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Canon SX530 vs Leica TL

The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS and the Leica TL are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in January 2015 and November 2016. The SX530 is a fixed lens compact, while the TL is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The cameras are based on a 1/2.3-inch (SX530) and an APS-C (TL) sensor. The Canon has a resolution of 15.9 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 SX530
versus
Leica TL
Canon SX530   Leica TL
Fixed lens compact camera Mirrorless system camera
24-1200mm f/3.4-6.5 Leica T mount lenses
15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 16.1 MP, APS-C Sensor
1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-3,200 ISO 100-12,500
No viewfinder, LCD framing Viewfinder optional
3.0 LCD, 461k dots 3.7 LCD, 1230k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed touchscreen
1.6 shutter flaps per second 5 shutter flaps per second
210 shots per battery charge400 shots per battery charge
120 x 82 x 92 mm, 442 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 PowerShot SX530 HS 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 SX530 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 size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The TL can be obtained in three different colors (black, silver, titanium), while the SX530 is only available in black.

Size Canon SX530 vs Leica TL
Compare SX530 versus TL top
Comparison SX530 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 smaller (6 percent) than the Canon SX530. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the SX530 nor the TL are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the SX530 has a lens built in, whereas the TL is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup.

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 SX530 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 442 g 210 n Jan 2015 429 i
2.
 
Leica TL 134 mm 69 mm 33 mm 384 g 400 n Nov 2016 1,695 i
3.
 
Canon 4000D 129 mm 102 mm 77 mm 436 g 500 n Feb 2018 399 i
4.
 
Canon 1300D 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 485 g 500 n Mar 2016 449 i
5.
 
Canon SX540 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 442 g 205 n Jan 2016 399 i
6.
 
Canon M10 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 301 g 255 n Oct 2015 499 i
7.
 
Canon SX520 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 441 g 210 n Jul 2014 399 i
8.
 
Canon 1200D 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449 i
9.
 
Canon SX60 128 mm 93 mm 114 mm 650 g 340 n Sep 2014 549 i
10.
 
Canon G1 X 117 mm 81 mm 65 mm 534 g 250 n Jan 2012 799 i
11.
 
Fujifilm X70 113 mm 64 mm 44 mm 340 g 330 n Jan 2016 799 i
12.
 
Fujifilm X100T 127 mm 74 mm 52 mm 440 g 330 n Sep 2014 1,299 i
13.
 
Leica CL 131 mm 78 mm 45 mm 403 g 220 n Nov 2017 2,795 i
14.
 
Leica TL2 134 mm 69 mm 33 mm 399 g 250 n Jul 2017 1,950 i
15.
 
Leica T 134 mm 69 mm 33 mm 384 g 400 n Apr 2014 1,850 i
16.
 
Leica X Typ 113 133 mm 73 mm 78 mm 486 g 350 n Sep 2014 2,295 i
17.
 
Leica X2 124 mm 69 mm 52 mm 345 g 450 n May 2012 1,995 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 retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The SX530 was launched at a lower price than the TL, despite having a lens built in. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. 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.

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. 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.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Canon SX530 features a 1/2.3-inch sensor and the Leica TL an APS-C sensor. The sensor area in the TL is 1225 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 5.6 and 1.5. The sensor in the SX530 has a native 4:3 aspect ratio, while the one in the TL offers a 3:2 aspect.

Canon SX530 and Leica TL sensor measures

With 16.1MP, the TL offers a higher resolution than the SX530 (15.9MP), but the TL nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.80μm versus 1.33μm for the SX530) due to its larger sensor. Moreover, the TL is a somewhat more recent model (by 1 year and 10 months) than the SX530, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that further enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixel-units. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Leica TL are ISO 100 to ISO 12500 (no boost).

SX530 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 table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar 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 SX530 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p...... ..
2.
 
Leica TL APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p...... ..
3.
 
Canon 4000D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.4695 63
4.
 
Canon 1300D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p...... ..
5.
 
Canon SX540 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p...... ..
6.
 
Canon M10 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.211.4753 65
7.
 
Canon SX520 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p...... ..
8.
 
Canon 1200D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.3724 63
9.
 
Canon SX60 1/2.3 14.2 4608 30721080/60p19.210.8127 39
10.
 
Canon G1 X 1.5-inch 14.2 4352 32641080/24p21.710.8644 60
11.
 
Fujifilm X70 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p...... ..
12.
 
Fujifilm X100T APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p...... ..
13.
 
Leica CL APS-C 24.1 6014 40144K/30p...... ..
14.
 
Leica TL2 APS-C 24.1 6014 40144K/30p...... ..
15.
 
Leica T APS-C 16.2 4944 32781080/30p23.012.71082 75
16.
 
Leica X Typ 113 APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p...... ..
17.
 
Leica X2 APS-C 16.1 4928 3264none...... ..

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, and both provide the same movie specifications (1080/30p).

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The SX530 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 SX530 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 SX530none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 1.6 Y Y
2.
 
Leica TLoptional n 3.7 1230 fixed Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon 4000Doptical n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon 1300Doptical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon SX540none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 5.9 Y Y
6.
 
Canon M10none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.6 Y n
7.
 
Canon SX520none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 1.6 Y Y
8.
 
Canon 1200Doptical n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon SX60922 n 3.0 922 swivel n 1/2000s 6.4 Y Y
10.
 
