• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 2500
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Leica M-E (Typ 220) advantages over Sony A5000

  • 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 4.25 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Sony A5000 advantages over Leica M-E (Typ 220)

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $548 vs $4995*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,089 vs 787 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.0 vs 11.7 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • More dots on screen
    461k 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
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.3 fps vs 2.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    16000 vs 2500 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • $4995
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO
Sony A5000
Leica M Monochrom
  • $548
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Leica M (Typ 240)

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $4995
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
Sony A5000
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $548
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Samsung NX1100
  • $4995
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony A5000
Samsung NX1100
  • $548
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Samsung NX3000
  • $4995
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony A5000
Samsung NX3000
  • $548
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Hot shoe
  • Faster JPEG shooting

Compared to Leica M-P (Typ 240)

Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $4995
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $6745
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
Sony A5000
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $548
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $6745
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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