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Leica M-E vs Sony NEX-5

Leica M-E vs Sony NEX-5

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Leica M-E
Sony NEX-5

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Reasons For

2 Reasons For
1.9MP higher megapixel 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.

Better user reviews
The average user review score of the Leica M-E is 100% based on 2 reviews, however the average rating of the Sony NEX-5 is 92% (based on 140 reviews).
9 Reasons For
Built-in microphone Edit
The Sony NEX-5 has a built-in microphone, however the Leica M-E does not.
Vastly larger display diagonal Edit
The Sony NEX-5 has a display diagonal of 7.5", however the Leica M-E is only a 2.5" screen digital camera (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 (numeric) Edit
The Sony NEX-5 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera, whereas the Leica M-E is only a 230,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (691,600 pixels lower).
HDMI Edit
The Sony NEX-5 has an HDMI, whereas the Leica M-E does not have an HDMI. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

2x lighter Edit
The Sony NEX-5 is a 218g digital camera. That's 367g lighter than the Leica M-E (218g). 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.

Built-in flash Edit
The Sony NEX-5 has a built-in flash, however the Leica M-E does not have a built-in flash. Read more

Cameras with a built in flash illuminate the subject in low light conditions. A flash can also be used to place more emphasis on the foreground or lighten dark shadows.

Cameras with a built in flash can take pictures in low light conditions. Since no external flash is required, cameras with a built in flash are smaller and easier to carry.

£3,210 cheaper
The Sony NEX-5 costs £489.99, whereas the Leica M-E is £3,700.00.
Available from 2 shops
The more retailers stock this digital camera, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
Expert reviews are hugely better
Based on 60 expert reviews, the Sony NEX-5 has an average review score of 84%, but the Leica M-E has an average rating of 60% (based on 2 reviews).

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
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.
Significantly smaller display diagonal Edit
The Leica M-E is a 2.5" screen digital camera. That's 5" smaller than the Sony NEX-5 (7.5"). 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 (numeric) Edit
Leica M-E is only 230,000 pixels display resolution. That's 691,600 pixels lower than the Sony NEX-5 (921,600 pixels).
Does not have an HDMI Edit
The Leica M-E does not have an HDMI, whereas the Sony NEX-5 has an HDMI. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

367g heavier Edit
The Leica M-E has a weight of 585g, but the Sony NEX-5 is a 218g digital camera (367g 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.

Does not have a built-in flash Edit
The Leica M-E does not have a built-in flash, however the Sony NEX-5 has a built-in flash. Read more

Cameras with a built in flash illuminate the subject in low light conditions. A flash can also be used to place more emphasis on the foreground or lighten dark shadows.

Cameras with a built in flash can take pictures in low light conditions. Since no external flash is required, cameras with a built in flash are smaller and easier to carry.

More expensive by £3,210
The Leica M-E is £3,210.01 more expensive than the Sony NEX-5.
Less retailers
The Leica M-E is only stocked by 2 shops, whereas the Sony NEX-5 is stocked by 4 retailers. 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.
Expert review Rating is vastly Worse
The Leica M-E's average expert score is only 60%, however the Sony NEX-5's is 84% (based on 60 reviews).
3 Reasons Against
12% lower megapixel Edit
The Sony NEX-5 has a megapixel 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.

Three months older
The Sony NEX-5 is older than the Leica M-E by three months.
Lower user review Score
The Sony NEX-5 has an average user rating of 92%, but the Leica M-E has an average user rating of 100% (based on 2 reviews).

Awards

No awards found 5 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
reviewed.com: Best of Year

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

38 months Ago 42 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel
18MP
BEST
16.1MP
Sensor Type
 CCD
BEST
 CCD
Still Image Resolution(s)
 2592 x 1728
 1728 x 1152
 4912 x 3264
 4592 x 3056
 3568 x 2368
 3344 x 2224
 3344 x 1872
 2448 x 1624
 2288 x 1520
 2592 x 1728
 1728 x 1152
 4912 x 3264
 4592 x 3056
 3568 x 2368
 3344 x 2224
 3344 x 1872
 2448 x 1624
 2288 x 1520
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5212 x 3472
BEST
 5212 x 3472
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 DNG
 RAW
 EXIF
 JPEG XR
 JPG
 DNG
 RAW
 EXIF
 JPEG XR
BEST
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Unknown - Click to provide data 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixels
Unknown - Click to provide data 16.7MP
Sensor Format
 Full-frame
 Full-frame
Supported Aspect Ratios
 3:2
 16:9
 3:2
 16:9

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Material
 Leather
 Magnesium
 Leatherette
 Leather
 Magnesium
 Leatherette

Lens System

Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 10x
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 36
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 75mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Unknown - Click to provide data 16 - 50
Lens Mount Interface
 Leica M
 Sony E
 Leica M
 Sony E
Aspheric Element
Unknown - Click to provide data 4
Diaphragm Blade
Unknown - Click to provide data 7
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 40.5mm
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 spot
 multi point
 flexible spot
 centre weighted
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 multi point
 flexible spot
 centre weighted
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
BEST
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Unknown - Click to provide data 99
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Auto
Focus Adjustment
 Manual
 Auto
 Auto/Manual
 Manual
 Auto
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 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
ISO Sensitivity (max)
2,500 25,600
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
160 100
BEST
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Spot
 Centre-weighted
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
240s
BEST
30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Pre-flash
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Pre-flash
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Guide Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 7m
Flash Sync-Speed
1s
BEST
4s
External Flash Connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure compensation
Pre-Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Pre-flash
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point Type
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 25fps
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
BEST
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 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 Formats Supported
 AC3
 AC3
BEST
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording
Noise Reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Noise reduction

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 Memory Stick (MS)
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 Memory Stick (MS)
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
BEST
Memory Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
2.5" 7.5"
BEST
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
Unknown - Click to provide data 100%
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Second Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Second display

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Not available
 Optical
 Not available

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
BEST
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST

Camera

White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Incandescent
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Incandescent
 Custom modes
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,12 2,10
Multi-Shot Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Multi-shot function
Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
Anti-Dust Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Anti-dust function
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Contrast
 Sharpness
 Saturation
 Brightness
 Contrast
 Sharpness
 Saturation
Image Editing
 Rotating
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 MPF
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 MPF
 DPOF
 Exif
BEST
Live View
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Live view
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
 Tripod mountable
Camera Playback
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
Saturation Adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Start-Up Time
1,000ms Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-0.5 - 0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Self-portrait
 Sunset
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Self-portrait
 Sunset
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 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 218g
BEST
Height
80mm 58.8mm
Depth
37mm 38.9mm
Width
139mm 110.8mm

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FW50
Battery Capacity
1,860mAh
BEST
1,080mAh
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Unknown - Click to provide data 330 shots
Battery Voltage
3.7V 7.2V
Battery Level Indicator
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery level indicator

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 0 - 40

System Requirements

Operating Systems Supported (mac)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Operating systems supported (mac)
Operating Systems Supported (windows)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Operating systems supported (windows)

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Adobe Lightroom Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
 Battery charger included
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Network Ready
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Network ready

Other Features

Video Capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video capability
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
BEST
USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB 2.0 port
HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI port
On/off Switch
Unknown - Click to provide data
 On/off switch
Panorama
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Panorama
Aperture Priority AE
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Aperture priority AE
Digital SLR
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Digital SLR
Manual Exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Manual exposure
Shutter Priority AE
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shutter priority AE
Colour Temperature
Unknown - Click to provide data 2,500K
Effective Megapixels (image)
Unknown - Click to provide data 16.1MP
Display Tilting
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Display tilting
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