• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 320 - 10,000
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Leica M Monochrom advantages over Nikon D500

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.86 vs 4.22 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    37 mm vs 81 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    600g vs 856g
    Lighter weight

Nikon D500 advantages over Leica M Monochrom

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $1897 vs $7950*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs No
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    2 years 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
    2359k 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
    20.9 vs 18.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.2 fps vs 2.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    200 vs 8 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    1638400 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
  • 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
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Superb image quality; Great high ISO performance; Rugged, comfortable camera body; Sharp articulating touchscreen display; Excellent AF point frame coverage; Fast continuous shooting speeds; 4K UHD video; Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth.

  • Somewhat large for an APS-C camera; Expensive for a DX camera; 4K UHD video doesn't offer full DX field-of-view; No built-in flash; Still uses contrast-detect for Live View AF; Dual slots use two different card types (XQD and SD).

The Competition

Compared to Leica M (Typ 240)

Leica M Monochrom
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Nikon D500
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $5995
  • 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
  • $4995
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Nikon D500
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $4995
  • 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
  • $6745
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Nikon D500
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $6745
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Pentax K-3 II

Leica M Monochrom
Pentax K-3 II
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $843
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Nikon D500
Pentax K-3 II
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $843
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Nikon D7500

Leica M Monochrom
Nikon D7500
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Nikon D500
Nikon D7500
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
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