Leica’s compact system camera has finally arrived, but how will Leica users feel about the 16.3-million-pixel Leica T (Type 701) and its radical design and handling? We put it to the test

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Leica T (Type 701) review – Dynamic range

Measuring 12.12EV at ISO 100, the Leica T has a respectable dynamic range for the size and resolution of its sensor. This allows it to retain a fair about of detail in highlights and shadows, although it falls a little short of some of the leading DSLR cameras. It is certainly comparable to other compact system cameras with a similar resolution.

Above ISO 800, the dynamic range starts to drop quite rapidly, and at ISO 1600 it is around 1EV less than many of its competitors, including a few with smaller sensors. To get the most highlight and shadow detail from the Leica T, I would advise shooting between ISO 100 and ISO 400.

Image: The Leica T reveals a good amount of detail considering it uses just a 16.3-million-pixel sensor

  1. 1. Leica T (Type 701) at a glance:
  2. 2. Leica T (Type 701) review - Touchscreen operation
  3. 3. Leica T (Type 701) review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Leica T (Type 701) review - Autofocus
  5. 5. Leica T (Type 701) review - Metering
  6. 6. Leica T (Type 701) review - Dynamic range
  7. 7. Leica T (Type 701) review - White balance and colour
  8. 8. Leica T (Type 701) review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  9. 9. Leica T (Type 701) review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  10. 10. Leica T (Type 701) review - The competition
  11. 11. Leica T (Type 701) review - Our verdict
  12. 12. Hands-on review
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