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Canon M200 vs Leica TL

The Canon EOS M200 and the Leica TL are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in September 2019 and November 2016. Both the M200 and the TL are mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras that are equipped with an APS-C sensor. The Canon has a resolution of 24 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 M200
versus
Leica TL
Canon M200 Leica TL
Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
Canon EF-M mount lenses Leica T mount lenses
24 MP, APS-C Sensor 16.1 MP, APS-C Sensor
4k/25p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-25,600 ISO 100-12,500
No viewfinder, LCD framing Viewfinder optional
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.7 LCD, 1230k dots
Tilting touchscreen Fixed touchscreen
6.1 shutter flaps per second 5 shutter flaps per second
315 shots per battery charge400 shots per battery charge
108 x 67 x 35 mm, 299 g 134 x 69 x 33 mm, 384 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS M200 and the Leica TL? 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

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Canon M200 and the Leica TL is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The M200 can be obtained in two different colors (black, white), while the TL is available in three color-versions (black, silver, titanium).

Size Canon M200 vs Leica TL
Compare M200 versus TL top
Comparison M200 or TL rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Leica TL is notably larger (28 percent) than the Canon M200. Moreover, the TL is markedly heavier (28 percent) than the M200. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the M200 nor the TL are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. Hence, you might want to study and compare the specifications of available lenses in order to get the full picture of the size and weight of the two camera systems.

The power pack in the TL can be charged via the USB port, which can be very convenient when travelling.

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 M200 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 299 g 315 n Sep 2019 549 i
2.
 
Leica TL 134 mm 69 mm 33 mm 384 g 400 n Nov 2016 1,695 i
3.
 
Canon M50 Mark II 116 mm 88 mm 59 mm 387 g 305 n Oct 2020 599 i
4.
 
Canon SL3 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 449 g 1070 n Apr 2019 599 i
5.
 
Canon M50 116 mm 88 mm 59 mm 390 g 235 n Feb 2018 779 i
6.
 
Canon SX740 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 299 g 265 n Jul 2018 399 i
7.
 
Canon T7 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
8.
 
Canon SX70 127 mm 91 mm 117 mm 608 g 325 n Sep 2018 549 i
9.
 
Canon M100 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 302 g 295 n Aug 2017 499 i
10.
 
Canon M10 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 301 g 255 n Oct 2015 499 i
11.
 
Canon M 109 mm 66 mm 32 mm 298 g 230 n Jul 2012 599 i
12.
 
Fujifilm XF10 113 mm 64 mm 41 mm 279 g 330 n Jul 2018 499 i
13.
 
Fujifilm X-A10 117 mm 67 mm 40 mm 331 g 410 n Dec 2016 399 i
14.
 
Fujifilm X-A2 117 mm 67 mm 40 mm 350 g 410 n Jan 2015 399 i
15.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro1 140 mm 82 mm 43 mm 450 g 300 n Jan 2012 1,699 i
16.
 
Leica TL2 134 mm 69 mm 33 mm 399 g 250 n Jul 2017 1,950 i
17.
 
Leica T 134 mm 69 mm 33 mm 384 g 400 n Apr 2014 1,850 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. The M200 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 68 percent) than the TL, which puts it into a different market segment. 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.

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Sensor comparison

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor, but their sensors differ slightly in size. The sensor area in the TL is 12 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have format factors, respectively, of 1.6 (M200) and 1.5. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

In terms of underlying technology, both cameras are build around CMOS sensors.

Canon M200 and Leica TL sensor measures

Despite having a smaller sensor, the Canon M200 offers a higher resolution of 24 megapixels, compared with 16.1 MP of the Leica TL. 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 3.72μm versus 4.80μm for the TL). However, it should be noted that the M200 is much more recent (by 2 years and 10 months) than the TL, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that make it possible to gather light more efficiently. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the TL has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Canon M200 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the M200 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 30 x 20 inches or 76.2 x 50.8 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 24 x 16 inches or 61 x 40.6 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 20 x 13.3 inches or 50.8 x 33.9 cm. The corresponding values for the Leica TL 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 M200 has on-sensor phase detect pixels, which results in fast and reliable autofocus acquisition even during live view operation.

The Canon EOS M200 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Leica TL are ISO 100 to ISO 12500 (no boost).

M200 versus TL MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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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 M200 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004k/25p...... ..
2.
 
Leica TL APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p...... ..
3.
 
Canon M50 Mark II APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p...... ..
4.
 
Canon SL3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/25p...... ..
5.
 
Canon M50 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p...... ..
6.
 
Canon SX740 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p...... ..
7.
 
Canon T7 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p...... ..
8.
 
Canon SX70 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p...... ..
9.
 
Canon M100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.512.91272 78
10.
 
Canon M10 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.211.4753 65
11.
 
Canon M APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.2827 65
12.
 
Fujifilm XF10 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/15p...... ..
13.
 
Fujifilm X-A10 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/30p...... ..
14.
 
Fujifilm X-A2 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/30p...... ..
15.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro1 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/24p...... ..
16.
 
Leica TL2 APS-C 24.1 6014 40144K/30p...... ..
17.
 
Leica T APS-C 16.2 4944 32781080/30p23.012.71082 75

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, but the M200 provides a higher video resolution than the TL. It can shoot video footage at 4k/25p, while the Leica is limited to 1080/30p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The M200 and the TL 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 TL can be equipped with an optional viewfinder – the Visoflex (Typ 020). The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Canon M200 and Leica TL in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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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 M200none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.1 Y n
2.
 
