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

Nikon D7000 vs Leica M9

Winner
Nikon D7000

77

Leica M9

46

Runner-up

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%
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
Thickness
Thin
1.5"

differences

Advantages of the Leica M9

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Size
Significantly smaller
139x80x37 mm vs 132x105x77 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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
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
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$599.95 vs $2,790.00
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The best price we've seen is $2,190 cheaper (4.7x less)
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 800 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
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
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 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
              Interchangeable lenses Interchangeable lenses Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              M9:800 ms
              D7000:400 ms
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              M9:Rangefinder
              D7000:Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              M9:585 g
              D7000:780 g
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 with 24-85mm 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 D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,420 - $2,616 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 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,318 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 - $1,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,293 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              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

              $6,382 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Size Slightly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Boutique

              $1,111 - $1,299

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Size Slightly larger
              Leica M8

              Leica M8

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Fujifilm X-Pro1

              Fujifilm X-Pro1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $999 - $1,000 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Autofocus Autofocus
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Much larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $797 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $499 - $647 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

              $849 - $896 body only

              $1,299 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $719 body only

              $899 - $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 D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $705 body only

              $902 with 55-300mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Weight Lighter
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

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