Leica C overview
Leica C is Leica's Small Sensor Compact camera initially introduced on September of 2013. It houses a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/1.7" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000. It is referred to as "Typ112" in certain regions.
The C is scored #9 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all around #489 out of 1453 for cameras in our list. You can use our Advanced camera filter to see camera ratings based on your custom criteria.
The following is a diagram of specific criteria used in the scoring system.
Leica C Gallery
You can see the C from various angles in the gallery below.
Leica C Pros and Cons
Below is a list of good and bad points of the Leica C based on criterias which are normally seen as crucial in a camera.
Leica C Sensor specifications
The dimension of the sensor on the Leica C is 7.44mm x 5.58mm (1/1.7"). The 42 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The CMOS sensor has 12MP and delivers a native ISO range of 80 to 6400. This ISO can be increased digitally to a high of 12800. RAW files are supported so the user has wider margin for error.
The graphic underneath displays the C's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The C sensor has a crop factor of 4.8 and is shown in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Leica C dimensions
Leica C weighs about 0.43 pounds (195 grams / 6.88 oz) & has outer size of 103mm x 63mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Leica C is heavier when compared with its competitors.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Down below is a picture of the Leica C besides a soda to help you get a sense of its scale.
The top view underneath will highlight the button design on the C.
Leica C Lens specifications
The C has got a fixed lens providing a focal range of 28-200mm making it a 7.1 x zoom which may not be amazing but it will surely be helpful in certain conditions.
At the widest 28mm, it features an aperture of f2.0 which will be perfect for low light situations and capturing good bokeh. It would also make it easier to set a much lower ISO for getting better pictures. On the tele end, 200mm comes to f5.9 which is pretty slow and you would need to choose slow shutter speeds.
Leica C Connectivity
The C has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- NFC Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy pictures and at times adjust camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.
Several applications even give a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.
Leica C Video specifications
The highest video resolution on the Leica C is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p resolution offers a decent balance between quality and file sizes but FULL HD is not going to give you any room to downsample. Although the camera offers a microphone port, it is sadly lacking a headphone port so you won't have the ability to monitor your audio levels.
Leica C Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing on the Leica C so you need to be cautious in wet and dusty situations.
Leica C Display and Viewfinder
The Leica C is equipped with a 3 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 920 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The View Finder specifications for Leica C are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 200 thousand dots
- Magnification 0.46x
Viewfinders are quite handy during sunny outdoor situations which can easily make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.
Leica C Shutter specifications
Leica C continuous shooting rate is 10.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.
Leica C Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Leica C features only in-built flash lacking external flash ability.
Leica C Autofocusing specifications
Leica C features just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier & precise when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detect making it helpful for taking photos of people.
It also has Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Leica C has the ability to use manual focus in case it is required during low light situations or you need to have more accurate focus control.
Leica C Battery life
The battery power on the Leica C is built to last for 250 clicks according to the CIPA benchmarks making it about the same as it's competition. The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the highest (470) battery life within this range of cameras.
Listed below is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the best battery life:
Leica C for varying kinds of photography
The following graph displays a summation of the Leica C for varying kinds of photography. To check out more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.
Portrait photography with Leica C
The Leica C gets a points tally of 42 which is terrible, meaning that it is simply not good to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor specs, RAW support & potential to use external flash.
Leica C as a Street photography camera
Coming in at a nice points tally of 65, the Leica C is a respectable option to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Leica C Sports photography highlights
A terrible sports photography points total of 39 means the Leica C is simply not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have great focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Leica C as a Travel photography camera
Portability is super important in picking a travel camera. All round, the Leica C gets a very good 64 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable choice for your travels.
Leica C Landscape photography highlights
For anybody who is looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Leica C at it's reasonable score of 54 as a landscape camera is relatively suited within the current marketplace.
Vlogging with Leica C
A vlogging camera really should come with a moving display, mic port and preferably IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Leica C is simply not good as a vlog camera as it comes to a terrible rating of 39.
Leica C Alternatives
If you are trying to find replacements to the C, here is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall under the class of Small Sensor Compact.
The diagram down below shows you a summary of the C vs it's highest scored competitors suggested earlier.
Here are a handful of other cameras you might regard as alternative options. To check out a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.