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Panasonic FT7 versus Leica TL2

The Panasonic Lumix DC-FT7 (called Panasonic TS7 in some regions) and the Leica TL2 are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in May 2018 and July 2017. The FT7 is a fixed lens compact, while the TL2 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The cameras are based on a 1/2.3-inch (FT7) and an APS-C (TL2) sensor. The Panasonic has a resolution of 20.2 megapixel, whereas the Leica provides 24.1 MP. Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their size, their sensors, their features, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison: Panasonic FT7 vs Leica TL2

The physical size and weight of the Panasonic FT7 and the Leica TL2 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter. You can also use the toggle button to switch to a percentage comparison if you prefer that the measures are being expressed in relative terms (in this case, the camera on the left – the FT7 – represents the basis or 100 percent across all the size and weight measures).

Compare Panasonic FT7 vs Leica TL2
FT7 versus TL2 top view
FT7 and TL2 rear side

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Leica TL2 is somewhat larger (4 percent) than the Panasonic FT7. It is worth mentioning in this context that the FT7 is splash and dust resistant, while the TL2 does not feature any corresponding weather-sealing. More than that, the FT7 is water-proof up to 31m and can, thus, be used for underwater photography.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the FT7 has a lens build in, whereas the TL2 is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, just select a new right or left comparator from among the camera models in the table. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

Camera Body Specifications
Camera Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Camera
Launch
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Panasonic FT7 (⇒ rgt) 4.6 in 3.0 in 1.5 in 11.3 oz 300 YES 2018 449 latest check
Leica TL2 (⇒ lft) 5.3 in 2.7 in 1.3 in 14.1 oz 250 no 2017 1,950 latest check
Canon G9 X Mark II (⇒ lft | rgt) 3.9 in 2.3 in 1.2 in 7.3 oz 235 no 2017 529 latest check
Canon G1 X Mark III (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.5 in 3.1 in 2.0 in 14.1 oz 200 YES 2017 1,299 latest check
Canon SX730 (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.3 in 2.5 in 1.6 in 10.6 oz 250 no 2017 399 latest check
Canon M100 (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.3 in 2.6 in 1.4 in 10.7 oz 295 no 2017 499 latest check
Canon M6 (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.4 in 2.7 in 1.8 in 13.8 oz 295 no 2017 779 latest check
Fujifilm X-A5 (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.6 in 2.7 in 1.6 in 12.7 oz 450 no 2018 399 latest check
Fujifilm X100F (⇒ lft | rgt) 5.0 in 3.0 in 2.0 in 16.5 oz 390 no 2017 1,299 latest check
Fujifilm X-E3 (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.8 in 2.9 in 1.7 in 11.9 oz 350 no 2017 899 latest check
Leica CL (⇒ lft | rgt) 5.2 in 3.1 in 1.8 in 14.2 oz 220 no 2017 2,795 latest check
Leica TL (⇒ lft | rgt) 5.3 in 2.7 in 1.3 in 13.5 oz 400 no 2016 1,695discont. check
Nikon W300 (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.1 in 8.1 oz 280 YES 2017 389 latest check
Olympus TG-5 (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.3 in 8.8 oz 340 YES 2017 449 latest check
Panasonic TZ90 (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.6 in 11.4 oz 380 no 2017 449 latest check
Panasonic TZ100 (⇒ lft | rgt) 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.7 in 11.0 oz 300 no 2016 699discont. check
Sony RX10 IV (⇒ lft | rgt) 5.2 in 3.7 in 5.7 in 38.6 oz 400 YES 2017 1,699 latest check

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The FT7 was launched at a lower price than the TL2, despite having a lens build 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. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

Sensor comparison: Panasonic FT7 vs Leica TL2

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants 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. 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 are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Panasonic FT7 features a 1/2.3-inch sensor and the Leica TL2 an APS-C sensor. The sensor area in the TL2 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 FT7 has a native 4:3 aspect ratio, while the one in the TL2 offers a 3:2 aspect.

