• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 2500
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,500

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Differences

Leica M-E (Typ 220) advantages over Leica TL

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.91 vs 4.77 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Leica TL advantages over Leica M-E (Typ 220)

  • Less expensive
    $999 vs $4409
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    2 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    384g vs 585g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    1230k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.0 fps vs 2.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12500 vs 2500 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
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • 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

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The Competition

Compared to Leica M Monochrom

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica M Monochrom
  • $4409
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO
Leica TL
Leica M Monochrom
  • $1224
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Leica M (Typ 240)

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $4409
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $5628
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
Leica TL
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $1224
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $5628
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Leica T (Typ 701)

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica T (Typ 701)
  • $4409
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Leica TL
Leica T (Typ 701)
  • $1224
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • $998
  • APS-C

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Samsung NX3000
  • $4409
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Leica TL
Samsung NX3000
  • $1224
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Internal flash
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Leica M-P (Typ 240)

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $4409
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $5787
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
Leica TL
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $1224
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $5787
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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