Leica Claims New Compact Camera Is Flexible Enough to Shoot Both Stunning Photos and 4K Video

Leica has just unveiled the C-Lux compact, point-and-shoot camera targeting those looking to shoot both photos and video.

While it’s clear that the C-Lux is aiming to attract photographers, it is capable of shooting UHD 4K video at 30fps, so it’s not completely shutting out videographers. This makes it a potentially charming buy for hybrid shooters.

Leica C-Lux is more of a photographer’s camera, but it’s still got some notable video capabilities

Features that play to flexibility

The C-Lux combines a Leica DC Vario-Elmar 8.8-132mm f3.3-64 and a 1-inch 20MP sensor, increasing flexibility. It offers a continuous shooting rate of up to 10 frames per second, a 15x optical zoom and a 49-point autofocus system that Leica calms can “keep up with fast-moving subjects.” The Lux also has 5-axis optical image stabilization that helps combat camera shake when shooting handheld.

“Its components are all perfectly matched to each other – from the sensor to the lens. This ensures that fleeting moments are captured spontaneously in split seconds,” says Leica.

The C-Lux has a 15x optical zoom

Additionally, it’s designed with a 3-inch touch screen display and can share images wirelessly through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The Leica C-Lux app works with both iOS and Android devices.


Not just a photographer’s camera

As said before, the C-Lux isn’t just a photographer’s camera. It can shoot video too. It can shoot UHD 4K video at 30 and 24 fps, so those who have the need to switch between shooting photos and videos can do so. It records at 100 Mbps, has an ISO sensitivity up to 25600 and can save 8MP stills from 4K video.

The C-Lux comes in two colors: light gold and midnight blue


  • 20.1MP 1” MOS Sensor
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmar 15x Zoom Lens
  • 24-360mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 0.21” 2.33m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0” 1.24m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • UHD 4K Video 30 and 24 fps
  • ISO 25600 and 10 fps Continuous Shooting
  • 5-Axis Optical Image Stabilization
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE
  • 4K Stills Recording at 30 fps

Pricing and Availability

You can pre-order Leica’s C-Lux Digital Camera for $1,050. The exact time when the C-Lux will begin to ship is currently unclear.

If you want to read more about Leica’s C-LuX, go to leica.com.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's Managing Editor.

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