As well as being compared against other compacts, the Leica C-LUX 3 is also often compared to travel zooms, mirrorless, super zooms, entry-level DSLRs, ultra compacts and boutiques. The Leica C-LUX 3's top rivals come from Leica (such as the C-LUX 2 and the D-Lux 3) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-TZ60 and the Lumix DMC-FX150)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica C-Lux 3 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), is much smaller (super compact (96×52×22 mm) vs compact (95×56×28 mm)), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), is newer (december 2011 vs march 2007) and is thinner (0.9" vs 1").

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 2.7"), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED), doesn't support an external flash and significantly shorter exposures (8 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Leica C-LUX 2

Leica C-LUX 2
4 years older

Significant advantages of the C-LUX 2 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the C-LUX 2 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the C-LUX 2 and C-Lux 3

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Super compact (95×52×22 mm) vs Super compact (96×52×22 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150
3 years older
$989

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX150 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 8 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX150 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly larger: Compact (97×54×25 mm) vs Super compact (96×52×22 mm)

common strengths of the DMC-FX150 and C-Lux 3

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Compact (97×54×25 mm) vs Super compact (96×52×22 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Leica D-Lux 3

Leica D-LUX 3
similar age
$995

Significant advantages of the D-Lux 3 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Much larger screen: 2.8" vs 2.5"
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 8 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the D-Lux 3 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Much larger: Compact (106×56×26 mm) vs Super compact (96×52×22 mm)
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly heavier: 220 g vs 146 g

common strengths of the D-Lux 3 and C-Lux 3

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Compact (106×56×26 mm) vs Super compact (96×52×22 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Olympus Stylus Verve

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7 years older

Significant advantages of the Verve (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Verve (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.5"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the Verve and C-Lux 3

  • Very small: Compact (95×56×28 mm) vs Super compact (96×52×22 mm)
  • Very light: 165 g vs 146 g
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 0.9"

Leica D-LUX 4

Leica D-LUX 4
3 years older
$1,999

Significant advantages of the D-LUX 4 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Supports an external flash
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 8 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the D-LUX 4 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Much larger: Compact (109×56×27 mm) vs Super compact (96×52×22 mm)
  • Much heavier: 248 g vs 146 g

common strengths of the D-LUX 4 and C-Lux 3

  • Wide aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Compact (109×56×27 mm) vs Super compact (96×52×22 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Samsung TL350

Samsung TL350
1 year older

Significant advantages of the TL350 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the TL350 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (100×59×22 mm) vs Super compact (96×52×22 mm)
  • Heavier: 195 g vs 146 g

common strengths of the TL350 and C-Lux 3

  • Wide aperture: f/2.4 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Compact (100×59×22 mm) vs Super compact (96×52×22 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica C-Lux 3 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 37 mm), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), is newer (december 2011 vs september 2004) and is thinner (0.9" vs 4.1").

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.5 fps vs 10 fps) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$2,192

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.3 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and C-Lux 3

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
3 years newer
$279

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.3 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the DMC-ZS50 and C-Lux 3

  • None found

Pentax Optio MX4

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7 years older

Significant advantages of the MX4 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the MX4 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Much worse wide angle: 37 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.5"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the MX4 and C-Lux 3

  • Wide aperture: f/2.9 vs f/2.8

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica C-Lux 3 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it is slightly smaller (super compact (96×52×22 mm) vs standard size (139×42×80 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 3.1"), is much lighter (146 g vs 680 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 15fps vs 1080p @ 25fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs rangefinder) and takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 23.6 MP).

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
3 years newer
$7,995 (body only)

Significant advantages of the M Monochrom (Typ 246) (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the M Monochrom (Typ 246) (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 0.9"
  • Much heavier: 680 g vs 146 g
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the M Monochrom (Typ 246) and C-Lux 3

  • Fairly small: Standard size (139×42×80 mm) vs Super compact (96×52×22 mm)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica C-Lux 3 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.4), is slightly smaller (super compact (96×52×22 mm) vs large (128×93×114 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 4.5"), is significantly lighter (146 g vs 650 g) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (5x vs 65x), has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 21 mm), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 922k dots) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.5 fps vs 6.7 fps).

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
2 years newer
$244

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Significantly thicker: 3.6" vs 0.9"
  • Heavier: 508 g vs 146 g
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the L830 and C-Lux 3

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×91 mm) vs Super compact (96×52×22 mm)
  • Light weight: 508 g vs 146 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 0.9"

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
2 years newer
$431 - $449

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX60 HS (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly larger: Large (128×93×114 mm) vs Super compact (96×52×22 mm)
  • Much thicker: 4.5" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the SX60 HS and C-Lux 3

  • Fairly small: Large (128×93×114 mm) vs Super compact (96×52×22 mm)
  • Light weight: 650 g vs 146 g

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
1 year newer
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7100 and C-Lux 3

  • None found

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica C-Lux 3 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), is newer (december 2011 vs january 2011) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 2.7"), is slightly larger (super compact (96×52×22 mm) vs ultra compact (94×54×19 mm)), is thicker (0.9" vs 0.7") and much shorter exposures (8 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5
10 months older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FH5 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FH5 (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FH5 and C-Lux 3

  • None found

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica C-Lux 3 compared to boutique competitors include: it has way more more zoom (5x vs 3.1x), is slightly smaller (super compact (96×52×22 mm) vs standard size (147×104×39 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 2.2"), is much lighter (146 g vs 847 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.7), has a much narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24 MP).

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)
2 years newer
$895 - $966

Significant advantages of the D-Lux (Typ 109) (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.7 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the D-Lux (Typ 109) (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Much less zoom: 3.1x vs 5x
  • Significantly thicker: 2.2" vs 0.9"
  • Significantly heavier: 405 g vs 146 g

common strengths of the D-Lux (Typ 109) and C-Lux 3

  • Great zoom: 3.1x vs 5x
  • Fairly small: Mid size (118×66×55 mm) vs Super compact (96×52×22 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Leica SL (Typ 601)

Leica SL (Typ 601)
3 years newer
$5,995

Significant advantages of the SL (Typ 601) (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SL (Typ 601) (vs the C-Lux 3)

  • Larger: Standard size (147×104×39 mm) vs Super compact (96×52×22 mm)
  • Much heavier: 847 g vs 146 g
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the SL (Typ 601) and C-Lux 3

  • Fairly small: Standard size (147×104×39 mm) vs Super compact (96×52×22 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 0.9"