Canon G1 Xoptical n 3.0 922 Swivel n 1/4000s 1.9 Y Y
11.
 
Fujifilm X70optional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
12.
 
Fujifilm X100T2360 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
13.
 
Leica CL2360 Y 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/8000s 10.0 n n
14.
 
Leica TL2optional n 3.7 1230 fixed Y 1/4000s 7.0 n n
15.
 
Leica Toptional n 3.7 1230 fixed Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
16.
 
Leica X Typ 113optional n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0 Y n
17.
 
Leica X2optional n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0 Y n

One differentiating feature between the two cameras concerns the touch sensitivity of the rear screen. The TL has a touchscreen, while the SX530 has a conventional panel. Touch control can be particularly helpful, for example, for setting the focus point.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the SX530 and the TL write their files to SDXC cards.

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 PowerShot SX530 HS 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 SX530-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
2.
 
Leica TLYstereomono--micro2.0Y--
3.
 
Canon 4000DYmonomono--mini2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon 1300DYmonomono--mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon SX540-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon M10-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
7.
 
Canon SX520-stereomono--mini2.0---
8.
 
Canon 1200DYmonomono--mini2.0---
9.
 
Canon SX60YstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
10.
 
Canon G1 XYstereomono--mini2.0---
11.
 
Fujifilm X70YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
12.
 
Fujifilm X100TYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
13.
 
Leica CLYstereomono----Y--
14.
 
Leica TL2Ystereomono--micro3.0Y--
15.
 
Leica TYstereomono---2.0Y--
16.
 
Leica X Typ 113Ystereomono--mini2.0---
17.
 
Leica X2Y----mini2.0---

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 SX530 does not feature such an accessory-socket.

Both the SX530 and the TL have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The SX530 was replaced by the Canon SX540, while the TL was followed 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.

Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Which of the two cameras – the Canon SX530 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 PowerShot SX530 HS:

  • Ready to shoot: Has a lens built-in, whereas the TL requires a separate lens.
  • Sharper images: Has hand-shake reducing image stabilization built-in.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More affordable: Was introduced at a lower price, despite coming with a built-in lens.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in January 2015).

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Advantages of the Leica TL:

  • Better image quality: Is equipped with a larger and more technologically advanced sensor.
  • Richer colors: The sensor size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger sensor captures a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger sensor produces good images even in poorly lit environments.
  • 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 461k dots).
  • Fewer buttons to press: Has a touchscreen to facilitate handling and shooting adjustments.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (5 vs 1.6 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More flexible: Takes interchangeable lenses and can thus be used with specialty optics.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (400 versus 210) 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 modern: Was introduced somewhat (1 year and 10 months) more recently.

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the TL is the clear winner of the contest (16 : 5 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 wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

SX530 05:16 TL

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon SX530 and the Leica TL place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera and Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listings 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 SX530 and the TL in practical situations. 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 expert reviews 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 SX530..+ +..4/54/5 Jan 2015 429 i
2.
 
Leica TL........4/5 Nov 2016 1,695 i
3.
 
Canon 4000D..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 399 i
4.
 
Canon 1300D4/5o73/1004/54/5 Mar 2016 449 i
5.
 
Canon SX540.......... Jan 2016 399 i
6.
 
Canon M10........4/5 Oct 2015 499 i
7.
 
Canon SX520..+..3.5/53.5/5 Jul 2014 399 i
8.
 
Canon 1200D3/5+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449 i
9.
 
Canon SX603/5+ +75/1004/54.5/5 Sep 2014 549 i
10.
 
Canon G1 X5/5+76/1004/54.5/5 Jan 2012 799 i
11.
 
Fujifilm X704.5/5..76/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2016 799 i
12.
 
Fujifilm X100T5/5+81/1004.5/55/5 Sep 2014 1,299 i
13.
 
Leica CL........4/5 Nov 2017 2,795 i
14.
 
Leica TL23.5/5....4/54/5 Jul 2017 1,950 i
15.
 
Leica T3/5....4/54/5 Apr 2014 1,850 i
16.
 
Leica X Typ 1133.5/5....3.5/54/5 Sep 2014 2,295 i
17.
 
Leica X23/5....3/54/5 May 2012 1,995 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 SX530 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 SX530 Leica TL
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens 24-1200mm f/3.4-6.5 Leica T mount lenses
    Launch Date January 2015 November 2016
    Launch Price USD 429 USD 1,695
    Sensor Specs Canon SX530 Leica TL
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 23.6 x 15.7 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 370.52 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 28.3 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 15.9 Megapixels 16.1 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4608 x 3456 pixels 4928 x 3264 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.33 μm 4.80 μm
    Pixel Density 56.73 MP/cm2 4.34 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 3,200 ISO 100 - 12,500 ISO
    Screen Specs Canon SX530 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 461k dots 1230k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Touch Input no Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon SX530 Leica TL
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 1.6 shutter flaps/s 5 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Canon SX530 Leica TL
    External Flash no Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in no NFC
    Body Specs Canon SX530 Leica TL
    Battery Type NB-6LH BP-DC13
    Battery Life (CIPA)210 shots per charge400 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging no USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 120 x 82 x 92 mm
    (4.7 x 3.2 x 3.6 in)
    134 x 69 x 33 mm
    (5.3 x 2.7 x 1.3 in)
    Camera Weight 442 g (15.6 oz) 384 g (13.5 oz)

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