Leica C Compact Digital Camera, 12.1MP, with Wi-Fi & NFC, Fast DC Vario-Summicron lens, Manual lens ring control, Full HD movie recording - Light Gold

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About Leica X Vario

The Leica C, a new concept within the Leica compact camera portfolio - combining stylish design with impressive technical features. With the support of the Audi Design Team, the slim, elegant and sophisticated design of the Leica C was achieved. The Leica C is easy to use and delivers outstanding images under any light conditions, making it ideal to tote to any event.

The Leica C which is available in two finishes, light gold or dark red features an integrated Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC), a first for Leica compact cameras plus a high performance zoom lens and a larger sensor .

INTEGRATED WI-FI/NFC AND LEICA C IMAGE SHUTTLE APP (FOR IOS & ANDROID)
The Leica C is the first Leica to feature an integrated Wi-Fi and NFC module. These features allow the user to remotely control the Leica C through a smartphone or tablet while viewing the image on the smartphone or tablet. This allows for better self-portraits (yes, the selfie!) and group pictures without excluding anyone using the remote release and/or self-timer. To enable this function, a user only needs to download the Leica C Image Shuttle app from the App Store (for IOS support) or Google play (for Android support) and install it on their IOS or Android end device. . Easier and better self-portraits and group portraits with the Wi-Fi and NFC

The Leica C Image Shuttle app allows the user to control the various functions of the camera via their smartphones or tablets. The user can control the zoom, shutter release, record video, access the quick menu, adjust aperture and shutter speed (based on the mode of the camera), exposure compensation, continuous shooting/self-timer and autofocus mode which allows you to change the focus point by touching the image on the screen.

With this app and a Wi-Fi connection, the user can download images directly to their smartphone or tablet and then connect to any social media such as Facebook, Instagram, etc. The Leica C allows the user to send images while recording and to send images stored in the camera.

COMPACT, VERSATILE AND STYLISH
The Leica C benefited from the design expertise of the Audi Design Team. The slim and stylish form of the Leica C, makes it a perfect fashion accessory that is easy to carry around either in a pocket or purse. Despite its extremely compact form, it features an excellent zoom lens that makes it perfect for capturing spontaneous situations while offering unlimited opportunities for creative expressions. The 7x zoom lens is equally outstanding for capturing intimate portraits, expansive interiors, and fascinating landscapes. A freely programmable focusing ring for personalized settings offers even more creative options. Available either in light-gold or dark-red, the color options attest to the simple and stylish elegance and of the Leica C.

SUPERIOR PICTURES WITH THE FINEST DETAILS
The unusually large sensor for a camera as compact as the Leica C combined with its precise optics, guarantees sharp images with brilliant, natural colors and outstanding contrast. The Leica C captures everything including tiny details because of its extremely fast autofocus and ability to shoot up to ten frames per second in continuous shooting mode.

FULL HD VIDEO
The Leica C records video with sharp resolution of even the finest details in full-HD quality. The photographer is always in control of recording with the large monitor screen and electronic viewfinder which is effective when shooting in bright light. In addition, a selection of creative modes offers numerous options for creative ideas even after recording. The Leica C offers creative post processing of both still pictures and video. In addition, the professional Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software that can be downloaded from the Leica homepage gives the same creative post processing options.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(9)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Compact (7),Easy to use (7),Great resolution (7),Large clear LCD (7),Zoom range/performance (6),Fast shutter speed (5),Good in low light (5)
Best Uses:
Family photos (8),Travel (7),Wildlife (6),Low light (5),Macro photography (3),Weddings (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (6)

Leica X Vario Features

  • Slim, elegant and sophisticated design achieved with the support of the Audi Design Team
  • Easy to use under any light conditions
  • Unique yet fashionable accessories designed in collaboration with the Audi Design Team
  • Wi-Fi & NFC in the Leica C affords remote access from a smartphone/tablet allowing the user to see a live image
  • Allows pictures to be transferred to your smartphone/tablet while shooting
  • Extremely versatile and ideal for any type of photography
  • Electronic View Finder for easy viewing under any lighting conditions
  • Fast Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens
  • Larger sensor 1/1.7" with an effective resolution of 12.1 Megapixels
  • Manual lens ring control which allows for flexibility
  • High-resolution display with 920, 000 pixels
  • Full HD movie recording

