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Leica M Typ 262 vs Olympus E-PL9

Portability
77
Imaging
72
Features
35
Overall
57
Leica M Typ 262 front
 
Olympus PEN E-PL9 front
Portability
85
Imaging
56
Features
78
Overall
64

Leica M Typ 262 vs Olympus E-PL9 Key Specs

Leica M Typ 262
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 6400
  • Leica M Mount
  • 600g - 139 x 80 x 42mm
  • Introduced November 2015
  • Other Name is Typ 262
Olympus E-PL9
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 6400 (Bump to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 380g - 117 x 68 x 39mm
  • Launched February 2018
  • Old Model is Olympus E-PL8
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Leica M Typ 262 vs Olympus E-PL9 Overview

Let's look much closer at the Leica M Typ 262 versus Olympus E-PL9, former is a Pro Mirrorless while the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by competitors Leica and Olympus. There is a substantial difference between the sensor resolutions of the M Typ 262 (24MP) and E-PL9 (16MP) and the M Typ 262 (Full frame) and E-PL9 (Four Thirds) posses different sensor dimensions.

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The M Typ 262 was announced 3 years earlier than the E-PL9 which is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before we go into a more detailed comparison, here is a brief overview of how the M Typ 262 scores versus the E-PL9 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Leica M Typ 262 over the Olympus E-PL9

 M Typ 262 E-PL9 

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL9 over the Leica M Typ 262

 E-PL9 M Typ 262 
LaunchedFebruary 2018November 2015More modern by 27 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k921kSharper screen (+119k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Leica M Typ 262 and Olympus E-PL9

 M Typ 262 E-PL9 
Manually focus Very exact focus
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen sizing
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Leica M Typ 262 vs Olympus E-PL9 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to carry around your camera often, you need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Leica M Typ 262 has physical dimensions of 139mm x 80mm x 42mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.7") with a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs) and the Olympus E-PL9 has measurements of 117mm x 68mm x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5") along with a weight of 380 grams (0.84 lbs).

Contrast the Leica M Typ 262 versus Olympus E-PL9 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you select at that moment. Following is a front view over all size comparison of the M Typ 262 compared to the E-PL9.

Leica M Typ 262 vs Olympus E-PL9 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the M Typ 262 and E-PL9 is 77 and 85 respectively.

Leica M Typ 262 vs Olympus E-PL9 top view buttons comparison

Leica M Typ 262 vs Olympus E-PL9 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be difficult to imagine the gap between sensor sizes just by going over a spec sheet. The image below will give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the M Typ 262 and E-PL9.

Clearly, both of these cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The M Typ 262 using its bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF less difficult and the Leica M Typ 262 will deliver greater detail with its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop photographs more aggressively. The more aged M Typ 262 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Leica M Typ 262 vs Olympus E-PL9 sensor size comparison

Leica M Typ 262 vs Olympus E-PL9 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica M Typ 262 vs Olympus E-PL9 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica M Typ 262 Portrait photography information
Olympus E-PL9 Portrait photography information
75
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
exports RAW files
doesn't have liveview
73
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
has face detection focusing
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Leica M Typ 262 Street photography features
Olympus E-PL9 Street photography features
66
sensor size is big (Full frame)
exports RAW files
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
84
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
has focus via touch
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Leica M Typ 262
Sports photography with Olympus E-PL9
50
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
doesn't have liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
lacks phase detect auto focus
69
silent shutter (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
has tracking autofocus
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Leica M Typ 262 Travel photography highlights
Olympus E-PL9 Travel photography highlights
58
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
no Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
77
has bluetooth
has focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
flash built-in
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Leica M Typ 262 Landscape photography details
Olympus E-PL9 Landscape photography details
69
focusing manually
change lenses (Leica M mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
megapixel count decent (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
exports RAW files
doesn't have liveview
lack of image stabilization
no Time Lapse recording
80
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica M Typ 262 Vlogging advice
Olympus E-PL9 Vlogging advice
22
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video resolution low ( pixels)
no mic port
35
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detection focusing
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
lack of external microphone socket
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Leica M Typ 262 vs Olympus E-PL9 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica M Typ 262 and Olympus E-PL9
 Leica M Typ 262Olympus PEN E-PL9
General Information
Manufacturer Leica Olympus
Model Leica M Typ 262 Olympus PEN E-PL9
Otherwise known as Typ 262 -
Class Pro Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2015-11-19 2018-02-08
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip Maestro TruePic VIII
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 35.8 x 23.9mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 855.6mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 5952 x 3976 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Max boosted ISO - 25600
Lowest native ISO 200 200
RAW images
Lowest boosted ISO 100 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points - 121
Lens
Lens mounting type Leica M Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 59 107
Focal length multiplier 1 2.1
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 921 thousand dots 1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (rangefinder) Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder magnification 0.68x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Highest silent shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames per second 8.6 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash 7.60 m (at ISO 200)
Flash modes no built-in flash Auto, manual, redeye reduction, slow sync w/redeye reduction, slow sync , slow sync 2nd-curtain, fill-in, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution - 3840x2160
Video file format - MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 600 gr (1.32 pounds) 380 gr (0.84 pounds)
Physical dimensions 139 x 80 x 42mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.7") 117 x 68 x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5")
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 photos
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model BP-SCL2 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $5,069 $599