Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Leica M9 vs Nikon D610

Nikon D600

Winner
Nikon D600

80

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Leica M9

50

Leica M9

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D600

Overall image quality
Great image quality
94.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.2 EV
Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,980 ISO
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
 

Reasons to buy the Leica M9

Size
Really small
Mid size 139x80x37 mm
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
585 g
 
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Advantages of the Leica M9

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Size Much smaller 139x80x37 mm vs 141x113x82 mm
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3.2x smaller
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.5" vs 3.2"
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2.2x thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 585 g vs 850 g
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More than 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Autofocus Autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen size Much larger screen 3.2" vs 2.5"
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Around 30% larger screen
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 94.0 vs 69.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 2,980 ISO vs 884 ISO
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The D600 has excellent image quality 1.8 f-stops higher ISO than the M9
Battery life Much longer battery life 900 shots vs 350 shots
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More than 2.5x more shots per battery charge
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.2 EV vs 11.7 EV
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2.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price Much cheaper $1,444.00 vs $6,879.95
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The best price we've seen is $5,436 cheaper (4.8x less)
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 152 lenses vs 38 lenses
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4x more lenses available
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 18.1 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 800 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Color depth Better color depth 25.1 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 2.6 more bits of color
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
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5.5 fps vs 2 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
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
Viewfinder Has a through-the-lens viewfinder Pentaprism vs Rangefinder
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Through-the-lens viewfinders let you see exactly what your photo will look like
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 2,500 ISO
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The D600's maximum light sensitivity is 1.4 f-stops better
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              M9:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              D600:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              M9:18.1 MP
              D600:24.2 MP
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              M9:800 ms
              D600:300 ms
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              M9:Rangefinder
              D600:Pentaprism
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              M9:$6,879.95
              D600:$1,444.00
              Weight Heavy Help
              M9:585 g
              D600:850 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 - $1,899 body only

              $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly higher boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,160 body only

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,699 with 18-200mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,595 body only

              $3,495 with 24-105mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $3,830 with 50mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Leica M9 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica M Typ 240

              Leica M Typ 240

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Fujifilm X-Pro1

              Fujifilm X-Pro1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $899 - $1,000 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $1,099 - $1,100

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Autofocus
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Leica M8

              Leica M8

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Leica M-E Typ 220

              Leica M-E Typ 220

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a rangefinder viewfinder

              Nikon D600 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,797 body only

              $2,297 - $2,300 with 24-85mm lens

              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Size Smaller
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive

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