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Leica M9


$7,000.00 Released August, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Compatible with all M-mount lenses. Smallest full-frame digital camera - large 18.5 megapixel 23.9x35.8mm CCD sensor. Extremely compact and lightweight compared to a DSLR with comparable sized sensor.

The Cons:Extremely high price. Only capable of 1-2fps continuous shooting. Annoying for new M8.2 buyers not expecting an upgrade so soon - a mere 8 months.

The Leica M9 is a professional camera that claims to be the world's smallest full-frame system camera. It is an improvement on its predecessor, the M8, with a minor button re-arrangement and major internal changes such as a Kodak-developed CCD sensor with improved offset microlenses to optimize performance at the edges of the frame.

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The Leica M9 sports a sensor cover with improved filtering of infrared light making lens-mounted IR filters a thing of the past. The 35mm film-sized sensor means that the original intended field of view is provided. The Leica M9 features a microprocessor-controlled, silent, metal-leaf, focal-plane shutter that has shutter speeds of up to 1/4000 seconds. One additional nice thing about owning a Leica camera is that Leica is committed to compatibility, which means that almost all M lenses built since 1954 can still be used on the new M9. 

Features

  • 36 x 24 mm CCD
  • 18 million effective pixels
  • 6.8 x 6.8 µm pixel pitch 
  • No anti-alias filter
  • ISO 160 - 2500 (ISO 80 'pulled'*)
  • Center-biased reflected from white & grey stripes on shutter blades
  • Quiet metal blade Shutter
  • 32 - 1/4000 sec shutter speed
  • 1/180 sec flash spync
  • Steel gray, Black

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Pros
  • 3

    compatible with all M-mount lenses

  • 2

    smallest full-frame digital camera - large 18.5 megapixel 23.9x35.8mm CCD sensor

  • 2

    extremely compact and lightweight compared to a DSLR with comparable sized sensor

  • 2

    analog controls give it a proper film camera feel

  • 2

    capable of taking fully uncompressed 14-bit DNG format images

  • 2

    easy to pick up and use

  • 2

    image quality on par with much larger, heavier, more complicated and equally expensive cameras

  • 2

    easy to use menu system

  • 2

    quiet - quieter than a D3S in quiet mode

  • 2

    creates very sharp images with low noise

Cons
  • 1

    extremely high price

  • 1

    only capable of 1-2fps continuous shooting

  • 0

    annoying for new M8.2 buyers not expecting an upgrade so soon - a mere 8 months

  • 0

    LCD loses the previous generation's scratch-resistant Sapphire Glass Cover

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    no video mode

  • 0

    somewhat short frame buffer with annoying processing delay

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