Leica type 109

Discussion in 'This or That?' started by Phlash46, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. Phlash46

    Phlash46 Nikon Refugee

    Jul 1, 2014
    Montrose, NY
    Real Name:
    Bruce Gordon
    It has a Micro 4/3 sensor. Is it considered a Micro 4/3 camera even though it has a fixed lens?
  2. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    Real Name:
    Short answer, yes and no. Depends who you ask.

    Longer answer. Same sensor, but not all of it is used for any aspect ratio, only about 12mp is. Low light and dynamic range are better than the older 12mp sensors given that it's a new sensor. But maybe more importantly it has all the bells and whistles that were available in m4/3 bodies when it was released. (4K, Panasonic DFD auto focus system, etc.). And handling is just about the same as well.

    But I would probably get the Panasonic version through GreenToe.com as I did, for much less then list price.
  3. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    It has a 4/3" sensor, but the active sensor area at any given time is only 180mm^2 as opposed to 225mm^2 for a full 4/3 sensor. So it almost splits the difference between a 1" sensor (116 mm^2) and 4/3."