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Leica M Typ 240 vs Olympus E-PL5

Portability
74
Imaging
70
Features
47
Overall
60
Leica M Typ 240 front
 
Olympus PEN E-PL5 front
Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
72
Overall
60

Leica M Typ 240 vs Olympus E-PL5 Key Specs

Leica M Typ 240
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Leica M Mount
  • 680g - 139 x 80 x 42mm
  • Launched September 2012
Olympus E-PL5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 325g - 111 x 64 x 38mm
  • Announced September 2012
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Leica M Typ 240 vs Olympus E-PL5 Overview

Following is a detailed assessment of the Leica M Typ 240 vs Olympus E-PL5, former is a Pro Mirrorless while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by brands Leica and Olympus. There exists a sizable gap between the sensor resolutions of the M Typ 240 (24MP) and E-PL5 (16MP) and the M Typ 240 (Full frame) and E-PL5 (Four Thirds) posses different sensor sizing.

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The M Typ 240 was introduced at a similar time to the E-PL5 so they are of a similar age. Both of the cameras have the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before we go into a in depth comparison, here is a brief synopsis of how the M Typ 240 grades versus the E-PL5 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Leica M Typ 240 over the Olympus E-PL5

 M Typ 240 E-PL5 
Display resolution920k460kSharper display (+460k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL5 over the Leica M Typ 240

 E-PL5 M Typ 240 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Leica M Typ 240 and Olympus E-PL5

 M Typ 240 E-PL5 
AnnouncedSeptember 2012September 2012Similar age
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement

Leica M Typ 240 vs Olympus E-PL5 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry around your camera often, you will want to take into account its weight and size. The Leica M Typ 240 has physical measurements of 139mm x 80mm x 42mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.7") having a weight of 680 grams (1.50 lbs) while the Olympus E-PL5 has specifications of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") and a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have chosen at that time. Here is a front view sizing comparison of the M Typ 240 versus the E-PL5.

Leica M Typ 240 vs Olympus E-PL5 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the M Typ 240 and E-PL5 is 74 and 88 respectively.

Leica M Typ 240 vs Olympus E-PL5 top view buttons comparison

Leica M Typ 240 vs Olympus E-PL5 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very difficult to visualize the gap between sensor sizes merely by going over technical specs. The image below may give you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the M Typ 240 and E-PL5.

As you can tell, both cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The M Typ 240 with its larger sensor is going to make shooting shallower DOF less difficult and the Leica M Typ 240 will offer you extra detail using its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop pics more aggressively.

Leica M Typ 240 vs Olympus E-PL5 sensor size comparison

Leica M Typ 240 vs Olympus E-PL5 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica M Typ 240 vs Olympus E-PL5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica M Typ 240 Portrait photography features
Olympus E-PL5 Portrait photography features
82
you can focus manually
decent MP (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
71
manual focus
good MP (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
offers face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Leica M Typ 240 Street photography information
Olympus E-PL5 Street photography information
68
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
no moving screen
no image stabilization
85
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
includes touch focus
good high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Leica M Typ 240 Sports photography details
Olympus E-PL5 Sports photography details
56
decent MP (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
weather sealing
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
does not have phase detect AF
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Leica M Typ 240
Travel photography with Olympus E-PL5
63
weather sealing
decent MP (24MP)
lack of Time Lapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
75
includes touch focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
display is selfie friendly
no Time Lapse recording
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Landscape Comparison

Leica M Typ 240 Landscape photography details
Olympus E-PL5 Landscape photography details
74
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Leica M mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
decent MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
no image stabilization
lack of Time Lapse recording
74
manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica M Typ 240 Vlogging information
Olympus E-PL5 Vlogging information
26
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
lack of external mic port
78
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
no external mic jack
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Leica M Typ 240 vs Olympus E-PL5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica M Typ 240 and Olympus E-PL5
 Leica M Typ 240Olympus PEN E-PL5
General Information
Brand Leica Olympus
Model Leica M Typ 240 Olympus PEN E-PL5
Category Pro Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2012-09-17 2012-09-17
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 4:3
Maximum resolution 5952 x 3976 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 25600
Lowest native ISO 100 200
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 35
Lens
Lens mount Leica M Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses 59 107
Crop factor 1 2.1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3" 3"
Resolution of display 920 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology TFT color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (rangefinder) Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder coverage 1% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.68x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames/s 8.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1)
Flash modes Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/180s 1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 24 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 680 gr (1.50 lbs) 325 gr (0.72 lbs)
Physical dimensions 139 x 80 x 42mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.7") 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 84 72
DXO Color Depth score 24.0 22.8
DXO Dynamic range score 13.3 12.3
DXO Low light score 1860 889
Other
Battery life 500 photos 360 photos
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - BLS-5
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Price at launch $5,479 $400