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Leica M-E Typ 220 vs Leica M-Monochrom

Portability
79
Imaging
65
Features
28
Overall
50
Leica M-E Typ 220 front
 
Leica M-Monochrom front
Portability
78
Imaging
65
Features
23
Overall
48

Leica M-E Typ 220 vs Leica M-Monochrom Key Specs

Leica M-E Typ 220
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 2500
  • No Video
  • Leica M Mount
  • 585g - 139 x 80 x 37mm
  • Revealed September 2012
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
  • Announced May 2012
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Leica M-E Typ 220 vs Leica M-Monochrom Overview

Here is a in depth comparison of the Leica M-E Typ 220 and Leica M-Monochrom, both Pro Mirrorless cameras and they are both sold by Leica. The sensor resolution of the M-E Typ 220 (18MP) and the M-Monochrom (18MP) is fairly close and they enjoy the exact same sensor sizing (Full frame).

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The M-E Typ 220 was revealed 5 months later than the M-Monochrom which means that they are both of a similar generation. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going straight into a detailed comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the M-E Typ 220 scores vs the M-Monochrom with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Leica M-E Typ 220 over the Leica M-Monochrom

 M-E Typ 220 M-Monochrom 

Reasons to pick Leica M-Monochrom over the Leica M-E Typ 220

 M-Monochrom M-E Typ 220 

Common features in the Leica M-E Typ 220 and Leica M-Monochrom

 M-E Typ 220 M-Monochrom 
AnnouncedSeptember 2012May 2012Same generation
Focus manually More precise focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension2.5"2.5"Identical display measurement
Display resolution230k230kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly display Absent Touch friendly display

Leica M-E Typ 220 vs Leica M-Monochrom Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry your camera regularly, you are going to need to consider its weight and measurements. The Leica M-E Typ 220 enjoys physical measurements of 139mm x 80mm x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") having a weight of 585 grams (1.29 lbs) whilst the Leica M-Monochrom has proportions of 139mm x 80mm x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") with a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you choose at that time. Underneath is the front view scale comparison of the M-E Typ 220 versus the M-Monochrom.

Leica M-E Typ 220 vs Leica M-Monochrom size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the M-E Typ 220 and M-Monochrom is 79 and 78 respectively.

Leica M-E Typ 220 vs Leica M-Monochrom top view buttons comparison

Leica M-E Typ 220 vs Leica M-Monochrom Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very tough to envision the gap in sensor sizing purely by looking through specs. The visual below may provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the M-E Typ 220 and M-Monochrom.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the same resolution therefore you should expect comparable quality of files although you need to take the release date of the cameras into account.

Leica M-E Typ 220 vs Leica M-Monochrom sensor size comparison

Leica M-E Typ 220 vs Leica M-Monochrom Screen and ViewFinder

Leica M-E Typ 220 vs Leica M-Monochrom Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica M-E Typ 220 Portrait photography factors
Leica M-Monochrom Portrait photography factors
71
has manual focus
megapixel count good (18MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
no liveview
71
has manual focus
good MP (18 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
no liveview feature
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Leica M-E Typ 220
Street photography with Leica M-Monochrom
65
sensor size is great (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
65
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Leica M-E Typ 220 Sports photography information
Leica M-Monochrom Sports photography information
46
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
no liveview
low fps (2.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
no phase detect AF
45
good MP (18 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
no liveview feature
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
bad battery pack (350 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica M-E Typ 220 Travel photography factors
Leica M-Monochrom Travel photography factors
57
megapixel count good (18MP)
lack of Time Lapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
54
good MP (18MP)
does not have Time Lapse recording
bad battery pack (350 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Leica M-E Typ 220 Landscape photography features
Leica M-Monochrom Landscape photography features
61
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Leica M mount)
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inches)
no liveview
does not have image stabilization
lack of Time Lapse mode
58
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Leica M mount)
good MP (18 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
screen is small (2.5")
no liveview feature
lack of image stabilization
bad battery pack (350 shots)
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica M-E Typ 220 Vlogging advice
Leica M-Monochrom Vlogging advice
9
no video shooting
9
no video
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Leica M-E Typ 220 vs Leica M-Monochrom Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica M-E Typ 220 and Leica M-Monochrom
 Leica M-E Typ 220Leica M-Monochrom
General Information
Brand Leica Leica
Model Leica M-E Typ 220 Leica M-Monochrom
Type Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Revealed 2012-09-17 2012-05-10
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 18MP 18MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Max resolution 5212 x 3472 5212 x 3472
Max native ISO 2500 10000
Min native ISO 80 160
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens
Lens mount Leica M Leica M
Total lenses 59 59
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.5 inch 2.5 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology TFT color LCD TFT color LCD with a sapphire glass LCD cover
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (rangefinder) Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder magnification 0.68x 0.68x
Features
Min shutter speed 4s 32s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 2.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/180s 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Max video resolution None None
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 585 gr (1.29 pounds) 600 gr (1.32 pounds)
Dimensions 139 x 80 x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") 139 x 80 x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 69 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.7 not tested
DXO Low light score 787 not tested
Other
Battery life - 350 shots
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC card
Storage slots 1 1
Retail cost $0 $7,950