Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Fujifilm X-E2 vs Leica M9

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Reasons to buy the Leica M9

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Rangefinder
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
800 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
38 lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm X-E1

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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Advantages of the Fujifilm X-E1

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Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Autofocus Autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Lowest price Much cheaper $599.00 vs $6,879.95
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The best price we've seen is $6,281 cheaper (11.5x less)
Screen size Larger screen 2.8" vs 2.5"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Weight Significantly lighter 350 g vs 585 g
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More than 40% lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 2 fps
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3x faster continuous shooting
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures 30s vs 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Size Slightly smaller 129x74x38 mm vs 139x80x37 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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Advantages of the Leica M9

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 800 ms vs 2400 ms
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3x less delay when turning on
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 38 lenses vs 8 lenses
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Around 5x more lenses available
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Rangefinder vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
True resolution Higher true resolution 18.1 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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similarities

Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
X-E1:Digital
M9:Rangefinder
External flash Each supports an external flash Help
Better lighting
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
X-E1:30s
M9:8s
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
X-E1:460k dots
M9:230k dots
3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
Screen size Very small screens Help
X-E1:2.8"
M9:2.5"
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur

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Advantages

Disadvantages

Fujifilm X-E2

Fujifilm X-E2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$799 body only

$1,099 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$899 - $1,000 body only

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Weight Is slightly heavier
Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Boutique

$1,099 - $1,100

Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$648 body only

$798 - $799 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Thickness Is thicker
External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,299 body only

$1,899 with 18-135mm lens

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$799 body only

$899 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Weight Is slightly heavier
Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Boutique

$684

Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is slightly larger

Fujifilm X-E1 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Fujifilm X-M1

Fujifilm X-M1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$499 body only

$599 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Fujifilm X-A1

Fujifilm X-A1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$463 - $500 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

Leica M9 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica M Typ 240

Leica M Typ 240

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Live view Has live view
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Weight Heavier
Size Slightly larger
Leica M8

Leica M8

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
Color depth Worse color depth
Overall image quality Worse image quality
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$3,399 body only

$3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

Battery life Much longer battery life
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Size Much larger
Weight Much heavier
Sony A7

Sony A7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,498 - $2,298 body only

$1,770 - $1,798 with 28-70mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Leica M-E Typ 220

Leica M-E Typ 220

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Longest exposure Much longer exposures
Viewfinder Doesn't have a rangefinder viewfinder
Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

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