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Top of camera controls

The top panel features two control sets; first is the main switch which allows you to power the camera on and select either single shot, continuous (2 fps) or self-timer modes. This surrounds the three-position shutter release button (1. prime exposure, 2. exposure lock, 3. shutter release). To the left of this is the shutter speed dial, the A position engages automatic shutter speed selection (aperture priority), otherwise turn the dial to select any shutter speed from 8 seconds and 1/4000 second in 1/2 EV steps (there is a step between those printed on the dial), in addition there is also a Bulb position which allows for longer exposures.

Rear of camera controls

On the rear a simple enough layout, the LCD monitor with five buttons down the left (note the new ISO button) and the menu button, d-pad and dial on the right. We were again a little stumped by the circular moulding in the center of the d-pad, which looks like it should be an OK/SET button but is in fact just a design feature. We did mention this to Leica and for the M10 we'd suggest the SET button go in the middle of the d-pad (like on every other camera in the universe and, indeed, the X1).

Shooting mode controls

PLAY Play mode

Switches to play mode and displays the last image taken or viewed, as the M9 is a shooting priority camera a soft touch on the shutter release will cancel play mode and return you to shooting mode.
SET Picture parameters menu

Displays the picture parameters menu which allows fast access to the six most common camera settings; White balance, Compression, Resolution, Exposure compensation, Exposure bracketing and User Profile. Soft touch the shutter release to cancel this menu.
MENU Main menu

This is the main camera menu which is displayed as one long page. Press again to remove the menu (or soft touch the shutter release).

Exposure compensation

If optionally enabled you can now use the command dial to set exposure compensation, either on its own or in combination with a soft-press of the shutter release. The selected compensation is displayed on the viewfinder LCD bar.

Play mode controls

DELETE Delete single / all

Displays the 'Delete: Single / All' dialog which allows you to delete the currently displayed / selected image or all images on the SD card (except those which have been protected).
INFO Information level

Pressing this button switches between normal 'full review' to the detailed INFO display which includes a histogram and exposure information (see following page for example).
SET Protect / Un-protect

Pressing SET displays a dialog with four options 'Protect: Single / All' and 'Unprotect: Single / All' which are fairly self-explanatory. Protecting an image simply sets its read-only flag on the SD card file system, it won't protect it from a format.

Magnify / thumbnail index / page

The command dial enables you to magnify the image (turn clockwise) or enter a thumbnail index view (turn counter-clockwise). You can magnify all the way up to 1:1 (one image pixel to one display pixel), in thumbnail index you can select either 2x2, 3x3 or a 3x3 page-by-page view.

Browse

Use the left and right arrows to browse through images, note that this also works in magnify mode enabling you to check the same area of several images. In magnify mode the direction buttons are used to scroll around the image.

Menu controls

SET Change setting / confirm

With a menu setting selected press SET to display options, with the required option selected press again to confirm and store the setting change.

Navigate (command dial)

The command dial can be used to navigate menus, clockwise to move down options, counter-clockwise to move up options.

Navigate (direction buttons)

The up and down arrows can also be used to navigate menus and select options, the left and right arrows have no function.
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Total comments: 20
Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (Jun 16, 2012)

Guys,
I have a vision problem that causes not double but quintuple images. So for me, an excellent auto focus system is the only bridge between me and photography. I do not read it any where, does this mean the Leica M9 do not have this feature?
Thank you all and i do welcome suggestions.

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KonstantinosK
By KonstantinosK (Jul 3, 2012)

No AF. Keep your money for something else.

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Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (Nov 22, 2012)

Thank you boy, ;)

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jadmaister2
By jadmaister2 (Jun 3, 2012)

dear dp review.
Isnt it about time the actual review was published...I mean 3 years is a fair ol time to wait.

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (Feb 18, 2012)

guys if you need an m9 review, just read the m8 review, and add the information of this preview as it covers the differences of those two.

i dont know whats the big deal about that, if some of you want to buy a 7k camera, why on earth would you base that on a review site anyway? ^^

i personally find the looks of the m9 ugly, i would like to have an m9 in an m8 body, i cant understand why they made this ugly cutout next to the viewfinder

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mka78
By mka78 (Jan 24, 2012)

Leica is all about the glass, the digital version of the cameras and the sensor are below canon and nikon

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Superka
By Superka (Oct 4, 2011)

What are you waiting for? It must be a very short review. Something like "It is the best camera"" (on every of the 25 pages), ""100% Platinum award!" at the end. And thats all.

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Luta M
By Luta M (Oct 4, 2011)

The best M9 review I have found so far is written by Danish photographer and writer Thorsten Overgaard: http://www.overgaard.dk/leica-M9-digital-rangefinder-camera.html
I'm keeping a blog about my experiences with the M9 here:
http://lutaatwork.blogspot.com/
There's some reviews on it as well, but the main thing about the blog is to show that it is possible to switch from a DSLR to a rangefinder and that it is fun, but hard work.

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DeMaatin
By DeMaatin (Feb 4, 2012)

Well, thank You for introducing Scientology to dpreview !

Overgaard is an avid messiah all over the world.

Respectfully,

Tom C.Ruise

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (Feb 18, 2012)

his photos are not really an advertise his business^^ while the characteristics of the glass is clearly visible in some shots, the compositions are boring to extremely boring ..

this guy shoots like a tourist with a very expensive camera, that should be in the hands of a gifted unwealthy photog in my opinion

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (Feb 18, 2012)

oh and he is in scientology, well that explaines A LOT hehe

there is not one single gifted artist in this moronic club, at least i dont know any

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DigitalPowerShot
By DigitalPowerShot (Aug 12, 2011)

dpreview is waiting for the M10 to be previewd ;-)

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bpalme
By bpalme (Aug 11, 2011)

Yes.. should be a review by now. Probably not too many users but a lot of people that would really like to read it anyway. Need some Leica lens reviews too.

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Jason Butler
By Jason Butler (Aug 7, 2011)

2 years later and still no proper REVIEW. I've noticed a trend here at DPreview lately: lots of PREVIEWS but few REVIEWS. Lazy.

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Ben1977
By Ben1977 (Jul 8, 2011)

I Noticed that there is a Leica M9 Prizedraw cometition or whatver call you them

here http://www.iloverangefinders.com/2011/06/win-a-leica-m9/

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Scotsloon
By Scotsloon (Jun 22, 2011)

I wonder why we have never had a full test of the M9, just a preview?

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snake_b
By snake_b (Jun 24, 2011)

Same here. Now they've come out with something so incredibly different in the form of the P model.

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Poss
By Poss (Jun 24, 2011)

There's not much good to be said about the sensor I guess...

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (Feb 18, 2012)

i guess the reasons are more that the m9 is essentially an m8 with upgraded sensor, and that potential m9 buyers do not go to dpreview to decide if they gonna buy it or not ^^

this is no mFT or slr where you could judge whether buying the panasonic 400€ version or the olympus 399€ version.

so anyone that wants an m9 allready owns another m, and knows whats in the box, also, i guess if you want to spend 7k on a camera body, the least thing you gonna do is visit a review site^^

at least for me, whespending that much money, i go to a shop and review it myself

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Wang Man
By Wang Man (Jul 11, 2012)

I started with the M4, then the M6, now with the M9.
If you did not start early with Leica M cameras, you will find the M9 old school, manual focus, aperture setting, etc. I skipped the M8 and M8.2 because they did not have a full frame sensor.

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