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Canon M10 vs Leica X2

The Canon EOS M10 and the Leica X2 are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in October 2015 and May 2012. The M10 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, while the X2 is a fixed lens compact. Both cameras are equipped with an APS-C sensor. The Canon has a resolution of 17.9 megapixels, whereas the Leica provides 16.1 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon M10
versus
Leica X2
Canon M10 Leica X2
Mirrorless system camera Fixed lens compact camera
Canon EF-M mount lenses 36mm f/2.8
17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor 16.1 MP, APS-C Sensor
1080/30p Video no Video
ISO 100-12,800 (100 - 25,600) ISO 100-12,500
No viewfinder, LCD framing Viewfinder optional
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 2.7 LCD, 230k dots
Tilting touchscreen Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
4.6 shutter flaps per second 5 shutter flaps per second
255 shots per battery charge450 shots per battery charge
108 x 67 x 35 mm, 301 g 124 x 69 x 52 mm, 345 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS M10 and the Leica X2? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The physical size and weight of the Canon M10 and the Leica X2 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The M10 can be obtained in two different colors (black, white), while the X2 is also available in two color-versions, but different ones (black, silver).

Size Canon M10 vs Leica X2
Compare M10 versus X2 top
Comparison M10 or X2 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Leica X2 is notably larger (18 percent) than the Canon M10. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the M10 nor the X2 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the X2 has a lens built in, whereas the M10 is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup.

Concerning battery life, the M10 gets 255 shots out of its LP-E12 battery, while the X2 can take 450 images on a single charge of its BP-DC8 power pack.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon M10 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 301 g 255 n Oct 2015 499 i
2.
 
Leica X2 124 mm 69 mm 52 mm 345 g 450 n May 2012 1,995 i
3.
 
Canon M100 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 302 g 295 n Aug 2017 499 i
4.
 
Canon T6 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 485 g 500 n Mar 2016 449 i
5.
 
Canon G9 X 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 209 g 220 n Oct 2015 529 i
6.
 
Canon M3 111 mm 68 mm 44 mm 366 g 250 n Feb 2015 679 i
7.
 
Canon G7 X 103 mm 60 mm 40 mm 304 g 210 n Sep 2014 699 i
8.
 
Canon T5 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449 i
9.
 
Canon SL1 117 mm 91 mm 69 mm 407 g 380 n Mar 2013 549 i
10.
 
Canon M 109 mm 66 mm 32 mm 298 g 230 n Jul 2012 599 i
11.
 
Canon T3i 133 mm 100 mm 80 mm 570 g 440 n Feb 2011 599 i
12.
 
Fujifilm X100S 127 mm 74 mm 54 mm 445 g 330 n Jan 2013 1,299 i
13.
 
Fujifilm X-E2 129 mm 75 mm 37 mm 350 g 350 n Oct 2013 999 i
14.
 
Leica X Typ 113 133 mm 73 mm 78 mm 486 g 350 n Sep 2014 2,295 i
15.
 
Leica X1 124 mm 60 mm 32 mm 306 g 260 n Sep 2009 1,995 i
16.
 
Nikon Coolpix A 111 mm 64 mm 40 mm 299 g 230 n Mar 2013 1,099 i
17.
 
Sony A5000 110 mm 63 mm 36 mm 269 g 420 n Jan 2014 449 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor, but their sensors differ slightly in size. The sensor area in the X2 is 11 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have format factors, respectively, of 1.6 (M10) and 1.5. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Canon M10 and Leica X2 sensor measures

Despite having a smaller sensor, the Canon M10 offers a higher resolution of 17.9 megapixels, compared with 16.1 MP of the Leica X2. This megapixels advantage comes at the cost of a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 4.31μm versus 4.79μm for the X2). However, it should be noted that the M10 is much more recent (by 3 years and 5 months) than the X2, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that make it possible to gather light more efficiently.

