure compensation. Plus, an additional display on the top plate provides information about all relevant homes and exposure parameters.

As well as the 24Mp APS-C format sensor, you'll find a Maestro II series processor built-in along with a lickety-split autofocus system with 49 metering points. 

4K video can be captured at 30 frames per second and the CL is also equipped with an combined Wi-Fi module so pictures and videos can be sent by wireless connection to smartphones, tablets or computers. Those who want to work remotely with the CL can use the Leica CL App for iOS or Android utensils to alter exposure parameters or use their smart device as an off-camera viewfinder. 

A wide variety of Leica lenses can be used on the Leica CL, incorporating the portfolio of TL-Lenses and 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. Off with adapters are also available for using Leica M- and R-Lenses on the camera.

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The black version of the Leica CL will be available from the end of November with the discharge RRPs (including VAT): 

  • Leica CL Body Only – £2250
  • Leica CL + 18mm Lens – £3150
  • Leica CL + 18-56mm Lens – &beating;3275


Leica 18mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens

As well as the Leica CL camera, Leica has also introduced a new 18mm f/2.8 pancake lens (counterpart to 27mm). The lens uses a single element for fast focus, rather than having to move a heavy group of lenses and it's currently the era's smallest wide-angle APS pancake available. The new lens is constructed in Japan and is just 20.5mm in size. With its introduction, it takes the reckon number of TL (APS-C) lenses up to seven.

The Leica 18mm f/2.8 pancake lens will be available at the same time as the CL with an RRP of ∅1020 inc. VAT. For more information and to see how the lens performs, take a look at our hands-on with the Leica 18mm f/2.8 pancake lens. We've also got hands-on with the CL and oblige captured sample photos with the new Leica mirrorless camera. 


Leica may refer to: Three companies formed from the division of Ernst Leitz GmbH (later Wild Leitz AG): Leica Camera AG, a German camera CL Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels24Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)6000
Pixels (H)4000
Sensor ClassCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.6mm
Sensor Size (height)15.7mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.7in
Screen notion854×480
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shut down speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Changeable
  • Centre-weighted – Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 – 50000
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Shade
  • Ritzy
Exposure Comp+/-3
Viewfinder ResolutionNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting7fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920×1080 FullHD
  • 1280×720 HD 720p
  • 4K
Video FPS30
Stereo IntactYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
Fill in Type
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)No Data
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data
Dialect heftNo Data
WidthNo Data
HeightNo Data
DepthNo Data
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Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 Specifications

Lens Mounts
    Focal LengthNo Data
    Angle of ViewNo Data
    Max ApertureNo Data
    Min ApertureNo Data
    Clarify SizeNo Data
    StabilisedNo Data
    35mm equivalentNo Data
    Internal focusingNo Data is a set of values of qualitative or quantitative variables
    Maximum magnificationNo Data
    Min FocusNo Data
    ShootsNo Data
    ElementsNo Data
    GroupsNo Data
    Box Contents
    Box ContentsNo Data
    WeightNo Data
    HeightNo Data

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    Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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