Leica TLoptional n 3.7 1230 fixed Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon M50 Mark II2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 10.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon SL3optical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon M502360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 10.0 Y n
6.
 
Canon SX740none n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 10.0 Y Y
7.
 
Canon T7optical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon SX702360 n 3.0 922 swivel n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
9.
 
Canon M100none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.1 Y n
10.
 
Canon M10none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.6 Y n
11.
 
Canon Mnone n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.3 n n
12.
 
Fujifilm XF10none n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
13.
 
Fujifilm X-A10none n 3.0 1040 tilting n 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
14.
 
Fujifilm X-A2none n 3.0 920 tilting n 1/4000s 5.6 Y n
15.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro11440 n 3.0 1230 fixed n 1/4000s 6.0 n n
16.
 
Leica TL2optional n 3.7 1230 fixed Y 1/4000s 7.0 n n
17.
 
Leica Toptional n 3.7 1300 fixed Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
The M200 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 TL does not have a selfie-screen.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the M200 and the TL write their files to SDXC cards. The M200 supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the TL 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 M200 and Leica TL 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 M200-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
2.
 
Leica TLYstereomono--micro2.0Y--
3.
 
Canon M50 Mark IIYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon SL3YstereomonoY-mini2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Canon M50YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
6.
 
Canon SX740-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
7.
 
Canon T7Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon SX70-stereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
9.
 
Canon M100-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
10.
 
Canon M10-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
11.
 
Canon MYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
12.
 
Fujifilm XF10-stereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
13.
 
Fujifilm X-A10-stereomono--mini2.0Y--
14.
 
Fujifilm X-A2Ystereomono--mini2.0Y--
15.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro1Ystereomono--mini2.0---
16.
 
Leica TL2Ystereomono--micro3.0Y--
17.
 
Leica TYstereomono---2.0Y--

It is notable that the TL has a hotshoe, which makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun. The M200 does not feature such an accessory-socket.

The M200 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Canon. In contrast, the TL has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the TL was succeeded by the Leica TL2. 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 is the bottom line? Which of the two cameras – the Canon M200 or the Leica TL – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.

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Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS M200:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (24 vs 16.1MP) with a 22% higher linear resolution.
  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4k/25p vs 1080/30p).
  • Better live-view autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident autofocus.
  • More flexible LCD: Has a tilting screen for odd-angle shots in landscape orientation.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (6.1 vs 5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More compact: Is smaller (108x67mm vs 134x69mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 85g or 22 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (68 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 2 years and 10 months of technical progress since the TL launch.

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Advantages of the Leica TL:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • More framing options: Can be equipped with a hotshoe-mounted accessory-viewfinder.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.7" vs 3.0") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1230k vs 1040k dots).
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (400 versus 315) out of a single battery charge.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • 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 November 2016).

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the M200 is the clear winner of the match-up (13 : 9 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. 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.

M200 13:09 TL

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon M200 and the Leica TL place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the M200 and the TL in practical situations. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear 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 M200..+79/1004/54/5 Sep 2019 549 i
2.
 
Leica TL........4/5 Nov 2016 1,695 i
3.
 
Canon M50 Mark II4/5....4.5/53.5/5 Oct 2020 599 i
4.
 
Canon SL3..o79/1004/54/5 Apr 2019 599 i
5.
 
Canon M50..+79/100..3.5/5 Feb 2018 779 i
6.
 
Canon SX740..+..4/54/5 Jul 2018 399 i
7.
 
Canon T7..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
8.
 
Canon SX70..+ +..3.5/53.5/5 Sep 2018 549 i
9.
 
Canon M1003/5+..4/53.5/5 Aug 2017 499 i
10.
 
Canon M10........4/5 Oct 2015 499 i
11.
 
Canon M3/5+..4/54/5 Jul 2012 599 i
12.
 
Fujifilm XF10....75/1004/54.5/5 Jul 2018 499 i
13.
 
Fujifilm X-A10......4/54/5 Dec 2016 399 i
14.
 
Fujifilm X-A24/5....4.5/54.5/5 Jan 2015 399 i
15.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro15/5+ +79/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2012 1,699 i
16.
 
Leica TL23.5/5....4/54/5 Jul 2017 1,950 i
17.
 
Leica T3/5....4/54/5 Apr 2014 1,850 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Canon M200 vs Leica TL

    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 M200 Leica TL
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF-M mount lenses Leica T mount lenses
    Launch Date September 2019 November 2016
    Launch Price USD 549 USD 1,695
    Sensor Specs Canon M200 Leica TL
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm 23.6 x 15.7 mm
    Sensor Area 332.27 mm2 370.52 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm 28.3 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 24 Megapixels 16.1 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 4928 x 3264 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.72 μm 4.80 μm
    Pixel Density 7.22 MP/cm2 4.34 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 4k/25p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 25,600 ISO 100 - 12,500 ISO
    Screen Specs Canon M200 Leica TL
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder Viewfinder optional
    Viewfinder Magnification
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.7inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 1230k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Fixed screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon M200 Leica TL
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peakingno Peaking Feature
    Continuous Shooting 6.1 shutter flaps/s 5 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I no
    Connectivity Specs Canon M200 Leica TL
    External Flash no Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in no Bluetooth
    Body Specs Canon M200 Leica TL
    Battery Type LP-E12 BP-DC13
    Battery Life (CIPA)315 shots per charge400 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging no USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 108 x 67 x 35 mm
    (4.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 in)
    134 x 69 x 33 mm
    (5.3 x 2.7 x 1.3 in)
    Camera Weight 299 g (10.5 oz) 384 g (13.5 oz)

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