• Medium format 1,350.0mm2
  • 37.5 megapixels
  • ISO 80 - 1250
  • Medium format 1,452.0mm2
  • 40.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 1000

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Differences

Leica S2 advantages over Pentax 645D

  • Thinner
    80 mm vs 119 mm
    Thinner
  • More viewfinder magnification
    1.08x vs 0.78x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder

Pentax 645D advantages over Leica S2

  • Less expensive
    $9996 vs $22995 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More cross-type AF points
    11 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More AF points
    11 vs 1
    More AF points improve autofocus

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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
  • 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
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very high-resolution 40-megapixel sensor; Plentiful controls with great placement; Excellent optical viewfinder; Dual SDHC card slots; Infrared remote sensors front and back.

  • High price tag; Aliasing artifacts; Produces ~70MB RAW files.

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
Pentax 645D
Nikon D3X
  • $3599
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D800E

Leica S2
Nikon D800E
  • $10000
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2212
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
Pentax 645D
Nikon D800E
  • $3599
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2212
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Leica S (Typ 006)

Leica S2
Leica S (Typ 006)
  • $10000
  • Medium format
  • $16995
  • Medium format
  • Newer
  • More dots on screen
Pentax 645D
Leica S (Typ 006)
  • $3599
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $16995
  • Medium format
  • Thinner
  • More viewfinder magnification

Compared to Pentax 645Z

Leica S2
Pentax 645Z
  • $10000
  • Medium format
  • Thinner
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $5664
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
Pentax 645D
Pentax 645Z
  • $3599
  • Medium format
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $5664
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Leica S-E (Typ 006)

Leica S2
Leica S-E (Typ 006)
  • $10000
  • Medium format
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
Pentax 645D
Leica S-E (Typ 006)
  • $3599
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • Built-in GPS
  • Thinner
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