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Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic GF3

Portability
78
Imaging
65
Features
23
Overall
48
Leica M-Monochrom front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 front
Portability
90
Imaging
48
Features
48
Overall
48

Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic GF3 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
  • Released May 2012
Panasonic GF3
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 264g - 108 x 67 x 32mm
  • Announced August 2011
  • Superseded the Panasonic GF2
  • Successor is Panasonic GF5
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Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic GF3 Overview

Below is a extensive overview of the Leica M-Monochrom and Panasonic GF3, former being a Pro Mirrorless while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by companies Leica and Panasonic. There is a noticeable difference between the image resolutions of the M-Monochrom (18MP) and GF3 (12MP) and the M-Monochrom (Full frame) and GF3 (Four Thirds) come with different sensor sizes.

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The M-Monochrom was manufactured 10 months later than the GF3 and they are both of a similar age. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before delving in to a thorough comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the M-Monochrom scores vs the GF3 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Leica M-Monochrom over the Panasonic GF3

 M-Monochrom GF3 
AnnouncedMay 2012August 2011More recent by 10 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic GF3 over the Leica M-Monochrom

 GF3 M-Monochrom 
Display dimension3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Leica M-Monochrom and Panasonic GF3

 M-Monochrom GF3 
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic GF3 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to lug around your camera often, you're going to have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Leica M-Monochrom offers physical dimensions of 139mm x 80mm x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") along with a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs) whilst the Panasonic GF3 has dimensions of 108mm x 67mm x 32mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.3") having a weight of 264 grams (0.58 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have at the time. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the M-Monochrom versus the GF3.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic GF3 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the M-Monochrom and GF3 is 78 and 90 respectively.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic GF3 top view buttons comparison

Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic GF3 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is difficult to visualize the difference between sensor measurements just by going over specs. The visual here will help provide you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the M-Monochrom and GF3.

All in all, each of the cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The M-Monochrom featuring a larger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF less difficult and the Leica M-Monochrom will deliver more detail due to its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop pics much more aggressively. The more modern M-Monochrom should have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic GF3 sensor size comparison

Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic GF3 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic GF3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic GF3 as a Portrait photography camera
71
manual focus
decent MP (18MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
saves RAW files
no liveview
55
focusing manually
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports face detect focus
saves RAW files
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Street photography details
Panasonic GF3 Street photography details
65
sensor size is large (Full frame)
saves RAW files
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
70
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
comes with focus by touch
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Sports photography info
Panasonic GF3 Sports photography info
45
decent MP (18MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
no liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
low battery (350 per charge)
lack of phase detect AF
38
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports tracking focus
slow fps (3.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
terrible battery (300 CIPA)
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Travel photography features
Panasonic GF3 Travel photography features
54
decent MP (18 megapixels)
no Time Lapse function
low battery (350 CIPA)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
58
comes with focus by touch
built-in flash
no Time Lapse function
terrible battery (300 shots)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Leica M-Monochrom
Landscape photography with Panasonic GF3
58
manual focus
swap lenses (Leica M mount)
decent MP (18 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
saves RAW files
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inches)
no liveview
lack of image stabilization
low battery (350 CIPA)
no Time Lapse function
55
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
terrible battery (300 CIPA)
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Vlogging highlights
Panasonic GF3 Vlogging highlights
9
no video recording
32
touchscreen
supports face detect focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
no mic port
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Leica M-Monochrom vs Panasonic GF3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica M-Monochrom and Panasonic GF3
 Leica M-MonochromPanasonic Lumix DMC-GF3
General Information
Make Leica Panasonic
Model Leica M-Monochrom Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3
Type Pro Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2012-05-10 2011-08-11
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 864.0mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 5212 x 3472 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 10000 6400
Min native ISO 160 160
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 23
Lens
Lens mount Leica M Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses 59 107
Crop factor 1 2.1
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.5 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology TFT color LCD with a sapphire glass LCD cover TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (rangefinder) None
Viewfinder magnification 0.68x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 32s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 2.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash 6.30 m
Flash settings Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/180s 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video format - AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 600 grams (1.32 lb) 264 grams (0.58 lb)
Dimensions 139 x 80 x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") 108 x 67 x 32mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 50
DXO Color Depth score not tested 20.6
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.1
DXO Low light score not tested 459
Other
Battery life 350 images 300 images
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
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