Leica C-Lux Review

August 6, 2018 | Gavin Stoker |


The new Leica C-Lux is a rebranded version of the Panasonic Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 compact camera. The versatile Leica C-Lux features a 15x zoom, a convenient touchscreen and exceptional design. The Leica C-Lux will be available in Light Gold and Midnight Blue colours, beginning mid-July 2018 for £875 / $1,050.

Leica Press Release

Leica Camera Announces the Leica C-Lux

The spirit of adventure in a compact size, the versatile Leica C-Lux features a 15x zoom, a convenient touchscreen and exceptional design

June 15, 2018 – Leica Camera today announces the Leica C-Lux, a versatile compact camera that unites speed, intuitive handling and stylish design. Embodying the spirit of photographic adventure, the C-Lux enables users to bring what’s far away up close, in a pocket-sized and easy-to-use form. Featuring a Leica DC Vario-Elmar 8.8–132 mm (equivalent 24–360 in 35 mm format) 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 nimbly to every shot and effortlessly delivers high-quality photos from any distance. Also, integrated connectivity allows still pictures and videos to be quickly and easily shared with family and friends by a simple tap of a finger on the touchscreen display. Available in Light Gold and Midnight Blue, the Leica C-Lux impresses not only with its precision, accessibility and compact size, but also with exceptional design.

All components of the Leica C-Lux, including the lens and one-inch image sensor, are precisely matched to one another to deliver brilliant photos on the go. With an impressive maximum ISO sensitivity of 25,600, the C-Lux guarantees pictures with natural colors and exceptional quality, particularly when used for available-light photography. Its versatile zoom lens, fast autofocus and face detection allow for enormous flexibility in almost all areas of photography, especially in spontaneous quick-changing situations. Fast autofocus with 49 metering points focuses on subjects 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 designed scene modes provide valuable assistance when shooting landscapes, portraits or at night and enable users to let the camera do the heavy lifting so they can concentrate exclusively on their subjects.

The built-in electronic viewfinder’s high resolution of 2.33 megapixels allows for the clarity and contrast of the viewing image to be outstanding at all times – even in the brightest sunlight. As the viewfinder covers 100% of the image field, the framing of subjects is extremely precise and users have ideal control of composition. 

The 3-inch touchscreen display ensures ease of handling in all shooting situations. Similar to a smartphone, many of the camera’s functions can be controlled by simply touching the screen, including the transfer of still pictures and videos via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The ‘Leica C-Lux’ app that supports this function can be downloaded free of charge to iOS or Android devices from their respective app stores. The touchscreen of the C-Lux features a specialized coating that protects against smudges and fingerprints.

The ultra-high-definition digital video recording function with 4K resolution expands the spectrum of features offered by the Leica C-Lux. The exceptional resolution – four-times higher than full-HD – and up to 30p & 100 Mbit in MP4 format, delivers all the technical prerequisites for shooting a personal short film. Additionally, still pictures can be extracted and saved from video footage at a resolution of up to eight 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 complementary colors is available for both versions of the camera. These include, for example, carrying straps and wrist straps for the camera in the colors taupe, blue and red; alongside an extensive collection of premium quality camera cases, protectors and soft pouches that make the C-Lux an elegant companion for every occasion. 

The Leica C-Lux will be on sale in Leica stores, boutiques and dealers in Light Gold and Midnight Blue beginning mid-July 2018 for $1,050.

About Leica Camera

Passion for creating perfect pictures. Leica represents a union of craftsmanship, design and experience. It is a beautiful collision of art and engineering, and the future of form and functionality. Leica Camera is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the supreme quality and performance of cameras and lenses, and the iconic images that artists and photojournalists everywhere captured with them. For more information about Leica visit www.leicacamerausa.com, or follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

