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Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony ZV-E1

Portability
78
Imaging
65
Features
23
Overall
48
Leica M-Monochrom front
 
Sony ZV-E1 front
Portability
80
Imaging
67
Features
89
Overall
75

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony ZV-E1 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
  • Launched May 2012
Sony ZV-E1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 80 - 102400 (Raise to 409600)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 1920 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 483g - 121 x 72 x 54mm
  • Introduced March 2023
Photography Glossary

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony ZV-E1 Overview

Lets look a bit more in depth at the Leica M-Monochrom versus Sony ZV-E1, both Pro Mirrorless cameras by competitors Leica and Sony. There exists a sizeable gap among the resolutions of the M-Monochrom (18MP) and ZV-E1 (12MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor measurements (Full frame).

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The M-Monochrom was brought out 12 years before the ZV-E1 which is a fairly large gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going into a complete comparison, here is a simple overview of how the M-Monochrom scores versus the ZV-E1 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Leica M-Monochrom over the Sony ZV-E1

 M-Monochrom ZV-E1 

Reasons to pick Sony ZV-E1 over the Leica M-Monochrom

 ZV-E1 M-Monochrom 
IntroducedMarch 2023May 2012Newer by 132 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimensions3.00"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution1037k230kSharper screen (+807k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Leica M-Monochrom and Sony ZV-E1

 M-Monochrom ZV-E1 
Manual focus More precise focusing

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony ZV-E1 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to travel with your camera, you're going to have to consider its weight and size. The Leica M-Monochrom features outer dimensions of 139mm x 80mm x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs) while the Sony ZV-E1 has specifications of 121mm x 72mm x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1") and a weight of 483 grams (1.06 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are utilising during that time. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the M-Monochrom compared to the ZV-E1.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony ZV-E1 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the M-Monochrom and ZV-E1 is 78 and 80 respectively.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony ZV-E1 top view buttons comparison

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony ZV-E1 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be hard to visualize the contrast in sensor dimensions only by seeing specs. The image underneath may give you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the M-Monochrom and ZV-E1.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit different megapixels. You should count on the Leica M-Monochrom to produce more detail having its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also let you crop pictures more aggressively. The more aged M-Monochrom will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony ZV-E1 sensor size comparison

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony ZV-E1 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony ZV-E1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Portrait photography highlights
Sony ZV-E1 Portrait photography highlights
71
has manual focus
megapixel count good (18MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
does not have liveview
72
manual focus
sensor size is big (Full frame)
provides face detect focusing
exports RAW files
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom as a Street photography camera
Sony ZV-E1 as a Street photography camera
65
sensor size is large (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
84
screen articulates
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
exports RAW files
offers focus by touch
environment proofing
lighter than others (483 grams)
good high ISO (102,400)
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Sports Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Sports photography highlights
Sony ZV-E1 Sports photography highlights
45
megapixel count good (18MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
does not have liveview
max frames per second low (2.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
bad battery life (350 per charge)
has no phase detect autofocus
72
quiet shooting (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
provides tracking focus
environment proofing
good battery power (570 CIPA)
sensor has phase detect AF
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/s)
low megapixels (12MP)
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Travel Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Travel photography details
Sony ZV-E1 Travel photography details
54
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
does not have Timelapse function
bad battery life (350 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
79
good battery power (570 CIPA)
lighter than others (483g)
environment proofing
connects via bluetooth
offers focus by touch
screen is selfie friendly
low megapixels (12MP)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Landscape photography advice
Sony ZV-E1 Landscape photography advice
58
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Leica M mount)
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
screen is small (2.5 inch)
does not have liveview
does not have image stabilization
bad battery life (350 per charge)
does not have Timelapse function
79
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
good sized screen (3.00 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
good high ISO (102,400)
exports RAW files
environment proofing
good battery power (570 CIPA)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Vlogging features
Sony ZV-E1 Vlogging features
9
no video
85
screen is selfie friendly
touch screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detect focusing
high quality video (3840 x 1920 pixels)
includes mic jack
lighter than others (483 grams)
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Leica M-Monochrom vs Sony ZV-E1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica M-Monochrom and Sony ZV-E1
 Leica M-MonochromSony ZV-E1
General Information
Brand Name Leica Sony
Model Leica M-Monochrom Sony ZV-E1
Category Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Launched 2012-05-10 2023-03-29
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 18MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 5212 x 3472 4240 x 2832
Max native ISO 10000 102400
Max boosted ISO - 409600
Minimum native ISO 160 80
RAW images
Minimum boosted ISO - 40
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 759
Lens
Lens mounting type Leica M Sony E
Total lenses 59 195
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display size 2.5 inch 3.00 inch
Display resolution 230k dot 1,037k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology TFT color LCD with a sapphire glass LCD cover -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (rangefinder) None
Viewfinder magnification 0.68x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 32s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s -
Highest quiet shutter speed - 1/8000s
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 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
Highest flash sync 1/180s -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 3840 x 2160 @ 120p / 280 3840 x 2160 @ 100p / 280 Mbps, XA3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution None 3840x1920
Video file format - MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 600 gr (1.32 lb) 483 gr (1.06 lb)
Physical dimensions 139 x 80 x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") 121 x 72 x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1")
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
Other
Battery life 350 photographs 570 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Storage media SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots One One
Retail price $7,950 $2,198