• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.8 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 75.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 42.4 megapixels
  • 35.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109) advantages over Sony RX1R II

  • Less expensive
    $1095 vs $3298
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/1.7 vs f/2.0
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • More telephoto lens reach
    75 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Thinner
    55 mm vs 72 mm
    Thinner
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony RX1R II advantages over Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.51 vs 3.86 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    2 years vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    42.4 vs 12.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 25000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; Extremely high resolution; Surprisingly good high ISO performance; Outstanding dynamic range; Handy variable low-pass filter; Fast phase-detect AF; Built-in EVF.

  • Fixed, single focal length lens; Poor battery life; No built-in flash; No touchscreen LCD; Slow buffer clearing; No 4K video; Expensive.

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX1

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Sony RX1
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $2400
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony RX1R II
Sony RX1
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $2400
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony RX1R

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Sony RX1R
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $2400
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony RX1R II
Sony RX1R
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $2400
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon G1X Mark II

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Canon G1X Mark II
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $649
  • 1.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Sony RX1R II
Canon G1X Mark II
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $649
  • 1.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic LX100

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Panasonic LX100
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
Sony RX1R II
Panasonic LX100
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon G5X

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Canon G5X
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $699
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony RX1R II
Canon G5X
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $699
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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