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★★★★★

“The Leica C1, built by Matsushita/Panasonic in Japan...”

Written on: 13/11/2001 by Rybecka. (1 review written)

Good Points
A robust, aluminum body; attractive styling; most importantly, an excellent, Leica-engineered lens which yields superb photographs with the Leica C1.

Bad Points
Not weatherproof (although I have used it in light rain while traveling); arguably relatively expensive at $429 US (a Canon or Minolta point-and-shoot with comparable specs costs approx $200 US), but then again, you get what you pay for.

General Comments
The Leica C1, built by Matsushita/Panasonic in Japan to Leica (the legendary German camera company) specifications, has a crackling 38-105mm zoom lens and an array of flash options (anti-red-eye, automatic flash, flash always on, flash always off, slow-speed flash).



Although I have received very good results with Fujichrome Sensia 100 slide film, I prefer to use print/negative film, such as Agfa Optima 400 or Fuji Superia 400 (both of which I have reviewed in the Film category), with this camera.



Most pictures I have taken with this camera have come out perfectly, although I must also give credit to the excellent Agfa and Fuji print films mentioned in the previous paragraph.