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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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:
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
You can connect M9 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No Significant Advantages
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.
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.
|Announced||Sep 09, 2009|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Lens Mount||Leica M|
|Number of Lenses||59|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||2.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||69|
|DxO Color Depth||22.5|
|DxO Dynamic Range||11.7|
|DxO Low Light ISO||884|
|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|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Max Video Resolution|
|Physical Dimensions||139 x 80 x 37 mm|
|Battery Life||350 shots|
|Battery Type||350 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC card|