Leica M9 vs Leica M8

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Leica M9

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Leica M8

40

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Reasons to buy the Leica M9

Really small
Size
Mid size (139×80×37 mm)
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Thin
Thickness
1.5"
 

Reasons to buy the Leica M8

Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Size
Really small
Mid size (139×80×37 mm)
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Thickness
Thin
1.5"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Leica M8.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Leica M9.

differences

Advantages of the Leica M8

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Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Leica M9

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Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 21.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
69.0 vs 59.0
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Around 20% better image quality
True resolution
Higher true resolution
18.1 MP vs 10.4 MP
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Capture more than 70% more detail in your photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
884 ISO vs 663 ISO
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The M9 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Both have rangefinder viewfinders Help
              Rangefinder
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.5"
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              8 seconds
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Weight Heavy Help
              M8591 g
              M9585 g
              Live view No live view Help
              Preview with viewfinder
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.5"
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              2 fps
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              M811.3 EV
              M911.7 EV

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Boutique

              $1,009 - $1,300

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm X-Pro1

              Fujifilm X-Pro1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $694 - $800 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Leica M Typ 240

              Leica M Typ 240

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $7,250 - $16,280 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Leica Q (Typ 116)

              Leica Q (Typ 116)

              Boutique

              $4,250 - $6,000

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is 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

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $848 - $1,055

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,419 - $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Leica M8 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica M8.2

              Leica M8.2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $230 body only

              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Continuous shooting No continuous shooting support
              Nikon DF

              Nikon DF

              Pro DSLR

              $2,747 body only

              $2,997 with 50mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker

              Leica M9 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $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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