Leica X Vario Specifications

Image Sensor
1/1.7" MOS sensor, total pixel number, 12,800,000, primary color filter
Effective Pixels
12,100,000
Minimum illuminance
approx. 6lx. With camera modeal 18485 & 18489 when i-low light and 1/30s shutter speed is used.
Lens
Lens Leica DC Vario-Summicron f/2-5.9 (at maximum wide angle and telephoto settings) 6-42.8 mmmm ASPH 35 mm equivalent: 28-200mm
Zoom: Optical: 7x / Digital: 4x
Focus range
P/A/S/M: 50 cm / 80 cm (at maximum wideangle / telephoto settings) to infinity
P/A/S/M Macro / Snapshots Modes / Video rec.: 3 cm / 80 cm (at maximum wideangle / telephoto settings) to infinity
Digital Zoom
max. 4x
Stabilization
Optical
Shutter system
Electronically and mechanically controlled
Shutter speed
250s-1/4000s (Starry Sky) Mode: 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 60 seconds
Exposure Modes
Program (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual setting (M), Exposure compensation (increments: 1/3 EV Steps, range ±2EV)
Metering modes
Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot
Flash
Built-in
Flash modes
AUTO, AUTO w. Red-eye reduction, Slow sync w. Red-eye reduction, ON, OFF
Flash range (with ISO AUTO)
approx. 0.6m-7m (with maximum wide angle setting) approx. 0.8m-2.3m (with maximum telephoto setting)
Monitor
TFT LCD (approx. 921,600 dots), aspect ratio 3:2, shows approx 100% of the captured frame
Viewfinder
color LCD (approx. 200,000 dots), with diopter correction facility ±4 diopters
Microphone
Stereo
Speaker
Monaural
Recording Media
Internal Memory (approx. 87 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory cards
Recording File Format
RAW / JPEG (based on Exif 2.3 standard) / DPOF compatible / MPO
AVCHD with Dolby ® Digital (2ch) / MP 4 with AAC (2ch)
Operating temperature / humidity
0-40ºC / 32º - 104º F / 10 - 80 %
Interface
Interface With camera models 18-485 & 18-489: NTSC Composite, Audio line socket (monoaural)
Terminals
HDMI: for HDMI micro cable (type D) AV OUT / DIGITAL: Dedicated jack (8 pin)
Wi-Fi
IEEE 802.1lb/g/n (standard wireless LAN protocol)
2412-2462 MHz (1-11ch)
Wi-Fi compatible WPA / WPA 2
Infrastructure mode
NFC Compliance standard
ISO / IEC 18092 NFC-F (passive mode)
Dimensions (WxHxD; lens retracted)
approx. 103 x 63 x 28 mm
Weight (with/without card & battery)
approx. 195 g / 6.0 oz /173 g / 6.1 oz
Battery
BP-DC14 E/U
Battery charger
ACA-DC11
Input / Output
AC 110-240V 50/60 Hz, 0.2A / DC 5V 800mA

Leica X Vario Reviews

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4.1

(based on 9 reviews)

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Reviewed by 9 customers

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Outstanding, but demanding

By

from Bakersfield, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I recently purchased the X Vario to use as a travel camera and as a color complement to my Leica M Monochrom. The only reasons to buy this camera is for the quality, both in terms of build quality and the image quality it produces. It is a poor choice for those buying based on spec sheets as other cameras have higher resolution sensors, faster maximum aperture, wider and longer zoom reach and more built-in features. With the X Vario, features aren't the focus, quality is. The rear LCD is about average, not as good as Sony's high-end panels in bright light, but not in any way bad. The optional EVF (or the cheaper and identical Olympus VF2) is also about average, with far lower resolution than the best modern EVFs, but again it is entirely adequate. What really sets apart the X Vario are its controls and its lens. The controls are real dials for shutter speed, aperture and real rings on the lens for focus and zoom, with the brilliant placement of "Automatic" as just another position on the dial or focusing ring. This camera can easily be set without even turning it on or reading any displays or menus. The lens is where your money goes. While slow at f/3.5 at the wide end and f/6.4 at the long end, it is amazingly sharp from corner-to-corner at ALL apertures, distances and focal lengths. This is every bit as good as Leica's prime lenses for the M system, and in some cases better. You won't get dreamy blurred-out backgrounds at normal subject distances, but the amount of blur is not the same as the quality of blur, or bokeh. The bokeh on the X Vario's lens is outstanding for a zoom, smooth and even, with very subtle transition from in focus to out of focus. People who complain about the X Vario are spec sheet types who look at the price and then compare feature for feature against similarly priced or even less expensive cameras. That is not who the X Vario was made for. It was made for people who don't want the fuss of swapping lenses, don't want the bulk of a DSLR, but do want incredible image quality and a very smooth transition from automatic to manual control.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great camera

By

from Bismarck ND  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a great little unit. Super fast lens and wonderful pics. Just got it a week ago, so still learning all it can do. The wifi instructions are complicated, and I still cannot figure out how to get my camera pics to my smart phone camera roll. Frustrating. The jury is still out on the battery life. Seemed to drain pretty quickly, but I was spending a lot of time on wifi set-up. Perhaps this function uses more juice. . . Otherwise, I am very pleased with this camera. Love the small size and weight compared to my DSLR and lenses. Thanks Adorama.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Amazing Camera

By

from Bismarck ND  -  Photo Enthusiast

Although I have had this for only a few days, it is amazing. Super fast lens and incredible pics. The instruction manual isn't as bad as some say, except the wifi instructions are more complicated than needed. I'll be using NFC more anyway. The viewfinder is as many have said. It's small and serves the purpose, but it's not outstanding. I am looking forward to learning all that this camera can do. The lens is what this Leica is all about. Love this lightweight camera compared to my D5100. Thanks Adorama. Great price and service, as always.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EXCELLENT COMPACT

By

from Beaver County, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This little camera is great. It is however very pricey but you get what you pay for.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Love it!