The resolution advantage of the Canon M10 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the M10 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 25.9 x 17.3 inches or 65.8 x 43.9 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 20.7 x 13.8 inches or 52.7 x 35.1 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 17.3 x 11.5 inches or 43.9 x 29.3 cm. The corresponding values for the Leica X2 are 24.6 x 16.3 inches or 62.6 x 41.5 cm for good quality, 19.7 x 13.1 inches or 50.1 x 33.2 cm for very good quality, and 16.4 x 10.9 inches or 41.7 x 27.6 cm for excellent quality prints.

The M10 has on-sensor phase detect pixels, which results in fast and reliable autofocus acquisition even during live view operation.

The Canon EOS M10 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 100-25600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Leica X2 are ISO 100 to ISO 12500 (no boost).

M10 versus X2 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon M10 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.211.4753 65
2.
 
Leica X2 APS-C 16.1 4928 3264none...... ..
3.
 
Canon M100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.512.91272 78
4.
 
Canon T6 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p...... ..
5.
 
Canon G9 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.512.3495 63
6.
 
Canon M3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.811.81169 72
7.
 
Canon G7 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p23.012.7556 71
8.
 
Canon T5 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.3724 63
9.
 
Canon SL1 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.3843 63
10.
 
Canon M APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.2827 65
11.
 
Canon T3i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.5793 65
12.
 
Fujifilm X100S APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p...... ..
13.
 
Fujifilm X-E2 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p...... ..
14.
 
Leica X Typ 113 APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p...... ..
15.
 
Leica X1 APS-C 12.2 4272 2856none...... ..
16.
 
Nikon Coolpix A APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.413.81164 80
17.
 
Sony A5000 APS-C 19.8 5456 36321080/60i23.813.01089 79

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. The M10 indeed provides movie recording capabilities, while the X2 does not. The highest resolution format that the M10 can use is 1080/30p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. The M10 and the X2 are similar in the sense that neither of the two has a viewfinder. The images are, thus, framed using live view on the rear LCD. That said, the X2 can be equipped with an optional viewfinder – the EVF 2. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon M10 and Leica X2 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon M10none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.6 Y n
2.
 
Leica X2optional n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon M100none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.1 Y n
4.
 
Canon T6optical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon G9 Xnone n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 6.0 Y Y
6.
 
Canon M3optional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.2 Y n
7.
 
Canon G7 Xnone n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 6.5 Y Y
8.
 
Canon T5optical n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon SL1optical n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.9 Y n
10.
 
Canon Mnone n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.3 n n
11.
 
Canon T3ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
12.
 
Fujifilm X100S2360 n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
13.
 
Fujifilm X-E22360 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y n
14.
 
Leica X Typ 113optional n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0 Y n
15.
 
Leica X1none n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/2000s 3.0 Y n
16.
 
Nikon Coolpix Aoptional n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/2000s 4.0 Y n
17.
 
Sony A5000none n 3.0 461 tilting n 1/4000s 3.5 Y n

One differentiating feature between the two cameras concerns the touch sensitivity of the rear screen. The M10 has a touchscreen, while the X2 has a conventional panel. Touch control can be particularly helpful, for example, for setting the focus point.

The M10 has an articulated LCD that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in snapping selfies. In contrast, the X2 does not have a selfie-screen.

The M10 writes its imaging data to SDXC cards, while the X2 uses SDHC cards. The M10 supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the X2 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS M10 and Leica X2 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon M10-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
2.
 
Leica X2Y----mini2.0---
3.
 
Canon M100-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
4.
 
Canon T6Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon G9 X-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon M3YstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
7.
 
Canon G7 X-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon T5Ymonomono--mini2.0---
9.
 
Canon SL1YmonomonoY-mini2.0---
10.
 
Canon MYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
11.
 
Canon T3iYmonomonoY-mini2.0---
12.
 
Fujifilm X100SYstereomono--micro2.0---
13.
 
Fujifilm X-E2YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
14.
 
Leica X Typ 113Ystereomono--mini2.0---
15.
 
Leica X1Y----mini2.0---
16.
 
Nikon Coolpix AYstereomono---2.0---
17.
 
Sony A5000-stereomono--micro2.0YY-

It is notable that the M10 offers wifi support, while the X2 does not. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.

Both the M10 and the X2 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The M10 was replaced by the Canon M100, while the X2 does not have a direct successor. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon and Leica websites.

