• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 50,000

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Differences

Nikon J3 advantages over Leica CL

  • Less expensive
    $617* vs $3495
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • More telephoto lens reach
    81 mm vs 27 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    28 mm vs 45 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Lighter weight
    359g vs 483g
    Lighter weight
  • 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
    60.0 fps vs 10.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Leica CL advantages over Nikon J3

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1 inch
    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
    ~ 3.92 vs 2.86 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/180 vs 1/60 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    2 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 14.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster shutter
    1/25000 vs 1/16000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    50000 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

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
  • 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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The Competition

Compared to Nikon J1

Nikon J3
Nikon J1
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dots on screen
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Leica CL
Nikon J1
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Nikon J2

Nikon J3
Nikon J2
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More pixels
  • $550
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
Leica CL
Nikon J2
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $550
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Nikon J4

Nikon J3
Nikon J4
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $345
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Leica CL
Nikon J4
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $345
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Nikon J3
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $1632
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Leica CL
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1632
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro3

Nikon J3
Fujifilm X-Pro3
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $1800
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Leica CL
Fujifilm X-Pro3
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $1800
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
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