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Leica unveils the new "C" compact camera, features a real viewfinder

Leica debuts the C, a new high-end compact camera with a viewfinder.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Mon, Sep 9 2013 6:14 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:21 PM CST

Today, Leica unveiled its new high-end, premium compact camera simply named "C." The camera features a 12-megapixel 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor along with integrated Wi-Fi and NFC. A 3-inch TFT LCD is located on the back of the device for quick viewing of recently taken shots.

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While it does have an LCD, Leica had enough forethought to include a viewfinder even though it is itself LCD-based. The C features an equivalent focal length of 28-200mm with an maximum aperture range of f/2.0 to f/5.9. The camera features several autofocus modes, including contrast detect, multi-area, face detection and a Live View mode.

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Leica's new C has an ISO range of 80 all the way up to 12,800 and even features an auto mode that will set the ISO based on lighting conditions. The camera is able to shoot in JPEG, RAW, and MPO formats and includes optical image stabilization. The camera can also capture an impressive full HD 1920x1080@60FPS video in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats with Stereo Sound.

Available in "light gold" and "dark red trim," the new camera comes packaged with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and will feature a range of matching accessories including a case, pouch, and wrist strap, which will be available for purchase separately . The Leica C will be available mid-September and will retail for approximately $862 at major camera retailers everywhere.

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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