• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.3 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 12,800
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 36.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon D810 advantages over Leica X-E (Typ 102)

  • 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
  • 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
    1229k 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
    36.3 vs 16.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • 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
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    57 vs 8 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 12500 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Leica X-E (Typ 102) advantages over Nikon D810

  • Thinner
    51 mm vs 81 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Lighter weight
    345g vs 988g
    Lighter weight
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

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 an external screen 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
  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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

  • Handles even better than its predecessors; Absolutely spectacular images from the 36-megapixel image sensor; Unusually wide sensitivity range for its resolution; Improved performance and buffer depths; Improved video feature set; Impressive low-light autofocus

  • Prone to moire and false color with some subjects; No longer available with a low-pass filter; Demands excellent lenses for the best detail; White balance tends warm under tungsten lighting

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Nikon D810
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $1265
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • Thinner
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sigma DP1 Merrill

Nikon D810
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $1265
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Internal flash
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • More dots on screen
  • Wider angle lens

Compared to Nikon D800E

Nikon D810
Nikon D800E
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Newer
  • $2212
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
Nikon D800E
  • $1265
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $2212
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Leica X2

Nikon D810
Leica X2
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $1748
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
Leica X2
  • $1265
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • $1748
  • APS-C

Compared to Canon 5DS

Nikon D810
Canon 5DS
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
Canon 5DS
  • $1265
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Internal flash
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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