• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 50 - 50,000
  • 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 6400

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Differences

Leica SL (Typ 601) advantages over Leica M (Typ 262)

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs No
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.80x vs 0.68x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • 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
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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
    10.6 fps vs 3.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    50000 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Leica M (Typ 262) advantages over Leica SL (Typ 601)

  • Less expensive
    $5475 vs $7450
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Lighter weight
    600g vs 847g
    Lighter weight

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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Superb build quality; Amazing EVF; Great image quality from RAW files; Good high ISO performance; Very good dynamic range; Very low shutter lag; Fast AF on stationary objects; Class-leading ~11 fps burst mode; 4K DCI and UHD video; Full HD up to 120p. Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS; Dual card slots; Decent battery life for its class.

  • Big for a full-frame mirrorless camera; Very slow buffer clearing; Contrast-detect AF system struggles with moving subjects; In-camera JPEGs are muted and dull; Very limited native lens selection (but supports many other Leica lenses via adapters); Expensive.

The Competition

Compared to Leica M-P (Typ 240)

Leica SL (Typ 601)
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $7450
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $6995
  • 35mm
Leica M (Typ 262)
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $5555
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
  • $6995
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoots 1080p video

Compared to Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)

Leica SL (Typ 601)
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
  • $7450
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $7219
  • 35mm
Leica M (Typ 262)
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
  • $5555
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $7219
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoots 1080p video

Compared to Leica M-D (Typ 262)

Leica SL (Typ 601)
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $7450
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
Leica M (Typ 262)
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $5555
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Newer

Compared to Leica M10

Leica SL (Typ 601)
Leica M10
  • $7450
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $6895
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • Longer exposure
Leica M (Typ 262)
Leica M10
  • $5555
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $6895
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Sony A9

Leica SL (Typ 601)
Sony A9
  • $7450
  • 35mm
  • Built-in GPS
  • Top deck display
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
Leica M (Typ 262)
Sony A9
  • $5555
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • Longer exposure
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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