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Fujifilm X-T20 vs Leica CL

The Fujifilm X-T20 and the Leica CL (Typ 7323) are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in January 2017 and November 2017. Both the X-T20 and the CL are mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras that are equipped with an APS-C sensor. The Fujifilm has a resolution of 24 megapixels, whereas the Leica provides 24.1 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Fujifilm X-T20
versus
Leica CL
Fujifilm X-T20   Leica CL
Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
Fujifilm X mount lenses Leica T mount lenses
24 MP, APS-C Sensor 24.1 MP, APS-C Sensor
4K/30p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 200-12,800 (100 - 51,200) ISO 100-50,000
Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots) Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots)
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Tilting touchscreen Fixed touchscreen
8 shutter flaps per second 10 shutter flaps per second
350 shots per battery charge220 shots per battery charge
118 x 83 x 41 mm, 383 g 131 x 78 x 45 mm, 403 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Fujifilm X-T20 and the Leica CL (Typ 7323)? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The physical size and weight of the Fujifilm X-T20 and the Leica CL are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The X-T20 can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the CL is only available in black.

Size Fujifilm X-T20 vs Leica CL
Compare X-T20 versus CL top
Comparison X-T20 or CL rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Leica CL is somewhat larger (4 percent) than the Fujifilm X-T20. Moreover, the CL is markedly heavier (5 percent) than the X-T20. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the X-T20 nor the CL are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. Hence, you might want to study and compare the specifications of available lenses in order to get the full picture of the size and weight of the two camera systems.

Concerning battery life, the X-T20 gets 350 shots out of its NP-W126S battery, while the CL can take 220 images on a single charge of its BP-DC12 power pack. The power pack in the X-T20 can be charged via the USB port, so that it is not always necessary to take the battery charger along when travelling.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X-T20 118 mm 83 mm 41 mm 383 g 350 n Jan 2017 899i
2.
 
Leica CL 131 mm 78 mm 45 mm 403 g 220 n Nov 2017 2,795 i
3.
 
Fujifilm X-E4 121 mm 73 mm 33 mm 364 g 380 n Jan 2021 849 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T30 II 118 mm 83 mm 47 mm 383 g 380 n Sep 2021 899 i
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T30 118 mm 83 mm 47 mm 383 g 380 n Feb 2019 899i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A5 117 mm 68 mm 40 mm 361 g 450 n Jan 2018 399i
7.
 
Fujifilm X-T100 121 mm 83 mm 47 mm 448 g 430 n May 2018 599i
8.
 
Fujifilm X-E3 121 mm 74 mm 43 mm 337 g 350 n Sep 2017 899 i
9.
 
Fujifilm X70 113 mm 64 mm 44 mm 340 g 330 n Jan 2016 799i
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A3 117 mm 67 mm 40 mm 339 g 410 n Aug 2016 399i
11.
 
Fujifilm X-T10 118 mm 83 mm 41 mm 381 g 350 n May 2015 799i
12.
 
Fujifilm X-E2 129 mm 75 mm 37 mm 350 g 350 n Oct 2013 999i
13.
 
Leica TL2 134 mm 69 mm 33 mm 399 g 250 n Jul 2017 1,950 i
14.
 
Nikon D5600 124 mm 97 mm 70 mm 465 g 970 n Nov 2016 699 i
15.
 
Nikon D3400 124 mm 98 mm 76 mm 445 g 1200 n Aug 2016 499i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The X-T20 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 68 percent) than the CL, which puts it into a different market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

Sensor comparison

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor, but their sensors differ slightly in size. The sensor area in the CL is 1 percent bigger. They nevertheless have the same format factor of 1.5. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Fujifilm X-T20 and Leica CL sensor measures

With 24.1MP, the CL offers a higher resolution than the X-T20 (24MP), but the CL nevertheless has the same individual pixel size (pixel pitch of 3.92μm) as the X-T20 due to its larger sensor. Moreover, the CL is a somewhat more recent model (by 10 months) than the X-T20, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixel-units. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The X-T20 has on-sensor phase detect pixels, which results in fast and reliable autofocus acquisition even during live view operation.

