Leica M9 review

The 18MP digital camera with a full-frame sensor proves doubters wrong

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Resolution charts

As part of our image quality testing for the Leica M9, we've shot our resolution chart with the Leica APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH lens mounted.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 200 the Leica is capable of resolving up to around 28 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:


Leica m9 resolution chart
Leica m9 resolution chart

Leica m9 resolution chart iso 80
Leica m9 resolution chart iso 80

ISO 80, score: 22 (see full image)

Leica m9 resolution chart iso 160
Leica m9 resolution chart iso 160

ISO 160, score: 26 (see full image)

Leica m9 resolution chart iso 200
Leica m9 resolution chart iso 200

ISO 200, score: 28 (see full image)

Leica m9 resolution chart iso 250
Leica m9 resolution chart iso 250

ISO 250, score: 28 (see full image)

Leica m9 resolution chart iso 320
Leica m9 resolution chart iso 320

ISO 320, score: 26 (see full image)

Leica m9 resolution chart iso 400
Leica m9 resolution chart iso 400

ISO 400, score: 26 (see full image)

Leica m9 resolution chart iso 500
Leica m9 resolution chart iso 500

ISO 500, score: 26 (see full image)

Leica m9 resolution chart iso 640
Leica m9 resolution chart iso 640

ISO 640, score: 24 (see full image)

Leica m9 resolution chart iso 800
Leica m9 resolution chart iso 800

ISO 800, score: 24 (see full image)

Leica m9 resolution chart iso 1000
Leica m9 resolution chart iso 1000

ISO 1000, score: 24 (see full image)

Leica m9 resolution chart iso 1250
Leica m9 resolution chart iso 1250

ISO 1250, score: 24 (see full image)

Leica m9 resolution chart iso 1600
Leica m9 resolution chart iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 22 (see full image)

Leica m9 resolution chart iso 2000
Leica m9 resolution chart iso 2000

ISO 2000, score: 22 (see full image)

Leica m9 resolution chart iso 2500
Leica m9 resolution chart iso 2500

ISO 2500, score: 20 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Effective Camera Resolution18 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyM
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
ColourSteel Grey
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameLeica
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size6.4 cm (2.5")
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Weight (Approximate)585 g
Image Sensor Size23.90 mm x 35.80 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5212 x 3472
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height80 mm
Width139 mm
Depth37 mm
Product SeriesM
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Focus ModesManual
ManufacturerLeica Microsystems GmbH
Product ModelM9
Product NameM9 Mirrorless Camera
Exposure Control
  • Auto
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
Manufacturer Part Number10705
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.leica-camera.com
Marketing Information

As the world's most compact full-format digital camera system, the Leica M9 sets a new benchmark for modern M photography. It boasts outstanding performance and consummate technical prowess - attributes that it shares with Yaniel Merino, the promising up-and-coming boxer from Cuba. The M9 followed him for a day in his home city of Havana, where he trains under fairly basic conditions and dreams of winning the Olympics. His dream has been captured authentically and vibrantly by the M9. Discrete, compact and precise, the M9 is as superb a performer as Yaniel himself and like him, also claims to be among the best in the world.