• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 50,000

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Differences

Canon 7D advantages over Leica TL2

  • Less expensive
    $1549 vs $1900*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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 800 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • 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

Leica TL2 advantages over Canon 7D

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • 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
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 73 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    15 months vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    410k vs 307k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 18.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    20.0 fps vs 8.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    20.0 fps vs 8.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/40000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    50000 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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  • Excellent 18-megapixel sensor with impressively low noise and superb detail; Very good high ISO performance, especially for 18-megapixel subframe sensor; Rugged construction with magnesium body and weather sealing; Fast autofocus and fast burst rate of 8 fps; Full HD (1920x1080) movies at 30/25/24p, 60/50p at 1280x720.

  • No dedicated AF-assist lamp (flash is used), and AF-assist adjustment is buried in the Flash Settings menu; Kit lens (28-135mm) isn't quite up to the resolving power of the 18-megapixel sensor, odd focal length for subframe DSLR; No continuous autofocus in Movie mode.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Canon 7D
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Less shutter lag
  • $1231
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
Leica TL2
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $2080
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1231
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Canon 60D

Canon 7D
Canon 60D
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Longer stills battery life
Leica TL2
Canon 60D
  • $2080
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Nikon D7000

Canon 7D
Nikon D7000
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
Leica TL2
Nikon D7000
  • $2080
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax K-5

Canon 7D
Pentax K-5
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $774
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Leica TL2
Pentax K-5
  • $2080
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $774
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony A6500

Canon 7D
Sony A6500
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Leica TL2
Sony A6500
  • $2080
  • APS-C
  • Thinner
  • Newer
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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