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

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

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
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
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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

              $842 - $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

              $850 - $999

              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

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 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
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,298 - $2,098 body only

              $1,598 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-Monochrom

              Leica M-Monochrom

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $7,950 body only

              Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Leica M8 Competitors

              Advantages

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              Leica M8.2

              Leica M8.2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $249 body only

              Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
              Continuous shooting No continuous shooting support

              Leica M9 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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