Updated (August 2012): Compare the Fujifilm X-E1 vs Leica M9

Leica M9 vs Fujifilm X-E1

Leica M9
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
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 

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

Items often bought with the Leica M9 or Fujifilm X-E1

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Fujifilm X-E1.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Leica M9.

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
Screen size
Much larger screen
2.8" vs 2.5"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$569.00 vs $5,224.25
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The best price we've seen is $4,655 cheaper (9.2x less)
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
6 fps vs 2 fps
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3x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Significantly lighter
350 g vs 585 g
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More than 40% lighter
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
Size
Slightly smaller
129×75×38 mm vs 139×80×37 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
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Rangefinder vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability
More lenses available
77 lenses vs 58 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
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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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-E1Digital
M9Rangefinder
External flash Each supports an external flash Help
Better lighting
Thickness Thin Help
1.5"
Common Weaknesses
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
X-E130s
M98s
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
X-E1460k dots
M9230k dots
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
Screen size Very small screens Help
X-E12.8"
M92.5"
Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Autofocus Lacks autofocus Help
X-E1Contrast detection
M9None
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Fujifilm X-E2

Fujifilm X-E2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$799 - $800 body only

$803 - $1,100 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$548 body only

$698 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
Thickness Is thicker
Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$693 - $800 body only

Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
Weight Is slightly heavier
External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Boutique

$848 - $930

Focus points Has slightly more focus points
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$452 - $1,099 body only

$499 - $999 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$289 body only

$349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

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

Fujifilm X-E1 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Fujifilm X-M1

Fujifilm X-M1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$329 - $400 body only

$560 with 16-50mm lens

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

Fujifilm X-T1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,199 - $1,200 body only

$1,534 - $1,900 with 18-135mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Supports 24p No 24p support
Size Larger
Fujifilm X-T10

Fujifilm X-T10

Boutique

$799 - $800

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Fujifilm X-A1

Fujifilm X-A1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$230 body only

$489 with 16-50mm lens

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

Leica M9 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Fujifilm FinePix X100T

Fujifilm FinePix X100T

Boutique

$1,142 - $1,300

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Viewfinder Doesn't have a rangefinder viewfinder
Leica M Typ 240

Leica M Typ 240

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$7,250 - $16,280 body only

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Lowest price Significantly more expensive
Weight Heavier
Leica Q (Typ 116)

Leica Q (Typ 116)

Boutique

$4,250 - $6,000

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Size Significantly larger
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,240 - $2,499 body only

$2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,584 - $1,997 body only

$2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker

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