As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Leica M9 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, boutiques, entry-level DSLRs, super zooms and pro digicams. The Leica M9's top rivals come from Leica (such as the M Typ 240 and the M-E Typ 220) and Canon (such as the EOS 50D and the EOS 6D)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica M9 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it is thinner (1.5" vs 1.9").

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 24fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs digital) and it's body is not weather sealed.

Leica M Typ 240

Leica M Typ 240
3 years newer
$5,595 (body only)

Significant advantages of the M Typ 240 (vs the M9)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the M Typ 240 (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the M Typ 240 and M9

  • Both have rangefinder viewfinders: Rangefinder vs Rangefinder
  • Fairly small: Standard size (139×80×42 mm) vs Mid size (139×80×37 mm)
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.5"

Sony A7

Sony A7
4 years newer
$798 (body only)
$965 - $998 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the M9)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the A7 and M9

  • Thin: 1.9" vs 1.5"

Leica M-E Typ 220

Leica M-E Typ 220
3 years newer
$3,952 (body only)

Significant advantages of the M-E Typ 220 (vs the M9)

  • Much longer exposures: 240 seconds vs 8 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the M-E Typ 220 (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the M-E Typ 220 and M9

  • Fairly small: Mid size (139×80×37 mm) vs Mid size (139×80×37 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.5"

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujifilm X-Pro1
2 years newer
$1,045 (body only)
$1,641 35mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-Pro1 (vs the M9)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,230k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the X-Pro1 (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the X-Pro1 and M9

  • Fairly small: Standard size (140×82×43 mm) vs Mid size (139×80×37 mm)
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.5"

Leica M8

Leica M8
3 years older

Significant advantages of the M8 (vs the M9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the M8 (vs the M9)

  • Lower true resolution: 10.4 MP vs 18.1 MP

common strengths of the M8 and M9

  • Both have rangefinder viewfinders: Rangefinder vs Rangefinder
  • Fairly small: Mid size (139×80×37 mm) vs Mid size (139×80×37 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.5"

Leica M10

Leica M10
7 years newer
$6,379 - $6,596 (body only)
$7,836 75mm lens

Significant advantages of the M10 (vs the M9)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,036k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the M10 (vs the M9)

  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.5"

common strengths of the M10 and M9

  • Both have rangefinder viewfinders: Rangefinder vs Rangefinder
  • Fairly small: Mid size (139×39×80 mm) vs Mid size (139×80×37 mm)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
1 year older
$532 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the M9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 50D (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the 50D and M9

  • None found

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the M9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the 6D and M9

  • None found

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
5 years newer
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the M9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the D750 and M9

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
7 years newer
$2,219 - $2,999 (body only)
$2,558 - $3,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the M9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and M9

  • None found

Nikon D810

Nikon D810
4 years newer
$1,999 - $2,797 (body only)
$2,583 - $3,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (vs the M9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D810 (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the D810 and M9

  • None found

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
similar age
$5,383 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 1D Mark IV (vs the M9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 1D Mark IV (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the 1D Mark IV and M9

  • None found

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica M9 compared to boutique competitors include: it has a slightly longer battery life (350 shots vs 300 shots), is thinner (1.5" vs 2.8"), has interchangeable lenses and has higher quality type of viewfinder (rangefinder vs optical).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (2,500 ISO vs 51,200 ISO), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2 fps vs 6 fps) and lacks autofocus (none vs phase detection).

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100
1 year newer
$900

Significant advantages of the X100 (vs the M9)

  • Much larger screen: 2.8" vs 2.5"
  • Autofocus: Contrast detection vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the X100 (vs the M9)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Doesn't have a rangefinder viewfinder: Optical vs Rangefinder

common strengths of the X100 and M9

  • Fairly small: Standard size (127×75×54 mm) vs Mid size (139×80×37 mm)
  • Thin: 2.1" vs 1.5"

Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Fujifilm FinePix X100s
3 years newer
$347

Significant advantages of the X100s (vs the M9)

  • Much larger screen: 2.8" vs 2.5"
  • Autofocus: Hybrid detection vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the X100s (vs the M9)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Doesn't have a rangefinder viewfinder: Optical vs Rangefinder

common strengths of the X100s and M9

  • Fairly small: Standard size (127×74×54 mm) vs Mid size (139×80×37 mm)
  • Thin: 2.1" vs 1.5"

Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm X100F
7 years newer
$1,050 - $1,299

Significant advantages of the X100F (vs the M9)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Autofocus: Phase detection vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the X100F (vs the M9)

  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the X100F and M9

  • Fairly small: Standard size (127×75×52 mm) vs Mid size (139×80×37 mm)
  • Thin: 2" vs 1.5"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II
6 years newer
$3,298

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II (vs the M9)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Autofocus: Phase detection vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II (vs the M9)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Much shorter battery life: 220 shots vs 350 shots
  • Significantly thicker: 2.8" vs 1.5"

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II and M9

  • Fairly small: Standard size (113×65×72 mm) vs Mid size (139×80×37 mm)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Pentax K10D

Pentax K10D
3 years older

Significant advantages of the K10D (vs the M9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K10D (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the K10D and M9

  • None found

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
3 years newer
$1,095 (body only)
$539 - $549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the M9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the T5i and M9

  • None found

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
1 year older

Significant advantages of the Rebel XSi (vs the M9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XSi (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel XSi and M9

  • None found

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
5 years newer
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the M9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7200 and M9

  • None found

Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II
3 years newer
$1,094 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-5 II (vs the M9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-5 II (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-5 II and M9

  • None found

Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30
2 years newer
$391 (body only)
$548 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-30 (vs the M9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-30 (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-30 and M9

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica M9 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (mid size (139×80×37 mm) vs large (137×99×131 mm)), is thinner (1.5" vs 5.2"), is slightly lighter (585 g vs 830 g) and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and much lower maximum light sensitivity (2,500 ISO vs 25,600 ISO).

Leica V-Lux (Typ 114)

Leica V-Lux (Typ 114)
5 years newer
$995 - $1,195

Significant advantages of the V-Lux (Typ 114) (vs the M9)

  • Built-in flash
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the V-Lux (Typ 114) (vs the M9)

  • Significantly larger: Large (137×99×131 mm) vs Mid size (139×80×37 mm)
  • Built-in lens only
  • Much thicker: 5.2" vs 1.5"

common strengths of the V-Lux (Typ 114) and M9

  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 18.1 MP
  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 350 shots
  • Each supports an external flash

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica M9 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (18.1 MP vs 10 MP), has a slightly longer battery life (350 shots vs 200 shots), has interchangeable lenses, has a viewfinder (rangefinder vs none) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,229k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2 fps vs 6 fps).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
10 months newer
$700

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the M9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-LX5 and M9

  • None found

Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95
1 year newer
$315

Significant advantages of the S95 (vs the M9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S95 (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the S95 and M9

  • None found

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
2 years newer
$403 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the M9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the M9)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and M9

  • None found