• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,500

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Differences

Olympus AIR advantages over Leica TL

  • Less expensive
    $300 vs $925
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    23 vs 12 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Leica TL advantages over Olympus AIR

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.77 vs 3.75 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 320 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 43 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    3 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly

Common Weaknesses

  • 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
  • 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
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GM1

Olympus AIR
Panasonic GM1
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen
Leica TL
Panasonic GM1
  • $925
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Leica T (Typ 701)

Olympus AIR
Leica T (Typ 701)
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor
Leica TL
Leica T (Typ 701)
  • $925
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • $998
  • APS-C

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Olympus AIR
Samsung NX3000
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $639
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor
Leica TL
Samsung NX3000
  • $925
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Internal flash
  • $639
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Panasonic GX850

Olympus AIR
Panasonic GX850
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Shoot 4K video
Leica TL
Panasonic GX850
  • $925
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to YI M1

Olympus AIR
YI M1
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $350
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Shoot 4K video
Leica TL
YI M1
  • $925
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $350
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
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