You may have to go to the land of the rising sun to get your hands on the Leica CL Carbon, but it would be worth the trip. The latest camera from Leica will be exclusive to Japan, and it will be a limited edition with only 50 being made in total. Released in September, the CL Carbon is listed at 390,000 yen, or around $3,500 USD.
The camera comes wrapped in carbon fiber, giving the body a textured look and feel, but looks definitely aren’t everything with the CL Carbon. The CL Carbon is a 24.2 megapixel camera capable of 4K video with a resolution of 2.36 million dots. It can shoot at 10fps before the buffer starts filling in at 33 DNG images. It comes with an APS-C sensor and is mirrorless. A Maestro II series processor runs the show. The CL Carbon has a quick autofocus that has 49 metering points for better picture quality. Shutter speed maxes out at 1,8000s with a mechanical shutter and 1,25000s with the electronic shutter.
The CL Carbon isn’t a big affair (size-wise, that is), coming in at only 353 grams. The body is magnesium, with top and bottom plates made of anodized aluminum. The specs for the camera mirror those of just about any other APS-C camera—which is still impressive, especially when you consider Leica’s solid reputation for quality and performance.