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M240 + 35/1.4 Summilux vs Sony RX1R (Green Machine)

The Leica M Typ 240 with the 35mm f/1.4 Summilux -M ASPH is a lovely pairing, but it’s fair to ask whether one can achieve similar, equal or possibly superior image quality at about 1/4 the cost using the 24-megapixel Sony RX1R (reviewed in depth in Guide to Mirrorless).

The two cameras both utilize full-frame CMOS sensors of nearly identical resolution, and neither utilizes an anti-aliasing filter so that they are directly comparable. Both arrived on the market in 2013.

Leica M Typ 240:         5976 X 3992 = 23.86 megapixels
(36.0 X 24.0 m, sensor nominal using Leica 35mm f.1.4 Summilux-M ASPH)

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1R: 6000 X 4000 = 24.0 megapixels
(35.8 X 23.9 mm sensor nominal using built-in Zeiss 35mm f/2 Sonnar)

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Leica M240   SonyRX1R
Leica M Typ 240 vs Sony RX1R with EVF and Really Right Stuff grip
(Leica M240 shown with 50/1.4 Summilux, comparison uses 35/1.4 Summilux)
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