• 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 50 - 50,000

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Differences

Sony A7S advantages over Leica SL (Typ 601)

  • Less expensive
    $1998 vs $5995
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.40 vs 6.00 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,702 vs 1,821 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Lighter weight
    507g vs 847g
    Lighter weight
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 vs 50000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Leica SL (Typ 601) advantages over Sony A7S

  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~1.10 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Newer
    2 years vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.80x vs 0.71x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 12.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.6 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 62 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.5 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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
  • 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

  • Outstanding high ISO performance; excellent dynamic range; 4K video recording (via uncompressed HDMI); XAVC S option for HD video; Slightly improved battery life over A7/A7R; Built-in Wi-Fi & NFC connectivity.

  • 4K video requires expensive external recorder; Sluggish startup time; Loud shutter; Silent Shooting mode hurts image quality; Lacks a built-in, pop-up flash; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

  • 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 Monochrom

Sony A7S
Leica M Monochrom
  • $2081
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $4295
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • More pixels
Leica SL (Typ 601)
Leica M Monochrom
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $4295
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Leica M-E (Typ 220)

Sony A7S
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $2081
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
  • $5450
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • More pixels
Leica SL (Typ 601)
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $5450
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)

Sony A7S
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
  • $2081
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $7267
  • 35mm
  • More pixels
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
Leica SL (Typ 601)
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $7267
  • 35mm

Compared to Sony A7S II

Sony A7S
Sony A7S II
  • $2081
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
Leica SL (Typ 601)
Sony A7S II
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Leica M-D (Typ 262)

Sony A7S
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $2081
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • More pixels
Leica SL (Typ 601)
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking
  • $5995
  • 35mm
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