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Leica M Edition 60 vs Leica M-Monochrom

Portability
74
Imaging
71
Features
47
Overall
61
Leica M Edition 60 front
 
Leica M-Monochrom front
Portability
78
Imaging
65
Features
23
Overall
48

Leica M Edition 60 vs Leica M-Monochrom Key Specs

Leica M Edition 60
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Leica M Mount
  • 680g - 139 x 80 x 42mm
  • Revealed September 2014
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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Leica M Edition 60 vs Leica M-Monochrom Overview

Let's look more closely at the Leica M Edition 60 vs Leica M-Monochrom, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras and both of them are designed by Leica. There is a large difference between the image resolutions of the M Edition 60 (24MP) and M-Monochrom (18MP) but they possess the exact same sensor measurements (Full frame).

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The M Edition 60 was released 2 years later than the M-Monochrom and that is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before getting in to a full comparison, below is a simple summation of how the M Edition 60 grades vs the M-Monochrom in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Leica M Edition 60 over the Leica M-Monochrom

 M Edition 60 M-Monochrom 
ReleasedSeptember 2014May 2012More recent by 29 months
Display dimension3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution920k230kClearer display (+690k dot)

Reasons to pick Leica M-Monochrom over the Leica M Edition 60

 M-Monochrom M Edition 60 

Common features in the Leica M Edition 60 and Leica M-Monochrom

 M Edition 60 M-Monochrom 
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Leica M Edition 60 vs Leica M-Monochrom Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to lug around your camera regularly, you will need to think about its weight and proportions. The Leica M Edition 60 enjoys outer dimensions of 139mm x 80mm x 42mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.7") along with a weight of 680 grams (1.50 lbs) whilst the Leica M-Monochrom has measurements of 139mm x 80mm x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you use at that moment. Below is the front view scale comparison of the M Edition 60 vs the M-Monochrom.

Leica M Edition 60 vs Leica M-Monochrom size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the M Edition 60 and M-Monochrom is 74 and 78 respectively.

Leica M Edition 60 vs Leica M-Monochrom top view buttons comparison

Leica M Edition 60 vs Leica M-Monochrom Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very difficult to envision the gap between sensor measurements just by checking a spec sheet. The photograph here will help give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the M Edition 60 and M-Monochrom.

Clearly, both of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but not the same resolution. You can expect to see the Leica M Edition 60 to give extra detail as a result of its extra 6MP. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The younger M Edition 60 will have an edge in sensor innovation.

Leica M Edition 60 vs Leica M-Monochrom sensor size comparison

Leica M Edition 60 vs Leica M-Monochrom Screen and ViewFinder

Leica M Edition 60 vs Leica M-Monochrom Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica M Edition 60 Portrait photography information
Leica M-Monochrom Portrait photography information
82
focusing manually
good megapixels (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
71
manual focus
decent MP (18MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
no liveview feature
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Street Comparison

Leica M Edition 60 Street photography advice
Leica M-Monochrom Street photography advice
68
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
environment proof
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
65
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
no moving screen
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Leica M Edition 60 as a Sports photography camera
Leica M-Monochrom as a Sports photography camera
56
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
environment proof
slow fps (3.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
does not have phase detect auto focus
45
decent MP (18MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
no liveview feature
max frames per second very slow (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
low battery power (350 shots)
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica M Edition 60 as a Travel photography camera
Leica M-Monochrom as a Travel photography camera
63
environment proof
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
does not have Timelapse function
does not have selfie friendly display
54
decent MP (18 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse recording
low battery power (350 CIPA)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Leica M Edition 60 Landscape photography factors
Leica M-Monochrom Landscape photography factors
74
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Leica M mount)
screen is a good size (3")
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
environment proof
does not have image stabilization
does not have Timelapse function
58
manual focus
change lenses (Leica M mount)
decent MP (18MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inches)
no liveview feature
no image stabilization
low battery power (350 shots)
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica M Edition 60 Vlogging highlights
Leica M-Monochrom Vlogging highlights
26
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not have selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
does not have external microphone port
9
no video recording
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Leica M Edition 60 vs Leica M-Monochrom Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica M Edition 60 and Leica M-Monochrom
 Leica M Edition 60Leica M-Monochrom
General Information
Brand Leica Leica
Model type Leica M Edition 60 Leica M-Monochrom
Category Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Revealed 2014-09-23 2012-05-10
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor measurements 36 x 24mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 18 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Maximum resolution 5952 x 3976 5212 x 3472
Maximum native ISO 6400 10000
Minimum native ISO 100 160
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens
Lens mount type Leica M Leica M
Amount of lenses 59 59
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 2.5"
Screen resolution 920k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech - TFT color LCD with a sapphire glass LCD cover
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (rangefinder) Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder magnification 0.68x 0.68x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 32 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash modes Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 24 fps) -
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video format Motion JPEG -
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 680 gr (1.50 pounds) 600 gr (1.32 pounds)
Dimensions 139 x 80 x 42mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.7") 139 x 80 x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 350 photos
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC card
Card slots 1 1
Launch cost - $7,950