• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 2500

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Differences

Sony DSLR-A580 advantages over Leica M-E (Typ 220)

  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,123 vs 787 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.3 vs 11.7 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.1 fps vs 2.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 2500 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Leica M-E (Typ 220) advantages over Sony DSLR-A580

  • 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.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.91 vs 4.82 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    37 mm vs 84 mm
    Thinner
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.68x vs 0.53x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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The Competition

Compared to Sony A55

Sony DSLR-A580
Sony A55
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $734
  • APS-C
  • Built-in GPS
  • External Mic Jack
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Sony A55
  • $5795
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $734
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A33

Sony DSLR-A580
Sony A33
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • External Mic Jack
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Sony A33
  • $5795
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A35

Sony DSLR-A580
Sony A35
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • External Mic Jack
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Sony A35
  • $5795
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Leica M Monochrom

Sony DSLR-A580
Leica M Monochrom
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica M Monochrom
  • $5795
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Leica M (Typ 240)

Sony DSLR-A580
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5980
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $5795
  • 35mm
  • $5980
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
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