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The Leica M9 is a professional camera that claims to be the world's smallest full-frame system camera.

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Pros

compatible with all M-mount lenses

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quiet - quieter than a D3S in quiet mode

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creates very sharp images with low noise

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easy to use menu system

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easy to pick up and use

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capable of taking fully uncompressed 14-bit DNG format images

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analog controls give it a proper film camera feel

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extremely compact and lightweight compared to a DSLR with comparable sized sensor

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smallest full-frame digital camera - large 18.5 megapixel 23.9x35.8mm CCD sensor

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image quality on par with much larger, heavier, more complicated and equally expensive cameras

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Cons

extremely high price

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only capable of 1-2fps continuous shooting

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somewhat short frame buffer with annoying processing delay

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no video mode

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LCD loses the previous generation's scratch-resistant Sapphire Glass Cover

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annoying for new M8.2 buyers not expecting an upgrade so soon - a mere 8 months

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The Leica M9 is a professional camera that claims to be the world's smallest full-frame system camera. It is an improvement on its predecessor, the M8, with a minor button re-arrangement and major internal changes such as a Kodak-developed CCD sensor with improved offset microlenses to optimize performance at the edges of the frame. The Leica M9 sports a sensor cover with improved filtering of infrared light making lens-mounted IR filters a thing of the past. The 35mm film-sized sensor means that the original intended field of view is provided. The Leica M9 features a microprocessor-controlled, silent, metal-leaf, focal-plane shutter that has shutter speeds of up to 1/4000 seconds. One additional nice thing about owning a Leica camera is that Leica is committed to compatibility, which means that almost all M lenses built since 1954 can still be used on the new M9. 

Features
  • 36 x 24 mm CCD
  • 18 million effective pixels
  • 6.8 x 6.8 ┬Ám pixel pitch 
  • No anti-alias filter
  • ISO 160 - 2500 (ISO 80 'pulled'*)
  • Center-biased reflected from white & grey stripes on shutter blades
  • Quiet metal blade Shutter
  • 32 - 1/4000 sec shutter speed
  • 1/180 sec flash spync
  • Steel gray, Black
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