Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Leica M9 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Leica M9

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Reasons to buy the Leica M9

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Rangefinder
Color depth
Great color depth
22.5 bits
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
800 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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Advantages of the Leica M9

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Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Rangefinder vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 69.0 vs 54.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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Around 4x larger sensor
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 884 ISO vs 506 ISO
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The M9 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.7 EV vs 10.3 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 18.1 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Battery life Longer battery life 350 shots vs 300 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 800 ms vs 1000 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF2

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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 $249.00 vs $6,999.99
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The best price we've seen is $6,751 cheaper (28.1x less)
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Autofocus Autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 2,500 ISO
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The DMC-GF2's maximum light sensitivity is 1.4 f-stops better
Weight Much lighter 310 g vs 585 g
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Around 50% lighter
Size Smaller 113x68x33 mm vs 139x80x37 mm
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Around 40% smaller
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
Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures 60s vs 8s
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7.5x longer exposures
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 40 lenses vs 38 lenses
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Around 10% more lenses available
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3.2 fps vs 2 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              M9:38 lenses
              DMC-GF2:40 lenses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              M9:2,500 ISO
              DMC-GF2:6,400 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              M9:230k dots
              DMC-GF2:460k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              M9:2 fps
              DMC-GF2:3.2 fps
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              No significant shared competitors found.

              Leica M9 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Boutique

              $869

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Autofocus Autofocus
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Leica M Typ 240

              Leica M Typ 240

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Weight Heavier
              Size Slightly larger
              Leica M8

              Leica M8

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Fujifilm X-Pro1

              Fujifilm X-Pro1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $309 with 14-42mm lens

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $510 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $431 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

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