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Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is the Canon M10 better than the Leica X2 or vice versa? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.

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Advantages of the Canon EOS M10:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (17.9 vs 16.1MP) with a 5% higher linear resolution.
  • Broader imaging potential: Can record not only still images but also 1080/30p movies.
  • Better live-view autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident autofocus.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 2.7") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1040k vs 230k dots).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a tilting screen for odd-angle shots in landscape orientation.
  • Fewer buttons to press: Is equipped with a touch-sensitive rear screen to facilitate handling.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • More flexible: Accepts interchangeable lenses, so that lens characteristics can be altered.
  • More compact: Is smaller (108x67mm vs 124x69mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.
  • More modern: Reflects 3 years and 5 months of technical progress since the X2 launch.

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Arguments in favor of the Leica X2:

  • More framing options: Can be equipped with a hotshoe-mounted accessory-viewfinder.
  • Ready to shoot: Has an integrated lens, whereas the M10 necessitates an extra lens.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (450 versus 255) out of a single battery charge.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • More prestigious: Has the Leica luxury appeal, which ensures a high resale value.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in May 2012).

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the M10 is the clear winner of the match-up (15 : 6 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

M10 15:06 X2

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon M10 and the Leica X2 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera and Best Prime Lens Compact Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the M10 or the X2 perform in practice. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon M10........4/5 Oct 2015 499 i
2.
 
Leica X23/5....3/54/5 May 2012 1,995 i
3.
 
Canon M1003/5+..4/53.5/5 Aug 2017 499 i
4.
 
Canon T64/5o73/1004/54/5 Mar 2016 449 i
5.
 
Canon G9 X3.5/5+ +..4.5/54.5/5 Oct 2015 529 i
6.
 
Canon M34/5o75/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2015 679 i
7.
 
Canon G7 X4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2014 699 i
8.
 
Canon T53/5+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449 i
9.
 
Canon SL14/5+78/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 549 i
10.
 
Canon M3/5+..4/54/5 Jul 2012 599 i
11.
 
Canon T3i3/5o77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2011 599 i
12.
 
Fujifilm X100S5/5+ +81/1004.5/55/5 Jan 2013 1,299 i
13.
 
Fujifilm X-E24/5..80/1004.5/55/5 Oct 2013 999 i
14.
 
Leica X Typ 1133.5/5....3.5/54/5 Sep 2014 2,295 i
15.
 
Leica X13/5..+..4/5 Sep 2009 1,995 i
16.
 
Nikon Coolpix A4/5+75/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 1,099 i
17.
 
Sony A50003/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Jan 2014 449 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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    Specifications: Canon M10 vs Leica X2

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon M10 Leica X2
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF-M mount lenses 36mm f/2.8
    Launch Date October 2015 May 2012
    Launch Price USD 499 USD 1,995
    Sensor Specs Canon M10 Leica X2
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm 23.7 x 15.6 mm
    Sensor Area 332.27 mm2 369.72 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm 28.4 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 17.9 Megapixels 16.1 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 4928 x 3264 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 4.31 μm 4.79 μm
    Pixel Density 5.39 MP/cm2 4.35 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video no Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 12,800 ISO 100 - 12,500 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 25,600 ISO no Enhancement
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 65 ..
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 22.2 ..
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 11.4 ..
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 753 ..
    Screen Specs Canon M10 Leica X2
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder Viewfinder optional
    Viewfinder Magnification
    LCD Framing Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 2.7inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 230k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Fixed screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen no Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon M10 Leica X2
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 4.6 shutter flaps/s 5 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDHC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I no
    Connectivity Specs Canon M10 Leica X2
    External Flash no Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI mini HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in no Wifi
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in no NFC
    Body Specs Canon M10 Leica X2
    Battery Type LP-E12 BP-DC8
    Battery Life (CIPA)255 shots per charge450 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 108 x 67 x 35 mm
    (4.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 in)
    124 x 69 x 52 mm
    (4.9 x 2.7 x 2.0 in)
    Camera Weight 301 g (10.6 oz) 345 g (12.2 oz)

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