• Medium format 1,350.0mm2
  • 37.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 24.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Leica S (Typ 006) advantages over Leica Q

  • Larger sensor
    Medium format vs 35mm
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More pixels
    37.5 vs 24.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility

Leica Q advantages over Leica S (Typ 006)

  • Less expensive
    $4495 vs $19995
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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
    2,221 vs 824 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/500 vs 1/125 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    640g vs 1260g
    Lighter weight
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 1.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    50000 vs 1600 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
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • 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
  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • 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 S2

Leica S (Typ 006)
Leica S2
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Newer
  • More dots on screen
  • $10000
  • Medium format
Leica Q
Leica S2
  • $4495
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $10000
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Top deck display

Compared to Sony RX1R

Leica S (Typ 006)
Sony RX1R
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
Leica Q
Sony RX1R
  • $4495
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Leica S (Typ 007)

Leica S (Typ 006)
Leica S (Typ 007)
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Leica Q
Leica S (Typ 007)
  • $4495
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Leica S-E (Typ 006)

Leica S (Typ 006)
Leica S-E (Typ 006)
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • Built-in GPS
  • Newer
Leica Q
Leica S-E (Typ 006)
  • $4495
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Leica X-U (Typ 113)

Leica S (Typ 006)
Leica X-U (Typ 113)
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $3595
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
Leica Q
Leica X-U (Typ 113)
  • $4495
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $3595
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
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