Leitz Ur-Leica versus Sony RX100 V

Roughly a century of technological development separate the Ur-Leica and the Sony RX100 V. The former was finished in March 1914, while the latter was presented to the public in October 2016. The Ur-Leica was the first camera to use 24x36mm film, whereas the RX100 V is build around a 20MP 1" digital imaging sensor.

Body comparison: Ur-Leica vs Sony RX100 V

An illustration of the physical dimensions and weight of the Ur-Leica and the Sony RX100 V 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.

Compare Ur-Leica vs Sony RX100 V
Compare Ur-Leica versus RX100 V top
Compare Ur-Leica and RX100 V rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Sony RX100 V is considerably smaller (32 percent) than the Ur-Leica. Moreover, the RX100 V is markedly lighter (30 percent) than the Ur-Leica. It is worth noting that both cameras have built-in lenses.

Ur-Leica
Ur-Leica with viewfinder attached[bitflare.de]

Evidently, the RX100 V is the more convenient and powerful imaging tool, providing an image quality that Oskar Barnack, the creator of the Ur-Leica, probably could not have envisioned. However, there are two aspects where the Ur-Leica has an edge over the RX100 V. The first one is battery life. The Ur-Leica is a fully mechanical camera, so that there is no risk of running out of juice during a shooting session...

The second advantage of the Ur-Leica is, well, its resale value. The camera is a museum piece, resting safely at Leica’s headquarters in Wetzlar/Germany. Collectors would probably be willing to pay several million US dollars if it were put up for sale. In contrast, the Sony RX100 V, while surely being the better camera, just lacks the scarcity and historical importance that foster "auction madness" and drive vintage camera prices into six or seven-figure territory.

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