Leica M9

The new M9 – in the familiar, classic and timeless M design, represents the essence of its predecessors based on the consummate technology of our time. It is the perfect contemporary tool for those who set the highest standards in image quality and are committed to creating images that endure.

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The Leica M9 & M9-P

The history of 35-mm photography began almost 100 years ago with the legendary Ur-Leica. Today, it is the Leica M9, a landmark camera that carries the proud heritage of Leica M cameras into the digital age. The Leica M9 is the world’s first digital system camera of its size to be built with a full-frame sensor – a CCD sensor developed specifically for the M9 – that is capable of perfectly capturing the full 35-mm format (24 × 36 mm) in ultra-high resolution.

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  • Full Frame: 24 × 36
  • Intuitive Controls
  • Compatibility with Leica’s Range Of M Lenses
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M9 and M9-P specs

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Camera type: Compact digital view and rangefinder system camera.
Lens attachment: Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding.
Lens system: Leica M-Lenses from 16 to 135 mm.
Picture format/image sensor: 5270 x 3516 pixels (18.5 megapixel) CCD chip. active area approx. 23.9 x 35.8 mm; 5212x 3472 pixels (18 megapixel) (corresponding to usable format of analog Leica M models].
Resolution: Adjustable, DNG: 5212 x 3472 (18 megapixel], JPEG: 5212 x 3472 (18 megapixel], 3840 x 2592 (10 megapixel), 2592 x 1728 (4.5 megapixel], 1728 x 1152 [2 megapixel), 1280 x 846 pixels (1 megapixel].
Data formats: DNG (raw data), choice of uncompressed or slightly compressed (by non-linear reduction of color depth), 2JPEG compression levels.
File size: DNG: 18 MB (compressed)/36 MB (uncompressed), JPEG: approx. 2-10 MB.
Color spaces: Adobe RGB, sRGB.
White balance: Automatic, manual, 7 presets, color temperature selection.
Storage medium: SD cards up to 2 GB/SDHC cards up to 32 GB.
Menu languages: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian.
Compatibility: Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS X (10.6).
Exposure metering: Exposure metering through the lens (TTL), center-weigited with working aperture, Center-weighted TTL metering for flash exposure with system-compatible SCA-3000/2 standard flash units.
Measurement principle: Measured by light reflected by bright shutter blades on the first shutter curtain.
Metering range: (at ISO 160/23°) At room temperature and normal humidity corresponds to EV 0 to 20 or fl 1 .0 and 1.2 s to f/32 and 1/ 1000 s. Flashing left triangular LED in viewfinder indicates values below metering range.
Measurement cell for available light: (continuous light measurement) Silicon photodiode with condensing lens. positioned in the bottom center of the camera base.
Sensitivity range: ISO 160/ 19° to ISO 2500/35°, selectable in 1/3 ISO increments in aperture priority automatic mode A or manual exposure setting, optional automatic control or manual selection, automatic control in snapshot mode. Additional ISO 80 setting available as a pull option.
Exposure mode: Choice of automatic shutter speed control with manual aperture selection – aperture priority A – with corresponding digital display. or manual setting of shutter speed and aperture and adjustment using LED light balance with indication of correct exposure. or risk of overexposure/camera shake (with snapshot profile only).

