• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 14.8 megapixels
  • 75.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.0 megapixels
  • ISO 320 - 25,000

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Differences

Sigma DP3 Merrill advantages over Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)

  • Less expensive
    $899 vs $7995
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Lighter weight
    400g vs 680g
    Lighter weight
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.0 fps vs 3.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) advantages over Sigma DP3 Merrill

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
    ~ 6.01 vs 5.00 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 80 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.0 vs 14.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • 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
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    30 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25000 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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The Competition

Compared to Leica M-P (Typ 240)

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $6262
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • $7995
  • 35mm
  • Longer exposure
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $6262
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive

Compared to Leica SL (Typ 601)

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $7995
  • 35mm
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Leica M (Typ 262)

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $4530
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $7995
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $4530
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive

Compared to Leica M-D (Typ 262)

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Lighter weight
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $7995
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking
  • $5995
  • 35mm

Compared to Leica M10

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Leica M10
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $7051
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
Leica M10
  • $7995
  • 35mm
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $7051
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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