Leica C-Lux vs Sony A55

Portability
85
Imaging
56
Features
66
Overall
60
Leica C-Lux front
 
Sony SLT-A55 front
Portability
67
Imaging
58
Features
80
Overall
66
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Leica C-Lux vs Sony A55 Overview

The following is a comprehensive comparison of the Leica C-Lux and Sony A55, one is a Large Sensor Compact and the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR by manufacturers Leica and Sony. There exists a big gap among the resolutions of the C-Lux (20MP) and A55 (16MP) and the C-Lux (1") and A55 (APS-C) boast different sensor size.

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The C-Lux was revealed 7 years after the A55 which is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Leica C-Lux being a Large Sensor Compact camera and the Sony A55 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before we go right into a more detailed comparison, here is a brief summation of how the C-Lux matches up vs the A55 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Leica C-Lux vs Sony A55 Key Specs

Leica C-Lux
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Push to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-360mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 340g - 113 x 67 x 46mm
  • Introduced June 2018
Sony A55
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 500g - 124 x 92 x 85mm
  • Launched August 2010
  • Successor is Sony A57
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Leica C-Lux vs Sony A55 Physical Comparison

When you are going to lug around your camera, you'll need to factor in its weight and size. The Leica C-Lux provides exterior measurements of 113mm x 67mm x 46mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.8") along with a weight of 340 grams (0.75 lbs) whilst the Sony A55 has specifications of 124mm x 92mm x 85mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 3.3") and a weight of 500 grams (1.10 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Underneath is the front view sizing comparison of the C-Lux vs the A55.

Leica C-Lux vs Sony A55 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the C-Lux and A55 is 85 and 67 respectively.

Leica C-Lux vs Sony A55 top view buttons comparison

Leica C-Lux vs Sony A55 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be tough to imagine the contrast between sensor measurements just by looking at a spec sheet. The visual below will give you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the C-Lux and A55.

As you can see, both of those cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The C-Lux having a tinier sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF harder and the Leica C-Lux will give you greater detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop shots far more aggressively. The fresher C-Lux should have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Leica C-Lux vs Sony A55 sensor size comparison

Leica C-Lux vs Sony A55 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica C-Lux vs Sony A55 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Leica C-Lux
Portrait photography with Sony A55
66
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
has face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats
no external flash support
74
manual focus
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features face detect autofocus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Leica C-Lux Street photography info
Sony A55 Street photography info
77
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (1")
delivers RAW formats
supports touch to focus
screen does not articulate
77
screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Leica C-Lux Sports photography details
Sony A55 Sports photography details
71
amazing zoom range (24-360mm 15.0 x zoom)
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
has tracking focus
good battery life (370 per charge)
no phase detect autofocus
69
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
low battery power (380 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Leica C-Lux Travel photography information
Sony A55 Travel photography information
76
good battery life (370 shots)
supports bluetooth
supports touch to focus
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
very long reach (360mm)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
62
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
does not have Time Lapse function
low battery power (380 CIPA)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica C-Lux Landscape photography info
Sony A55 Landscape photography info
70
has manual focus
really wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (370 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
68
manual focus
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
low battery power (380 CIPA)
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica C-Lux Vlogging highlights
Sony A55 Vlogging highlights
35
really wide (24mm)
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
high video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone port
78
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes mic port
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Leica C-Lux vs Sony A55 Specifications

General Information
Brand
Leica
Sony
Model
Leica C-Lux
Sony SLT-A55
Class
Large Sensor Compact
Entry-Level DSLR
Introduced
2018-06-10
2010-08-24
Body design
Large Sensor Compact
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip
-
Bionz
Sensor type
CMOS
CMOS
Sensor size
1"
APS-C
Sensor dimensions
13.2 x 8.8mm
23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area
116.2mm²
366.6mm²
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
5472 x 3648
4912 x 3264
Maximum native ISO
12800
12800
Maximum boosted ISO
25600
25600
Min native ISO
125
100
RAW images
Min boosted ISO
80
-
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
49
15
Cross focus points
-
3
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens focal range
24-360mm (15.0x)
-
Largest aperture
f/3.3-6.4
-
Macro focus range
5cm
-
Total lenses
-
143
Focal length multiplier
2.7
1.5
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal
3"
3"
Resolution of screen
1,240 thousand dot
921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
2,330 thousand dot
1,150 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage
100%
100%
Viewfinder magnification
-
0.73x
Features
Lowest shutter speed
60s
30s
Highest shutter speed
1/2000s
1/4000s
Highest silent shutter speed
1/16000s
-
Continuous shooting speed
10.0fps
10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
6.80 m (at Auto ISO)
10.00 m (@ ISO 100)
Flash settings
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync
-
1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
1920 x 1080 (60, 29.97 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Maximum video resolution
3840x2160
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
Yes
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
340 grams (0.75 lb)
500 grams (1.10 lb)
Dimensions
113 x 67 x 46mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.8")
124 x 92 x 85mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
73
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
23.0
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
12.4
DXO Low light score
not tested
816
Other
Battery life
370 photographs
380 photographs
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery model
-
NP-FW50
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec)
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible)
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
Single
Single
Cost at launch
$1,050
$800