• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 50,000

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Differences

Panasonic G9 advantages over Leica CL

  • Less expensive
    $1698* vs $3795
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • 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
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.83x vs 0.74x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • 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)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    60.0 fps vs 10.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Leica CL advantages over Panasonic G9

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.92 vs 3.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Thinner
    45 mm vs 91 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    140 vs 50 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    50000 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

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Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Panasonic G9
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Leica CL
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Panasonic G85

Panasonic G9
Panasonic G85
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Leica CL
Panasonic G85
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Top deck display
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Olympus E-M1 II

Panasonic G9
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Top deck display
  • $1799
  • 4/3
  • Longer video battery life
  • On-sensor phase detect
Leica CL
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1799
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony A6500

Panasonic G9
Sony A6500
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
Leica CL
Sony A6500
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Top deck display
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic GH5

Panasonic G9
Panasonic GH5
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • High resolution composite
  • $1998
  • 4/3
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Leica CL
Panasonic GH5
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1998
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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