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Leica M9 review

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

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Although the auto white balance system is prone to the odd error, usually it behaves itself and reproduces tones and colours faithfully.

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The metering system isn't faultless, though, as this slightly underexposed image shows

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Although darker subjects are good candidates for overexposure, the M9's metering system has done well to meter this scene accurately.

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Taken with the 24mm f/1.4 Summilux-M Asph, sharpness is well maintained right up to the corners of the frame but chromatic aberrations are noticeable.

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This image required the camera's sensitivity to be set to ISO 1600, which has introduced a fair helping of chroma noise, particularly in shadowy areas.

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Our Best Shot: Peppers and herbs

Leica m9 review

Colour: When the camera's auto white balance system gets things right, JPEGs shot on their standard settings show excellent colour

Exposure: The centre-weighted metering system has exposed perfectly for these peppers, as well as for the image as a whole

Lens: Taken with the Apo-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH lens, this image shows no distortion or chromatic aberration

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Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
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
Maximum Image Resolution5212 x 3472
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution18.5 Megapixel
Camera AssemblyBody Only
Height80 mm
Width139 mm
Depth37 mm
Product SeriesM
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Focus ModesManual
ManufacturerLeica Microsystems GmbH
Product ModelM9
Product NameM9 Mirrorless Camera
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.

Display Resolution230000 Pixel