Leica M9 vs Leica M8

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Leica M9

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Leica M8

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Reasons to buy the Leica M9

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
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Thickness
Thin
1.5"

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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
Significantly 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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0.4 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
              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
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Live view No live view Help
              Preview with viewfinder
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              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 flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.5"
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              2 fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              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

              $1,049 - $1,299

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Leica M Typ 240

              Leica M Typ 240

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $6,500 body only

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm X-Pro1

              Fujifilm X-Pro1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $800 - $896 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $887 - $899

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 - $1,698 body only

              $1,498 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Leica M-E Typ 220

              Leica M-E Typ 220

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $5,219 body only

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Leica M8.2

              Leica M8.2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed

              Leica M8 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica X Vario

              Leica X Vario

              Boutique

              $2,099

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Epson R-D1x

              Epson R-D1x

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed

              Leica M9 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

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

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