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Leica M11 vs Sony A7 IV

Portability
76
Imaging
85
Features
56
Overall
73
Leica M11 front
 
Sony Alpha A7 IV front
Portability
61
Imaging
83
Features
92
Overall
86

Leica M11 vs Sony A7 IV Key Specs

Leica M11
(Full Review)
  • 60MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 64 - 50000
  • No Video
  • Leica M Mount
  • 640g - 139 x 80 x 39mm
  • Revealed January 2022
  • Replaced the Leica M10
Sony A7 IV
(Full Review)
  • 33MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Boost to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 699g - 129 x 97 x 81mm
  • Revealed October 2021
  • Succeeded the Sony A7 III
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Leica M11 vs Sony A7 IV Overview

Below, we will be looking at the Leica M11 versus Sony A7 IV, both Pro Mirrorless cameras by rivals Leica and Sony. There is a large difference among the image resolutions of the M11 (60MP) and A7 IV (33MP) but they possess the exact same sensor sizing (Full frame).

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The M11 was introduced 3 months later than the A7 IV so they are both of a similar age. Both cameras come with different body type with the Leica M11 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony A7 IV being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go through a comprehensive comparison, below is a short view of how the M11 scores vs the A7 IV in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Leica M11 over the Sony A7 IV

 M11 A7 IV 
Screen resolution2333k1440kClearer screen (+893k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony A7 IV over the Leica M11

 A7 IV M11 
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Leica M11 and Sony A7 IV

 M11 A7 IV 
RevealedJanuary 2022October 2021Same age
Manually focus Dial precise focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFully articulatedFully Articulated screen
Screen dimension3.00"3"Identical screen measurement
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Leica M11 vs Sony A7 IV Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry your camera often, you will have to factor in its weight and size. The Leica M11 provides outer dimensions of 139mm x 80mm x 39mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 640 grams (1.41 lbs) and the Sony A7 IV has specifications of 129mm x 97mm x 81mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.2") having a weight of 699 grams (1.54 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have attached at that moment. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the M11 compared to the A7 IV.

Leica M11 vs Sony A7 IV size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the M11 and A7 IV is 76 and 61 respectively.

Leica M11 vs Sony A7 IV top view buttons comparison

Leica M11 vs Sony A7 IV Sensor Comparison

Generally, it's tough to picture the gap in sensor sizing just by researching specs. The visual underneath will offer you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the M11 and A7 IV.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different resolution. You can expect the Leica M11 to provide you with extra detail using its extra 27 Megapixels. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop pictures much more aggressively.

Leica M11 vs Sony A7 IV sensor size comparison

Leica M11 vs Sony A7 IV Screen and ViewFinder

Leica M11 vs Sony A7 IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Leica M11
Portrait photography with Sony A7 IV
91
has manual focus
high sensor resolution (60MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
83
manual focus
resolution is great (33 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
has face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
doesn't have liveview
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Street Comparison

Leica M11 Street photography details
Sony A7 IV Street photography details
80
screen articulates fully
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
environment proofing
great high ISO (50,000)
no image stabilization
79
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports RAW files
features focus via touch
environment sealing
above average high ISO (51,200)
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Sports Comparison

Leica M11 Sports photography info
Sony A7 IV Sports photography info
70
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
high sensor resolution (60 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
environment proofing
better than average battery pack (700 shots)
low fps (4.5 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
lack of phase detect autofocus
85
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is great (33 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
has tracking focus
environment sealing
better than average battery pack (600 CIPA)
supports phase detect autofocus
doesn't have liveview
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Leica M11
Travel photography with Sony A7 IV
71
better than average battery pack (700 per charge)
environment proofing
high sensor resolution (60MP)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
does not have a selfie friendly screen
81
better than average battery pack (600 CIPA)
environment sealing
connects via bluetooth
features focus via touch
resolution is great (33MP)
selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Leica M11
Landscape photography with Sony A7 IV
82
has manual focus
change lenses (Leica M mount)
screen is a decent size (3.00")
high sensor resolution (60MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
great high ISO (50,000)
supports RAW formats
environment proofing
better than average battery pack (700 per charge)
no image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse recording
85
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is great (33 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
above average high ISO (51,200)
supports RAW files
environment sealing
better than average battery pack (600 per charge)
two card slots
doesn't have liveview
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica M11 Vlogging details
Sony A7 IV Vlogging details
9
no video recording
81
selfie friendly screen
screen is touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detect autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
comes with microphone socket
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Leica M11 vs Sony A7 IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica M11 and Sony A7 IV
 Leica M11Sony Alpha A7 IV
General Information
Brand Leica Sony
Model Leica M11 Sony Alpha A7 IV
Type Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Revealed 2022-01-13 2021-10-21
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor measurements 36 x 24mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 864.0mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 60 megapixels 33 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 9528 x 6328 7008 x 4672
Highest native ISO 50000 51200
Highest enhanced ISO - 204800
Minimum native ISO 64 100
RAW data
Minimum enhanced ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points - 759
Lens
Lens mount Leica M Sony E
Total lenses 62 172
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fully articulated
Display size 3.00" 3"
Resolution of display 2,333 thousand dots 1,440 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (rangefinder) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 3,690 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.73x 0.78x
Features
Min shutter speed 3600 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/8000 secs
Max quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shutter rate 4.5 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash modes no built-in flash no built-in flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/200 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 3843840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 140 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 140 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 600 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 500 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 300 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 250 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 240 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p / 280 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 100p / 280 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p /
Highest video resolution None 3840x2160
Video file format - MPEG-4, XAVC S, XAVC HS, XAVC S-I, H.264, H.265
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes Yes (USB PD supported)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 640 grams (1.41 pounds) 699 grams (1.54 pounds)
Dimensions 139 x 80 x 39mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") 129 x 97 x 81mm (5.1" 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 700 photographs 600 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BC-SCL7 NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 12s) Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Time lapse feature
Storage type UHS II type SD Dual SD/CFexpress Type A slots
Card slots One Dual
Cost at release $8,995 $2,500