Leica CL

Oskars Legacy

When Oskar Barnack began to develop the first Leica in the early years of the last century, his vision concentrated on compact size, simple handling and highest picture quality.

Today, the Leica CL is second to none in the realisation of these values. High-performance technology paired with exceptionally easy and intuitive handling.

Picture quality
Simply the best

A high-resolution, 24 MP, APS-C format sensor, a Maestro II series processor and fast autofocus with 49 metering points guarantee the picture quality so typical for Leica.

This applies not only to still pictures, but also to video recordings with up to 4K resolution.

EyeRes® Viewfinder
Complete control of every picture

Thanks to a resolution of 2.36 million dots and a practically imperceptible latency time, the digital viewfinder of the Leica CL allows complete control of image composition in every situation. It was developed especially for the Leica CL to create the largest possible viewfinder image.

Leica CL

Handling concept
An intuitive tool

On the Leica CL, the controls are all located in positions that enable photographs to be made without taking the camera from the eye.

A top display on the camera shows all relevant parameters and the shutter button impresses with a perfectly defined release pressure point. The Leica CL therefore allows complete concentration on what’s essential: Your picture.

Design and style
A synthesis of tradition and innovation

The iconic design of the compact Leica CL follows the traditions of over a century of camera development at Leica.

Simple, discreet and reduced to essentials. Technically, the system camera delights its users with numerous innovations that enable photography at its best.

Light, compact and always at hand

The particularly light and compact Leica CL is ideal to take everywhere, and is always ready to fulfil your creative needs in every situation.

Connectivity The perfect communicator

The integrated Wi-Fi module enables wireless transfer of pictures to smartphones, tablets or computers.

Thanks to this, the camera also works perfectly with the Leica CL App and enables the sharing of pictures in social media networks. The ‘Remote’ function of the Leica CL App lets you use your mobile device as an off-camera viewfinder and capture images by remote control.

Leica CL

Order number: 19 301

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Camera type Digital APS-C system camera
Lens Mount Leica L bayonet with contact strip for communication between lens and camera
Compatible lenses Lenses with Leica L-Mount (TL- and SL- Lenses), Leica M/R lenses using the Leica M-Adapter L/R-Adapter L
Sensor APS-C sized CMOS sensor (23.6 x 15.7 mm) with 24.96/24.24 million pixels (total/effective), aspect ratio 3:2
Photo Resolution Total Pixel: 6088 x 4100 Pixel (24,96MP), Effective Pixel: 6032 x 4032 Pixel (24,32MP), Active Pixel 6024 x 4024 Pixel (24,24MP), DNG: 6016 x 4014 Pixel (24 Megapixel), JPG: 6000 x 4000 Pixel (24 Megapixel), 4272 x 2856 Pixel (12 Megapixel) oder 3024 x 2016 Pixel (6 Megapixel)
Foto-file format/compression rate Optional: DNG, JPG, or DNG + JPG
Video resolution / frame rate Optional: 3840 x 2160 p (4K) 30 fps, 1920 x 1080 p (FHD) 60 fps, 1920 x 1080 p (FHD) 30 fps or 1280 x 720 p (HD) 30 fps
Video recording format MP4
Video recording time Depending on ambient or housing temperature video recordings are possible up to a maximum length of 29 minutes, maximum file size is 4 GB. If a recording exceeds this limit, the respective part is automatically stored in another file
Processor MAESTRO II Generation
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, UHS II-standard is supported
ISO range Automatic, ISO 100 to ISO 50000
White balance Automatic, presets for daylight, cloudy, halogen lighting, shadow, electronic flash, memory slots for manually metered settings (2 slots TL2, 1 slot CL), manual color temperature setting
Autofocus System Contrast-based
Autofocus metering methods Single point, multi-zone, spot, face detection, touch AF, touch AF + release
Exposure modes Program mode, aperture priority mode, shutter speed priority mode and manual setting mode, video
Scene Modes Fully automatic, sport, portrait, landscape, night portrait, snow/beach, fireworks, candlelight, sunset, digiscoping, miniature, panorama, HDR
Exposure metering methods Multi-zone, center-weighted, spot
Exposure Compensation ±3 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments
Automatic exposure bracketing Three pictures in graduations up to ± 3EV, adjustable in 1⁄3 EV increments
Shutter speed range 30 s to 1⁄25000 s (up to 1⁄8000 s with mechanical, beyond that with electronic shutter)
Picture series Max. approx. 10 fps with mechanical shutter/ 10 fps with electronic shutter function, max. approx. 33 pictures (DNG+JPG) and max. aprrox. 140 pictures (JPG only) at full speed, then depending on memory card properties
Flash modes Adjustable with attached, system compatible flash
Flash exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments
Flash sync speed 1⁄180 s
Self-timer Selectable delay time 2 or 12 s

Monitor 3” TFT LCD, 1.04MP, touch and gesture control possible
Viewfinder Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels (2.36 MP), enlargement: 0.74x, aspect ratio: 4:3, eye relief: 20 mm, eyepiece: adjustable ± 4 dioptres, with eye sensor for automatic switching between viewfinder and monitor
Top-Display Resolution: 128 x 58 pixels
ISO Accessory shoe ISO accessory shoe with center and control contacts for Leica flash units
Tripod thread A 1⁄4 DIN 4503 (1⁄4“)
WLAN Satisfies IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard (standard WLAN protocol), channel 1-11, encryption method: WLAN-kompatible WPA™/WPA2™
Power supply Leica BP-DC12 lithium ion battery, rated voltage 7.2 V (7.2 V D.C.), capacity 1200 mAh, (based on CIPA standard): approx. 220 pictures, charging time (after total diwscharge): approx. 140 min
manufacturer: Panasonic Energy (Wuxi) Co., Ltd. made in China
Charger Leica BC-DC12, input: AC 100–240 V, 50/60 Hz, automatic switching, output: DC 8.4 V 0.65 A, manufacturer: Shin Tech Engineering Ltd., Made in China
Body Top and bottom covers: milled and anodized Aluminum, front and rear body shells:Magnesium
Dimensions (WxHxD) 131 x 78 x 45 mm
Weight Approx. 403 g/353 g (with/without battery)
Scope of delivery Camera body, bayonet cap, carrying strap, accessory shoe cover, battery (Leica BP-DC12), charger (Leica BC-DC 12), mains cables (EU, US, local mains cable)
Software Leica CL App (remote control and picture transfer, free download in Apple™ App-Store™ / Google™ Play Store™)


The exceptional image performance of the Leica TL-Lenses is the key to the extraordinarily high picture quality delivered by the Leica APS-C System. The portfolio of compact and fast lenses, with equivalent focal lengths from 17mm to 200 mm, offers infinite opportunities for all types of creative photography.

The elegant simplicity of the design of the three zooms and four prime lenses perfectly complement the Leica CL and the Leica TL2, not only in technology, but also in appearance.


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