Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic S5

Leica M-Monochrom front
Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 front

Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic S5 Key Specs

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
  • Introduced May 2012
Panasonic S5
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.0" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Bump to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 714g - 133 x 97 x 82mm
  • Introduced August 2020
  • Newer Model is Panasonic S5 II
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Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic S5 Overview

Following is a extensive analysis of the Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic S5, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras by competitors Leica and Panasonic. There exists a crucial gap between the resolutions of the M-Monochrom (18MP) and S5 (24MP) but they enjoy the exact same sensor measurements (Full frame).

Photography Glossary

The M-Monochrom was introduced 9 years before the S5 which is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Leica M-Monochrom being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic S5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving in to a full comparison, below is a brief view of how the M-Monochrom scores vs the S5 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Leica M-Monochrom over the Panasonic S5

 M-Monochrom S5 

Reasons to pick Panasonic S5 over the Leica M-Monochrom

 S5 M-Monochrom 
IntroducedAugust 2020May 2012More modern by 100 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display dimension3.0"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution1840k230kCrisper display (+1610k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Leica M-Monochrom and Panasonic S5

 M-Monochrom S5 
Focus manually More precise focus

Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic S5 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry around your camera regularly, you will want to consider its weight and measurements. The Leica M-Monochrom provides outside dimensions of 139mm x 80mm x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") with a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs) and the Panasonic S5 has proportions of 133mm x 97mm x 82mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2") accompanied by a weight of 714 grams (1.57 lbs).

See the Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic S5 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have attached during that time. Underneath is the front view overall size comparison of the M-Monochrom compared to the S5.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic S5 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the M-Monochrom and S5 is 78 and 60 respectively.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic S5 top view buttons comparison

Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic S5 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its difficult to imagine the contrast between sensor sizes purely by going over a spec sheet. The picture underneath will provide you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the M-Monochrom and S5.

As you can see, both of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but different megapixels. You should expect to see the Panasonic S5 to deliver more detail using its extra 6MP. Greater resolution can also let you crop photos much more aggressively. The more aged M-Monochrom is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic S5 sensor size comparison

Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic S5 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic S5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Leica M-Monochrom
Portrait photography with Panasonic S5
manual focus
good MP (18MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
no liveview
has manual focus
good MP (24MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
supports face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Street photography highlights
Panasonic S5 Street photography highlights
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
screen articulates
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW files
comes with touch to focus
environment sealing
very good high ISO (51,200)
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Sports Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Sports photography details
Panasonic S5 Sports photography details
good MP (18 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
no liveview
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
bad battery pack (350 shots)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet shooting (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (24MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
supports tracking focus
environment sealing
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Travel photography advice
Panasonic S5 Travel photography advice
good MP (18 megapixels)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
bad battery pack (350 shots)
does not posses selfie friendly display
environment sealing
connects via bluetooth
comes with touch to focus
good MP (24 megapixels)
display is selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Landscape photography information
Panasonic S5 Landscape photography information
manual focus
switch lenses (Leica M mount)
good MP (18MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
screen is small (2.5")
no liveview
lack of image stabilization
bad battery pack (350 CIPA)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Leica L mount)
pretty good screen size (3.0 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
no low pass filter
very good high ISO (51,200)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
has double storage slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Vlogging details
Panasonic S5 Vlogging details
no video
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detect autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does have microphone port
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Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic S5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica M-Monochrom and Panasonic S5
 Leica M-MonochromPanasonic Lumix DC-S5
General Information
Brand Leica Panasonic
Model Leica M-Monochrom Panasonic Lumix DC-S5
Class Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Introduced 2012-05-10 2020-08-14
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor measurements 36 x 24mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5212 x 3472 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 10000 51200
Highest boosted ISO - 204800
Minimum native ISO 160 100
RAW images
Minimum boosted ISO - 50
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 225
Lens mounting type Leica M Leica L
Available lenses 59 31
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display sizing 2.5 inch 3.0 inch
Display resolution 230k dot 1,840k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Display tech TFT color LCD with a sapphire glass LCD cover -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (rangefinder) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,360k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.68x 0.74x
Slowest shutter speed 32s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/8000s
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/8000s
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames/s 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash settings Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/180s 1/250s
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions - 3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution None 3840x2160
Video file format - MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes (can be charged with high-power laptop/tablet chargers or portable power banks)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 600 grams (1.32 lbs) 714 grams (1.57 lbs)
Dimensions 139 x 80 x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") 133 x 97 x 82mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Battery life 350 images 440 images
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC card SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Storage slots Single Two
Retail pricing $7,950 $1,999