• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 36.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Leica X-E (Typ 102) advantages over Canon EOS M3

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.79 vs 3.72 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/200 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.0 fps vs 4.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Canon EOS M3 advantages over Leica X-E (Typ 102)

  • Less expensive
    $549 vs $1537*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 8 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12500 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • 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
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • DSLR image quality & resolution in a mirrorless body; Higher-res 24MP APS-C sensor; Much improved AF performance; Better ergonomics with full PASM dial; Built-in Wi-Fi & NFC; Tilting LCD.

  • No built-in EVF; Limited native lens selection; Slow burst mode; Shallow buffer depth with RAW files; No 60p video frame rate or 4K video option.

The Competition

Compared to Sigma DP1 Merrill

Leica X-E (Typ 102)
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $1537
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Internal flash
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More dots on screen
Canon EOS M3
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Leica X2

Leica X-E (Typ 102)
Leica X2
  • $1537
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • $1722
  • APS-C
Canon EOS M3
Leica X2
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1722
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A6000

Leica X-E (Typ 102)
Sony A6000
  • $1537
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Canon EOS M3
Sony A6000
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Leica X-E (Typ 102)
Samsung NX3000
  • $1537
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Canon EOS M3
Samsung NX3000
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Fujifilm X70

Leica X-E (Typ 102)
Fujifilm X70
  • $1537
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Canon EOS M3
Fujifilm X70
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
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