• APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,500
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 50,000

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Differences

Leica TL advantages over Leica CL

  • Less expensive
    $925* vs $3795
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.77 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 45 mm
    Thinner

Leica CL advantages over Leica TL

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Newer
    2 years vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    140 vs 12 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/25000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    50000 vs 12500 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Leica T (Typ 701)

Leica TL
Leica T (Typ 701)
  • $1175
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • $998
  • APS-C
Leica CL
Leica T (Typ 701)
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Leica TL
Samsung NX3000
  • $1175
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Internal flash
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Leica CL
Samsung NX3000
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Leica TL
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $1175
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Leica CL
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Sony A6500

Leica TL
Sony A6500
  • $1175
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Leica CL
Sony A6500
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Top deck display
  • Newer
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Leica TL2

Leica TL
Leica TL2
  • $1175
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2084
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Leica CL
Leica TL2
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $2084
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
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