Leica CL review

With its classic design and superb tech, the Leica CL aims to please despite its premium pricing

(Image: © Leica)

Digital Camera World Verdict

There’s stiff competition in APS-C mirrorless cameras and the Leica CL is a pricey option, but the Leica DNA and ‘Made In Germany’ robustness give it a distinctly different appeal. It’s a truly modern take on the classic M.


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    Balances the classical and the contemporary well

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    Fit and finish are exemplary

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    Innovative control layout works well


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    Limited lens choices

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There’s no question Leica has greatly diversified its camera portfolio over the last decade or so. At one time, if you wanted to buy a new Leica, you could choose from a 35mm rangefinder camera or… a 35mm rangefinder camera (particularly after the sad demise of the R mount 35mm SLR system).

Now you can still have a Leica 35mm rangefinder camera, but there’s also the mirrorless SL and TL systems – full-35mm or ‘APS-C’ size sensors respectively – a gaggle of digital Ms (including the B&W-only Monochrom), the fixed-lens Q with its electronic viewfinder, or the digital medium format D-SLRs, S and S-E.

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