• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 320 - 10,000
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Leica M Monochrom advantages over Canon SL2

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.86 vs 3.72 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    37 mm vs 69 mm
    Thinner
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.68x vs 0.54x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Canon SL2 advantages over Leica M Monochrom

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $649 vs $7950*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • 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
    13 months vs 6 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
  • More dots on screen
    1040k 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
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 18.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • 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)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    22 vs 8 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 10000 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

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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

  • Higher resolution and better image quality than SL1; Much improved dynamic range; Excellent Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Compact body with improved ergonomics; Articulating touchscreen; Full HD movies up to 60p; Better battery life.

  • Shallow buffer depth with RAW files; Dynamic range and high ISO performance still not as good as leading competitors; No 4K video option; OVF only offers 9 AF points.

The Competition

Compared to Leica M (Typ 240)

Leica M Monochrom
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $5980
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Canon SL2
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $594
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $5980
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Leica M-E (Typ 220)

Leica M Monochrom
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $5375
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Canon SL2
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $594
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $5375
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Leica M-P (Typ 240)

Leica M Monochrom
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $5980
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Canon SL2
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $594
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $5980
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D5600

Leica M Monochrom
Nikon D5600
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon SL2
Nikon D5600
  • $594
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D3500

Leica M Monochrom
Nikon D3500
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon SL2
Nikon D3500
  • $594
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
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