• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 50 - 50,000
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 30.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Leica SL (Typ 601) advantages over Canon 5D Mark IV

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 75 mm
    Thinner
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.80x vs 0.71x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.6 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.5 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    33 vs 19 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon 5D Mark IV advantages over Leica SL (Typ 601)

  • Less expensive
    $3749 vs $5995*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 1.1 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,995 vs 1,821 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 900 vs 400 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More dots on screen
    1620k vs 1040k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    30.4 vs 24.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 50000 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
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Both provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • 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
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • 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
  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

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Review Excerpt

  • Superb build quality; Amazing EVF; Great image quality from RAW files; Good high ISO performance; Very good dynamic range; Very low shutter lag; Fast AF on stationary objects; Class-leading ~11 fps burst mode; 4K DCI and UHD video; Full HD up to 120p. Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS; Dual card slots; Decent battery life for its class.

  • Big for a full-frame mirrorless camera; Very slow buffer clearing; Contrast-detect AF system struggles with moving subjects; In-camera JPEGs are muted and dull; Very limited native lens selection (but supports many other Leica lenses via adapters); Expensive.

  • Superb image quality from RAW files; Improved dynamic range; Excellent high ISO performance; Fast 7fps burst rate with unlimited JPEG buffer; High-quality cinema 4K video; Built-in Wi-Fi; Dual Pixel CMOS AF is very good.

  • JPEG files look soft at default settings; 1/200s flash sync; 4K video codec is cumbersome; 29:59 continuous video recording limit.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Leica SL (Typ 601)
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $2692
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $2999
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $2692
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D810

Leica SL (Typ 601)
Nikon D810
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Canon 5D Mark IV
Nikon D810
  • $2999
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Internal flash

Compared to Leica M-P (Typ 240)

Leica SL (Typ 601)
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $6488
  • 35mm
Canon 5D Mark IV
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $2999
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $6488
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Thinner

Compared to Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)

Leica SL (Typ 601)
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $7995
  • 35mm
Canon 5D Mark IV
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
  • $2999
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $7995
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Thinner

Compared to Leica M-D (Typ 262)

Leica SL (Typ 601)
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking
  • $5995
  • 35mm
Canon 5D Mark IV
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $2999
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
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