Leica clings to retro too much in this M9. The M9 is not up to the build quality of the M3. Yes, I like the controls, which do not interfere with shooting. But, there are too many other negatives that do interfere. The viewfinder retains the lines and at best shows only 2/3 of the area. For this price, I want a large zooming viewfinder, and no lines! The grip can be much improved, and the fake leather replaced by something hitech. The camera takes forever to process a shot, and freezes in burst mode - so you lose photos. Shutter lag can be improved. You still need to remove the entire bottom plate to access the card and battery. Yes, the images are very good, but credit for this goes to Kodak not Leica. But starting at 12x18inch prints, you will see quality drops off considerably as you print larger sizes. For 8x10 and smaller, I can see no difference in prints between Leica and many other manufacturers. Actually, the camera that impresses me is the Fuji X100. For 1/10 the price, the X100 does more than what the M9 can do, and the images are at least as good.
Good Image Quality
Short battery life, Lag / Shutter Delay, Noisy At High ISO, Small LCD Screen, Poor in low light, Poor image stabilization