Leica CL PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Leica CL (Typ 7323)? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Leica makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the CL offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Leica CL (Typ 7323) below.
In any case, the CL is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This mirrorless interchangeable lens camera was officially introduced on November 21st, 2017, which means that, as of today, the camera is 2207 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued, but there has not been a direct replacement model for the CL from Leica.
Leica's instruction manual for the CL
The camera's instruction manual is 99 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the CL is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Leica CL (Typ 7323) manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Leica's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Leica CL manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Leica CL (Typ 7323)
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your CL by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Leica CL is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Leica CL FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the CL.
What technology is the imaging sensor in the Leica CL based on?
The camera has a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor at its core.
Which image processing chip is used in the Leica CL to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Leica equipped the CL with the Maestro II image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Leica CL?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 50000.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Leica CL (Typ 7323)?
Leica does not publish a shutter rating for the CL. Yet, shutters in comparable cameras from other manufacturers are said to be good for at least 100 000 actuations. It should be noted, though, that this number represents a Mean Time before Failure. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust an expected shutter life of 100 000 shots over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.
Is completely silent shooting possible with the Leica CL?
The camera has an electronic shutter option, so that it is indeed feasible to capture images without any shutter noise.
Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences with the Leica CL?
No, the Leica CL (Typ 7323) has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.
Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Leica CL?
The CL offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.
Does the Leica CL feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with the Leica CL for flash photography?
The CL's flash sync speed is 1/180 sec.
Does the Leica CL support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?
Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-II cards (data transfer speed of up to 312 MB/s).
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Leica CL (Typ 7323).
|Camera Model||Leica CL|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless system camera|
|Camera Lens||Leica T mount lenses|
|Launch Date||November 2017|
|Launch Price||USD 2 795|
|Sensor Format||APS-C Sensor|
|Sensor Size||23.6 x 15.7 mm|
|Sensor Area||371 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||28.3 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||24.1 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||6 014 x 4 014 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||3.92 μm|
|Pixel Density||6.52 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||no AA filter|
|Movie Capability||4K/30p Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 50 000 ISO|
|Image Processor||Maestro II|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||100%|
|Viewfinder Resolution||2360k dots|
|Top-Level Screen||Control Panel|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||1040k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Focus System||Contrast-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||Focus Peaking|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000s|
|Continuous Shooting||10 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||Electronic Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||Intervalometer Built-in|
|Fill Flash||no On-Board Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||UHS-II|
|USB Connector||no USB|
|HDMI Port||no HDMI|
|Wifi Support||Wifi built-in|
|Battery Type||BP-DC12 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||220 shots per charge|
131 x 78 x 45 mm
(5.2 x 3.1 x 1.8 in)
|Camera Weight||403 g (14.2 oz)|
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