• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Medium format 1,350.0mm2
  • 37.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Sony DSLR-A390 advantages over Leica S (Typ 007)

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Lighter weight
    549g vs 1260g
    Lighter weight
  • More AF points
    9 vs 1
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

Leica S (Typ 007) advantages over Sony DSLR-A390

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    Medium format vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.00 vs 5.16 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs No
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Newer
    4 years vs 8 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    922k 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 viewfinder magnification
    1.09x vs 0.49x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    37.5 vs 14.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • 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
  • Longer exposure
    125 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D5000

Sony DSLR-A390
Nikon D5000
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
Leica S (Typ 007)
Nikon D5000
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Sony DSLR-A290

Sony DSLR-A390
Sony DSLR-A290
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More viewfinder magnification
Leica S (Typ 007)
Sony DSLR-A290
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A33

Sony DSLR-A390
Sony A33
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • External Mic Jack
Leica S (Typ 007)
Sony A33
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Leica S (Typ 006)

Sony DSLR-A390
Leica S (Typ 006)
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $21950
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Leica S (Typ 007)
Leica S (Typ 006)
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $21950
  • Medium format

Compared to Leica S-E (Typ 006)

Sony DSLR-A390
Leica S-E (Typ 006)
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $16900
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Leica S (Typ 007)
Leica S-E (Typ 006)
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $16900
  • Medium format
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