What happens when you cross a Panasonic with a Leica? You get the stylish new Leica C-Lux, which looks for all the world like a Panasonic TZ200 but with an extra splash of exclusivity and style.
This is just the latest in a long line of collaborations between Panasonic and Leica. Leica still makes its own high-end rangefinder and mirrorless cameras, but at the cheaper compact camera end of the market, it rebrands key Panasonic cameras with the Leica look.
So the C-Lux is the Leica branded version of Panasonic’s TZ200 travel compact, which has a pretty enviable set of specifications.
The 20-megapixel 1-inch sensor is a good deal larger than the sensors in most travel cameras, which makes a substantial difference to the image quality, and it’s matched up with a 15x zoom lens which gives the equivalent of a 24-360mm zoom range.
The C-Lux can also shoot stills continuously at 10 frames per second, or high-quality 4K video, and with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 25,600 it handles low light shooting too.
Round the back is a touchscreen display – perfect for users upgrading from a smartphone – but there’s also a 2.33 megapixel electronic viewfinder, which makes it much easier to shoot in bright light when the rear screen might get swamped in glare.
The technical specifications may be the same as the Panasonic TZ200 but Leica has added its own dash of flair with a choice of two colours – Light Gold and Midnight Blue – and a range of complementary straps, cases and accessories.
The Leica C-Lux goes on sale in mid-July at a UK RRP of £875, and its bespoke accessories will go on sale at the same time.
• Free for release after: 15 June 2018, 7 p.m. (CET)
More information: Leica website