Leica M-P (Typ 240) vs Pentax K-500

Leica M-P (Typ 240)
Pentax K-500

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
7.72MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Leica M-P (Typ 240) has a megapixel count of 24MP, but the Pentax K-500 is only a 16.28MP digital camera (7.72MP lower). 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.

A lot longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Leica M-P (Typ 240) has a maximum camera shutter speed of 60s, however the Pentax K-500 is only a 30s maximum shutter speed digital camera (30s shorter). Read more

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

Vari-angle LCD display Edit
The Leica M-P (Typ 240) has a vari-angle LCD display, but the Pentax K-500 does not.
Available from 1 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
7 Reasons For
44,800 higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a maximum ISO speed of 51,200, however the Leica M-P (Typ 240) is only a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera (44,800 lower).
Smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a minimum ISO speed of 100, but the Leica M-P (Typ 240) is a 200 minimum ISO speed digital camera (100 bigger).
35fps higher JPEG frame rate Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a JPEG frame rate of 60fps, but the Leica M-P (Typ 240) is only a 25fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (35fps lower).
1,000 pixels higher display resolution Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a display resolution of 921,000 pixels, but the Leica M-P (Typ 240) is only a 920,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (1,000 pixels lower).
A lot higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.92x, however the Leica M-P (Typ 240) is only a 0.68x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.24x lower). 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.

Lighter Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 590g digital camera. That's 90g lighter than the Leica M-P (Typ 240) (590g). 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.

£4,565 cheaper
The Pentax K-500 costs £4,565.01 less than the Leica M-P (Typ 240).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Leica M-P (Typ 240) has a maximum ISO speed of 6,400, whereas the Pentax K-500 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (44,800 higher).
100 bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Leica M-P (Typ 240) has a minimum ISO speed of 200, however the Pentax K-500 is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera (100 smaller).
Vastly lower JPEG frame rate Edit
The Leica M-P (Typ 240) has a JPEG frame rate of 25fps, however the Pentax K-500 is a 60fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (35fps higher).
1,000 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Leica M-P (Typ 240) has a display resolution of 920,000 pixels, however the Pentax K-500 is a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (1,000 pixels higher).
A lot lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Leica M-P (Typ 240) has a lens magnification ratio of 0.68x, whereas the Pentax K-500 is a 0.92x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.24x higher). 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.

14% heavier Edit
The Leica M-P (Typ 240) is a 680g digital camera. That's 90g heavier than the Pentax K-500 (590g). 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.

£4,565 more expensive
The Leica M-P (Typ 240) is more expensive than the Pentax K-500 by £4,565.01.
Four months older
The Leica M-P (Typ 240) is older than the Pentax K-500 by four months.
4 Reasons Against
7.72MP lower megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a megapixel count of 16.28MP, whereas the Leica M-P (Typ 240) is a 24MP digital camera (7.72MP 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.

Shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
Pentax K-500 is only 30s maximum shutter speed, but the Leica M-P (Typ 240) is a 60s maximum shutter speed digital camera (30s longer). Read more

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

Does not have a vari-angle LCD display Edit
The Pentax K-500 does not have a vari-angle LCD display, however the Leica M-P (Typ 240) has a vari-angle LCD display.
Less retailers
Only 2 retailers sells the Pentax K-500, whereas 3 retailers sell the Leica M-P (Typ 240). Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel Count
24MP
BEST
16.28MP
Image Stabiliser
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 2976 x 1984
BEST
 2976 x 1984
Maximum Image Resolution
 5952 x 3976
BEST
 5952 x 3976
Image Format
 DNG
 JPS
 RAW
 JPG
 DNG
 JPS
 RAW
 JPG
BEST
Full-Frame Sensor Size
23.9 x 35.8 23.7 x 15.7
Total Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 16.49MP
Image Stabilizer
 Body
 Body
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Body Material
 Leather
 Magnesium
 Leatherette
 Leather
 Magnesium
 Leatherette

Lens System

Focal Length Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 18 - 200
Lens Mount Interface
 Leica M
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Leica M
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 selective
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 selective
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
BEST
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus assist beam
Auto Focus Point
Unknown - Click to provide data 11
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus
 Manual
 Auto
 Auto/Manual
 Manual
 Auto
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
ISO Speed
 Auto
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 2500
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 51200
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
 Auto
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 2500
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 51200
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
BEST
Maximum ISO Speed
6,400 51,200
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
200 100
BEST
Auto Exposure Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Spot
 Centre-weighted
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
60s
BEST
30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Shutter Speed Setting
 B
 B
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data 12m
Flash Sync-Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01s
External Flash Connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±1EV (1/2 EV step)
 ±1EV (1/2 EV step)
BEST
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
25fps 60fps
BEST
Video Format
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Mono
 Mono
Noise Reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Noise reduction

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
Memory Slot
1 1

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
BEST
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% 100%
Touch Sensitive Screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touch sensitive screen
Display Resolution
920,000 pixels 921,000 pixels
BEST
Second Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Second display

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.68x 0.92x
BEST
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge
HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI port
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Fluorescent L
 Manual
 Fine
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Fluorescent L
 Manual
 Fine
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effect
 Muted
 Neutral
 Muted
 Neutral
Self-Timer
2,12 2,12
Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 16x
Image Editing Mode
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
BEST
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Tripod Mount
 Tripod mount
Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Mode
 Single image
 Slide show
 Single image
 Slide show
Diopter Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data -2.5 - 1.5
Scene Mode
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
680g 590g
BEST
Height
80mm 96.5mm
Depth
42mm 70mm
Width
139mm 129mm
Weight Including Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 650g

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 D-LI109
Battery Capacity
1,800mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Shot Per Battery Charge
Unknown - Click to provide data 480 shots
Battery Voltage
7.4V Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
10 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE
Included Cable
 USB
 USB
BEST
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
 Included battery charger
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
 Hand strap
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 WiFi connectivity
Near Field Communication
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near field communication
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth

Other Features

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash
USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Image Processor
 Leica Maestro
 Leica Maestro
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
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