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!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models introduced by the same brand - Leica. Although both products are offered by the same brand, they come from different categories. Thus, Leica, is a camera from Large Sensor Compact category, while SL is a Pro Mirrorless camera. The first common feature of Leica Q and Leica SL that is worth mentioning is sensor. Both cameras feature 24.0 MP CMOS sensors.
Without a doubt, these two categories have a few considerable distinctive features. However, it is worth saying that cameras from Compact category create serious competition to models that fall into MirrorLess category. Such an intense competition between these two categories is explained by the significant advantages of cameras from the first category in terms of size and weight. In addition, thanks to the latest enhancement, this type of cameras come with increased focus speeds. This fact makes our comparison overview even more exciting.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Leica Q and Leica SL.
Leica Q Key Features:
Leica SL Key Features:
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 vs 1/8000||Faster shutter speed|
|Weight||640 g vs 847 g||207 g lighter|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||2221 vs 1821||Better High ISO performance|
|Gps||Built-in vs No||Has GPS|
|Storage Slots||2 vs 1||Extra storage slot|
|Continuous Shooting||11 fps vs 10 fps||1 fps faster|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Headphone Port||Yes vs No||Has headphone port|
|Dxo Color Depth||25 vs 24.3||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||13.4 vs 12.7||Better dynamic range|
|Viewfinder Resolution||4,400k dots vs 3,680k dots||16.4% higher resolution|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.8 vs No||0.8 better magnification|
|Touch Screen||Yes | Yes||Easy control of camera functions|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots | 1,040k dots||High resolution screen|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP | 24.0 MP||Bigger prints and more details|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps | 11.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Built-In Flash||No | No||No built-in flash|
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 Q and Leica SL 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, Leica Q is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 207g less than the Leica SL. 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 Q and Leica SL any different in terms of sensor type?
In terms of sensor type and resolution, these models are identical. Both Leica Q and Leica SL come equipped with the same CMOS that has a resolution of 24.0 MP. Thus, if you are wondering, which option to choose, this is not a factor you should be looking at.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Leica Q and Leica SL by the size of their sensors.
Leica Q and Leica SL 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 Q and Leica SL 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 Q||Leica SL|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
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 Q or Leica SL, 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 Q and Leica SL here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Leica SL deserves a higher Total Score than the Leica Q. 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 Q||Leica SL|
|Announced||Jun 10, 2015||Oct 21, 2015|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||Full frame||Full frame|
|Sensor Dimensions||36 x 24 mm||36 x 24 mm|
|Sensor Area||864.00 mm2||864.00 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||6000 x 4000||6000 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||50,000||50,000|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||50|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Leica T|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||3|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||1x|
|Macro Focus Range||17|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||49|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||3,680k dots||4,400k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps||11.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||no built-in flash||no built-in flash|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||85||88|
|DxO Color Depth||24.3||25.0|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.7||13.4|
|DxO Low Light ISO||2221||1821|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)||4096 x 2160 (24p), 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (120p, 60p, 30p, 24p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||4096 x 2160|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 3.0|
|Weight||640 g||847 g|
|Physical Dimensions||130 x 80 x 93 mm||147 x 104 x 39 mm|
|Battery Life||n/a||400 shots|
|Battery Type||n/a||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported on slot 1)|