Leica announced the C-Lux camera, a new compact that measures 113 x 67 x 46 mm and weighs 340 grams (including battery). In fact, the product is a customized version of the Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ200. The sensor is a 1″ CMOS with a resolution of 20.1-megapixel. The lens is a Leica DC Vario-Elmar 24-360 mm with F3.3-6.4. There are 13 elements divided into 11 groups, 5 aspherical lenses, 1 low dispersion spherical lens and 3 low dispersion lens.
Sensitivity extends from ISO 125 to ISO 12,800, expandable to ISO 80 and ISO 25,600. The AF system uses 49 points of detection. The 5-axis optical stabilizer is contained within the machine body.
Leica C-Lux can focus on a subject from a minimum distance of 3 cm. The bursts reach 10 fps with AF-S. The electronic viewfinder is a 0.21-inch LCD with a resolution of 2.33 million points and a 1.45x magnification (0.53x equivalent). It has a 3.0-inch touchscreen display on the back with a 1.24-m-dot.
Videos can be recorded in Ultra HD up to 30fps (100 Mbps) and Full HD up to 60fps. At maximum resolution, you can record for up to 15 minutes. From the material in Ultra HD you can also extract frames with a resolution of 8-megapixels (it is practically the 4K Photo function of Panasonic).
The equipment includes the built-in flash, a USB 2.0 port that can also be used for charging, a micro HDMI output, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. There’s no microphone or headphone port in the camera, but you can charge it through the USB 2.0 port. You get a single slot for either an SD/SDHC/SDXC card. Last but not least, the rechargeable battery is rated to deliver 370 shots per charge.
Leica Leica C-Lux will be available from mid-July at a price of $1,050, and it can be pre-ordered through the BHPhotovideo online store.