• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 6400
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Leica M (Typ 262) advantages over Panasonic G85

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.01 vs 3.77 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 74 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    24.0 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Panasonic G85 advantages over Leica M (Typ 262)

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Less expensive
    $798 vs $4599*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs No
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    2 years vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.74x vs 0.68x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.4 fps vs 3.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 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

  • 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
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality; Very good high ISO performance and dynamic range; Fast and accurate autofocus; Excellent 4K video recording quality and features.

  • OLPF-less sensor is prone to moiré; Electronic viewfinder struggles in low light; Continuous autofocus is limited to 6fps shooting; Below average battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GH4

Leica M (Typ 262)
Panasonic GH4
  • $4863
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Panasonic G85
Panasonic GH4
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • NFC
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Leica M-P (Typ 240)

Leica M (Typ 262)
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $4863
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
  • $5980
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoots 24p video
Panasonic G85
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $5980
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic G7

Leica M (Typ 262)
Panasonic G7
  • $4863
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Panasonic G85
Panasonic G7
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Leica M-D (Typ 262)

Leica M (Typ 262)
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $4863
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • $5995
  • 35mm
Panasonic G85
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Rear display
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Leica M10

Leica M (Typ 262)
Leica M10
  • $4863
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $7110
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Panasonic G85
Leica M10
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $7110
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
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