Technical Data Leica C-Lux

Type of camera: Compact digital camera with built-in zoom lens
Image sensor: 1″ MOS sensor, total pixel number: 20,900,000, effective pixels: 20,100,000, primary color filter
Minimum Illuminance: approx. 10lx (when i-Low light is used, the shutter speed is  
Lens: Leica DC Vario-Elmar 3.3 - 6.4 / 8.8 – 132mm ASPH., 35mm camera equivalent: 24 - 360mm, aperture range: 3.3 – 8 / 6.4 - 8 (at 8.8 / 360mm)
Image stabilization: Optical 5-axis compensation system
Focusing range
AF: Maximum wideangle setting: 0.5m/ 1′ 6″ to ∞ 
Maximum telephoto setting: 1m/ 3′ 3″ to ∞
AF Macro / MF / Snapshot Modes / 
Motion Pictures: Maximum wideangle setting: 3cm/ 13/16″ to ∞ 
Maximum telephoto setting: 1m/ 3′ 3″ to ∞
Digital zoom: Max. 4x
Shutter system: Electronically and mechanically controlled
Shutter speeds
Still pictures: T (max. approx. 120s),  60 - 1/2000s (with the mechanical 
shutter)  1 - 1/16000s (with the electronic shutter)
Motion pictures: 1/30* - 1/16000s
1/2 - 1/16000s (When [Exposure Mode] is set to [M] in
Creative Video Mode and [MF] is selected)
An uninterrupted motion picture take cannot be longer than 29 minutes, regardless of the circumstances, e.g. the respective settings. In the case of 4K videos, the
time limit is 15 minutes.
* Differs according to frame rate
Continuous series 
exposure frequency: Electronic /Mechanical shutter:  2fps (L) / 7fps (M) / 10fps (H)
Number of serially 
recordable pictures: With RAW files: 28 or more*
Without RAW files: 85 or more*
* Based on CIPA standards and a card with a fast read/write speed
Exposure control modes: Program (P), Aperture-priority (A), Shutter-priority (S), Manual setting (M)
Exposure compensation: ±5EV in 1/3EV steps
Recording file formats
Still pictures: RAW/JPEG (based on “Design rule for Camera File system” and 
on the “Exif 2.31” standard)
Motion pictures (with audio): [MP4]
3840x2160/30p (100 Mbit/s)
3840x2160/24p (100 Mbit/s)
1920x1080/60p (28 Mbit/s)
1920x1080/30p (20 Mbit/s)
1280x720/30p (10 Mbit/s)
Audio recording format: AAC (2ch)
Exposure metering modes: Multi-zone, center-weighted, spot
Monitor: 3.0″ TFT LCD, resolution: approx. 1,240,000 dots, field of view: approx. 100%, aspect ratio: 3:2, touch screen functionality
Viewfinder: 0.21″ LCD viewfinder, resolution: approx. 2,330,000 dots, field of view: approx. 100%, aspect ratio: 3:2, with diopter adjustment -4 to +3 diopters, Magnification: approx. 1.45x / 0.53x (35mm camera equivalent with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1), eye sensor
Flash: Built-in pop up flash 
AUTO, AUTO/Red-Eye Reduction, Forced ON, Forced ON/Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-Eye Reduction, Forced OFF
Microphones: Stereo
Speaker: Monaural
Recording media: SD / SDHC* /SDXC* memory cards, (*UHS-Ι/UHS Speed Class 3)
Wi-Fi Compliance standard: IEEE 802.11b/g/n (standard wireless LAN protocol)
Frequency range used
(central frequency): 2412- 2462MHz (1 to 11ch), maximum output power: 13dBm 
Encryption method: Wi-Fi compliant WPA™ / WPA2™
Access method: Infrastructure mode
Bluetooth function 
Compliance standard: Bluetooth Ver. 4.2 (Bluetooth low energy (BLE))
Frequency range used
(central frequency): 2402 to 2480MHz, maximum output power: 10dBm (EIRP)
Operating temperature/
humidity: 0 - 40°C (32 - 104°F) / 10 - 80% RH
Power Consumption: 1.8W/2.8W (When recording with monitor/viewfinder)
1.6W/1.6W (When playing back with monitor/viewfinder)
Terminals / Interfaces: [HDMI]: Micro HDMI Type D 
[USB/CHARGE]: USB 2.0 (High Speed) Micro-B
(W x H x D; lens retracted): approx. 113 x 67 x 46mm / 47/16 x 27/32 x 113/16″
Weight: (with/without card and battery) approx. 340 / 12oz / 300 /10.5oz