Leica M-E vs Sony NEX-5

Leica M-E
Sony NEX-5

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
1.9MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Leica M-E is an 18MP digital camera. That's 1.9MP higher than the Sony NEX-5 (16.1MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

88% longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
Leica M-E is 240s maximum shutter speed. That's 210s longer than the Sony NEX-5 (30s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Vastly higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Leica M-E is a 0.68x lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.68x higher than the Sony NEX-5 (unknownx). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

4% thinner Edit
The Leica M-E is a 37mm deep digital camera. That's 1.2mm thinner than the Sony NEX-5 (38.2mm).
42% bigger battery capacity Edit
Leica M-E is 1,860mAh battery. That's 780mAh bigger than the Sony NEX-5 (1,080mAh).
11 Reasons For
23,100 higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony NEX-5 has a maximum ISO speed of 25,600, but the Leica M-E is only a 2,500 maximum ISO speed digital camera (23,100 lower).
60 smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Sony NEX-5 has a minimum ISO speed of 100, whereas the Leica M-E is a 160 minimum ISO speed digital camera (60 bigger).
Built-in microphone Edit
The Sony NEX-5 has a built-in microphone, however the Leica M-E does not.
17% larger screen size Edit
The Sony NEX-5 has a screen size of 3", however the Leica M-E is only a 2.5" screen digital camera (0.5" smaller). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

691,600 pixels higher display resolution Edit
The Sony NEX-5 has a display resolution of 921,600 pixels, whereas the Leica M-E is only a 230,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (691,600 pixels lower).
PictBridge Edit
The Sony NEX-5 supports PictBridge, however the Leica M-E does not support PictBridge.
2x lighter Edit
The Sony NEX-5 is a 210g digital camera. That's 375g lighter than the Leica M-E (210g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

A lot shorter Edit
The Sony NEX-5 is a 58.8mm tall digital camera, whereas the Leica M-E is an 80mm tall digital camera (21.2mm taller).
28.2mm narrower Edit
The Sony NEX-5 has a width of 110.8mm, however the Leica M-E is a 139mm wide digital camera (28.2mm wider).
£2,538 cheaper
The Sony NEX-5 costs £574.80, whereas the Leica M-E is £3,113.05.
Available from 2 shops
The more retailers stock this digital camera, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.

Reasons Against

11 Reasons Against
Ten times lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Leica M-E is a 2,500 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 23,100 lower than the Sony NEX-5 (25,600).
Bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Leica M-E is a 160 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 60 bigger than the Sony NEX-5 (100).
Does not have a built-in microphone Edit
The Leica M-E does not have a built-in microphone, however the Sony NEX-5 does.
0.5" smaller screen size Edit
The Leica M-E is a 2.5" screen digital camera. That's 0.5" smaller than the Sony NEX-5 (3"). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Lower display resolution Edit
The Leica M-E is a 230,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 691,600 pixels lower than the Sony NEX-5 (921,600 pixels).
Does not support PictBridge Edit
The Leica M-E does not support PictBridge, however the Sony NEX-5 supports PictBridge.
375g heavier Edit
The Leica M-E has a weight of 585g, but the Sony NEX-5 is a 210g digital camera (375g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

27% taller Edit
Leica M-E is 80mm tall. That's 21.2mm taller than the Sony NEX-5 (58.8mm).
28.2mm wider Edit
The Leica M-E is a 139mm wide digital camera. That's 28.2mm wider than the Sony NEX-5 (110.8mm).
More expensive by £2,538
The Leica M-E is £2,538.25 more expensive than the Sony NEX-5.
Less retailers
The Leica M-E is only stocked by 2 retailers, whereas the Sony NEX-5 is stocked by 4 stores. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
5 Reasons Against
12% lower megapixel count Edit
The Sony NEX-5 has a megapixel count of 16.1MP, however the Leica M-E is an 18MP digital camera (1.9MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

