Leica today introduced the Leica C-Lux, a pocket ‘travel zoom’ camera that combines a 24-360mm equivalent lens with a 20.1 MP 1″ sensor.

The Leica C-Lux will be on sale in the colour options „Light Gold“ and „Midnight Blue“ starting mid July 2018.


Leica C-Lux at a Glance

  • 20.1 MP 1″ sensor
  • 24 – 360 mm equiv. 15 x optical zoom lens
  • 2.33 MP EVF with 0.53x magnification
  • 1.24 MP 3″ LCD touchscreen
  • 5-axis hybrid OIS
  • Macro mode (3cm)
  • Burst shooting up to 10fps (single AF) and 6fps (continuous AF)
  • 4K video up to 30fps (with 1.5x focal length magnification)
  • Up to 120 fps FHD video
  • 4K Photo mode at 30fps
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity

Lens and Viewfinder

The Leica C-Lux is a typical travel camera. The lens is a  24-360mm (35mm equivalent) 15x zoom with a maximum aperture of f/3.3-6.4. The second key feature is the high-resolution 2.33MP electronic viewfinder with 0.52x magnification.

Other features include a 1.24 MP 3″ touch fixed display. The Leica C-Lux video features include  4K and 120fps slow-motion Full HD recording.

Leica C-Lux Forum Discussion


The official press release:

New: Leica C-Lux

The versatile compact camera with a 15x zoom, a practical touchscreen and exceptional design

Wetzlar, 15 June 2018. With the launch of the Leica C-Lux, Leica Camera AG expands its product portfolio with a versatile compact camera that unites speed, an intuitive handling concept and stylish design. Featuring a Leica DC Vario-Elmar 8.8–132 mm f/3.3–6.4 ASPH. lens and a high-performance 20-megapixel sensor for continuous shooting at a rate of up to 10 frames per second, the Leica C-Lux adapts quickly and flexibly to every situation and effortlessly delivers high-quality pictures of subjects at any distance. Its 15-fold optical zoom with focal lengths from 24 to 360 mm (35 mm equivalent) offers enormous creative scope that is further expanded by 4K video recording capability. Thanks to an integrated connectivity concept, still pictures and videos can be quickly and easily shared with family and friends by a simple tap of a finger on the touchscreen display. Available in the colours Light Gold and Midnight Blue, the Leica C-Lux impresses not only with its precision, but also with exceptional design that is additionally highlighted by a range of stylish accessories.

From the lens to the 1-inch image sensor, all components of the Leica C-Lux are precisely matched to one another and deliver brilliant pictures in RAW or JPEG format in a quality that remains equally impressive in large-format prints. With an impressive maximum ISO sensitivity of 25600, the C-Lux guarantees pictures with natural colours and exceptional quality, above all when used for available-light photography. Thanks to its versatile zoom lens, fast autofocus and face detection, the camera also offers enormous flexibility in almost all areas of photography, and especially in spontaneous situations. Thanks to fast autofocus with 49 metering points, subjects are focused sharply in an instant, and a continuous shooting rate of 10 frames per second ensures that even the most fleeting moments will never be missed. Intuitively selectable scene modes provide valuable assistance when shooting landscapes, portraits or at night and enable users to concentrate exclusively on their subjects.

Thanks to the viewfinder’s high resolution of 2.33 megapixels, the clarity and contrast of the viewing image is outstanding at all times – even in particularly bright ambient light. As the viewfinder covers 100% of the image field, framing of subjects is extremely precise and users have complete control of composition. The camera also offers dioptre compensation settings that allow spectacle wearers to use the viewfinder without any problems.

The 3-inch touchscreen display ensures particularly easy handling in all shooting situations. As with a smartphone, many of the camera’s functions can be controlled by simply touching the monitor screen, for instance the transfer of still pictures and videos via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The ‘Leica C-Lux’ app that supports this function can be downloaded free of charge and installed on iOS or Android devices. The display screen features a special repellent coating that prevents annoying marks and protects it against fingerprints.

The high-definition, 4K-resolution, digital video recording function expands the spectrum of features offered by the Leica C-Lux. Thanks to exceptional resolution – four-times higher than full-HD – and up to 30p & 100 Mbit in MP4 format, the C-Lux delivers all the technical prerequisites for shooting your own, personal short film. What’s more, still pictures can be extracted and saved from video footage at a resolution of up to 8 megapixels.

The compact Leica C-Lux impresses not only with its technical features, but also with elegant design that is further highlighted by a portfolio of stylish accessories. An extensive range of accessories in matching and complimentary colours is available for both versions of the camera. These include, for example, carrying straps and wrist straps for the camera in the colours taupe, blue and red. The portfolio also offers an extensive collection of premium quality camera cases, protectors and soft pouches that make the C-Lux an elegant companion for every occasion. Particularly eye-catching are the two vintage models in finely polished brown leather: a cleverly designed wrap-around vintage pouch and a vintage case with a concealed snap fastener. Also available is an outdoor bag in hardwearing, water- repellent fabric. A range of elegant cases in various styles, colours and types of cowhide completes the portfolio. Thanks to a detachable, adjustable carrying strap, two of these models can be used not only as a shoulder bag, but also as a handbag or for stowing things away in a day bag.

The Leica C-Lux will be on sale in the colour options Light Gold and Midnight Blue from mid- July 2018. The range of accessories will also be available when sales of the camera begin.

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  1. Looks identical to my Lumix ZS-200! Whoa, it is the ZS possibly with a tweek or two. Anyway – a superb street camera with wonderful reach and resolution.

  2. Identical to the Panasonic Lumix except for the red dot and choice of two colours. But you pay from 25% to 50% more depending on country. In Australia the Panasonic is $1088, the C-Lux over $1500. Far too big a difference to justify the red dot. I would pay $100 max.

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