Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Leica M9 vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D7000

Winner
Nikon D7000

76

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Leica M9

49

Leica M9

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

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 Significantly smaller 139x80x37 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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2.6x smaller
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
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 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
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" 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
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
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 205 lenses vs 38 lenses
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Around 5.5x more lenses available
Lowest price Much cheaper $1,098.95 vs $6,885.50
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The best price we've seen is $5,787 cheaper (6.3x less)
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 11.7 EV
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2.2 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
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 800 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
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 6 fps vs 2 fps
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3x faster continuous shooting
Low light performance 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
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
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 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 Large sensors Help
              M9:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              D7000:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              M9:18.1 MP
              D7000:16.1 MP
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              M9:800 ms
              D7000:400 ms
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              M9:Rangefinder
              D7000:Pentaprism
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              M9:$6,885.50
              D7000:$1,098.95
              Weight Heavy Help
              M9:585 g
              D7000:780 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
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              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

              $3,630 with 24-105mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,642 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Leica M9 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica M Typ 240

              Leica M Typ 240

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $7,250 body only

              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 - $900 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

              $1,144 - $1,300

              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
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,199 - $3,399 body only

              $3,799 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Autofocus Autofocus
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Size Much larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 - $1,097 body only

              $1,347 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $679 - $847 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
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $697 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
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,799 body only

              $1,299 - $1,599 with 18-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

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