• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.0 megapixels
  • ISO 320 - 25,000
  • 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) advantages over Sony A9

  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 63 mm
    Thinner
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Sony A9 advantages over Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)

  • Less expensive
    $4498 vs $6700
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
    7 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
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.78x vs 0.68x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    20.0 fps vs 3.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    364 vs 30 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 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
  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • New sensor offers incredible performance; Excellent image quality at low & high ISOs; Very good dynamic range; Phenomenal 20fps burst speed & deep buffer; Very good battery life for a mirrorless; 4K video; Dual card slots.

  • Slow buffer clearing; Only one UHS-II card slot; Touchscreen underutilized; No lossless RAW compression option; No 4K/60p option.

The Competition

Compared to Leica M-P (Typ 240)

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $7267
  • 35mm
  • Longer exposure
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $6995
  • 35mm
Sony A9
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $6995
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Leica SL (Typ 601)

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $7267
  • 35mm
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Sony A9
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Built-in GPS
  • Top deck display

Compared to Leica M (Typ 262)

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $7267
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $5555
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
Sony A9
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $5555
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Leica M-D (Typ 262)

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $7267
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Newer
Sony A9
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Rear display
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Leica M10

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
Leica M10
  • $7267
  • 35mm
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $6895
  • 35mm
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Newer
Sony A9
Leica M10
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $6895
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
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