Leica CL Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black, Body Only)

Model #19301

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Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,360,000
Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen LCD (1,040,000)
Diopter Adjustment -4 to +4 m
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.74x
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Eye Point 20.00 mm
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Screen Coverage 100%


Battery 1 x BP-DC12 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1200 mAh


Weight 14.22 oz / 403 g with battery
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.2 x 3.1 x 1.8" / 131.0 x 78.0 x 45.0 mm


Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 3.0, USB Type-C
Self Timer 12 Seconds, 2 Seconds

Packaging Info

Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.7 x 8.5 x 6.6"
Package Weight 4.05 lb


Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.6 x 15.7 mm
File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEGMovies: MP4
Lens Mount Leica L
Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 24.96 MegapixelEffective: 24.24 Megapixel
Max Resolution 6016 x 4014
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Memory Card Type SDSDHCSDXC

Focus Control

Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 49


Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Flash Modes Not specified by Manufacturer
Built-in Flash No
Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 Second

Exposure Control

Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Spot Metering
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 FormatUp to 10 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 140 Frames in JPEG Format
Shutter Type: MechanicalSpeed: 30 - 1/8000 Second Type: ElectronicSpeed: 1/8000 - 1/25000 Second
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-50000
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter PriorityCompensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)

AV Recording

Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 30 fps1920 x 1080p at 30, 60 fps1280 x 720p at 30 fps
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min
Audio Recording Not specified by Manufacturer
Video Recording Yes
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.34972991
21 November 2017

The Leica CL is a small, sleek mirrorless camera that delivers excellent images, but its interface needs some refinement.

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    Compact body with integrated EVF. Touch LCD. 24MP APS-C image sensor. 4K video. Mechanical and electronic shutter options. 9.8fps burst shooting. Wi-Fi.

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    Some interface quirks. Locked video frame rates. No in-body flash. Expensive.

19 July 2018

The Leica CL is a good-looking mirrorless camera produced by a company with an excellent reputation in the photographic field. The small size, especially with a small lens, makes it very portable, and offering the universal Raw DNG format is a real plus.

The phoblographer.34645560
16 November 2017

When used on the Leica SL, the camera automatically switches to the appropriate APS-C format for this lens (23.6 x 15.7mm). Therefore, all data listed above remains valid in such cases also.

14 December 2017

We much preferred the Leica CL to the TL2 we reviewed in November, partly because of its more conventional styling and controls but mostly because it has an excellent built-in EVF. It would have felt better in the hands if Leica had added a grip moulding to the front and a thumb rest to the rear and...

Trusted reviews.33834858
6 December 2017

Like the before it, the CL relies on contrast detection for autofocus, and the focus point can be set anywhere in the frame. There’s a broad range of AF area selection methods on offer, including two freely positionable modes called Field and Spot with different-sized focus points, alongside...

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    Superb, rock-solid build quality, Large, clear electronic viewfinder, Cleverly conceived control setup, Excellent RAW image quality

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    No image stabilisation, No live view during continuous shooting, Touch-focus conflicts with viewfinder use, Limited exposure control during video

Photography blog.34969604
21 November 2017

The compact system camera market at the moment is particularly strong, with something to suit just about every type of customer.Traditionally, Leica users are those who crave high image quality in a body which is well-built and has traditional looks.

The phoblographer.34645560
16 March 2017

These vintage film camera reviews are very fun for me to write. I have enjoyed and still am enjoying using the Leica CL. It’s a fantastic camera and will perform well no matter what lens you put on it, providing you’re aware of the framing.

User Reviews
14 January 2018

I kept my expectations low for this camera due to the mixed online reviews from sources I trust, but man, am I just blown away. The Leica CL is the PERFECT everyday camera! Finally a pro-worthy Leica camera that can legitimately fit in the pocket.

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    Pocketable, outstanding image quality

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    No IBIS, lack of weather sealing

Dp review.33575663
22 August 2018

I have owned my CL for about 3 weeks. I have found the controls easy to use. The only disappointment is the App that goes with the CL. It is not intuitive and difficult to use. As the camera does not have any ports for external cables or ways of using a remote release, they need to fix the app where...

22 April 2018

Awesome image quality, and while my Leica D-Lux 109 is closer in comparison to feel of the M4's I used in the 1970's, the organization of controls on this camera, once learned, make sense. Haptics are good, feel is good...and did I say the images are fantastic?

27 January 2018

A perfect 21st century Leica rangefinder. Intuitve and exquisite.

Product Highlights
  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Maestro II Image Processor
  • 2.36m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Touchscreen LCD & Top LCD
  • UHD 4K30 and Full HD 1080p60 Video
  • Up to 10 fps Shooting and ISO 50000
  • 49-Point Contrast-Detect AF System
  • Electronic Shutter Up to 1/25000 Sec
  • Integrated Wi-Fi and USB 3.0 Type-C Port
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In The Box
  • Leica CL Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black, Body Only)
  • BP-DC 12 Lithium-Ion Battery for Leica Q Typ 116 Digital Camera (7.2V, 1200mAh) rywataucrezbexrearcauurexsavf
  • Battery Charger BC-DC 12 For V Lux 4
  • Carrying Strap
  • USB Type-C Cable
  • 2 x Release Keys
  • 6 x Adapter Plugs
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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