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Parameters menu (SET)

The parameters menu(accessed by pressing SET) allows quick access to the most commonly changed camera settings.

Option Values / Actions Notes
White Balance  • Auto
 • Tungsten
 • Fluorescent 1
 • Fluorescent 2
 • Daylight
 • Flash
 • Cloudy
 • Shadow
 • Manual
 • Kelvin setting
 
Compression  • DNG
 • JPG fine
 • JPG basic
 • DNG+JPG fine
 • DNG+JPG basic
 
Resolution  • 1 MP
 • 2 MP
 • 4.5 MP
 • 10 MP
 • 18 MP
- 1280 x 846
- 1728 x 1152
- 2592 x 1728
- 3840 x 2592
- 5212 x 3472
Exposure comp.  • -3.0 to +3.0 EV
 • 1/3 EV steps
(Exposure compensation)
Exposure bracketing  • Off
 • On
 
Set user profile  • Snapshot profile
 • Profile 1
 • Profile 2
 • Profile 3
 • Profile 4
Recall memorized settings or select Snapshot profile

Main menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Lens detection  • Off
 • Auto
 • Manual
Lens selection from list
 
Save user profile  • Save as 1
(text input)
 • Save as 2
(text input)
 • Save as 3
(text input)
 • Save as 4
(text input)
Store current settings as a user profile which can be recalled using the parameters menu.
Advance  • Standard
 • Soft
 • Discreet
 • Discreet & Soft
 
Self timer  • Off
 • 2 sec
 • 12 sec
 
Auto ISO setup  • Slowest speed
Lens dependent
1/125 sec
1/60 sec
1/30 sec
1/15 sec
1/8 sec
 • Max ISO
ISO 80 - 2500
 
Sharpening  • Off
 • Low
 • Standard
 • Medium high
 • High
 
Color saturation  • Low
 • Medium low
 • Standard
 • Medium high
 • High
 • Black & White
 • Vintage B & W
 
Contrast  • Low
 • Medium low
 • Standard
 • Medium high
 • High
 
Bracketing setup

 • No. of exposures
3
5
7
 • Sequence
0 / + / -
- / 0 / +
 • EV increments
0.5 EV
1 EV
1.5 EV
2 EV

Configure bracketing, if in continuous drive mode the camera will shoot the entire sequence in a burst.
Exp. comp. setup  • SET menu only
 • Setting ring
 • Setting ring & release button
 
Monitor Brightness  • Low
 • Medium Low
 • Standard
 • Medium High
 • High
 
Histogram  • Standard
 • RGB
 • Clipping setup
Off
Overexposure only
Over / underexposure
 
Folder management  • Select folder
(list of folders)
 • Create new
(text input)
 • Reset folder no.
 
Auto review  • Duration
Off
1 second
3 seconds
5 seconds
Permanent
Rel. button pressed
 • Histogram
On
Off
Control the 'record review' feature (confirmation image which appears on the LCD monitor immediately after exposure), note that you can optionally enable a histogram overlay.
Auto power off  • 1 minute
 • 2 minutes
 • 5 minutes
 • 10 minutes
 • Off
Amount of time before the camera enters sleep state, it can be woken with a soft touch of the shutter release button.
Flash sync  • 1st Curtain
 • 2nd Curtain
 
Auto slow sync  • Lens dependent
 • Off (1/180 sec)
 • Down to 1/30 sec
 • Down to 1/8 sec
 • Down to 32 sec
 
Color management  • sRGB
 • Adobe RGB
 
DNG setup  • Uncompressed
 • Compressed
- Approx 36 MB
- Approx 18 MB
Reset  • No
 • Yes
 
Sensor Cleaning  • No
 • Yes
 
Date  • Setting
Year
Month
Day
 • Sequence
Day/Month/Year
Month/Day/Year
Year/Month/Day
 
Time  • Setting
Hour
Minutes
 • Time format
12 Hours
24 Hours
 
Acoustic Signal  • Volume
Off
Low
High
 • Keyclick
Off
On
 • SD Card Full
Off
On
 
Language  • English
 • German
 • French
 • Italian
 • Spanish
 • Japanese
 • Chinese
 • Russian
 
USB connection  • Mass storage
 • PTP
 
Format SD Card  • Yes
 • Overwrite
 • No
 
Firmware  • x.xx  
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Comments

Total comments: 20
Wildbegonia

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.

0 upvotes
KonstantinosK

No AF. Keep your money for something else.

0 upvotes
Wildbegonia

Thank you boy, ;)

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jadmaister2

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

2 upvotes
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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mka78

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

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.

2 upvotes
Luta M

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

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

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

1 upvote
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

2 upvotes
DigitalPowerShot

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

7 upvotes
bpalme

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.

3 upvotes
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.

7 upvotes
Ben1977

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

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

5 upvotes
snake_b

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

2 upvotes
Poss

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

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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

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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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Total comments: 20