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Leica introduces 'C' compact camera with viewfinder

Leica has introduced a new premium compact camera. The 'C' features a 12 million pixel 1/1.7 inch sensor, along with a range of high-end specifications which appear to be the same as the Panasonic LF1's.

The Leica C is the first camera from the manufacturer to feature integrated Wi-Fi and NFC for wireless transferring of images from the camera to a smartphone or tablet, as well as remote control.

Featuring a Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens, the 7x optical zoom offers an equivalent range of 28-200mm in 35mm format, with maximum apertures of f/2.0-5.9. A ring around the lens can be customised to control different functions.


An integrated LCD viewfinder is also included, with 200,000 dots. Other interesting features include Full HD video recording, continuous shooting of up to 10fps and a three inch , 921,600 dot rear screen. Full manual control is also included.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom comes included in the package too. The Leica C will be available in two finishes - "light gold" (a combination of gold, ivory and black) and "dark red", a black with burgundy tones. A range of matching accessories, including a case, pouch and wrist strap will also be available to buy separately.

The Leica C price will be £550 / approx US$862 / approx AU$937, with availability starting in mid-September.

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.