TRAVEL IN STYLE WITH LEICA’S NEW C-LUX COM­PACT

Camera - - WHAT’S NEW -

com­pact cam­era re­vives the C-Lux name and com­bines a 20.9 megapix­els CMOS sen­sor with a 15x op­ti­cal zoom equiv­a­lent to 24-360mm. As be­fore, it’s based on a Pana­sonic model (and built in Ja­pan), but with some vari­a­tions, in­clud­ing leather in­serts and re­designed con­trols on the out­side, and var­i­ous pro­ces­sor mods on the in­side. Leica is of­fer­ing the C-Lux in two fin­ishes called Mid­night Blue and Light Gold.

The zoom lens’s full ti­tle is the Leica DC Vario-El­mar 8.8-132 mm f3.3-6.4 ASPH and it’s matched with a ‘1-inch’ back­side-il­lu­mi­nated type sen­sor with a sen­si­tiv­ity range equiv­a­lent to ISO 125 to 12,800 (and ex­ten­sions to ISO 80 and 25,600). The ef­fec­tive pixel count is 20.1 mil­lion and im­ages can be cap­tured as JPEGs in a va­ri­ety of sizes and as­pect ra­tios or as RAW files. Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing is pos­si­ble at up to 10 fps or at up to 7.0 fps with un­in­ter­rupted live view. Ad­di­tion­ally, a de­riv­a­tive of Pana­sonic’s ‘4K Photo’ cap­ture al­lows for con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing at 30 fps, yield­ing 8.3 megapix­els still frames. Need­less to note, this also means that the C-Lux can record 4K video with stereo sound in the UHD res­o­lu­tion and at a bit rate of 100 Mbps.

The C-Lux has 49-zone con­trast-de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus­ing with a macro mode which gives a min­i­mum fo­cus­ing dis­tance of 3.0 cen­time­tres. It has both a con­ven­tional leaf shut­ter and a sen­sor-based shut­ter, the lat­ter giv­ing a top shut­ter speed of 1/16,000 sec­ond. There’s a choice of multi-zone, cen­tre-weighted av­er­age and spot me­ter­ing meth­ods, and the stan­dard set of ‘PASM’ ex­po­sure con­trol modes are sup­ple­mented by +/-5.0 EV of com­pen­sa­tion, an AE lock and auto brack­et­ing over three, five or seven frames.

The C-Lux has an elec­tronic viewfinder which uses an LCD panel with a res­o­lu­tion of 2.33 megadots and a mag­ni­fi­ca­tion of 0.53x (35mm equiv­a­lent). The cam­era’s mon­i­tor screen is a fixed 7.5 cm TFT LCD panel with a res­o­lu­tion of 1.24 megadots and touch con­trols. It also has a spe­cial coat­ing to min­imise fin­ger­prints and help bet­ter re­pel both dust and grease. Other notable fea­tures in­clude a built-in pop-up flash, five-axis im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, both WiFi and Blue­tooth LE con­nec­tiv­ity (utilised via the free Leica C-Lux app), a big choice of sub­ject and scene modes, and UHS Speed Class 3 sup­port for faster SD mem­ory cards.

A range of ded­i­cated ac­ces­sories in­cludes an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of pre­mium-qual­ity cam­era cases, pro­tec­tors and soft pouches in var­i­ous colours plus both shoul­der and wrist straps. The Leica C-Lux is priced at $1550 in Aus­tralia and avail­able from the Leica Store in Syd­ney’s QVB com­plex (www.leica-store.com.au) and au­tho­rised Leica Cam­era Aus­tralia deal­ers.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit https://au.leica-cam­era.com

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