Panasonic FT7 and Leica TL2 sensor measures

With 24.1MP, the TL2 offers a higher resolution than the FT7 (20.2MP), but the TL2 nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 3.92μm versus 1.18μm for the FT7) due to its larger sensor. However, the FT7 is a somewhat more recent model (by 10 months) than the TL2, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixel-units. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the TL2 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

FT7 versus TL2 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for most cameras. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

Sensor Characteristics
Camera Sensor
Class
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Panasonic FT7 (⇒ rgt) 1/2.3 20.2 5184 3888 4K/30p .. .. .. ..
Leica TL2 (⇒ lft) APS-C 24.1 6014 4014 4K/30p .. .. .. ..
Canon G9 X Mark II (⇒ lft | rgt) 1-inch 20.0 5472 3648 1080/60p 21.9 12.5 522 65
Canon G1 X Mark III (⇒ lft | rgt) APS-C 24.0 6000 4000 1080/60p .. .. .. ..
Canon SX730 (⇒ lft | rgt) 1/2.3 20.2 5184 3888 1080/60p - - - -
Canon M100 (⇒ lft | rgt) APS-C 24.0 6000 4000 1080/60p 23.5 12.9 1272 78
Canon M6 (⇒ lft | rgt) APS-C 24.0 6000 4000 1080/60p .. .. .. ..
Fujifilm X-A5 (⇒ lft | rgt) APS-C 24.0 6000 4000 4K/15p .. .. .. ..
Fujifilm X100F (⇒ lft | rgt) APS-C 24.0 6000 4000 1080/60p - - - -
Fujifilm X-E3 (⇒ lft | rgt) APS-C 24.0 6000 4000 4K/30p - - - -
Leica CL (⇒ lft | rgt) APS-C 24.1 6014 4014 4K/30p .. .. .. ..
Leica TL (⇒ lft | rgt) APS-C 16.1 4928 3264 1080/30p - - - -
Nikon W300 (⇒ lft | rgt) 1/2.3 15.9 4608 3456 4K/30p - - - -
Olympus TG-5 (⇒ lft | rgt) 1/2.3 12.0 4000 3000 4K/30p - - - -
Panasonic TZ90 (⇒ lft | rgt) 1/2.3 20.2 5184 3888 4K/30p 19.1 10.6 106 36
Panasonic TZ100 (⇒ lft | rgt) 1-inch 20.0 5472 3648 4K/30p 22.8 12.5 559 70
Sony RX10 IV (⇒ lft | rgt) 1-inch 20.0 5472 3648 4K/30p .. .. .. ..

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, and both provide the same movie specifications (4K/30p).

Feature comparison: Panasonic FT7 vs Leica TL2

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the FT7 has an electronic viewfinder (1170k dots), which can be very helpful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the TL2 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Panasonic FT7, the Leica TL2, and comparable cameras. If you need more detail on the specs, you can find comprehensive listings, for example, in the dpreview camera hub.

Core Features
Camera Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
Control
Panel
(Y/n)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
('000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(Y/n)
Shutter
speed
(1/sec)
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec))
Build-in
Flash
(GN)
Build-in
Image
Stab
Panasonic FT7 (⇒ rgt) 1170 no 3.0 1040 fixed no 1300 10.0 5.6 YES
Leica TL2 (⇒ lft) no no 3.7 1230 fixed YES 4000 7.0 no no
Canon G9 X Mark II (⇒ lft | rgt) no no 3.0 1040 fixed YES 2000 8.2 6 YES
Canon G1 X Mark III (⇒ lft | rgt) 2360 no 3.0 1040 swivel YES 2000 9.0 9 YES
Canon SX730 (⇒ lft | rgt) no no 3.0 922 tilting no 3200 5.9 4 YES
Canon M100 (⇒ lft | rgt) no no 3.0 1040 tilting YES 4000 6.1 5 no
Canon M6 (⇒ lft | rgt) no no 3.0 1040 tilting YES 4000 9.0 5 no
Fujifilm X-A5 (⇒ lft | rgt) no no 3.0 1040 tilting YES 4000 6.0 5.7 no
Fujifilm X100F (⇒ lft | rgt) 2360 no 3.0 1040 fixed no 4000 8.0 4.6 no
Fujifilm X-E3 (⇒ lft | rgt) 2360 no 3.0 1040 fixed YES 4000 8.0 no no
Leica CL (⇒ lft | rgt) 2360 YES 3.0 1040 fixed YES 8000 10.0 no no
Leica TL (⇒ lft | rgt) no no 3.7 1230 fixed YES 4000 5.0 YES no
Nikon W300 (⇒ lft | rgt) no no 3.0 921 fixed no 4000 7.0 5.2 YES
Olympus TG-5 (⇒ lft | rgt) no no 3.0 460 fixed no 2000 20.0 YES YES
Panasonic TZ90 (⇒ lft | rgt) 1166 no 3.0 1040 tilting YES 2000 10.0 5.6 YES
Panasonic TZ100 (⇒ lft | rgt) 1166 no 3.0 1040 fixed YES 2000 10.0 YES YES
Sony RX10 IV (⇒ lft | rgt) 2359 YES 3.0 1440 tilting YES 2000 24.0 10.8 YES

Both the FT7 and the TL2 are current models that good online retailers will have in stock. You can check the latest prices, for example, at amazon. The TL2 replaced the earlier Leica TL, while the FT7 followed on from the Panasonic FT6.

