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.

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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