210s shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony NEX-5 is a 30s maximum shutter speed digital camera, whereas the Leica M-E is a 240s maximum shutter speed digital camera (210s longer). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Slightly thicker Edit
The Sony NEX-5 has a depth of 38.2mm, however the Leica M-E is a 37mm deep digital camera (1.2mm thinner).
Significantly smaller battery capacity Edit
The Sony NEX-5 is a 1,080mAh battery digital camera, whereas the Leica M-E is a 1,860mAh battery digital camera (780mAh bigger).
Over one year older
The Sony NEX-5 is older than the Leica M-E by 19 months.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel Count
18MP
BEST
16.1MP
Sensor Type
 CCD
BEST
 CCD
Still Image Resolution
 2592 x 1728
 1728 x 1152
 12416 x 1856
 8192 x 1856
 5536 x 2160
 3568 x 2368
 3872 x 2160
 2448 x 1624
 2592 x 1728
 1728 x 1152
 12416 x 1856
 8192 x 1856
 5536 x 2160
 3568 x 2368
 3872 x 2160
 2448 x 1624
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5212 x 3472
BEST
 5212 x 3472
Image Format
 JPG
 DNG
BEST
 JPG
 DNG
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 16.7MP
Sensor Format
 Full-frame
 Full-frame
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
BEST
 3:2

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Body Material
 Leather
 Magnesium
 Leatherette
 Leather
 Magnesium
 Leatherette

Lens System

Maximum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 5.6
Minimum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5
Focal Length Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 18 - 55
Lens Mount Interface
 Leica M
 Sony E
 Leica M
 Sony E
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 multi point
 flexible spot
 centre weighted
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 multi point
 flexible spot
 centre weighted
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
BEST
Auto Focus Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus lock
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5 - 3.0
Auto Focus Point
Unknown - Click to provide data 25
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Auto
Focus
 Manual
 Manual

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Auto
 Manual
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
ISO Speed
 Auto
 50
 160
 250
 500
 2500
 25
 64
 80
 100
 125
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 25600
 16000
 8000
 Auto
 50
 160
 250
 500
 2500
 25
 64
 80
 100
 125
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 25600
 16000
 8000
Maximum ISO Speed
2,500 25,600
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
160 100
BEST
Auto Exposure Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
240s
BEST
30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Pre-flash
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Pre-flash
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Flash off
Flash Sync-Speed
1s 1s
External Flash Connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 External flash connector
Flash Recharging Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 4s
Pre-Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Pre-flash
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
JPEG Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 10fps
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
BEST
Video Resolution
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
Video Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
BEST
Audio Format
 AC3
 AAC++
 AC3
 AAC++
BEST

Memory

Memory Card
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
BEST
Memory Slot
1 1

Display

Screen Size
2.5" 3"
BEST
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touch sensitive screen
Display Resolution
230,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.68x Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
BEST
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
Unknown - Click to provide data

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Incandescent
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Incandescent
 Custom modes
Shooting Mode
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,12 2,10
Multi-Shot Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Multi-shot mode
Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Adjustment Mode
 Brightness
 Brightness
Image Editing Mode
 Rotating
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
BEST
Live View
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Live view
Tripod Mount
 Tripod mount
 Tripod mount
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Single image
 Movie
 Single image
Saturation Adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Start-Up Time
1,000ms Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment
-0.5 - 0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Self-portrait
 Landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Self-portrait
On Screen Display Language
 RUS
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 ESP
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 NOR
 FIN
 POL
 POR
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 RUS
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 ESP
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 NOR
 FIN
 POL
 POR
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
585g 210g
BEST
Height
80mm 58.8mm
BEST
Depth
37mm
BEST
38.2mm
Width
139mm 110.8mm
BEST

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Size
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FW50
Battery Capacity
1,860mAh
BEST
1,080mAh
Shot Per Battery Charge
Unknown - Click to provide data 410 shots
Battery Voltage
3.7V Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Adobe Lightroom Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB 2.0 port
HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI port
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/4000 - 30
Digital SLR
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Digital SLR
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