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Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M9-P

Portability
78
Imaging
65
Features
23
Overall
48
Leica M-Monochrom front
 
Leica M9-P front
Portability
78
Imaging
64
Features
30
Overall
50

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M9-P Key Specs

Leica M-Monochrom
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 160 - 10000
  • No Video
  • Leica M Mount
  • 600g - 139 x 80 x 37mm
  • Released May 2012
Leica M9-P
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 2500
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • No Video
  • Leica M Mount
  • 600g - 139 x 80 x 37mm
  • Announced June 2011
  • Older Model is Leica M9
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Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M9-P Overview

In this article, we are matching up the Leica M-Monochrom and Leica M9-P, both Pro Mirrorless cameras and they are both sold by Leica. The resolution of the M-Monochrom (18MP) and the M9-P (18MP) is fairly comparable and they possess the same exact sensor measurements (Full frame).

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The M-Monochrom was introduced 11 months later than the M9-P which means that they are both of a similar age. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before getting through a comprehensive comparison, below is a simple introduction of how the M-Monochrom scores vs the M9-P in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Leica M-Monochrom over the Leica M9-P

 M-Monochrom M9-P 
AnnouncedMay 2012June 2011Fresher by 11 months

Reasons to pick Leica M9-P over the Leica M-Monochrom

 M9-P M-Monochrom 

Common features in the Leica M-Monochrom and Leica M9-P

 M-Monochrom M9-P 
Manually focus Very accurate focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing2.5"2.5"Equivalent display measurements
Display resolution230k230kSame display resolution
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly display Missing Touch friendly display

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M9-P Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry your camera frequently, you should consider its weight and size. The Leica M-Monochrom offers external dimensions of 139mm x 80mm x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") with a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs) whilst the Leica M9-P has specifications of 139mm x 80mm x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") having a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are using during that time. Here is the front view measurement comparison of the M-Monochrom vs the M9-P.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M9-P size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the M-Monochrom and M9-P is 78 and 78 respectively.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M9-P top view buttons comparison

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M9-P Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be hard to visualize the gap in sensor sizing merely by going through specs. The photograph below should give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the M-Monochrom and M9-P.

All in all, the 2 cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the exact same resolution therefore you can expect comparable quality of photos but you should always consider the launch date of the cameras into account. The fresher M-Monochrom should have an advantage with regard to sensor technology.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M9-P sensor size comparison

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M9-P Screen and ViewFinder

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M9-P Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Portrait photography advice
Leica M9-P Portrait photography advice
71
manual focus
resolution is good (18MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
70
manual focus
MP count decent (18MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports RAW files
no liveview feature
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Street Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Street photography factors
Leica M9-P Street photography factors
65
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
64
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports RAW files
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom as a Sports photography camera
Leica M9-P as a Sports photography camera
45
resolution is good (18MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
doesn't have liveview
low fps (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
low battery pack (350 per charge)
does not have phase detect auto focus
44
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
no liveview feature
low fps (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery pack (350 shots)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Travel photography information
Leica M9-P Travel photography information
54
resolution is good (18 megapixels)
no Time Lapse recording
low battery pack (350 per charge)
display is not selfie friendly
54
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
does not have Timelapse mode
terrible battery pack (350 shots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom as a Landscape photography camera
Leica M9-P as a Landscape photography camera
58
manual focus
switch lenses (Leica M mount)
resolution is good (18MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.5")
doesn't have liveview
no image stabilization
low battery pack (350 CIPA)
no Time Lapse recording
60
manual focus
swap lenses (Leica M mount)
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
supports RAW files
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
no liveview feature
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery pack (350 per charge)
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Leica M-Monochrom
Vlogging with Leica M9-P
9
no video recording
9
lack of video recording
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Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M9-P Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica M-Monochrom and Leica M9-P
 Leica M-MonochromLeica M9-P
General Information
Brand Name Leica Leica
Model Leica M-Monochrom Leica M9-P
Type Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Released 2012-05-10 2011-06-21
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor measurements 36 x 24mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 864.0mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixel 18 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 5212 x 3472 5212 x 3472
Maximum native ISO 10000 2500
Min native ISO 160 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Lens
Lens mount Leica M Leica M
Available lenses 59 59
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.5 inches 2.5 inches
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech TFT color LCD with a sapphire glass LCD cover TFT color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (rangefinder) Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder magnification 0.68x 0.68x
Features
Min shutter speed 32s 4s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash settings Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/180s -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Maximum video resolution None None
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 600 gr (1.32 lbs) 600 gr (1.32 lbs)
Dimensions 139 x 80 x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") 139 x 80 x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 68
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.5
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.6
DXO Low light score not tested 854
Other
Battery life 350 photos 350 photos
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC card
Card slots One One
Launch cost $7,950 $7,995