Leica M9 overview
Leica M9 is Leica's Pro Mirrorless digital camera first announced on September of 2009. The camera includes a 18MP, CCD Full frame sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 5212 x 3472.
The M9 is scored #49 out of 51 in Pro Mirrorless cameras and all round #395 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. You can check out our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your custom requirements.
Here is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Leica M9 history
The Leica M9 comes with a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can view all earlier and new models as well as important features.
Leica M9 Gallery
You can see the M9 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Leica M9 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of benefits and drawbacks of the Leica M9 based on things which are often seen as useful in a digital camera.
Leica M9 Sensor info
The measurement of the sensor in the Leica M9 is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor can resolve 5212 x 3472 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The CCD sensor boasts 18 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 80 - 2500. RAW format is supported therefore the user has wider room to maneuver in post.
Leica chose to skip the low pass filter in the Leica M9. This will result in more sharp images but may cause moire in certain situations.
The picture underneath shows the M9's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The M9 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is presented in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Leica M9 dimensions
Leica M9 has a weight of 1.29 lbs (585 gr / 20.64 ounces) and features outside proportions of 139mm x 80mm x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5"). The weight of general Pro Mirrorless camera is 699 gr so the Leica M9 is lighter compared with various rivals.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
Here is a shot of the Leica M9 next to a soft drink to help you to have a sense of its scale.
The top view under will show the button design on the M9.
Leica M9 Lens info
The M9 uses the Leica M mount and has 58 lenses that you can purchase. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the M9.
Leica M9 Connectivity
The M9 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to copy files and at times adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.
Certain applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external screen. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB port.
Leica M9 Video info
Leica M9 does not record video. In case you are shopping for a digital camera to take only pictures, this might not be a problem.
Leica M9 Weather Sealing
Leica M9 doesn't include weather sealing so damp conditions may ruin the camera.
Leica M9 Screen and Viewfinder
The Leica M9 includes a 2.5 inch fixed screen boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Please note that the screen offers no touch support.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The ViewFinder details regarding Leica M9 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Optical (rangefinder)
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.68x
Viewfinders can be very helpful during sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.
Leica M9 Shutter info
Leica M9 continuous shooting rate is 2.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.
Leica M9 Flash and Hot shoe info
Leica M9 has got external flash ability but is lacking inbuilt flash. The maximum flash sync is 1/180 seconds.
Leica M9 Autofocusing info
Leica M9 has not got Auto focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster & precise compared with Contrast Detect focusing.
Leica M9 boasts manual focus when needed during low light situations or you need to have more exact focus control.
Leica M9 Battery life
The battery power in the Leica M9 is made to last for 350 images according to the CIPA requirements making it lesser as compared with its rivals. The typical Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 441. Olympus E-M1X has got the highest (870) battery life within this type of cameras.
Listed below is a number of Pro Mirrorless cameras with the highest battery life:
Leica M9 for various kinds of photography
The following bar chart presents a analysis of the Leica M9 for various kinds of photography. To read more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.
Leica M9 Portrait photography details
The Leica M9 gets a points tally of 71 which is very good, meaning that it is a very decent fit for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support together with the option to use off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Leica M9
Coming in at a nice points total of 65, the Leica M9 is a respectable pick for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Leica M9
A dreadful sports photography rating of 45 indicates the Leica M9 is not really suitable for photographing sports. A camera needs fantastic tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Leica M9 Travel photography info
Portability is very important when buying a travel camera. Over-all, the Leica M9 gets a modest 54 as a travel camera which is reasonably suited to take on your travels.
Leica M9 Landscape photography information
If you are planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photography, the most essential factor is going to be image quality. The Leica M9 with it's very good score of 61 as a landscape camera is a respectable choice among it's competition.
Leica M9 Vlogging features
A vlogging camera ought to offer a moving display, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Leica M9 is not really suitable for vlogging as it gets a dreadful rating of 9.
Leica M9 Alternatives
If you are looking for alternatives to the M9, below is a number of the top placed cameras that fall in to the category of Pro Mirrorless.
The chart below will give you a summary of the M9 versus it's highest ranking rivals suggested previously.
These are some more cameras you may view as alternatives. To review a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.