Flash exposure control
Flash unit connection: Via accessory shoe with center and control contacts.
Synchronization: Optional synchronization on first or second shutter curtain.
Flash sync speed: 1/ 180s; longer shutter speeds possible.
Flash exposure metering: (with SCA-3501 / 3502 adapter or SCA-3000 standard flash unit. e.g. Leica SF 24 D/Leica SF 58). Control with center-weighted TTL pre-flash metering.
Flash measurement cell: 2 silicon photodiodes with condensing lens in camera base.
Flash exposure: +-3 1/3 EV in 1/3 EV steps adjustable on the SCA-3501/3502 adapter. On Leica SF 24 D. +-3 EV in 1/3 EV steps with compensation computer control, or from 0 to -3 EV in 1 EV steps/on Leica SF 58 adjustable in all modes +-3 EV in 1/3 EV steps.
Displays in flash mode: Flash readiness: flash symbol LED in viewfinder constant, Correct flash exposure: LED constant orflashes rapidly after exposure. Underexposure: LED extinguished after exposure.
Viewfinder principle: Large, bright-line frame viewfinderwith automatic parallax compensation.
Eyepiece: Adjusted to -0.5 dpt. Correction lenses from -3 to +3 dpt. available.
Image framing: By activating two bright-line frames: for 35 and 135 mm, 28 and 90 mm, or for 50 and 75 mm. Automatic activation when lens is attached. Any pair of bright-line frames can be activated using the image field selector.
Parallax compensation: The horizontal and vertical difference between the viewfinder and the lens is automatically compensated according to the relevant distance setting, i.e. the viewfinder bright-line automatically aligns with the subject detail recorded by the lens.
Matching of viewfinder and actual picture: The size of the bright-line frame corresponds eractly to the sensor size of approx. 23.9 x 35.8 mm at a setting distance of 1 meter. At infinity setting, depending on the focal length. approx. 7.3% [28 mm] to 18% (135 mm) more is recorded by the sensor than indicated by the corresponding bright-line frame and slightly less for distances shorter than 1 m.
Enlargement: (for all lenses) 0.68x.
Large basis rangefinder: Split or superimposed image rangefinder shown as a bright field in the center of the viewfinder image.
Effective rangefinder base: 47.1 mm (actual rangefinder base 69.25 mm x viewfinder enlargement 0.6Bx).

Viewfinder: (lower edge) LED symbol for flash status. Four-digit seven-segment digital display with dots above and below. display bright-ness adjusted for ambient brigh tness. for: waming of exposure compensation. display for automatically generated shutter speeds in aperture priority mode. indication of use of metering memory lock. waming that the metering or setting ranges are over- or underexposed using aperture priority and counting down exposures longer than 2s. LED light balance with two triangular and one central circular LED for manual exposure setting. The triangular LEDs give the direction of rotation of the aperture setting ring and shutter speed setting dial to adjust the exposure. Also as waming for over- or underexposure.
On rear panel: 2.5 in. monitor (coIorTFT LCD] with 230.000 pixels. M9-Pwith sapphire glass LCD monitor cover.

Shutter and release
Shutter: Microprocessor-controlled, exceptionally low-noise metal blade shutter with vertical movement.
Shutter speeds: For aperture priority (A) continuously adjustable from 32 s to I/4000 s. For manual setting 8 s to 1/4000 s in half steps, B for long exposure times up to 240 s (in conjunction with self-timerT function. i. e. 1st release – shutter opens. 2nd release – shutter closes) (1/180s) fastest shutter speed for flash synchronization.
Shutter cocking: Using low-noise integral motor, optionally after releasing the shutter release button.
Series exposures: Approx. 2 pictures/s, 8 pictures in series.
Shutter release: Three levels: Exposure metering on – Metering memory lock (in aperture priority mode) – Shutter release. Integrated standard cable release thread.
Self-timer: Delay optionally 2 s (aperture priority and manual exposure setting) or 12 s (menu setting). indicated by flashing LED on front of camera and corresponding display on the monitor.
Switching the camera on/off: Using the main switch on the camera’s top panel. selectable automatic power-off for camera electronics after about 2/5/10 minutes, reactivation by pressing the shutter release button.
Power supply: 1 lithium ion battery, nominal voltage 3.7V, capacity 1900 rnAh, Capacity display in monitor, when shutter held open (for sensor cleaning) additional acoustic warning when capacity is low.
Charger: Inputs: 100-240 VAC. 50/60 Hz, automatic switching. or 12/24V DC; Output: 4.2V DC, 800 mA.

Camera housing
Material: All-rnetal die cast magnesium body. KTL dip—painted. synthetic leather covering Top deck and baseplate in brass. black. and steel-gray paint finish. M9 in black and steel-gray paint. M9-P in silver chrome and black paint. M9-P with sapphire glass LCD monitor cover.
Image field selector: Allows the bright-line pairs to be manually displayed at any time (e.g. for framing comparisons).
Tripod thread: Stainless steel, A 1/4 (1/4 in.) DIN, in baseplate.
Operating conditions: 0 to +40°C.
Interface: 5-pin mini-USB 2.0 High-Speed socloet for fast data transfer.
Dimensions: (WxDxH) approx. 139 x 37 x 80 mm (5 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 3 1/6 in.).
Weight (with battery): M9 565 g (20.6 oz). M9-P 600 g (21.2 oz).
Included extras: Charger 100-240 V with 2 mains cables (EU, USA, different in some export markets) and 1 car charger, lithium ion battery, USB cable, carrying strap.

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