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

Leica M9

Leica M9

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Fujifilm X-E1

Fujifilm X-E1

     

Reasons to buy the Leica M9

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

differences

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
Screen size
Larger screen
2.8" vs 2.5"
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More than 10% larger screen
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$439.00 vs $6,999.99
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The best price we've seen is $6,561 cheaper (15.9x less)
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
Much 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
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.5" vs 1.5"
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the Fujifilm X-E1.

similarities

Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

Common Strengths
Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
X-E1:Digital
M9:Rangefinder
External flash Each supports an external flash Help
Better lighting
Common Weaknesses
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
Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Screen size Very small screens Help
X-E1:2.8"
M9:2.5"

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Fujifilm X-E2

Fujifilm X-E2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$799 body only

$1,098 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$448 body only

$598 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
Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$999 - $1,000 body only

$1,512 with 18mm lens

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

$850 - $999

Focus points Has slightly more focus points
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Boutique

$644

Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is slightly larger
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$679 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much heavier
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$896 - $897 body only

$1,197 with 18-140mm lens

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker

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

$259 body only

$449 - $500 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,199 - $1,299 body only

$1,599 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Weather sealed Weather sealed
Supports 24p No 24p support
Size Larger

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
Fujifilm FinePix X100T

Fujifilm FinePix X100T

Boutique

$1,299

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Autofocus Video autofocus
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Sensor size Much smaller sensor
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
Sony A7

Sony A7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,298 - $2,098 body only

$1,598 with 28-70mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$3,099 - $3,399 body only

$3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

Lens availability Much more lenses available
Battery life Much longer battery life
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker

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