Leica M9

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Leica M9

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Leica M8

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Leica M8

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Reasons to buy the Leica M9

Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Size
Really small
Mid size 139x80x37 mm
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
 

Reasons to buy the Leica M8

Size
Really small
Mid size 139x80x37 mm
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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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
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-H 28.7x19.0mm
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Around 60% larger sensor
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.7 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
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        Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Viewfinder Both have rangefinder viewfinders Help
        Rangefinder
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        38 lenses
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        M8:APS-H 28.7x19.0mm
        M9:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
        External flash Each supports an external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
        8 seconds
        Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
        Professional
        Weight Heavy Help
        M8:591 g
        M9:585 g
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Live view No live view Help
        Preview with viewfinder
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        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
        230k dots
        Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
        Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.5"
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons
        Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
        No movies
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        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

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        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
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Fujifilm FinePix X100T

        Fujifilm FinePix X100T

        Boutique

        $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
        Fujifilm X-Pro1

        Fujifilm X-Pro1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $843 - $1,000 body only

        $1,512 with 18mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
        Fujifilm FinePix X100s

        Fujifilm FinePix X100s

        Boutique

        $983 - $1,299

        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
        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,399 body only

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

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony A7

        Sony A7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,498 - $2,098 body only

        $1,770 - $1,798 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
        Sony A7R

        Sony A7R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger

        Leica M8 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Leica M8.2

        Leica M8.2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $250 body only

        Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
        Continuous shooting No continuous shooting support
        Nikon DF

        Nikon DF

        Pro DSLR

        $2,747 body only

        $2,997 with 50mm lens

        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker

        Leica M9 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Leica M9.

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