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Leica CL

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 reviews of Leica CL. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and viewfinder. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, but opinions about the screen and usability are different. There are some negative views about the flash and focus.

design, image quality, portability, viewfinder, size

price, exposure, focus, flash

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Leica CL is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Andy Westlake (trustedreviews.com)

Leica CL

 

Leica has finally got mirrorless right. Leica CL.

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

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

Like the Leica TL2 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...

Dec, 2017

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Clever, capable, quirky and costly. Yup, it's a Leica

 

Innovative controls and form-over-function omissions make the CL a great but frequently frustrating mirrorless camera to use at a high price.

The Leica CL produces sharp photos with neutral colors, at least in winter light, has a great viewfinder, good performance and streamlined shooting controls.

Price, of course. But also design decisions, including no grip, no connectors and no way to lock navigation buttons, plus missing capabilities like manual exposure controls for video.

The Leica CL might be forgiven some of its oddities and omissions at a lower price. But if you've been waiting for a Leica mirrorless that looks like a traditional Leica and consider its quirks part of the experience, then go forth and spend.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Leica CL

 

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

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.

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

Rumors have swirled about a digital version of the Leica CL for years, but most have pointed to a compact, full-frame M-mount camera with an EVF rather than an optical one. That's not what we got. Instead the CL is an extension of the company's...

Nov, 2017

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Leica CL review

 

The CL dances like a rangefinder, but shoots like a modern CSC...

Small size and weight ; Simple handling ; Excellent image quality

Painful price tag ; Screen is fixed ; Touchscreen handling niggles

The CL is a pricey street shooter, but that classic red dot means two things: superb image quality and intuitive handling

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.co.uk)

Leica CL review

 

Oh, Leica. Once again you've given me the ambivalent feels.

The Leica CL produces sharp photos with neutral colors, at least in winter light, has a great viewfinder, good performance and streamlined shooting controls.

Price, of course. But also design decisions, including no grip, no connectors and no way to lock navigation buttons, plus missing capabilities like manual exposure controls for video.

The Leica CL might be forgiven some of its oddities and omissions at a lower price. But if you've been waiting for a Leica mirrorless that looks like a traditional Leica and consider its quirks part of the experience, then go forth and spend.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

Leica CL Review

 

Leica has long been known for their stylish premium cameras and lenses. Their newest APS-C interchangeable lens camera, the Leica CL (not to be confused with the 35mm CL rangefinder from the 1970s), keeps in that tradition.

Expert review by (stuff.tv_in)

Leica CL review

 

The CL dances like a rangefinder, but shoots like a modern CSC...

Small size and weight ; Simple handling ; Excellent image quality

Painful price tag ; Screen is fixed ; Touchscreen handling niggles

The CL is a pricey street shooter, but that classic red dot means two things: superb image quality and intuitive handling

Dec, 2017

Expert review by : Adrian BRANCO (01net.com)

Test : Leica CL, l'hybride APS-C allemand arrive enfin à maturité

 

Héritier d'un nom qui fait rêver - le Leica CL argentique des années 70 était le boîtier accessible par excellence - le CL nouveau est une belle porte d'entrée dans l'univers Leica et notamment son excellent traitement d'image en basses lumières.

Design ; Viseur intégré ; Rafale 10 i/s ; Vidéo 4K

Capteur non stabilisé ; Moins performant que la concurrence APS-C ; Parc optique un peu pauvre

May, 2018

Expert review by (digitalfotoforalla.se)

Leica CL

 

Leica CL är en kompakt systemkamera med inbyggd sökare och utbytbart objektiv. Retrokameran har nya, bra funktioner, men motiverar de verkligen det höga priset?

Den utmärkta sökaren, den mycket fina exponeringen och den höga optiska kvaliteten gör Leica CL till en mycket trevlig bekantskap. Skärmen på 3,0 tum är inte lämplig att användas som sökare, eftersom svarta fält upptill och nedtill stjäl utrymme....

Mar, 2018