• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 2500

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Advantages

Sony A7 over Leica M-E

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • External Mic
    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
  • 1080p
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 18.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    11 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • 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

Leica M-E over Sony A7

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

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

Sony A7
Sony A7R
  • $1498
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $2098
  • 35mm
  • More pixels
  • Lighter weight
Leica M-E
Sony A7R
  • $5450
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2098
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Fujifilm X-E1

Sony A7
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $1498
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $532
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
Leica M-E
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $5450
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $532
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • External Mic

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Sony A7
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $1498
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1159
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • GPS
Leica M-E
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $5450
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1159
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi

Compared to Sony A3000

Sony A7
Sony A3000
  • $1498
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
Leica M-E
Sony A3000
  • $5450
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • 1080p

Compared to Fujifilm X-T1

Sony A7
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $1498
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Less shutter lag
Leica M-E
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $5450
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
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