Review summary: Panasonic FT7 vs Leica TL2

So what is the bottom line? Is the Panasonic FT7 better than the Leica TL2 or vice versa? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


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Arguments in favor of the Panasonic Lumix DC-FT7:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Easier framing: Has an electronic viewfinder for image framing and settings control.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (10 vs 7 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Ready to shoot: Has a lens build-in, whereas the TL2 requires a separate lens.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter even though it comes with a build-in lens (unlike the TL2).
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (300 versus 250) on a single battery charge.
  • Better sealing: Is weather sealed to enable shooting in dusty or wet environments.
  • Water-proof: Can be used in the rain and for underwater photography (up to 31m).
  • Easier fill-in: Is equipped with a small onboard flash to brighten deep shadow areas.
  • Sharper images: Has hand-shake reducing image stabilization build-in.
  • More affordable: Was introduced at a lower price, despite coming with a build-in lens.
  • More modern: Is somewhat more recent (announced 10 months after the TL2).

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Reasons to prefer the Leica TL2:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (24.1 vs 20.2MP), which boosts linear resolution by 12%.
  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Better low-light imaging: Features bigger pixels on a larger sensor for better high-ISO images.
  • 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).
  • Fewer buttons to press: Has a touchscreen to facilitate handling and shooting adjustments.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (4000/sec vs 1300/sec) to freeze action.
  • More flexible: Takes interchangeable lenses and can thus be used with specialty optics.
  • More prestigious: Has the Leica luxury appeal, which ensures a high resale value.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in July 2017).

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the FT7 emerges as the winner of the contest (12 : 10 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.

FT7 12:10 TL2

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras is instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the FT7 or the TL2 handle or 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. This is why expert reviews are important. The adjacent table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, photographyblog). The full reviews are available by clicking on the site logo in the table header.

Review scores
Camera cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Panasonic FT7 (⇒ rgt) .. .. .. .. .. 2018 449 latest check
Leica TL2 (⇒ lft) .. .. 4/5 .. 4/5 2017 1,950 latest check
Canon G9 X Mark II (⇒ lft | rgt) .. 75/100 4.5/5 4.5/5 4.5/5 2017 529 latest check
Canon G1 X Mark III (⇒ lft | rgt) Rec 79/100 4.5/5 .. 4.5/5 2017 1,299 latest check
Canon SX730 (⇒ lft | rgt) Rec - 4/5 - 4/5 2017 399 latest check
Canon M100 (⇒ lft | rgt) Rec .. 4/5 .. 3.5/5 2017 499 latest check
Canon M6 (⇒ lft | rgt) - 80/100 Silver 4/5 4.5/5 4/5 2017 779 latest check
Fujifilm X-A5 (⇒ lft | rgt) .. .. .. .. 3.5/5 2018 399 latest check
Fujifilm X100F (⇒ lft | rgt) Rec 83/100 Gold 4.5/5 .. 4.5/5 2017 1,299 latest check
Fujifilm X-E3 (⇒ lft | rgt) Rec 84/100 Gold 4.5/5 4.5/5 4.5/5 2017 899 latest check
Leica CL (⇒ lft | rgt) .. .. .. .. 4/5 2017 2,795 latest check
Leica TL (⇒ lft | rgt) - - - - 4/5 2016 1,695discont. check
Nikon W300 (⇒ lft | rgt) Rec - 4/5 - 4/5 2017 389 latest check
Olympus TG-5 (⇒ lft | rgt) HiRec - 4/5 reviewed 4/5 2017 449 latest check
Panasonic TZ90 (⇒ lft | rgt) HiRec - 4/5 - 4/5 2017 449 latest check
Panasonic TZ100 (⇒ lft | rgt) HiRec 82/100 Gold 4.5/5 4/5 4.5/5 2016 699discont. check
Sony RX10 IV (⇒ lft | rgt) Rec 84/100 Gold 4.5/5 .. 5/5 2017 1,699 latest check

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. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

Other camera comparisons

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