• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 2500
  • Medium format 1,350.0mm2
  • 37.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600

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Differences

Leica M-E (Typ 220) advantages over Leica S-E (Typ 006)

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.91 vs 6.00 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    37 mm vs 80 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    585g vs 1260g
    Lighter weight
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    2.0 fps vs 1.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    2500 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Leica S-E (Typ 006) advantages over Leica M-E (Typ 220)

  • Larger sensor
    Medium format vs 35mm
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 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
    922k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More viewfinder magnification
    1.09x vs 0.68x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    37.5 vs 18.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • 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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The Competition

Compared to Leica M Monochrom

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica M Monochrom
  • $4585
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $7995
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO
Leica S-E (Typ 006)
Leica M Monochrom
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in GPS
  • $7995
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Leica M (Typ 240)

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $4585
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $5853
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
Leica S-E (Typ 006)
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in GPS
  • $5853
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Thinner

Compared to Leica S (Typ 006)

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica S (Typ 006)
  • $4585
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Top deck display
Leica S-E (Typ 006)
Leica S (Typ 006)
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • Built-in GPS
  • Newer
  • $19995
  • Medium format

Compared to Leica S (Typ 007)

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica S (Typ 007)
  • $4585
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
Leica S-E (Typ 006)
Leica S (Typ 007)
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Leica M-P (Typ 240)

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $4585
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $5853
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
Leica S-E (Typ 006)
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in GPS
  • $5853
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Thinner
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