• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 320 - 10,000
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Leica M Monochrom advantages over Sony QX1

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • 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
    ~ 6.86 vs 4.25 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    37 mm vs 52 mm
    Thinner
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Sony QX1 advantages over Leica M Monochrom

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Less expensive
    $498 vs $7950
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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
    5 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    216g vs 600g
    Lighter weight
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.5 fps vs 2.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    15 vs 8 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    16000 vs 10000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

Common Weaknesses

  • 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 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
  • 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 (Typ 240)

Leica M Monochrom
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $6495
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Sony QX1
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $6495
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Leica M-E (Typ 220)

Leica M Monochrom
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
Sony QX1
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Samsung NX2000

Leica M Monochrom
Samsung NX2000
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Sony QX1
Samsung NX2000
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Leica M-P (Typ 240)

Leica M Monochrom
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $6469
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Sony QX1
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $6469
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Samsung NX3300

Leica M Monochrom
Samsung NX3300
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $587
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony QX1
Samsung NX3300
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $587
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • In-camera panoramas
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