Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Leica D-Lux 7 belongs to a Large Sensor Compact category, the other model, Leica D-Lux 7 is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera. Leica D-Lux 7 is equipped with a 17.0 MP CMOS sensor, while Olympus PEN E-PL9 comes with a 16.0 MP CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - Compact and MirrorLess. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Leica D-Lux 7 and Olympus PEN E-PL9 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Leica D-Lux 7 Key Features:
Olympus PEN E-PL9 Key Features:
|Sensor Resolution||17.0 MP vs 16.0 MP||5.9% more pixels|
|Continuous Shooting||11 fps vs 8.6 fps||2.4 fps faster|
|Screen Resolution||1,240k dots vs 1,040k dots||16.1% higher resolution screen|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.7 vs No||0.7 better magnification|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||7.6 vs No||7.6 better flash range|
|Number Of Focus Points||121 vs 49||72 more focus points|
|Battery Life||350 shots vs 340 shots||10 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||380 g vs 403 g||23 g lighter|
|Touch Screen||Yes | Yes||Easy control of camera functions|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,240k dots | 1,040k dots||High resolution screen|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Continuous Shooting||11.0 fps | 8.6 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Sensor Resolution||17.0 MP | 16.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Leica D-Lux 7 and Olympus PEN E-PL9 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Olympus PEN E-PL9 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 23g less than the Leica D-Lux 7. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Leica D-Lux 7 and Olympus PEN E-PL9 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Leica D-Lux 7 features a 17.0 MP Four Thirds sized CMOS sensor . Olympus PEN E-PL9, in its turn, comes with a 16.0 MP Four Thirds sized CMOS sensor and TruePic VIII processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Leica D-Lux 7 and Olympus PEN E-PL9 by the size of their sensors.
Leica D-Lux 7 and Olympus PEN E-PL9 are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Leica D-Lux 7 and Olympus PEN E-PL9 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Leica D-Lux 7||Olympus PEN E-PL9|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Leica D-Lux 7 or Olympus PEN E-PL9, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Leica D-Lux 7 and Olympus PEN E-PL9 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Leica D-Lux 7 deserves a higher Total Score than the Olympus PEN E-PL9. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Leica D-Lux 7||Olympus PEN E-PL9|
|Model||D-Lux 7||PEN E-PL9|
|Announced||Nov 20, 2018||Feb 08, 2018|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds||Four Thirds|
|Sensor Dimensions||17.3 x 13 mm||17.3 x 13 mm|
|Sensor Area||224.90 mm2||224.90 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||17.0 MP||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4736 x 3552||4608 x 3456|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||25,600|
|Min Native ISO||200||200|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Micro Four Thirds|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||94|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||2x|
|Macro Focus Range||3|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||49||121|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||1,240k dots||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,760k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||1800 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||11.0 fps||8.6 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||no built-in flash||Auto, manual, redeye reduction, slow sync w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync 2nd-curtain, fill-in|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB DP-DC15 lithium-ion battery & USB charger||USB 2.0|
|Weight||403 g||380 g|
|Physical Dimensions||118 x 66 x 64 mm||117 x 68 x 39 mm|
|Battery Life||340 shots||350 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)||SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)|