As well as being compared against other boutiques, the Leica CL is also often compared to mirrorless, pro DSLRs, travel zooms and compacts. The Leica CL's top rivals come from Fujifilm (such as the X100F and the X-T30) and Olympus (such as the PEN-F and the OM-D E-M1 Mark II)

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica CL compared to other boutique competitors include: it has a touch screen, is newer (november 2017 vs october 2015), is thinner (1.8" vs 3.6"), is slightly lighter (403 g vs 640 g) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/8000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (APS-C 23.6x15.7mm vs full frame 36x24mm), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.49x vs 0.76x), lacks and external mic jack, has a much shorter battery life (220 shots vs 390 shots) and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm X100F
10 months older
$1,050 - $1,299

Significant advantages of the X100F (vs the CL)

  • Much longer battery life: 390 shots vs 220 shots
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the X100F (vs the CL)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the X100F and CL

  • Fairly small: Standard size (127×75×52 mm) vs Standard size (131×78×45 mm)
  • Thin: 2" vs 1.8"

Leica Q (Typ 116)

Leica Q (Typ 116)
2 years older
$3,890 - $3,995

Significant advantages of the Q (Typ 116) (vs the CL)

  • Significantly larger sensor: Full frame 36x24mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.7mm

Significant disadvantages of the Q (Typ 116) (vs the CL)

  • Larger: Prosumer size (130×80×93 mm) vs Standard size (131×78×45 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.7" vs 1.8"
  • Heavier: 640 g vs 403 g

common strengths of the Q (Typ 116) and CL

  • None found

Leica TL

Leica TL
1 year older
$1,425

Significant advantages of the TL (vs the CL)

  • Much larger screen: 3.7" vs 3"
  • Much longer battery life: 400 shots vs 220 shots
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the TL (vs the CL)

  • Shoots significantly slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the TL and CL

  • Fairly small: Mid size (134×69×33 mm) vs Standard size (131×78×45 mm)
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.8"
  • Light weight: 384 g vs 403 g

Leica SL (Typ 601)

Leica SL (Typ 601)
2 years older
$5,995

Significant advantages of the SL (Typ 601) (vs the CL)

  • Much longer battery life: 400 shots vs 220 shots
  • Has a GPS
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the SL (Typ 601) (vs the CL)

  • Much heavier: 847 g vs 403 g

common strengths of the SL (Typ 601) and CL

  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.8"
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Fujifilm FinePix X100s
4 years older
$347

Significant advantages of the X100s (vs the CL)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 330 shots vs 220 shots
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the X100s (vs the CL)

  • No touch screen
  • Lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"

common strengths of the X100s and CL

  • Fairly small: Standard size (127×74×54 mm) vs Standard size (131×78×45 mm)
  • Thin: 2.1" vs 1.8"
  • Light weight: 445 g vs 403 g

Leica Q2

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1 year newer
$4,995

Significant advantages of the Q2 (vs the CL)

  • Shoots much faster: 20 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much longer battery life: 370 shots vs 220 shots
  • Much higher true resolution: 46.7 MP vs 24.1 MP

Significant disadvantages of the Q2 (vs the CL)

  • Larger: Prosumer size (130×80×92 mm) vs Standard size (131×78×45 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.6" vs 1.8"
  • Significantly heavier: 718 g vs 403 g

common strengths of the Q2 and CL

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica CL compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a touch screen, is newer (november 2017 vs september 2016) and is thinner (1.8" vs 2.6").

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (1,040k dots vs 1,620k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.49x vs 0.73x), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (10 fps vs 30 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and lacks and external mic jack.

Olympus PEN-F

Olympus PEN-F
1 year older
$999 (body only)
$1,148 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the PEN-F (vs the CL)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the PEN-F (vs the CL)

  • None found

common strengths of the PEN-F and CL

  • Fairly small: Mid size (125×72×37 mm) vs Standard size (131×78×45 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.8"
  • Light weight: 427 g vs 403 g

Leica M10

Leica M10
10 months older
$6,379 - $6,596 (body only)
$7,836 75mm lens

Significant advantages of the M10 (vs the CL)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.73x vs 0.49x
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the M10 (vs the CL)

  • No touch screen
  • Significantly thicker: 3.1" vs 1.8"
  • Significantly heavier: 660 g vs 403 g

common strengths of the M10 and CL

  • Fairly small: Mid size (139×39×80 mm) vs Standard size (131×78×45 mm)

