• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.8 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 75.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109) advantages over Sony A9

  • Less expensive
    $1095 vs $4498
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Lighter weight
    405g vs 673g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Sony A9 advantages over Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.93 vs 3.86 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    15 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.78x vs 0.70x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 12.8 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/16000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 25000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter

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Review Excerpt

  • New sensor offers incredible performance; Excellent image quality at low & high ISOs; Very good dynamic range; Phenomenal 20fps burst speed & deep buffer; Very good battery life for a mirrorless; 4K video; Dual card slots.

  • Slow buffer clearing; Only one card slot is UHS-II compatible; Touchscreen underutilized; No lossless RAW compression option; No 4K/60p option.

The Competition

Compared to Canon G1X Mark II

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Canon G1X Mark II
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $624
  • 1.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Sony A9
Canon G1X Mark II
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $624
  • 1.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Panasonic LX100

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Panasonic LX100
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
Sony A9
Panasonic LX100
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Canon G5X

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Canon G5X
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $699
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony A9
Canon G5X
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $699
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Leica SL (Typ 601)

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A9
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Built-in GPS
  • Top deck display

Compared to Leica M-D (Typ 262)

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A9
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
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