• Medium format 1,350.0mm2
  • 37.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 20.8 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400

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Differences

Leica S (Typ 007) advantages over Nikon D5

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    Medium format vs 35mm
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • More viewfinder magnification
    1.09x vs 0.72x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    37.5 vs 20.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    125 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 200 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Nikon D5 advantages over Leica S (Typ 007)

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $6497 vs $18950
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • More cross-type AF points
    99 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/125 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    2 years vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    2359k vs 922k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More AF points
    153 vs 1
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.1 fps vs 3.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    3276800 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
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • 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 Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; Excellent high ISO performance; Fast 153-point autofocus system; Fast continuous shooting speeds; 4K video recording; Pro-quality camera body; Outstanding battery life.

  • Large and heavy body might not be right for all; Loud shutter; Underutilized touchscreen; Low ISO dynamic range not as good as predecessor; Extended high ISOs not very useful; Sluggish Live View AF.

The Competition

Compared to Leica S (Typ 006)

Leica S (Typ 007)
Leica S (Typ 006)
  • $18950
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $21950
  • Medium format
Nikon D5
Leica S (Typ 006)
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $21950
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • More viewfinder magnification

Compared to Nikon D4S

Leica S (Typ 007)
Nikon D4S
  • $18950
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $6149
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Nikon D5
Nikon D4S
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $6149
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Pentax 645Z

Leica S (Typ 007)
Pentax 645Z
  • $18950
  • Medium format
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $5330
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon D5
Pentax 645Z
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
  • $5330
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Leica S-E (Typ 006)

Leica S (Typ 007)
Leica S-E (Typ 006)
  • $18950
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $16900
  • Medium format
Nikon D5
Leica S-E (Typ 006)
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Canon 1DX Mark II

Leica S (Typ 007)
Canon 1DX Mark II
  • $18950
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Nikon D5
Canon 1DX Mark II
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
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