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Leica C-Lux 1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 85 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the design and lens are generally positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably. The energy efficiency and viewfinder get negative views. Views are divided on the responsiveness.

image quality, usability, portability, lens, design

value for money, viewfinder, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Leica C-Lux 1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Leica C-LUX 1 Digital Camera User Review


The Leica C-LUX 1 is essentially a rebadged version of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01.

Price ; Noise ; Lack of manual aperture/shutter speed

Overall this is an excellent camera for anyone looking for a high end point and shoot to carry along day to day. Perhaps as a compliment to your M series Leica? It performs well, looks good and is easy to use. Its made well and has excellent battery...

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Leica C-LUX 1


The new Leica C-LUX 1 that is launched by Leica Camera is a compact digital camera offering excellent optical performance and user-friendly operation. The Leica C LUX 1 is an engagingly attractive digital companion with a fashionably compact form...

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Leica C-LUX 1


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Leica C-LUX 1


Elegant camera with excellent finish and built quality. LCD display is bright and the controls are intuitive and easy to use. The 28-102 mm zoom lens is quite versatile and photos are sharp, especially outdoor shots. The OIS image stabilizer also...

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Owners Opinion: Leica C-LUX 1 (carouk, 6 Jan 07)


Having read everyone's comments here I went ahead and purchased a C-Lux 1 this week. I've been disappointed with the image-quality of a succession of digital cameras recently - both P&S and super-zoom compacts - but not this little beauty. As others...

Too soon to say

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Owners Opinion: Leica C-LUX 1 (Iswitched2Mac, 26 Nov 06)


Purchased this camera after considering many others. The small size takes getting used to when one is accustomed to using a D2x. (The D2x battery is almost as big as this camera.) The 64mb SD card that comes with it is definitely not large enough....

Why is the case/battery combination offered at online stores cheaper than just the ; battery by itself

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Owners Opinion: Leica C-LUX 1 (alanpryce, 6 Nov 06)


My first Leica but definitely not my last. Excellent construction, features and ease of use. Sharp, detailed pictures. Intuitive interface makes it easy to squeeze every last drop of potential from this excellent, tiny point and shoot. No regrets at...

Not yet

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Owners Opinion: Leica C-LUX 1 (andrewklose, 5 Nov 06)


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Owners Opinion: Leica C-LUX 1 (foocando, 31 Oct 06)


I have a lot of experiences with most of Canon compact cameras from Pro S1, A620, S400, 450,500, 550, 700IS, and 800IS. Then I decided to go with Leica because of its legacy on film and tried it with its first line compact digital camera. I have no...

None so far. It has been great

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Owners Opinion: Leica C-LUX 1 (44Magpie, 31 Oct 06)


Having decided that an ultra-compact with a 28mm or less lens was a necessity, I finally decided on the Leica C-Lux 1 camera. Yes, I heard about the poor low-light performance, yes I heard that it was just a re-badged Panasonic, and yes, I heard about...

1. Yes, there's noise at higher ISOs just like every other ultra-compact so GET OVER IT. Buy yourself Noise Ninja or other software if you're going to lose sleep over it ; 2. It does cost more than a similar Panasonic but then again, which one do you...

Product Specifications

The LEICA C-LUX 1 is an engagingly attractive companion with a fashionably compact form factor. Having a basic outline of only 5 x 10 cm, it's a camera you'll want to take with you wherever you go. Its elegant exterior is complemented by cutting-edge technology: 6-megapixel capture, ultra short shutter delay, precise autofocus measurement, and a generous selection of scene modes make it ideal for taking great pictures effortlessly. Whether you're on the beach, on a stroll through narrow streets, or in your favorite restaurant - the C-Lux 1 will capture all those precious moments you want to remember in stunning, true-to-life color and detail.

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Leica BP-DC4

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Baby1 / Baby2 / Candle / Fireworks / Food / High sensitivity / Landscape / Night landscape / Night portrait / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky/Baby1 / Baby2 / Candle / Fireworks / Food / High sensitivity / Night portrait / Night scene / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Scene / Self-portrait / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:64MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Leica C-Lux

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.6
Max Focal Length:16.8mm
Min Focal Length:4.6mm
Optical Zoom:3.6
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:6Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Bluish / Reddish / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None