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Canon R3 vs Leica M-Monochrom

Portability
52
Imaging
78
Features
93
Overall
84
Canon EOS R3 front
 
Leica M-Monochrom front
Portability
78
Imaging
65
Features
23
Overall
48

Canon R3 vs Leica M-Monochrom Key Specs

Canon R3
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 102400 (Push to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 6000 x 3164 video
  • Canon RF Mount
  • 1015g - 150 x 143 x 87mm
  • Revealed September 2021
Leica M-Monochrom
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 10000
  • No Video
  • Leica M Mount
  • 600g - 139 x 80 x 37mm
  • Released May 2012
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Canon R3 vs Leica M-Monochrom Overview

Here, we are evaluating the Canon R3 vs Leica M-Monochrom, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras by rivals Canon and Leica. There exists a big gap between the sensor resolutions of the R3 (24MP) and M-Monochrom (18MP) but both cameras provide the identical sensor sizes (Full frame).

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The R3 was released 9 years later than the M-Monochrom and that is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Canon R3 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Leica M-Monochrom being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting straight to a full comparison, here is a concise overview of how the R3 grades versus the M-Monochrom when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon R3 over the Leica M-Monochrom

 R3 M-Monochrom 
ReleasedSeptember 2021May 2012Fresher by 114 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display size3.2"2.5"Larger display (+0.7")
Display resolution4150k230kCrisper display (+3920k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Leica M-Monochrom over the Canon R3

 M-Monochrom R3 

Common features in the Canon R3 and Leica M-Monochrom

 R3 M-Monochrom 
Focus manually Dial precise focusing

Canon R3 vs Leica M-Monochrom Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to carry your camera often, you're going to have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Canon R3 comes with physical measurements of 150mm x 143mm x 87mm (5.9" x 5.6" x 3.4") along with a weight of 1015 grams (2.24 lbs) and the Leica M-Monochrom has dimensions of 139mm x 80mm x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") having a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Below is a front view dimensions comparison of the R3 versus the M-Monochrom.

Canon R3 vs Leica M-Monochrom size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the R3 and M-Monochrom is 52 and 78 respectively.

Canon R3 vs Leica M-Monochrom top view buttons comparison

Canon R3 vs Leica M-Monochrom Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be hard to envision the difference between sensor sizing purely by looking at specifications. The visual underneath will help offer you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the R3 and M-Monochrom.

To sum up, the 2 cameras feature the identical sensor size but not the same MP. You should expect to see the Canon R3 to resolve extra detail as a result of its extra 6MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop photos way more aggressively. The younger R3 will have an edge when it comes to sensor innovation.

Canon R3 vs Leica M-Monochrom sensor size comparison

Canon R3 vs Leica M-Monochrom Screen and ViewFinder

Canon R3 vs Leica M-Monochrom Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon R3 Portrait photography factors
Leica M-Monochrom Portrait photography factors
86
manual focus
decent megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
includes face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
71
focusing manually
good resolution (18 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
doesn't have liveview
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Street Comparison

Canon R3 Street photography details
Leica M-Monochrom Street photography details
70
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
features touch to focus
environment proofing
great ISO range (102,400)
more heavy than competitors in class (1,015 grams)
65
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon R3
Sports photography with Leica M-Monochrom
89
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shutter (1/64,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
includes tracking focus
environment proofing
good battery pack (760 per charge)
supports phase detect AF
45
good resolution (18MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
doesn't have liveview
max frames per second very slow (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
not so great battery power (350 per charge)
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon R3 Travel photography information
Leica M-Monochrom Travel photography information
70
good battery pack (760 shots)
environment proofing
has bluetooth
features touch to focus
decent megapixels (24MP)
screen is selfie friendly
more heavy than competitors in class (1,015g)
54
good resolution (18MP)
lack of Time Lapse function
not so great battery power (350 CIPA)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Canon R3 Landscape photography details
Leica M-Monochrom Landscape photography details
86
manual focus
swap lenses (Canon RF mount)
screen size is decent (3.2")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
great ISO range (102,400)
supports RAW formats
environment proofing
good battery pack (760 per charge)
2 card slots
58
focusing manually
switch lenses (Leica M mount)
good resolution (18MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
small screen (2.5")
doesn't have liveview
does not have image stabilization
not so great battery power (350 shots)
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon R3 Vlogging factors
Leica M-Monochrom Vlogging factors
70
screen is selfie friendly
touch screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detect focusing
high video quality (6000 x 3164 pxls)
comes with microphone support
more heavy than competitors in class (1,015 grams)
9
can't shoot video
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Canon R3 vs Leica M-Monochrom Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon R3 and Leica M-Monochrom
 Canon EOS R3Leica M-Monochrom
General Information
Company Canon Leica
Model Canon EOS R3 Leica M-Monochrom
Category Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Revealed 2021-09-14 2012-05-10
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type Stacked CMOS CCD
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 864.0mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 18 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Highest resolution 6000 x 4000 5212 x 3472
Highest native ISO 102400 10000
Highest boosted ISO 204800 -
Min native ISO 100 160
RAW images
Min boosted ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 1053 -
Lens
Lens mount Canon RF Leica M
Available lenses 27 59
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3.2 inches 2.5 inches
Display resolution 4,150k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology - TFT color LCD with a sapphire glass LCD cover
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder resolution 5,760k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.68x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 32 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/4000 secs
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/64000 secs -
Continuous shooting rate 12.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash settings no built-in flash Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/250 secs 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 6000x3164 (60p/​50p/​30p/​24p/​23.98p) 4096x2160 (120p/​60p/​30p/​24p/​23.98p) 3840x2160 (120p/​60p/​30p/​23.98p) 1920x1080 (60p/​30p/​23.98p) -
Highest video resolution 6000x3164 None
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 -
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Yes None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 1015 gr (2.24 pounds) 600 gr (1.32 pounds)
Physical dimensions 150 x 143 x 87mm (5.9" x 5.6" x 3.4") 139 x 80 x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 96 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 25.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 14.7 not tested
DXO Low light score 4086 not tested
Other
Battery life 760 images 350 images
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LP-E19 -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/ SDHC/ SDXC (UHS-II supported) + CFexpress Type B SD/SDHC card
Card slots Dual Single
Retail cost $6,000 $7,950