Latest in Gear

Image credit: Leica

Leica C-Lux brings style to long-zoom compact cameras

So long as you're willing to pay for the privilege, that is.
444 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Leica

When you think of compact cameras with long-zoom lenses, "fashionable" probably doesn't come to mind. They tend to be very utilitarian devices where looks take a backseat to the optics you need for a dramatic vacation shot. Leica wants to change that: it's introducing a new C-Lux camera that gives the category some flair. It's ultimately a reskinned Panasonic Lumix ZS200, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The C-Lux combines the ZS200's 15x (24-360mm equivalent) f/3.3-6.4 lens and 1-inch, 20.1-megapixel sensor with a considerably posher design in an attention-grabbing "Light Gold" or a more sober "Midnight Blue." This is a camera that wouldn't look out of place at a classic car show or a polo match.

The similarity promises some solid performance, too, with 49-point fast autofocus, continuous shooting at 10 frames per second and 4K videos at up to 100Mbps (albeit with a 15-minute time limit). You can also rely on a 2.33-megapixel electronic viewfinder as well as Bluetooth and WiFi to transfer your photos.

Not surprisingly, you'll be paying a stiff premium for the looks and Leica's signature red dot. The C-Lux will cost you $1,050 when it arrives in mid-July, or a solid $250 more than the Lumix. That's utter overkill if you're purely interested in functionality, but it might be tantalizing if you're determined to get an all-purpose camera that stands out in a sea of drabness.

Leica C-Lux in Midnight Blue

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
444 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Study suggests vapers are 1.3 times more likely to develop lung disease

Study suggests vapers are 1.3 times more likely to develop lung disease

View
Senators ask credit agencies why they don't report FBI data requests

Senators ask credit agencies why they don't report FBI data requests

View
'Red Dead Redemption 2' photo and story modes come to PS4

'Red Dead Redemption 2' photo and story modes come to PS4

View
TiVo's iPhone app finally streams shows using cellular data

TiVo's iPhone app finally streams shows using cellular data

View
'Fortnite' adds lightsabers following Star Wars event

'Fortnite' adds lightsabers following Star Wars event

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr