Overnight, Leica Camera has released details of a new addition to its APS-C camera system, the Leica CL.


Angled view of the new Leica CL camera with the Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens. (Source: Leica Camera.)

Featuring a more traditional design than the TL2, the retro-look CL has the same 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Maestro II processor. It also includes an integrated 2,360,000- dot EVF as well as a fixed, 3-inch touchscreen LCD with 1,040,000 dots and a data LCD on the top panel.

The new camera supports an ISO range of ISO 100 to ISO 50000, along with both mechanical and electronic shutters, the latter supporting  totally silent operation along with shutter speeds up to 1/25000 second. The maximum frame rate is 10 frames/second with the mechanical shutter for up to 33 DNG+JPEG pairs or 140 JPEGs.

The 49-point contrast-detection AF system includes spot, one-point, Multi-Point, Touch AF and Face Detection modes.   The sensor and processor also enable the camera to record UHD 4K video at 30/25 fps or Full HD at 60/50 fps and HD at 30 fps. Wi-Fi connectivity enables wireless sharing and remote camera control from a linked mobile device via the free Leica App.

The Leica CL’s L-bayonet mount is compatible with both full-frame SL-series and APS-C TL-series lenses and the camera can accept a variety of adapters to enable use of the entire M-mount lens library as well as S, R, and Cine series lenses. Images are stored on SD, SDHC, SDXC memory cards and the single card slot offers UHS-II support. The BP-DC12 rechargeable battery is CIPA rated for approximately 220 shots/charge.

The Leica CL is priced from US$2,795 for the body only and is only available in black. Full details can be found at https://au.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-APS-C/Leica-CL/Details.

Local pricing for the Leica CL includes:
Leica CL, Black anodised finish ““ RRP AUD$3,700 (incl GST)
Leica CL, Prime Kit 18mm ““ RRP AUD$5,200 (incl GST)
Leica CL, Vario Kit 18-56mm ““ RRP AUD$5,450 (incl GST)
The Leica CL is available for pre-order in Australia from Leica Store Sydney and authorised Leica Dealers.
Visit https://leica-store.com.au/.  


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


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)

File format/compression

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


Video recording time

Up to 29 minutes, maximum file size is 4 GB.


MAESTRO II Generation

Storage media

SD/SDHC/SDXC, 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, custom settings (2 slots TL2, 1 slot CL), manual color temperature setting

Autofocus System


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

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. approx. 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


Selectable delay time 2 or 12 s


3″ TFT LCD, 1.04MP, touch and gesture control possible


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


Resolution: 128 x 58 pixels

ISO Accessory shoe

Centre and control contacts for Leica flash units

Tripod thread

A 1⁄4 DIN 4503 (1⁄4″)


Satisfies IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard (standard WLAN protocol), channel 1-11, encryption method: WLAN-compatible 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 discharge): approx. 140 min; manufacturer: Panasonic Energy (Wuxi) Co., Ltd. Made in China


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



Top and bottom covers: milled and anodised Aluminium, front and rear body shells: Magnesium

Dimensions (WxHxD)

131 x 78 x 45 mm


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)


Leica CL App (remote control and picture transfer, free download in Apple App-Store / Google Play Store)