• APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 50,000
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Leica TL2 advantages over Nikon D3500

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 69 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher-res screen
    410k vs 307k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    20.0 fps vs 5.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    20.0 fps vs 5.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/40000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    50000 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon D3500 advantages over Leica TL2

  • Less expensive
    $397 vs $2189*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1550 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    6 months vs 20 months old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 29 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • 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 GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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Review Excerpt

  • Great image quality for its class; Excellent high ISO performance for APS-C; Fast single-shot AF speeds; Compact, easy to use design; Incredible value at under $500 with lens.

  • 11-point AF system feels out-dated; Underwhelming C-AF performance; Below average viewfinder coverage accuracy; No touchscreen; Limited wireless features.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX500

Leica TL2
Samsung NX500
  • $2193
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $1149
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon D3500
Samsung NX500
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1149
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Nikon D3400

Leica TL2
Nikon D3400
  • $2193
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon D3500
Nikon D3400
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • Longer video battery life
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $397
  • APS-C

Compared to Sony A6500

Leica TL2
Sony A6500
  • $2193
  • APS-C
  • Thinner
  • Newer
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon D3500
Sony A6500
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon SL2

Leica TL2
Canon SL2
  • $2193
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Nikon D3500
Canon SL2
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Leica CL

Leica TL2
Leica CL
  • $2193
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon D3500
Leica CL
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
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