• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 50.6 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,500

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Differences

Canon 5DS advantages over Leica TL

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 700 vs 400 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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 pixels
    50.6 vs 16.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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
    28 vs 12 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Leica TL advantages over Canon 5DS

  • Less expensive
    $1099 vs $3499
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.77 vs 4.14 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 76 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    2 years vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    384g vs 946g
    Lighter weight
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Leica T (Typ 701)

Canon 5DS
Leica T (Typ 701)
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Leica TL
Leica T (Typ 701)
  • $1267
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • $998
  • APS-C

Compared to Canon 5DS R

Canon 5DS
Canon 5DS R
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
Leica TL
Canon 5DS R
  • $1267
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony A99 II

Canon 5DS
Sony A99 II
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Leica TL
Sony A99 II
  • $1267
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Leica TL2

Canon 5DS
Leica TL2
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $2081
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Leica TL
Leica TL2
  • $1267
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2081
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Nikon D850

Canon 5DS
Nikon D850
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Leica TL
Nikon D850
  • $1267
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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