• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
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  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 2500

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Differences

Sony NEX-3 advantages over Leica M-E (Typ 220)

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
    2.7 fps vs 2.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 2500 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Leica M-E (Typ 220) advantages over Sony NEX-3

  • 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
    ~ 6.91 vs 5.16 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • More pixels
    18.0 vs 14.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 NEX-5

Sony NEX-3
Sony NEX-5
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $700
  • APS-C
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Sony NEX-5
  • $4685
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony NEX-C3

Sony NEX-3
Sony NEX-C3
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Sony NEX-C3
  • $4685
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX-3
Sony NEX-5N
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Sony NEX-5N
  • $4685
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Leica M Monochrom

Sony NEX-3
Leica M Monochrom
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica M Monochrom
  • $4685
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $7950
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Leica M (Typ 240)

Sony NEX-3
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $5853
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
Leica M (Typ 240)
  • $4685
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $5853
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
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