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Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7R V

Portability
78
Imaging
65
Features
23
Overall
48
Leica M-Monochrom front
 
Sony Alpha A7R V front
Portability
60
Imaging
84
Features
96
Overall
88

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7R V 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
  • Revealed May 2012
Sony A7R V
(Full Review)
  • 61MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.20" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Expand to 102800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 7680 x 4320 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 723g - 131 x 97 x 82mm
  • Introduced October 2022
  • Older Model is Sony A7R IV
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Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7R V Overview

Its time to look a bit more closely at the Leica M-Monochrom and Sony A7R V, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras by rivals Leica and Sony. There is a crucial difference between the image resolutions of the M-Monochrom (18MP) and A7R V (61MP) but they feature the same exact sensor sizing (Full frame).

Photography Glossary

The M-Monochrom was revealed 11 years before the A7R V and that is quite a serious gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Leica M-Monochrom being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony A7R V being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go through a in depth comparison, below is a simple summation of how the M-Monochrom matches up vs the A7R V in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Leica M-Monochrom over the Sony A7R V

 M-Monochrom A7R V 

Reasons to pick Sony A7R V over the Leica M-Monochrom

 A7R V M-Monochrom 
IntroducedOctober 2022May 2012Fresher by 127 months
Screen typeFully articulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen sizing3.20"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.7")
Screen resolution2360k230kCrisper screen (+2130k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Leica M-Monochrom and Sony A7R V

 M-Monochrom A7R V 
Focus manually Very accurate focus

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7R V Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to carry your camera regularly, you'll have to factor in its weight and size. The Leica M-Monochrom offers external dimensions of 139mm x 80mm x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") having a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs) whilst the Sony A7R V has specifications of 131mm x 97mm x 82mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2") with a weight of 723 grams (1.59 lbs).

Take a look at the Leica M-Monochrom and Sony A7R V in the all new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are using at that time. The following is the front view overall size comparison of the M-Monochrom vs the A7R V.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7R V size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the M-Monochrom and A7R V is 78 and 60 respectively.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7R V top view buttons comparison

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7R V Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is tough to picture the difference between sensor sizing purely by looking at specifications. The visual here may offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the M-Monochrom and A7R V.

To sum up, both the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit different resolution. You should count on the Sony A7R V to resolve extra detail because of its extra 43MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop pictures far more aggressively. The older M-Monochrom is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7R V sensor size comparison

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7R V Screen and ViewFinder

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7R V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Portrait photography factors
Sony A7R V Portrait photography factors
71
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (18MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
doesn't have liveview
90
focusing manually
megapixel count amazing (61 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
offers face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Street photography highlights
Sony A7R V Street photography highlights
65
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
no moving screen
no image stabilization
79
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
comes with touch to focus
environment proof
above average ISO range (32,000)
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Sports Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Sports photography details
Sony A7R V Sports photography details
45
decent sensor resolution (18MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
doesn't have liveview
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
low battery pack (350 CIPA)
lacks phase detect auto focus
92
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count amazing (61MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
offers tracking autofocus
environment proof
better than average battery life (600 CIPA)
comes with phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom as a Travel photography camera
Sony A7R V as a Travel photography camera
54
decent sensor resolution (18 megapixels)
no Time Lapse function
low battery pack (350 shots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
80
better than average battery life (600 shots)
environment proof
has bluetooth
comes with touch to focus
megapixel count amazing (61 megapixels)
selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Landscape photography features
Sony A7R V Landscape photography features
58
focusing manually
swap lenses (Leica M mount)
decent sensor resolution (18MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
screen is somewhat small (2.5")
doesn't have liveview
no image stabilization
low battery pack (350 per charge)
no Time Lapse function
89
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3.20 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count amazing (61MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
no low pass filter
above average ISO range (32,000)
delivers RAW files
environment proof
better than average battery life (600 CIPA)
two card slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Vlogging info
Sony A7R V Vlogging info
9
can't shoot video
80
selfie friendly display
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detection autofocus
video resolution high (7680 x 4320 resolution)
does have external microphone socket
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Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony A7R V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica M-Monochrom and Sony A7R V
 Leica M-MonochromSony Alpha A7R V
General Information
Brand Leica Sony
Model Leica M-Monochrom Sony Alpha A7R V
Category Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Revealed 2012-05-10 2022-10-26
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor measurements 36 x 24mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixels 61 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5212 x 3472 9504 x 6336
Highest native ISO 10000 32000
Highest enhanced ISO - 102800
Min native ISO 160 100
RAW photos
Min enhanced ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 693
Lens
Lens mount Leica M Sony E
Amount of lenses 59 187
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully articulated
Display sizing 2.5 inch 3.20 inch
Display resolution 230k dots 2,360k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech TFT color LCD with a sapphire glass LCD cover -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (rangefinder) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 9,440k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.68x 0.9x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 32s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/8000s
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync.
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/180s 1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions - 7680x4320 ( 25p, 23.98)
Highest video resolution None 7680x4320
Video file format - MPEG-4, XAVC S, XAVC HS, XAVC S-I, H.264, H.265
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 600g (1.32 lbs) 723g (1.59 lbs)
Dimensions 139 x 80 x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") 131 x 97 x 82mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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
Other
Battery life 350 photos 600 photos
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC card Dual SD/CFexpress Type A slots
Card slots 1 Dual
Retail pricing $7,950 $3,900