• 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,500

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Differences

Nikon D4S advantages over Leica TL

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 7.31 vs 4.77 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 3020 vs 400 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.6 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    200 vs 12 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 vs 12500 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Leica TL advantages over Nikon D4S

  • Less expensive
    $1295 vs $5678
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 90 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    20 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    384g vs 1356g
    Lighter weight
  • Higher-res screen
    410k vs 307k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

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
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent, tank-like build quality; First-rate ergonomics a pro would expect; Superb performance with confident autofocus; Great image quality; Big, bright viewfinder with 100% coverage; Excellent battery life; Doubles as a powerful video capture tool

  • Fairly minor upgrade over the D4; Image quality improvements apply only to JPEG; XQD card format isn't broadly accepted; Consumer-friendly default JPEG processing may turn off some pros; Body is large and hefty (but that's normal for pro gear)

The Competition

Compared to Canon 1DX

Nikon D4S
Canon 1DX
  • $6087
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
Leica TL
Canon 1DX
  • $1295
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $4959
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon D4

Nikon D4S
Nikon D4
  • $6087
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Newer
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Bigger RAW buffer
Leica TL
Nikon D4
  • $1295
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon EOS-1D C

Nikon D4S
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $6087
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • More cross-type AF points
Leica TL
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $1295
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Leica T (Typ 701)

Nikon D4S
Leica T (Typ 701)
  • $6087
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Leica TL
Leica T (Typ 701)
  • $1295
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon EOS M10

Nikon D4S
Canon EOS M10
  • $6087
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $727
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Leica TL
Canon EOS M10
  • $1295
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $727
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
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