Leica M9 Review

Overall 47
Imaging 18
Features 13
Size 79
Price 0

Main Features

  • 18.0 MP Full frame CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 2500
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 2.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 139 x 80 x 37 mm
  • Weight: 585 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Leica M9-P. Compare

Leica M9 Summary

This review is devoted to M9 that Leica has first introduced to the public in Sep 09, 2009. This model is a Pro Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 18.0 MP and a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Leica has replaced this product with their most recent model M9-P. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Leica M9 vs. M9-P

In Pro Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #112 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 47/100 and it takes a rank of #217 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Leica M9 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Leica M9 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 80

CONs

  • Screen Size: 2.5″
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 2.0 fps
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 11.7
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 884
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Battery Life: 350 shots
  • Timelapse Recording: No
  • Storage Slots: 1

Popular comparisons of Leica M9

Complete Comparison of Leica M9 With Other Cameras in Pro Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Leica M9. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Leica M9

Leica M9 has the following external dimensions 139 x 139 x 37 mm (54.72 x 31.5 x 14.57″) with the weight of 585 g.

The typical weight for average Pro Mirrorless type cameras is 672g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Leica M9, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Leica M9 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 37mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Leica M9 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Leica M9 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Leica M9 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Leica M9 — 350 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 432 shots
Max: 870 shots

Thickness

Leica M9 — 37 mm
Min: 37 mm
Average: 63 mm
Max: 97 mm

Weight

Leica M9 — 585 g
Min: 465 g
Average: 672 g
Max: 1320 g

Unfortunately, Leica M9 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Leica M9 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Leica M9 Photo and Sensor Features

Leica M9 boasts of a resolution of 18.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Leica M9 has the following ISO range 80 - 2500 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Leica M9 features a 18.0 MP Full frame sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Leica M9, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 69 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Leica M9’s sensor.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Leica M9 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Leica M9

LCD and ViewFinder

Leica M9 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (rangefinder) ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Leica M9 are its 2.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, M9 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Leica M9 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect M9 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Leica M9 provides a shooting life of 350, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 432 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Leica M9 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Leica M9 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Leica M9’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Leica M9’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the M9 to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Leica M9 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica M9 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 69. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica M9 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Leica M9 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica M9 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 75. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica M9 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Large Full frame(36 x 24 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (139 x 80 x 37 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Leica M9 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica M9 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 76. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica M9 can be called a 76 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (2.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (884)
  • Small battery life (350 shots)

Leica M9 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica M9 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica M9 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (585 g)
  • Big size (139 x 80 x 37 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash
  • Video is not available

Leica M9 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica M9 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 82. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica M9 can be called a 82 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (11.7)
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (18 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (884)

Leica M9 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Leica
Model M9
Announced Sep 09, 2009
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Leica M
Number of Lenses 59
Focal Length Multiplier 1x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.5″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View No
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (rangefinder)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification 0.68
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 2.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 69
DxO Color Depth 22.5
DxO Dynamic Range 11.7
DxO Low Light ISO 884
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 36 x 24 mm
Sensor Area 864.00 mm2
Sensor Resolution 18.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5212 x 3472
Max Native ISO 2,500
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single No
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 585 g
Physical Dimensions 139 x 80 x 37 mm
Battery Life 350 shots
Battery Type 350 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC card
Storage Slots 1

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