Fujifilm X-T30

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1 year newer
$899 (body only)
$999 - $1,039 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T30 (vs the CL)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the X-T30 (vs the CL)

  • None found

common strengths of the X-T30 and CL

  • Fairly small: Standard size (118×83×47 mm) vs Standard size (131×78×45 mm)
  • Thin: 1.9" vs 1.8"
  • Light weight: 383 g vs 403 g

Sigma sd Quattro H

Sigma sd Quattro H
1 year older
$1,099 (body only)

Significant advantages of the sd Quattro H (vs the CL)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.81x vs 0.49x
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the sd Quattro H (vs the CL)

  • No touch screen
  • Much larger: Professional size (147×95×91 mm) vs Standard size (131×78×45 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.6" vs 1.8"

common strengths of the sd Quattro H and CL

  • None found

Fujifilm X-E2S

Fujifilm X-E2S
1 year older
$464 (body only)

Significant advantages of the X-E2S (vs the CL)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the X-E2S (vs the CL)

  • No touch screen
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 16 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the X-E2S and CL

  • Fairly small: Mid size (129×75×37 mm) vs Standard size (131×78×45 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.8"
  • Light weight: 350 g vs 403 g

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
1 year older
$1,699 - $2,049 (body only)
$1,998 12-40mm lens

Significant advantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (vs the CL)

  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 10 fps
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (vs the CL)

  • Thicker: 2.6" vs 1.8"

common strengths of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and CL

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica CL compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 20.9 MP), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 4.5 fps), has slightly more focus points (49 vs 11) and is newer (november 2017 vs february 2012).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), much smaller viewfinder (0.49x vs 0.71x), has a significantly smaller sensor (APS-C 23.6x15.7mm vs full frame 36x24mm), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism) and lacks and external mic jack.

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
5 years older
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the CL)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.49x
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the CL)

  • Shoots much slower: 4.5 fps vs 10 fps
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 11 vs 49

common strengths of the 6D and CL

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Standard size (131×78×45 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.8" vs 1.8"
  • Light weight: 770 g vs 403 g

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
5 years older
$2,300 (body only)
$2,844 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the CL)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.49x
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the CL)

  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.8"
  • Much larger: Professional size (152×116×76 mm) vs Standard size (131×78×45 mm)

common strengths of the 5D Mark III and CL

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica CL compared to travel zoom competitors include: it takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (50,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has a much larger sensor (APS-C 23.6x15.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm), much larger viewfinder (0.49x vs 0.09x) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (10 fps vs 24 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a significantly shorter battery life (220 shots vs 380 shots) and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI

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6 months newer
$1,198

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI (vs the CL)

  • Built-in flash
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Shoots much faster: 24 fps vs 10 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI (vs the CL)

  • Much smaller sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 50,000 ISO
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.22x vs 0.49x

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI and CL

  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Large sensors: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.7mm

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 (Lumix DC-TZ95)

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1 year newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-ZS80 (Lumix DC-TZ95) (vs the CL)

  • Built-in flash
  • Much longer battery life: 380 shots vs 220 shots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-ZS80 (Lumix DC-TZ95) (vs the CL)

  • Much smaller sensor: 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 50,000 ISO
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.09x vs 0.49x

common strengths of the Lumix DC-ZS80 (Lumix DC-TZ95) and CL

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix A1000

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1 year newer
$477

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A1000 (vs the CL)

  • Built-in flash
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A1000 (vs the CL)

  • Much smaller sensor: 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 50,000 ISO
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the Coolpix A1000 and CL

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica CL compared to compact competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 20 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (50,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), has a touch screen, has a much larger sensor (APS-C 23.6x15.7mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm) and is newer (november 2017 vs may 2014).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, has a slightly lower resolution screen (1,040k dots vs 1,229k dots), is much larger (standard size (131×78×45 mm) vs compact (102×58×41 mm)), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (10 fps vs 24 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
3 years older
$510 - $748

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the CL)

  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×41 mm) vs Standard size (131×78×45 mm)
  • Built-in flash
  • Much longer battery life: 320 shots vs 220 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the CL)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 50,000 ISO
  • Much smaller sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and CL

  • High resolution screens: 1,229k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 50,000 ISO

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA

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7 months newer
$998

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA (vs the CL)

  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×41 mm) vs Standard size (131×78×45 mm)
  • Built-in flash
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA (vs the CL)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 50,000 ISO
  • Much smaller sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA and CL

  • High resolution screens: 1,228k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 50,000 ISO