• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 320 - 10,000
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 42.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Leica M Monochrom advantages over Sony A7R II

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.86 vs 4.51 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    37 mm vs 60 mm
    Thinner

Sony A7R II advantages over Leica M Monochrom

  • 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
    $2898 vs $4295
    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
  • 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
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    2 years vs 5 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
  • More dots on screen
    1229k 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 viewfinder magnification
    0.78x vs 0.68x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    42.4 vs 18.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.0 fps vs 2.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    23 vs 8 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 10000 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
  • 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
  • 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

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Review Excerpt

  • Superb image quality; Very high resolution; Surprisingly good high ISO performance; Fast autofocus; Compact, comfortable body with lots of customization potential; Bright, roomy and clear viewfinder; Tilting LCD display; Five-axis stabilization; Intuitive Wi-Fi / NFC connectivity

  • Movie button is poorly located; No touch screen; Not as fast to start up or shoot photos as a similarly-priced SLR; Rather slow buffer clearing; No built-in flash; Single card slot; Not weather-sealed to the same degree as some rivals

The Competition

Compared to Leica M9

Leica M Monochrom
Leica M9
  • $4295
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $8000
  • 35mm
Sony A7R II
Leica M9
  • $2898
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $8000
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup

Compared to Leica M (Typ 240)

Leica M Monochrom
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $4295
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $6595
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoots 24p video
Sony A7R II
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $2898
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $6595
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner

Compared to Leica M-E (Typ 220)

Leica M Monochrom
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $4295
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $5450
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
Sony A7R II
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $2898
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5450
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner

Compared to Sony A7R

Leica M Monochrom
Sony A7R
  • $4295
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
  • $1898
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Sony A7R II
Sony A7R
  • $2898
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1898
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Sony A9

Leica M Monochrom
Sony A9
  • $4295
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Sony A7R II
Sony A9
  • $2898
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen
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