• Medium format 1,350.0mm2
  • 37.5 megapixels
  • ISO 80 - 1250
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Leica S2 advantages over Nikon S1200pj

  • Larger sensor
    Medium format vs 1/2.3 inch
    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
    ~ 6.00 vs 1.43 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    37.5 vs 14.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Longer exposure
    32 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon S1200pj advantages over Leica S2

  • Less expensive
    $430 vs $22995 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    22 mm vs 80 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    186g vs 1410g
    Lighter weight
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 1250 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

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
  • 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 Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • 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 Nikon D3X

Leica S2
Nikon D3X
  • $10000
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • External Mic Jack
Nikon S1200pj
Nikon D3X
  • $430
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Internal flash
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Pentax 645D

Leica S2
Pentax 645D
  • $10000
  • Medium format
  • Thinner
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $3599
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • More cross-type AF points
Nikon S1200pj
Pentax 645D
  • $430
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $3599
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus TG-610

Leica S2
Olympus TG-610
  • $10000
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $223
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon S1200pj
Olympus TG-610
  • $430
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $223
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • HDMI out

Compared to Fujifilm XP50

Leica S2
Fujifilm XP50
  • $10000
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $238
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
Nikon S1200pj
Fujifilm XP50
  • $430
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $238
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof

Compared to Leica S (Typ 006)

Leica S2
Leica S (Typ 006)
  • $10000
  • Medium format
  • $21950
  • Medium format
  • Newer
  • More dots on screen
Nikon S1200pj
Leica S (Typ 006)
  • $430
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $21950
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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