• Medium format 1,350.0mm2
  • 37.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Leica S-E (Typ 006) advantages over Sony A7 II

  • Larger sensor
    Medium format vs 35mm
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More viewfinder magnification
    1.09x vs 0.71x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    37.5 vs 24.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Sony A7 II advantages over Leica S-E (Typ 006)

  • 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    59 mm vs 80 mm
    Thinner
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/125 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    1229k vs 922k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • 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
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.0 fps vs 1.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 1600 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
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen 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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization; Sensor-shift IS brings stabilization to nearly any lens; Much-improved ergonomics and top-deck control layout; 'Mark II' maintains same impressive image quality, dynamic range and high ISO performance; XAVC S 50Mbps video format; Faster start-up time; Hybrid AF performs well with good continuous AF.

  • (Similar to A7): Loud shutter (but electronic first-curtain helps); Battery life could be better; Low-light AF still not as good as most DSLRs; High ISO JPEGs look over-processed; Slow buffer clearing; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses (but it's getting better).

The Competition

Compared to Leica S (Typ 006)

Leica S-E (Typ 006)
Leica S (Typ 006)
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
  • $21950
  • Medium format
Sony A7 II
Leica S (Typ 006)
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $21950
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Top deck display

Compared to Sony A7

Leica S-E (Typ 006)
Sony A7
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in GPS
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Sony A7 II
Sony A7
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive

Compared to Pentax 645Z

Leica S-E (Typ 006)
Pentax 645Z
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • Built-in GPS
  • Thinner
  • $5497
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony A7 II
Pentax 645Z
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $5497
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Leica S (Typ 007)

Leica S-E (Typ 006)
Leica S (Typ 007)
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony A7 II
Leica S (Typ 007)
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Sony A7 III

Leica S-E (Typ 006)
Sony A7 III
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in GPS
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Sony A7 II
Sony A7 III
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
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