By

from Orlando, FL  -  Pro Photographer

First; I LOVE not carrying 30 pounds of glass on my back. The picture quality is excellent and it is quite easy to use. My only complaint is that the instructions are a little dificult to interpret and I have not been able to figure out how to wirelessly transfer pictures to my tablet as advertised.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

This is it!

By

from New York City  -  Casual Photographer

I use the product mainly to expand my creativity through photography. The handy functions to handle any kind of situation is phenomenal.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Leica C Type 112

By

from Brooklyn, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

This camera is very similar to Canon S110 - size, ergonomics. Its is made in Japan, my guess is that Canon was involved. Plus It has EVF - very big plus for me Longer zoom Fast It slightly thinner than Canon S110 Control rings have much better feel that Canon has. My Canon has slightly lose central control ring around the lens. Cons Canon has better interface Adobe Lightroom came as the download from Leica website. I had some issues with this download/or website I didn't check video abilities and wi-fi. So far I like it. Forgot to mention that the supplied software doesn't work on XP and Vista. You need windows 7 & higher, Mac. And there is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 12 MP Digital Camera, which is a copy of Leica C or vise versa. I don't have Lumix so can't provide any opinions. However the look between Canon S110 and the rest of the field is obvious. Took several night photos yesterday 10/15/13. ISO 1600, F 4.5. AF very fast, Canon results are slightly better. I guess nobody is going to do proff. job with this camera. So if you want to have Leica camera with red label in your pocket while traveling or whatever for the extra $250 you'll have Japan made Leica with German lens at your disposal.

(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sharp images w/o Fuji's sensor mush

By

from Phoenix, AZ  -  Photo Enthusiast

The Leica X Vario delivers crisp, sharp images at all focal lengths and apertures without mushing landscape details as does the Fuji X-trans sensor. Color rendition is classic Leica with excellent contrast and saturation right out of the camera which is unlike the dull, flat, pastel color rendition of the Fuji X-E1. I returned the X-E1 w/18-55 lens due to these imaging defects that are inherent in its design and the well-known motion blur in the electronic viewfinder. It was a good value for the money, but compared to the imaging quality of the X Vario, a pretender.

(15 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not a very serious competitor.

By

from Wisconsin  -  Pro Photographer

I Received my Leica X Vario 28-70 a few days ago. I was hoping and expecting more from Leica with this entry into the compact point and shoot APC-C sized sensor 16-17 MP AF short zoom camera field. The resolution is excellent, but still not quite the best in class. Another issue is that it takes a lot of work to get quality photos. This is due in no small part to the lack of an optical IS in the lens. This is a slow lens and you are often forced to shoot at slow shutter speeds and OIS would be a great option. In small print, Leica states that the IS is present, but this is in the camera software and is more or less useless. I was unable to get a consistent and decent result from the IS and soon gave up on it. The live view screen for shooting is less than ideal in bright sunlight. A viewfinder is necessary, and the lack of an EVF inherent to the camera is a major design flaw. The need to purchase a optional plastic accessory lens hood for $140 is absurd. I prefer to shoot my snapshots in jpeg fine and raw. The jpegs often came our with some rather strange colors and required processing in camera raw to get it right. When combined with an external Leica EVF and a hood, you are talking about three times the price of the Fuji X-E1 with the 18-55mm, which will outperform the Leica in most departments and equal it in a few areas where the Leica performs well. It is not my intention to bash this Leica, but this camera does not bode well with the Leica tradition of producing the best of the best.

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Shopper  What about quality of printed photos? Everything looks great from almost any camera on the computer. Are the photos sharp, and does the camera autocorrect backlighting, for instance?
WILLIAM N  Took my Leica C to the Highlands of Scotland on a ten day trip under all weather/light conditions. Posted photos on a shared site for fellow travelers to view and print. Incredible comments across the board on the image quality this camera delivered. Superb.
Shopper  Does this camera have two methods of stabilization?
WILLIAM M  Just one - my old Leica had two. That concussed me. I like one better. Great camera. Good company to order it from as well.
Shopper  what is the zoom ?
Andrew R  Lens = Leica DC Vario-Summicron f/2-5.9 (at maximum wide angle and telephoto settings) 6-42.8 mmmm ASPH 35 mm equivalent: 28-200mm
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