Leica M9 Review

Overall Score

50

Main Features

  • 18 MP Full frame CCD Sensor
  • 80 - 2500 ISO
  • 2" Fixed Screen
  • Optical (rangefinder) Viewfinder
  • 2 fps continuous shooting
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 139 x 80 x 37 mm, 585g.
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  • Replaced by: M9-P

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Leica M9 Overview


First introduced in September, 2009, Leica M9 is a 18 MP Mirrorless with a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Leica replaced M9 with Leica M9-P. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Leica M9 with Leica M9-P


Leica M9 comes with a Full Frame sensor - 35.8 x 23.9 mm CCD sensor, which has a diagonal of 43.04 mm

- Full Frame, approximate the actual size shown above

Sensor resolution of Leica M9 ~ 5196 x 3464 pixels.

Leica M9 has Crop Factor: 1.01

The sensor has a surface area of 855.6 mm².

There are approximate 17,998,944 photosites (pixels) on this area.


Proc and Cons of Leica M9


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Leica M9 with competitors in pro mirrorless cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Optical Viewfinder
2.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
585g Light Body
Flash Sync Port
External Flash
RAW Support
1/4000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
2 AE Bracketing Range
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
No Image Stabilization
No Environmental Sealing
Small LCD Screen: 2"
Slow Continuous Shooting: 230 fps
Low Battery Life: 350 shots
No Articulating Screen
No Full HD Video
No AF Face Detection
Low Max Native ISO: 2500
Low Screen Resolution: 230k dots
Weight: 585g
Type Scores

Leica M9 has an Overall Score of 50/100 and ranked #203 out of 214 in Mirrorless cameras, and ranked #508 out of 1222 in all cameras.

Leica M9 Scores
Imaging score
61
Features score
31
Value for money score
58
Portability score
84
Overall score
50
Average Scores in Pro Mirrorless
Imaging Score
71
Features Score
78
Value For Money Score
82
Portability Score
74
Overall score
79

Physical Dimensions of Leica M9


Leica M9 weighs 585g and has external dimensions of 139 x 80 x 37mm (5.47 x 3.15 x 1.46"). Considering that the average weight of Pro Mirrorless cameras is 691g, Leica M9 is 106 grams less than the average weight of cameras in this category.

Weight Comparison
Pro Mirrorless Cameras


Leica M9
585g
Average weight
691g
Min weight
465g
Max weight
1320g

Thickness Comparison
Pro Mirrorless Cameras


Leica M9
37mm
Average Thickness
67mm
Min Thickness
37mm
Max Thickness
97mm

Here is the front and top view image of Leica M9 with the dimensions:

Leica M9

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight M9 Dimensions M9
Leica M Typ 240 Leica M Typ 240 680 g 585 g 139 x 80 x 42 mm 139 x 80 x 37 mm
Leica M9-P Leica M9-P 600 g 585 g 139 x 80 x 37 mm 139 x 80 x 37 mm
Leica M-E Typ 220 Leica M-E Typ 220 585 g 585 g 139 x 80 x 37 mm 139 x 80 x 37 mm
Leica M10 Leica M10 660 g 585 g 139 x 39 x 80 mm 139 x 80 x 37 mm
Leica M8 Leica M8 591 g 585 g 139 x 80 x 37 mm 139 x 80 x 37 mm
Sony Alpha A7 II Sony A7 II 599 g 585 g 127 x 96 x 60 mm 139 x 80 x 37 mm
Sony Alpha a6000 Sony A6000 344 g 585 g 120 x 67 x 45 mm 139 x 80 x 37 mm
Leica M-Monochrom Leica M-Monochrom 600 g 585 g 139 x 80 x 37 mm 139 x 80 x 37 mm

Specifications of Leica M9


General
Brand Leica
Model M9
Announced September, 2009
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Lens Mount Leica M
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 1
Number of Lenses 59
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 2"
Screen Type Fixed
Screen Resolution 230k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage n/a%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.68
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 0
Number of Cross Focus Points
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/4 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
Continuous Shooting 2.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range no built-in flash
Flash Modes Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±2 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Dimensions 35.8 x 23.9 mm
Sensor Area 855.6 mm²
Sensor Resolution 18 MP
Max Image Resolution 5212 x 3472
Max Native ISO 2500
Min Native ISO 80
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution None
Video Formats
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 350 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model
Physical
Weight 585 g
Physical Dimensions 139 x 80 x 37 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD/SDHC card
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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