Nikon D7000 vs Leica M9

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Nikon D7000

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Leica M9

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Built-in focus motor
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Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Leica M9

Size
Really small
Mid size (139×80×37 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.5"

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differences

Advantages of the Leica M9

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Size
Significantly smaller
139×80×37 mm vs 132×105×77 mm
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2.6x smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3"
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2.1x thinner
Weight
Lighter
585 g vs 780 g
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Around 30% lighter
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
18.1 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Autofocus
Autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1050 shots vs 350 shots
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3x more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality
Better image quality
80.0 vs 69.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
230 lenses vs 77 lenses
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Around 3x more lenses available
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11.7 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$479.00 vs $5,199.89
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The best price we've seen is $4,721 cheaper (10.9x less)
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 800 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 2 fps
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3x faster continuous shooting
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
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,167 ISO vs 884 ISO
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The D7000 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
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 D7000's maximum light sensitivity is 2.7 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              M9Rangefinder
              D7000Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              M91/4000s
              D70001/8000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              M9585 g
              D7000780 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,197 body only

              $1,235 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $897 body only

              $948 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,419 - $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Leica M9 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Boutique

              $999 - $1,300

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Size Slightly larger
              Leica M Typ 240

              Leica M Typ 240

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $7,250 - $16,280 body only

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Size Slightly larger
              Fujifilm X-Pro1

              Fujifilm X-Pro1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $694 - $800 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Size Slightly 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

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Autofocus Autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Leica Q (Typ 116)

              Leica Q (Typ 116)

              Boutique

              $4,250 - $6,000

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage

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