Leica TL2 vs Panasonic GH3

Leica TL2 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 front

Leica TL2 vs Panasonic GH3 Key Specs

Leica TL2
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 50000
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 399g - 134 x 69 x 33mm
  • Introduced July 2017
  • Earlier Model is Leica TL
Panasonic GH3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 550g - 133 x 93 x 82mm
  • Released September 2012
  • Superseded the Panasonic GH2
  • Updated by Panasonic GH4
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Leica TL2 vs Panasonic GH3 Overview

Lets look more closely at the Leica TL2 and Panasonic GH3, both Advanced Mirrorless cameras by competitors Leica and Panasonic. There exists a sizable gap among the sensor resolutions of the TL2 (24MP) and GH3 (16MP) and the TL2 (APS-C) and GH3 (Four Thirds) offer different sensor dimensions.

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The TL2 was announced 4 years after the GH3 which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Leica TL2 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic GH3 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving right into a more detailed comparison, here is a brief synopsis of how the TL2 grades versus the GH3 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Leica TL2 over the Panasonic GH3

 TL2 GH3 
ReleasedJuly 2017September 2012More modern by 59 months
Display dimensions3.7"3"Larger display (+0.7")
Display resolution1230k614kSharper display (+616k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH3 over the Leica TL2

 GH3 TL2 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Leica TL2 and Panasonic GH3

 TL2 GH3 
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Leica TL2 vs Panasonic GH3 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry around your camera frequently, you're going to have to factor in its weight and volume. The Leica TL2 features external dimensions of 134mm x 69mm x 33mm (5.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") with a weight of 399 grams (0.88 lbs) and the Panasonic GH3 has sizing of 133mm x 93mm x 82mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.2") accompanied by a weight of 550 grams (1.21 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you have at that moment. Following is a front view overall size comparison of the TL2 compared to the GH3.

Leica TL2 vs Panasonic GH3 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the TL2 and GH3 is 85 and 66 respectively.

Leica TL2 vs Panasonic GH3 top view buttons comparison

Leica TL2 vs Panasonic GH3 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very hard to visualize the contrast in sensor sizes only by viewing specs. The picture here may offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the TL2 and GH3.

As you can plainly see, both cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The TL2 using its larger sensor is going to make getting bokeh easier and the Leica TL2 will provide you with extra detail with its extra 8MP. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop images more aggressively. The younger TL2 provides an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Leica TL2 vs Panasonic GH3 sensor size comparison

Leica TL2 vs Panasonic GH3 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica TL2 vs Panasonic GH3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Leica TL2
Portrait photography with Panasonic GH3
you can focus manually
good resolution (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
features face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Leica TL2
Street photography with Panasonic GH3
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
boasts touch to focus
great ISO range (50,000)
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
fully articulated screen
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
features focus via touch
weather sealing
lack of image stabilization
heavier than others in class (550 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Leica TL2
Sports photography with Panasonic GH3
quiet shutter (1/40,000s)
good resolution (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
no image stabilization
terrible battery (250 shots)
no phase detect autofocus
high frames per second (20.0 fps)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
weather sealing
great battery power (540 per charge)
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Leica TL2 Travel photography info
Panasonic GH3 Travel photography info
boasts touch to focus
good resolution (24MP)
missing Timelapse recording
terrible battery (250 per charge)
display is not selfie friendly
great battery power (540 shots)
weather sealing
features focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
heavier than others in class (550g)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica TL2 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic GH3 Landscape photography advice
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Leica L mount)
big screen (3.7 inches)
good resolution (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
great ISO range (50,000)
saves RAW formats
no image stabilization
terrible battery (250 CIPA)
missing Timelapse recording
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
great battery power (540 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica TL2 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic GH3 as a Vlogging camera
features face detection autofocus
great video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
missing external microphone support
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen enabled
offers face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with external mic support
lack of image stabilization
heavier than others in class (550g)
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Leica TL2 vs Panasonic GH3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica TL2 and Panasonic GH3
 Leica TL2Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
General Information
Make Leica Panasonic
Model type Leica TL2 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
Category Advanced Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Introduced 2017-07-10 2012-09-17
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine VII FHD
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 23.6 x 15.7mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 370.5mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 6016 x 4014 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 50000 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 200
RAW pictures
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 49 23
Lens mount type Leica L Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses 4 107
Crop factor 1.5 2.1
Type of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 3.7 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 1,230 thousand dots 614 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen technology - OLED Monitor with static touch control
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,744 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.67x
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Highest silent shutter speed 1/40000 seconds -
Continuous shooting rate 7.0fps 20.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 12.00 m
Flash options no built-in flash Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/160 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 24 fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 399 gr (0.88 lb) 550 gr (1.21 lb)
Physical dimensions 134 x 69 x 33mm (5.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") 133 x 93 x 82mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 71
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.7
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.4
DXO Low light rating not tested 812
Battery life 250 photographs 540 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BP-DC13 -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Internal + SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Launch price $2,195 $799