• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 2500
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 36.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Leica M-E (Typ 220) advantages over Leica X-E (Typ 102)

  • 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 4.79 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    37 mm vs 51 mm
    Thinner
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Leica X-E (Typ 102) advantages over Leica M-E (Typ 220)

  • Less expensive
    $1537 vs $4009
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/180 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • 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
  • Lighter weight
    345g vs 585g
    Lighter weight
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • 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

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting 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 Sigma DP1 Merrill

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $4009
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $1537
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Internal flash
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Leica M Monochrom

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica M Monochrom
  • $4009
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
Leica M Monochrom
  • $1537
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Leica X2

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica X2
  • $4009
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $1722
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
Leica X2
  • $1537
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • $1722
  • APS-C

Compared to Leica M (Typ 240)

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $4009
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $5628
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $1537
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $5628
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Leica M-P (Typ 240)

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $4009
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $6262
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $1537
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $6262
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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