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(Apologies for the 'below average' quality of screen shots on this page, as the M9 has no video output we had to capture these by taking pictures of the LCD).

INFO display

Doing away with the tiny top panel LCD of the M8 the M9 now features the same information (and more) on the main LCD monitor with a press of the INFO button. Here we can see two horizontal gauges representing battery status and SD card capacity as well as remaining pictures, the metered or selected shutter speed and the lens attached (or manually selected).

Record Review

You can choose for the M9 to display a review of the image taken immediately after shutter release, if enabled you can set the display duration (1 to 5 seconds, permanent or with the shutter release) and the display type (with or without a histogram). During record review you can also press the DELETE button to quickly delete the image.

Play display

Press the PLAY button to enter Play mode, by default this shows a single image with simply the frame counter at the top right and the protect icon at the top left (if set). Press INFO to switch to the detailed information display which has a smaller version of the image, a histogram and exposure information. The histogram type can be set between brightness (luminance) or RGB and you can also optionally enable the display of clipping. In INFO mode you can still magnify and the histogram will reference only the magnified portion.

Default display INFO display
INFO display (RGB histogram, magnified) INFO display with highlights indicated

Play magnify

From a single image view turn the command dial clockwise to enter magnify mode, use the direction buttons to move around the magnified image. The M9 provides four magnify levels, the last of which is a 1:1 representation of the image. The sequence below shows three increasing levels of magnification.


Thumbnail index

From a single image view turn the command dial counter-clockwise to enter thumbnail index display mode, there are three levels available; 2x2 index, 3x3 index and a 3x3 index which can be paged (9 images per direction button press).


Other play displays

The DELETE button provides an option to delete the current image or all images, the SET button now acquires the ability to delete protect the current image or all images, or remove protection (taken over from the M8's PROTECT button).

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Here we are, having just observed the announcement of the M246, the expected replacement for the M240 is being discussed, and we're still short full reviews of the M9 and the D4. :)

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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.


No AF. Keep your money for something else.


Thank you boy, ;)


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

inevitable crafts studio

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


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.

Luta M

The best M9 review I have found so far is written by Danish photographer and writer Thorsten Overgaard:
I'm keeping a blog about my experiences with the M9 here:
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.


Well, thank You for introducing Scientology to dpreview !

Overgaard is an avid messiah all over the world.


Tom C.Ruise

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inevitable crafts studio

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

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


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


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.

Jason Butler

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


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



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


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


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

inevitable crafts studio

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

Wang Man

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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