First look: The Leica CL is a serious contender for professional level photography

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Text: Janice Sim

Yet another legendary masterpiece from the luxury German brand

In case you haven't heard, there's a new shooter in town. It's compact, sleek, and incredibly dapper. Made your guess yet? Yes, it's the all-new Leica CL (dubbed Clooney), which will have men, women, and all the cool kids raving. 

What many don't know is that this camera is actually the second CL from the German company. The first CL was a 35mm film camera created in the 1970s. But this 2017 version isn't anything like its supposed predecessor, but instead, is a mirrorless rangefinder-style camera — in other words; goodbye, clunky DSLR, hello, handy-sized device.

What's impressive? Its stellar electronic viewfinder, which boasts an EyeRes technology, developed by Leica especially for this model. Its resolution reads a whopping 2.36 million pixels, whilst offering an amazing viewing experience and numerous other advantages. As the final image is visible through the finder before the shutter is released, you have ultimate control over the composition of your subjects before the capture.

Other tidbits include a 24-megapixel APS-C (Advanced Photo System) sensor and Maestro II image processor (similar to the Leica TL2 that came out earlier this year). You can also easily swap out lenses — the CL is compatible with any of the Leica's L-mount lenses. All the essential controls are congregated in the top plate, where there are two dials to control your aperture setting, shutter speed, and exposure, making it effortless to shoot without removing the camera from the eye. Those looking to post pictures up instantly can easily export stills from the camera to their smartphone via its smart WiFi module. 

Concerts, vacations, or just an casual stroll along your neighbourhood in a killer outfit? We say it's easy to take this sexy box just about anywhere. 

The Leica CL is available in stores now. 


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