The Fujifilm X-T20 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 200 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 100-51200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Leica CL (Typ 7323) are ISO 100 to ISO 50000 (no boost).

X-T20 versus CL MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Fujifilm X-T20 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........
2.
 
Leica CL APS-C 24.1 6014 40144K/30p........
3.
 
Fujifilm X-E4 APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/30p........
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T30 II APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/30p........
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T30 APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/30p........
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A5 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/15p........
7.
 
Fujifilm X-T100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/15p........
8.
 
Fujifilm X-E3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........
9.
 
Fujifilm X70 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
11.
 
Fujifilm X-T10 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
12.
 
Fujifilm X-E2 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
13.
 
Leica TL2 APS-C 24.1 6014 40144K/30p........
14.
 
Nikon D5600 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.114.0130684
15.
 
Nikon D3400 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.813.9119286

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, and both provide the same movie specifications (4K/30p).

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The X-T20 and the CL are similar in the sense that both feature an electronic viewfinder, which is helpful when framing images in bright sunlight. Moreover, their viewfinders offer an identical resolution of 2360k dots. The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Fujifilm X-T20 and Leica CL in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Fujifilm X-T202360 n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
2.
 
Leica CL2360 Y3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/8000s 10.0 n n
3.
 
Fujifilm X-E42360 n3.0 / 1620 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 n n
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T30 II2360 n3.0 / 1620 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T302360 n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A5none n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
7.
 
Fujifilm X-T1002360 n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
8.
 
Fujifilm X-E32360 n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 8.0 n n
9.
 
Fujifilm X70optional n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A3none n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
11.
 
Fujifilm X-T102360 n3.0 / 920 tilting n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
12.
 
Fujifilm X-E22360 n3.0 / 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y n
13.
 
Leica TL2optional n3.7 / 1230 fixed Y 1/4000s 7.0 n n
14.
 
Nikon D5600optical n3.2 / 1037 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
15.
 
Nikon D3400optical n3.0 / 921 fixed n 1/4000s 5.0 Y n

One difference between the cameras concerns the presence of an on-board flash. The X-T20 has one, while the CL does not. While the built-in flash of the X-T20 is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light.

The reported shutter speed information refers to the use of the mechanical shutter. Yet, some cameras only have an electronic shutter, while others have an electronic shutter in addition to a mechanical one. In fact, both cameras under consideration feature an electronic shutter, which makes completely silent shooting possible. However, this mode is less suitable for photographing moving objects (risk of rolling shutter) or shooting under artificial light sources (risk of flickering).

The Fujifilm X-T20 and the Leica CL both have an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the X-T20 and the CL write their files to SDXC cards. The CL supports UHS-II cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 312 MB/s), while the X-T20 can use UHS-I cards (up to 104 MB/s).

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Fujifilm X-T20 and Leica CL (Typ 7323) and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Fujifilm X-T20Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y--
2.
 
Leica CLYstereo / mono----Y--
3.
 
Fujifilm X-E4Ystereo / monoY-micro3.2Y-Y
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T30 IIYstereo / monoY-micro3.2Y-Y
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T30Ystereo / monoY-micro3.1Y-Y
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A5Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y-Y
7.
 
Fujifilm X-T100Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y-Y
8.
 
Fujifilm X-E3Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y-Y
9.
 
Fujifilm X70Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y--
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A3Ystereo / mono--micro2.0Y--
11.
 
Fujifilm X-T10Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y--
12.
 
Fujifilm X-E2Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y--
13.
 
Leica TL2Ystereo / mono--micro3.0Y--
14.
 
Nikon D5600Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
15.
 
Nikon D3400Ymono / mono--mini2.0--Y

It is notable that the X-T20 has a microphone port, which is missing on the CL. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

The CL is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Leica. In contrast, the X-T20 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the X-T20 was succeeded by the Fujifilm X-T100. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Fujifilm and Leica websites.

Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is the Fujifilm X-T20 better than the Leica CL or vice versa? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.

