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Leica M9-P vs Sigma fp L

Portability
78
Imaging
64
Features
30
Overall
50
Leica M9-P front
 
Sigma fp L front
Portability
83
Imaging
83
Features
80
Overall
81

Leica M9-P vs Sigma fp L Key Specs

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
  • Launched June 2011
  • Succeeded the Leica M9
Sigma fp L
(Full Review)
  • 61MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Push to 102400)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 427g - 113 x 70 x 45mm
  • Released March 2021
  • Succeeded the Sigma fp
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Leica M9-P vs Sigma fp L Overview

The following is a in-depth analysis of the Leica M9-P and Sigma fp L, one is a Pro Mirrorless and the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless by competitors Leica and Sigma. There is a big difference between the sensor resolutions of the M9-P (18MP) and fp L (61MP) but both cameras have the same sensor size (Full frame).

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The M9-P was released 10 years before the fp L which is quite a big gap as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras have the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before getting into a complete comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the M9-P scores against the fp L when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Leica M9-P over the Sigma fp L

 M9-P fp L 

Reasons to pick Sigma fp L over the Leica M9-P

 fp L M9-P 
ReleasedMarch 2021June 2011Newer by 118 months
Screen dimensions3.2"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.7")
Screen resolution2100k230kClearer screen (+1870k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Leica M9-P and Sigma fp L

 M9-P fp L 
Focus manually Dial precise focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Leica M9-P vs Sigma fp L Physical Comparison

If you're going to travel with your camera, you will need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Leica M9-P has outside measurements of 139mm x 80mm x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") with a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs) while the Sigma fp L has proportions of 113mm x 70mm x 45mm (4.4" x 2.8" x 1.8") along with a weight of 427 grams (0.94 lbs).

Take a look at the Leica M9-P and Sigma fp L in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are using at that moment. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the M9-P compared to the fp L.

Leica M9-P vs Sigma fp L size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the M9-P and fp L is 78 and 83 respectively.

Leica M9-P vs Sigma fp L top view buttons comparison

Leica M9-P vs Sigma fp L Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very tough to see the gap between sensor dimensions simply by checking a spec sheet. The pic here will give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the M9-P and fp L.

Clearly, both the cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You should expect the Sigma fp L to give greater detail as a result of its extra 43MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop shots a bit more aggressively. The more aged M9-P is going to be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Leica M9-P vs Sigma fp L sensor size comparison

Leica M9-P vs Sigma fp L Screen and ViewFinder

Leica M9-P vs Sigma fp L Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Leica M9-P
Portrait photography with Sigma fp L
70
focusing manually
good resolution (18 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
no liveview feature
89
has manual focus
high megapixels (61MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
includes face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Leica M9-P Street photography factors
Sigma fp L Street photography factors
64
sensor size is big (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
78
sensor size is big (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
comes with touch to focus
weather sealing
great ISO range (25,600)
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Leica M9-P Sports photography details
Sigma fp L Sports photography details
44
good resolution (18MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
no liveview feature
max frames per second low (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery life (350 shots)
lack of phase detect auto focus
79
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
high megapixels (61 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
includes tracking autofocus
weather sealing
comes with phase detect AF
no image stabilization
not so great battery power (240 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Leica M9-P as a Travel photography camera
Sigma fp L as a Travel photography camera
54
good resolution (18MP)
lack of Time Lapse function
terrible battery life (350 shots)
does not have a selfie friendly display
73
weather sealing
comes with touch to focus
high megapixels (61MP)
not so great battery power (240 shots)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Leica M9-P Landscape photography highlights
Sigma fp L Landscape photography highlights
60
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Leica M mount)
good resolution (18 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
no anti aliasing filter
delivers RAW formats
tiny screen (2.5")
no liveview feature
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery life (350 per charge)
lack of Time Lapse function
81
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Leica L mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2 inches)
high megapixels (61MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
great ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
no image stabilization
not so great battery power (240 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica M9-P as a Vlogging camera
Sigma fp L as a Vlogging camera
9
can't shoot video
38
touch screen
includes face detection focusing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have external mic support
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
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Leica M9-P vs Sigma fp L Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica M9-P and Sigma fp L
 Leica M9-PSigma fp L
General Information
Brand Leica Sigma
Model type Leica M9-P Sigma fp L
Class Pro Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Launched 2011-06-21 2021-03-25
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 864.0mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixels 61 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5212 x 3472 9520 x 6328
Highest native ISO 2500 25600
Highest boosted ISO - 102400
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Minimum boosted ISO - 6
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points - 49
Lens
Lens mount type Leica M Leica L
Amount of lenses 59 40
Crop factor 1 1
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.5 inch 3.2 inch
Display resolution 230k dots 2,100k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology TFT color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (rangefinder) Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution - 3,680k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.68x 0.83x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 2.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash modes Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync no built-in flash
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution None 3840x2160
Video format - MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes (USB Power Delivery supported)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 600g (1.32 pounds) 427g (0.94 pounds)
Physical dimensions 139 x 80 x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") 113 x 70 x 45mm (4.4" x 2.8" x 1.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 68 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.6 not tested
DXO Low light rating 854 not tested
Other
Battery life 350 images 240 images
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - BP-51
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported)
Card slots One One
Price at launch $7,995 $2,499