• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 30.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 50,000

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Differences

Canon 5D Mark IV advantages over Leica CL

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.36 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 900 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    1620k vs 1040k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    30.4 vs 24.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 140 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 50000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Leica CL advantages over Canon 5D Mark IV

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Thinner
    45 mm vs 75 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    10 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.0 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/25000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Superb image quality from RAW files; Improved dynamic range; Excellent high ISO performance; Fast 7fps burst rate with unlimited JPEG buffer; High-quality cinema 4K video; Built-in Wi-Fi; Dual Pixel CMOS AF is very good.

  • JPEG files look soft at default settings; 1/200s flash sync; 4K video codec is cumbersome; 29:59 continuous video recording limit.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $2824
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
Leica CL
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $2824
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D810

Canon 5D Mark IV
Nikon D810
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Leica CL
Nikon D810
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Canon 5D Mark IV
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Leica CL
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Pentax K-1

Canon 5D Mark IV
Pentax K-1
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1762
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Leica CL
Pentax K-1
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1762
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A99 II

Canon 5D Mark IV
Sony A99 II
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Leica CL
Sony A99 II
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Thinner
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
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