Leica M9 Review

 
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Model Name: Leica M9 / M9-P 
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Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website
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Successor:  
General
Model Number: M9
Camera Format: Rangefinder
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Retail Price: $7999.99
Street Price:  
Date Available: 2009-09-14
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 21.3 oz (605 g)
includes batteries
Size: 5.5 x 3.1 x 1.5 in.
(139 x 80 x 37 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CCD
Sensor Manufacturer: Kodak KAF-18500
Effective Megapixels: 18.0
Sensor Format: 35mm
Sensor size: 855.62mm2 (35.80mm x 23.90mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 6.87 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.0x
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter: None
Self-Cleaning: No
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
DxO Sensor Score: 69
DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 22.5
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 11.7
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 884
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 5212 x 3472 (18.1 MP, 3:2),
3840 x 2592 (10.0 MP, Other),
2592 x 1728 (4.5 MP, 3:2),
1728 x 1152 (2.0 MP, 3:2),
1280 x 846 (1.1 MP, Other)
Image File Format: JPEG, .DNG RAW (14-bit, compressed or uncompressed), RAW+JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 1.7
Video Capture
Can take movies: No
Movie Resolution:
Movie File Format:  
Composite Video Out: No
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: n/a
Video Usable as Viewfinder: n/a
HD Video Out: No
HD Video Connection:
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Leica M bayonet
Lens: n/a
Focal Length (35mm equivalent):  
Zoom Ratio:  
Aperture Range: Varies with lens used
Normal Focus Range:  
Macro Focus Range:  
Filter Thread: n/a
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: No
Digital Zoom: No
Digital Zoom Values: n/a
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: No
Auto Focus Type: n/a
Auto Focus Assist Light? n/a
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: Optical
Viewfinder Type: Non-TTL bright-line frame rangefinder w/ automatic parallax compensation, 0.68x magnification
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution: n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent): 0.68x
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed): 0.68x
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: Yes
Rear Display: No
Rear Display Size (inches): 2.5
Rear Display Resolution: 230,000 dots
Touchscreen: No
Articulating Screen: No
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: No
Max Playback Zoom:  
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 2500
Minimum ISO (native): 160
ISO Settings: Auto, ISO 160 to 2,500 in 1/3EV steps, extendable to ISO 80
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Flash, Kelvin Setting, Manual
Shutter Speed Range: 32 - 1/4000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: Center-weighted with working aperture
Program Auto Exposure: No
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: No
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: n/a
Self Timer: 2 or 12 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer): No
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: No
Flash Modes: n/a
Flash Guide Number: n/a
Flash Range Description: n/a
Max Flash Sync: 1/180
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Hot shoe
Built-In Wireless Flash Control:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC
UHS Support:  
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Uncompressed Format: .DNG RAW (14-bit, compressed or uncompressed), RAW+JPEG
Movie File Format:  
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No
NFC: No
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: No
DPOF Compliant: No
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Threaded cable release
Connections (extended):  
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 0.63
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 0.66
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): 8
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot):  
Camera penalizes early shutter press? Yes
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 1.7
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 7
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames):  
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames):  
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid):  
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):  
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.125
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash):  
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.125
Shutter Lag (notes):  
Startup Time: 0.8
Play -> Record Time: 0.1
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 0.0
Power
Battery Form Factor: 1 x proprietary 3.7v 1900mAh
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included:
Internal Charging Supported:
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View):  
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF): 350
Software
Included Software: Free download of Adobe Lightroom for registered owners
OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features:


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