• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 6400
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Leica M-D (Typ 262) advantages over Sony A6500

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.99 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Sony A6500 advantages over Leica M-D (Typ 262)

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Less expensive
    $1398 vs $5995
    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 No
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    453g vs 720g
    Lighter weight
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 3.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Comfortable, premium body with good controls; Touch-screen for subject selection; Hybrid image stabilization system; Excellent image quality; Better high ISO JPEGs than the A6300; Extremely fast 11.1 fps burst capture; Very deep buffers for raw and JPEG alike; 4K video capture with no pixel binning

  • Pricey for an APS-C camera; JPEG colors aren't the most accurate; Very slow buffer clearing; Laggy touch-pad AF function; Poorly-placed movie button; No headphone jack; Mediocre battery life

The Competition

Compared to Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)

Leica M-D (Typ 262)
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • $7267
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking
Sony A6500
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $7267
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Leica M (Typ 262)

Leica M-D (Typ 262)
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • $5555
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
Sony A6500
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $5555
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Leica M-D (Typ 262)
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection
Sony A6500
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Higher max flash sync
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Sony A6300

Leica M-D (Typ 262)
Sony A6300
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection
Sony A6500
Sony A6300
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive

Compared to Leica M10

Leica M-D (Typ 262)
Leica M10
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $6895
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking
Sony A6500
Leica M10
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $6895
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
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