• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 50 - 50,000
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 20.8 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400

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Differences

Leica SL (Typ 601) advantages over Nikon D5

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 92 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    847g vs 1415g
    Lighter weight
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.80x vs 0.72x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 20.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 200 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon D5 advantages over Leica SL (Typ 601)

  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 1.1 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,343 vs 1,821 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 3780 vs 400 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More dots on screen
    2359k vs 1040k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.1 fps vs 10.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.1 fps vs 10.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    183 vs 33 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    3276800 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
  • 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 an external screen 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

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
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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

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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.

  • Excellent image quality; Excellent high ISO performance; Fast 153-point autofocus system; Fast continuous shooting speeds; 4K video recording; Pro-quality camera body; Outstanding battery life.

  • Large and heavy body might not be right for all; Loud shutter; Underutilized touchscreen; Low ISO dynamic range not as good as predecessor; Extended high ISOs not very useful; Sluggish Live View AF.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D4S

Leica SL (Typ 601)
Nikon D4S
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $6087
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5
Nikon D4S
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $6087
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Leica M-P (Typ 240)

Leica SL (Typ 601)
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $6745
  • 35mm
Nikon D5
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $6745
  • 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
Nikon D5
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $7995
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon 1DX Mark II

Leica SL (Typ 601)
Canon 1DX Mark II
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D5
Canon 1DX Mark II
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Leica M-D (Typ 262)

Leica SL (Typ 601)
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking
  • $5995
  • 35mm
Nikon D5
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
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