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Leica C3 Point and Shoot

4.71/5 (7 Reviews)


  • Warranty3 Years parts and labor
    MPNc3
    Product ID20257450
    Depth1.8 in.
    Film Type35mm
    Width5 in.
    Height2.6 in.
    Included AccessoriesBattery
    Weight9.6 oz.
    Self TimerYes
    Camera TypePoint and Shoot
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Minimum Focus Distance2.7 ft.
    ISO Range - Automatic SettingISO 200
    Red Eye ReductionWith Red Eye Reduction
    PanoramaYes
    Zoom Size2.85
    Auto ExposureYes
    Min Aperturef7.9
    WaterproofNo
    Max Aperturef3.6
    Zoom LensWith Zoom Lens
    Zoom Range28 mm - 80 mm

Product Description

  • Elegant, lightweight, aluminum design
  • Lens: Autofocus 28–80mm f/3.6–7.9 LEICA VARIO-ELMAR ASPHERICAL
  • Automatic exposure w. exposure lock
  • Multiple flash modes
  • Zoom viewfinder w. Diopter control
  • Self-timer


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    Reviews 1 - 5 (7 Reviews Total) | Next 15

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by rokkorfan a Expert

    Date Reviewed: February 28, 2008

    Strengths:    the lens!
    build quality
    useful range of zoom lens


    Weaknesses:    not very good at close focusing
    auto focusing in dim light can be off the mark


    Bottom Line:   
    I am surprised by the lens quality of this camera. Although I have heard good reviews about it, I never expected the lens to be so good given the limits on zoom lens. The pictures are very contrasty and sharp. What's even more special about this lens is the color. It can produce really saturated colors that make stand out from other compacts. To put it into perspective, I have used two Contax TVS and two Rollei Prego 90 and this Leica is in a different league because of its lens. I also use a Minolta TC-1, which has a truly great 28mm lens. The C3, on 4x6 prints, shows identical quality in terms of saturation and sharpness!

    The build quality is very good too. It is made of metal but very light. This is big improvement over the Contax TVS, which are quite heavy as compact cameras.

    The 28-80mm range of the zoom makes it ideal for travel and landscape photos. It is thus a much better choice than the Minilux Zoom.

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   Minolta TC-1, Contax TVS, Rollei Prego 90

    Type of photography:   Outdoor


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Gavinola a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: December 21, 2004

    Strengths:    * Build quality
    * Quiet shutter
    * Pretty
    * Excellent optics at wide angle


    Weaknesses:    * Crummy performance at longer focal lengths

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought the C3 as a new P&S to replace a Z2X which had begun to give up the ghost. Overall I think it represents excellent value. It's mostly called upon for impromptu snapping, kids shots, family and so on. Compared to the Z2X the construction is miles better. Pretty design and feels good in the hand, and also a better viewfinder. Performance is excellent at shorter focal lengths. The nearer you get to the subject, it just keeps getting better and better. There is a big drop-off in quality as you start zooming in. At the far end image quality is poor. In fact nowadays I don't bother using the zoom, just leave it in wide angle. Within these constraints the camera is an excellent performer. Flash also quite meaty for a P&S.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $259.00

    Purchased At:   online

    Similar Products Used:   Leica Z2X

    Type of photography:   People


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by valentino a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: February 12, 2004

    Strengths:    Sharp, quality photos, nice design.

    Weaknesses:    Cheap rubber ring around the viewfinder, small viewfinder, short battery life, damaged film.

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought Leica C3 five months ago and the rubber ring from viewfinder came out. It took a lot of time to receive the part and to find the Leica service. Leica does not cover the cost of transportation of cameras even for a camera in warranty.
    Other problem: unexplained mid-roll broken film inside the camera!

    For the photos the quality is very good even in the low-light conditions, sharp and natural colours.
    A good camera, easy to use, very nice design, but having problems with the camera body so soon and unpleasant experience with the Leica service is quite disappointing.

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    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Price Paid:    $540.00

    Purchased At:   Toronto

    Type of photography:   Outdoor


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by tckhoo a Expert from China

    Date Reviewed: August 23, 2003

    Strengths:    - Wonderful lens, sharp, contrasty, great colour
    - Good Active AF
    - Program biased towards non use of flash
    - Strong flash (when required)
    - Nice design
    - Durable, survived drop test a few times
    - 3 year warranty, hopefully not to be used


    Weaknesses:    - A little expensive
    - Body a little tubby around the middle
    - Flash can take a long time to juice up


    Bottom Line:   
    Great lens, fast, optimal zoom range for everay day point and shooting, lovely rich colour, nice contrast, active AF quite accurate, nice retro design, casing is tough and durable, strong flash, handling control change can be improved (too many pokes) easily by adding a flash mode change button to the normal mode change, otherwise,one of the best, if not the best zoom P&S I have used.

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Singapore

    Similar Products Used:   - Leica Z2x
    - Contax TVS
    - Minolta FZE


    Type of photography:   People


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Adrian a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: June 17, 2003

    Strengths:    Great optics
    Sharp images, and Rich colours - even in low light with the aperture wide open (quite a strength)
    Fast lens - f3.6 at 28mm
    Retro styling
    Good feel for taking photos.
    Powerful flash for fill-in or indoor use
    Comes with a Leica leather case
    T mode for long exposures (up to 90 secs)


    Weaknesses:    Red -eye reduction is limited (not the strobe type)
    A bit big for a compact
    Some of the handling takes some getting used to - but this is part of the fun and there are no real problems


    Bottom Line:   
    I have put about 30 rolls of film, including B&W, slide and 100-400 ISO films. I'm really pleased with the sharpness and rich colours (quite stunning colours. A little bulky and some of the handling is quirky, but you soon get used to it and it's a great camera.

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Purchased At:   Southampton

    Similar Products Used:   Olympus AZ230
    Olympus Mju (Stylus) 140
    Rollei prego 70


    Type of photography:   Outdoor



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