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Leica M9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 79 reviews of Leica M9. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and performance. The image quality and portability also get good views. There are some mixed opinions about the viewfinder and optics. Some have doubts about the contrast and low light performance.

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price, screen, color, low-light, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Leica M9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Leica M9 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers are impressed by the lens and focus. The design and usability are also appreciated, but the low light performance and color get critical opinions. Opinions are divided on the portability.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

Leica M9


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If you're yearning for a full-frame digital rangefinder, but can't afford the M9-P, you'll only lose a bit of aesthetics by opting for the less expensive M9. You can very easily add a Giotti Schott Glass screen protector to the camera—it won't provide...

May, 2012

Expert review by : Phil Askey (

Leica M9 Hands-on preview


Three years ago Leica revealed the M8, its first digital rangefinder. The M8 looked similar to the film M7 but was a completely new body, with a 27 x 18 mm (1.3x FOV crop) 10 megapixel Kodak CCD sensor and no resolution-sapping anti-alias filter....

Sep, 2009

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Leica M9 Review


One of the few real rangefinders on the market, the Leica M9 is a little more challenging to shoot with than most other digital cameras. With a manual focus lens and a choice of Manual and Aperture-priority exposure modes, it's not for the point &...

Excellent image quality, with unique film-like "Leica look"; No-nonsense controls; Solid build; Good print quality

Difficult to focus in low light; High default contrast and saturation; Manual focus only; Lack of low-pass filter can leave moire and other artifacts

Shooting with the Leica M9-P was a great experience. It was not always easy to get a focused shot, nor to set exposure properly the first time. Modern autofocus and metering technology has spoiled us somewhat. But it's a great reminder of how film...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Sal Cangeloso (

Field test: Leica M9


Few electronic devices are as lusted over as Leica's cameras. Leica is one of a very small number of companies that has been able to get old-world, handmade craftsmanship and move that over to the digital age. Their eye-popping price tags entice as...

May, 2010

Expert review by : Jason Schneider (

The Leica M9; A “Full-Frame” Digital Leica M


The first digital Leica M with a full-frame, 24x36mm sensor (active area 23.9x35.8mm), the M9 offers 18-megapixel capture and unrestricted coverage with nearly the entire range of Leica lenses past and present, including extreme wide angles

Another upgrade on the M9 is a 1⁄4000 sec top shutter speed, allowing you to shoot at wider apertures in bright light. The native speed of the CCD for maximum image quality is ISO 160, the lowest ISO setting is Pull 80, and the settings proceed in...

May, 2010

Expert review by : Jack Neubart (

Leica M9 Digital Camera Review: Field Test Report


Jack Neubart takes a step back in time to test this century's classic manual-focusing, full-frame 18 MP CCD interchangeable-lens camera for the ages (along with the Summilux-M 21 mm f/1.4 ASPH).It has been a very long time since I last worked with a...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Philip Ryan (

Camera Test: Leica M9


Leica had a hard time switching to digital. Focus issues delayed the digital back for R-series SLRs, the infrared filter in the M8 rangefinder had to be augmented with special filters for lenses, and Leicaphiles had to wait years for an M-series camera...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : The Digital Journalist (

Expert Review


David Lykes Keenan is a fine-art and documentary photographer in Austin, Texas. In 2009, David is a founding board member of the Austin Center for Photography (, which he proudly claims will one day be known as the ICP...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Matt Golowczynski (

Leica M9 review


The 18MP digital camera with a full-frame sensor proves doubters wrong

Superb overall image quality ; Built to last ; Compatible with a range of high-quality optics

Very expensive ; Auto white balance issues ; Diopter correction only possible with additional optics

The Leica M9 is the camera that M-series photographers have been waiting a long time for.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Expert Reviews Staff (

Leica M9 review


A compelling choice for professionals who need a full-frame CCD in a compact body.

Jun, 2010

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