• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 24.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 6400
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.3 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 12,800

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Differences

Leica M (Typ 240) advantages over Nikon D810

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.05 vs 4.88 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 81 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    680g vs 988g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Nikon D810 advantages over Leica M (Typ 240)

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $3297 vs $5768*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,853 vs 1,860 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.8 vs 13.3 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • 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
  • Newer
    4 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    1229k vs 920k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    36.3 vs 24.0 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
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.1 fps vs 3.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    57 vs 8 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Handles even better than its predecessors; Absolutely spectacular images from the 36-megapixel image sensor; Unusually wide sensitivity range for its resolution; Improved performance and buffer depths; Improved video feature set; Impressive low-light autofocus

  • Prone to moire and false color with some subjects; No longer available with a low-pass filter; Demands excellent lenses for the best detail; White balance tends warm under tungsten lighting

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Leica M (Typ 240)
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $5853
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Thinner
  • $2799
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Nikon D810
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Internal flash
  • $2799
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Nikon D800E

Leica M (Typ 240)
Nikon D800E
  • $5853
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2212
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D810
Nikon D800E
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Newer
  • $2212
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup

Compared to Leica M Monochrom

Leica M (Typ 240)
Leica M Monochrom
  • $5853
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $7995
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO
Nikon D810
Leica M Monochrom
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $7995
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner

Compared to Leica M-E (Typ 220)

Leica M (Typ 240)
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $5853
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
  • $4685
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
Nikon D810
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $4685
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Leica M-P (Typ 240)

Leica M (Typ 240)
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $5853
  • 35mm
  • Longer exposure
  • $5853
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Nikon D810
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $5853
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Bigger pixels
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