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Reasons to prefer the Fujifilm X-T20:

  • Better live-view autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident autofocus.
  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • Larger viewfinder image: Features a viewfinder with a higher magnification (0.62x vs 0.49x).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a tilting screen for odd-angle shots in landscape orientation.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (350 versus 220) on a single battery charge.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Easier fill-in: Is equipped with a small onboard flash to brighten deep shadow areas.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (68 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in January 2017).

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Advantages of the Leica CL (Typ 7323):

  • Easier setting verification: Features a control panel on top to check shooting parameters.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/8000s vs 1/4000s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (10 vs 8 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Supports a more advanced SD data transfer standard (UHS-II vs UHS-I).
  • More prestigious: Has the Leica luxury appeal, which ensures a high resale value.
  • More modern: Was introduced somewhat (10 months) more recently.

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the X-T20 emerges as the winner of the contest (9 : 6 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

X-T20 09:06 CL

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Fujifilm X-T20 and the Leica CL place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the X-T20 or the CL. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X-T205/5+ +5/582/1005/54.5/5 Jan 2017 899i
2.
 
Leica CL....4.2/5....4/5 Nov 2017 2,795 i
3.
 
Fujifilm X-E44/5..4/5..4.5/54/5 Jan 2021 849 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T30 II............ Sep 2021 899 i
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T305/5+ +5/584/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2019 899i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A5..+4.1/5..4/53.5/5 Jan 2018 399i
7.
 
Fujifilm X-T1004/5+4.5/579/1004/54.5/5 May 2018 599i
8.
 
Fujifilm X-E34.5/5+4.5/584/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2017 899 i
9.
 
Fujifilm X704.5/5....76/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2016 799i
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A3......74/1004.5/54/5 Aug 2016 399i
11.
 
Fujifilm X-T104.5/5+ +..80/1005/55/5 May 2015 799i
12.
 
Fujifilm X-E24/5....80/1004.5/55/5 Oct 2013 999i
13.
 
Leica TL23.5/5..3/5..4/54/5 Jul 2017 1,950 i
14.
 
Nikon D56004/5..4/579/1004.5/54/5 Nov 2016 699 i
15.
 
Nikon D34004/5+4/576/1004/54.5/5 Aug 2016 499i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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Other camera comparisons

Did this review help to inform your camera decision process? If you would like to see a different side-by-side camera review, just make a corresponding selection in the search boxes below. As an alternative, you can also directly jump to any one of the listed comparisons that were previously generated by the CAM-parator tool.

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    Specifications: Fujifilm X-T20 vs Leica CL

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Fujifilm X-T20 Leica CL
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Fujifilm X mount lenses Leica T mount lenses
    Launch Date January 2017 November 2017
    Launch Price USD 899 USD 2,795
    Sensor Specs Fujifilm X-T20 Leica CL
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 23.6 x 15.6 mm 23.6 x 15.7 mm
    Sensor Area 368.16 mm2 370.52 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 28.3 mm 28.3 mm
    Crop Factor 1.5x 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 24 Megapixels 24.1 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 6014 x 4014 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.92 μm 3.92 μm
    Pixel Density 6.52 MP/cm2 6.52 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 200 - 12,800 ISO 100 - 50,000 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 51,200 ISO no Enhancement
    Image Processor X-Processor Pro2 Maestro II
    Screen Specs Fujifilm X-T20 Leica CL
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.62x 0.49x
    Viewfinder Resolution 2360k dots 2360k dots
    Top-Level Screen no Top Display Control Panel
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Fixed screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Fujifilm X-T20 Leica CL
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/8000s
    Continuous Shooting 8 shutter flaps/s 10 shutter flaps/s
    Electronic Shutterup to 1/32000sup to 1/25000s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-II
    Connectivity Specs Fujifilm X-T20 Leica CL
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 no USB
    HDMI Port micro HDMI no HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port no MIC socket
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Body Specs Fujifilm X-T20 Leica CL
    Battery Type NP-W126S BP-DC12
    Battery Life (CIPA)350 shots per charge220 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging no USB charging
    Body Dimensions 118 x 83 x 41 mm
    (4.6 x 3.3 x 1.6 in)
    131 x 78 x 45 mm
    (5.2 x 3.1 x 1.8 in)
    Camera Weight 383 g (13.5 oz) 403 g (14.2 oz)

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