Leica M9 Hands-on preview
Leica M9 specifications
|Price|| US: $6,995 (body only)
UK: £4,850 inc VAT (body only)
Compact digital viewfinder system camera for professional use with Leica M lenses. Microprocessor-controlled metal blade slot shutter.
Enclosed all-metal body of highly stable magnesium alloy for professional use over many years. Black synthetic leather coating. Top panel and bottom cover are milled from solid brass and are silver or black chromium plated. Available in Steel grey (10705) or Black (10704).
36 x 24 mm CCD sensor (by Kodak)
|Image sizes *||• 5212 x 3472 (18 MP)
• 3840 x 2592 (10 MP)
• 2592 x 1728 (4.5 MP)
• 1728 x 1152 (2 MP)
• 1280 x 846 (1 MP)
|File formats|| DNG (RAW) 14-bit uncompressed (36 MB) * / 8-bit compressed (18 MB)
JPEG (Fine / Basic)
DNG + JPEG
|Lens mount|| Leica M bayonet
Identification of 6-bit coded lenses
Manual selection of lens type / focal length (internal database) *
Current 6-bit coded Leica M lenses of 16 - 135 mm focal length *
|Lens coding|| 6-bit lens coding system (detection can be disabled)
Reduction of edge shadowing
Identification of lens (recorded in JPEG EXIF / DNG)
Auto slow-sync function in aperture priority mode
|Incompatible lenses|| Hologon 15 mm F8
Summicron 50 mm F2 with close focusing
Elmar 90 mm F4 with collapsible tube
Some examples of the Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 (not aspherical, manufactured from 1961–1995, Made in Canada) cannot be fitted to the LEICA M9 or will not focus to infinity. Leica Customer Service can modify these lenses so that they can be used on the Leica M9.
Lenses with retractable tubes can only be used with their tubes extended otherwise you risk damaging the camera
|Focusing|| Manual focus via lens ring
Superimposed focusing system via viewfinder
|Exposure modes|| Center-biased TTL exposure metering with preset aperture
Light reflected from white and grey pattern * in center of blade slot shutter
Silicon photodiode with collection lens
Range: 0 to 20 EV
|Exposure compen.|| +/- 3.0 EV
1/3 EV steps
SET menu / Rear dial / Rear dial with half-press *
|Exposure bracketing *|| No. of exposures: 3, 5 or 7
Sequence: 0/+/- or -/0/+
EV increments: 0.5 to 2.0 EV
|Sensitivity *|| AUTO ISO
|Auto ISO *|| Slowest speed (Lens dependent or 1/8 - 1/125 sec)
Max ISO (any ISO)
|Shutter||Microprocessor-controlled low-noise metal blade slot shutter with vertical action|
|Shutter cocking||Using low-noise integral motor, optionally after releasing the shutter release button|
|Shutter speed|| In aperture priority mode steplessly adjustable from 32 to 1/4000 sec
Manually selectable from 4 to 1/4000 sec in 1/2 EV steps
|Shutter dial|| "Wrong way" shutter dial (same as M6 TTL / M7)
Auto shutter speed position
4 to 1/4000 sec in 1/2 EV steps
1/180 sec indicated as flash sync
|Shutter release button|| Three position soft-touch button
1. Initiate metering
2. Lock metered exposure
3. Shutter release
Advance modes *
o Discreet & Soft
|Aperture||Selected on lens|
|White balance|| Auto
o Fluorescent 1
o Fluorescent 2
Kelvin color temperature (2000 - 13100 K)
Preset white balance (immediate or from photo)
|Color space *|| sRGB
|Image parameters|| Sharpening (5): Off, Low, Standard, Medium High, High
Saturation (7): Low, Medium Low, Standard, Medium High, High, B&W, Vintage *
Contrast (5): Low, Medium Low, Standard, Medium High, High
|User profiles||Four available *|
|Viewfinder type|| Large bright-line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation
Viewfinder optics with reduced sensitivity to scattered light and optimum visibility of the bright-line frame in all lighting situations
|Viewfinder specification|| Eyepiece matched to -0.5dpt, correction lenses form -3 to +3dpt available
Enlargement: 0.68x for all lenses
|Viewfinder bright-line frames *|| Automatically matched for the lens used
o 35 and 135 mm
o 28 and 90 mm
o 50 and 75 mm
Automatic parallax correction
|Size basis range finder||
Combination of split and superimposed image range finder shown as a bright field in the centre of the viewfinder image. Effective measurement basis 47.1 mm (mechanical measurement basis 69.25mm x viewfinder enlargement 0.68 x).
|Viewfinder information|| LED symbol for flash status
Four-digit LED display with dots above and below
Brightness automatically adjusted depending on ambient brightness
Memory capacity warning when the SD card is full
LED light balance with two triangular and one circular LED for manual exp
Display of: underexposure by at least one aperture stop; underexposure by 1/2 aperture stop; correct exposure; overexposure by 1/2 aperture stop; overexposure by at least one aperture stop
|LCD monitor|| 2.5" TFT LCD
230,000 pixel TFT
|Flash control|| Leica M-TTL flash compatible
Short calibration pre-flash immediately before main exposure
Connection: M-TTL guide number control with pre-flash
Flash sync: 1/180 sec *
Manual: Bulb to 1/180 sec *
Auto slow sync: 1/focal length in seconds (only 6-bit coded lenses)
Choice of long flash sync times up to 1/8 sec for balanced flash in aperture priority mode
Sync: 1st or 2nd shutter point (front / rear sync)
Compensation: +/- 3.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps
|Shooting modes|| Single picture (one shutter button depression, one picture)
Continuous (2 frames per second up to 8 frames *)
Self-timer (Off *, 2 or 12 second delay)
|Folder management *|| Select folder
Create new folder
Reset folder number
|Play functions||• Image (simple)
• Image with histogram and information
o Histogram: standard / RGB
o Clipping indication: on / off
o Exposure information
o Can magnify and browse
• Image magnify up to 1:1 (can browse)
• Thumbnail (4 or 9 image index)
• Page by page (9 image index)
|Delete function|| Single image
|Protect / Unprotect function||• Single image
• All images
|Set quick access menu *||• White Balance
• Exposure compensation
• Exposure bracketing
• User profile
• Russian *
|Storage|| Secure Digital / Secure Digital HC
FAT / FAT32
• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B connector)
|Provided software||• Adobe Lightroom 2 *
• Leica Digital Capture
|Power|| Lithium-Ion battery pack (3.7 V, 1900 mAh)
Compact charger *
|Dimensions||139 x 80 x 37 mm (5.5 x 3.1 x 1.5 in)|
|Weight (inc. battery) *||589 g (1.3 lb)|
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