Leica CL officially launched: 24MP, 10 fps continuous shooting and 4K video

Nov 21, 2017

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Leica CL officially launched: 24MP, 10 fps continuous shooting and 4K video

Nov 21, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Leica has officially launched CL, the latest addition to their APS-C L-mount series. In terms of design, it leans on the traditional models and even shares the name with their camera from 1973. But of course, it’s a mirrorless digital camera with modern features. It features a 24.2MP CMOS sensor, and it’s capable of shooting up to 10fps. ISO ranges from 100 to 50,000, so Leica CL promises good results even in difficult lighting conditions. According to DPReview, it’s “(almost) what the TL should have been.”

Along with the new Leica CL, the company has launched a new lens too: Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH. It’s an AF pancake wide-angle lens designed for the APS-C L-mount cameras.

Leica CL

Leica CL features a 24.2MP CMOS sensor paired with Leica’s Maestro II processor. The camera also features upgraded contrast-detect AF system with 49 selectable points. According to the company, these features brought together guarantee the exquisite image quality.

The camera has a built-in electronic viewfinder with 2.36m-dot resolution and 0.74x magnification. It also has a rear 3.0″ 1.04m-dot LCD touchscreen and the design that offers easy navigation when shooting and reviewing the photos.

Take a look at the full specs:

Imaging
Lens Mount Leica L
Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 24.96 Megapixel
Effective: 24.24 Megapixel
Max Resolution 6016 x 4014
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.6 x 15.7 mm
File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG
Movies: MP4
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes
Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 30 fps
1920 x 1080p at 30, 60 fps
1280 x 720p at 30 fps
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min
Audio Recording Not specified by Manufacturer
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 49
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,360,000
Viewfinder Eye Point 20.00 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.74x
Diopter Adjustment -4 to +4 m
Display Screen 3″ Rear Touchscreen LCD (1,040,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-50000
Shutter Type: Mechanical
Speed: 30 – 1/8000 Second
Type: Electronic
Speed: 1/8000 – 1/25000 Second
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Spot Metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Halogen, Shade
Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 33 Frames in Raw Format
Up to 10 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 140 Frames in JPEG Format
Flash
Flash Modes Not specified by Manufacturer
Built-in Flash No
Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 Second
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Performance
Self Timer 12 Seconds, 2 Seconds
Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 3.0, USB Type-C
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Power
Battery 1 x BP-DC12 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1200 mAh
Physical
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.2 x 3.1 x 1.8″ / 131.0 x 78.0 x 45.0 mm
Weight 14.22 oz / 403 g with battery

 

Leica Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH

Another novelty from Leica is Leica Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH lens. It’s one of the smallest lenses in its class, so Leica suggests it as the perfect “constant companion” for the CL.

Elmarit-TL 18 mm is a 27mm equivalent wide-angle APS-C lens, designed for Leica L-mount mirrorless cameras. It features a fast autofocus and it’s tiny and lightweight. As for the optical design, it has 8 elements in 6 groups and 4 aspherical surfaces which promise better control of distortion and spherical aberrations.

Here are the full specs of the lens:

Performance
Focal Length 18mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Leica L
Format Compatibility APS-C
Angle of View 75°
Minimum Focus Distance 11.81″ (30 cm)
Magnification 0.07x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:14
Elements/Groups 8 / 6
Diaphragm Blades Not specified by Manufacturer
Features
Autofocus Yes
Physical
Filter Thread Front: 39 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.40 x 0.83″ (61 x 21 mm)
Weight 2.82 oz (80 g)

If you’d like to see Leica CL and the 18mm f/2.8 in action, you can watch Kai Wong’s hands-on video below and get to know the camera better.

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If you’d like to add Leica CL and the new 18mm f/2.8 to your gear bag, they are available for preorders at the following prices:

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Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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