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Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7 III

Portability
78
Imaging
65
Features
23
Overall
48
Leica M-Monochrom front
 
Sony Alpha A7 III front
Portability
63
Imaging
74
Features
92
Overall
81

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7 III Key Specs

Leica M-Monochrom
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 160 - 10000
  • No Video
  • Leica M Mount
  • 600g - 139 x 80 x 37mm
  • Announced May 2012
Sony A7 III
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Raise to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 650g - 127 x 96 x 74mm
  • Announced February 2018
  • Replaced the Sony A7 II
  • Successor is Sony A7 IV
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Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7 III Overview

Here, we are analyzing the Leica M-Monochrom and Sony A7 III, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras by manufacturers Leica and Sony. There exists a considerable gap between the sensor resolutions of the M-Monochrom (18MP) and A7 III (24MP) but both cameras offer the identical sensor measurements (Full frame).

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The M-Monochrom was manufactured 6 years earlier than the A7 III which is quite a large difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Leica M-Monochrom being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony A7 III being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go into a complete comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the M-Monochrom grades against the A7 III in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Leica M-Monochrom over the Sony A7 III

 M-Monochrom A7 III 

Reasons to pick Sony A7 III over the Leica M-Monochrom

 A7 III M-Monochrom 
AnnouncedFebruary 2018May 2012More modern by 70 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display size3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution922k230kSharper display (+692k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Leica M-Monochrom and Sony A7 III

 M-Monochrom A7 III 
Manual focus Very precise focusing
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7 III Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to carry around your camera, you're going to have to consider its weight and volume. The Leica M-Monochrom provides outside measurements of 139mm x 80mm x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") along with a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs) and the Sony A7 III has sizing of 127mm x 96mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.9") having a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you have chosen at that time. Underneath is a front view measurement comparison of the M-Monochrom against the A7 III.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7 III size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the M-Monochrom and A7 III is 78 and 63 respectively.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7 III top view buttons comparison

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7 III Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's tough to visualize the difference between sensor sizes merely by reviewing a spec sheet. The image below will help offer you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the M-Monochrom and A7 III.

Clearly, both of the cameras feature the identical sensor size but different MP. You can expect to see the Sony A7 III to offer you greater detail due to its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop photos way more aggressively. The more aged M-Monochrom is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7 III sensor size comparison

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7 III Screen and ViewFinder

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7 III Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Leica M-Monochrom
Portrait photography with Sony A7 III
71
has manual focus
decent MP (18 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
84
focusing manually
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
has face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Street photography details
Sony A7 III Street photography details
65
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
78
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
offers touch to focus
environment proof
above average ISO range (51,200)
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Sports Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Sports photography details
Sony A7 III Sports photography details
45
decent MP (18MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
doesn't have liveview
slow fps (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery pack (350 per charge)
lacks phase detect AF
87
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
has tracking focus
environment proof
great battery pack (610 CIPA)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Travel photography highlights
Sony A7 III Travel photography highlights
54
decent MP (18 megapixels)
doesn't have Timelapse function
terrible battery pack (350 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
73
great battery pack (610 per charge)
environment proof
supports bluetooth
offers touch to focus
MP count decent (24 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A7 III as a Landscape photography camera
58
has manual focus
swap lenses (Leica M mount)
decent MP (18 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
tiny screen (2.5")
doesn't have liveview
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery pack (350 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse function
85
focusing manually
change lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
above average ISO range (51,200)
supports RAW formats
environment proof
great battery pack (610 CIPA)
two card slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Vlogging advice
Sony A7 III Vlogging advice
9
can't shoot video
36
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detect autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
includes mic socket
does not posses selfie friendly screen
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Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7 III Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica M-Monochrom and Sony A7 III
 Leica M-MonochromSony Alpha A7 III
General Information
Brand Name Leica Sony
Model type Leica M-Monochrom Sony Alpha A7 III
Category Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Announced 2012-05-10 2018-02-27
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Bionz X
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 864.0mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 5212 x 3472 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 10000 51200
Maximum enhanced ISO - 204800
Min native ISO 160 100
RAW photos
Min enhanced ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points - 693
Lens
Lens mount type Leica M Sony E
Total lenses 59 121
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 2.5 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology TFT color LCD with a sapphire glass LCD cover -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (rangefinder) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.68x 0.78x
Features
Min shutter speed 32 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash settings Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync no built-in flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/180 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p) 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution None 3840x2160
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 600 gr (1.32 lb) 650 gr (1.43 lb)
Physical dimensions 139 x 80 x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") 127 x 96 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 96
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 25.0
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 14.7
DXO Low light rating not tested 3730
Other
Battery life 350 shots 610 shots
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One Two
Pricing at release $7,950 $1,998