• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 2500
  • 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Leica M-E advantages over Sony A7

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.91 vs 5.97 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    37 mm vs 48 mm
    Thinner
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Sony A7 advantages over Leica M-E

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $1298 vs $4790*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,248 vs 787 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.2 vs 11.7 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 18.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    18 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • 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
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.0 fps vs 2.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos and video
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 2500 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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
  • 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
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Incredibly small body for a fully-featured, full-frame camera; Very high resolution; Hybrid autofocus is reasonably fast and confident; Significantly better burst-shooting performance than A7R; Excellent image quality even at very high sensitivities; Faster x-sync than A7R; Accepts existing Alpha-mount and E-mount lenses, and can optionally crop to APS-C image circle.

  • Grass-is-greener syndrome when compared to its higher-res sibling; Moderate performance; Loud shutter (but electronic first-curtain helps); Mediocre battery life when using electronic viewfinder; Weak low-light autofocus considering its price; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7R

Leica M-E
Sony A7R
  • $4790
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
  • $1843
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Sony A7
Sony A7R
  • $969
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1843
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More pixels

Compared to Sony NEX-7

Leica M-E
Sony NEX-7
  • $4790
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
Sony A7
Sony NEX-7
  • $969
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • NFC
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Samsung NX20

Leica M-E
Samsung NX20
  • $4790
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $1100
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
Sony A7
Samsung NX20
  • $969
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $1100
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • Faster JPEG shooting

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Leica M-E
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $4790
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1026
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Sony A7
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $969
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1026
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Samsung NX30

Leica M-E
Samsung NX30
  • $4790
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $814
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
Sony A7
Samsung NX30
  • $969
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $814
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
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