The Leica M9 is now available for pre-order on Amazon for $6,995.
The Leica M9 body is similar to the compact size of other M cameras but has a considerably larger sensor. With its compact dimensions of only 139 x 37 x 80 mm (5.47 x 1.45 x 3.15 inches), the Leica M9 keeps an ideal size for the M series and is now the world’s smallest full-format digital system camera. Kodak specially developed the CCD sensor for the Leica M9 and has utilized the particular qualities of the Leica M Lens system. As a result, the Leica M9 achieves high resolution values that guarantee outstanding image quality. The 18-megapixel sensor allows the full 35mm format to be achieved. The camera also has a meticulously designed micro lens with a low refractive index which further advances the M9 image sensor.
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The latest M lenses offer an efficient image sensor that demands a particularly high spatial resolution. The excellent correction optical aberrations and high resolution make them all the more suitable for digital use. The current M lenses are supplied with a 6-bit code on the bayonet mount that is scanned optically by the M9. Based on the coded information, the M9 than compensates for any system-inherent vignetting effects, if needed. The lens type is recorded in the EXIF data of the image files and, when you use the latest flashes like the Leica SF 58, it automatically adjusts the reflector to match the focal length of the lens that is attached.
The viewfinder/rangefinder system uses ‘available light’ exposures and discreet portraiture. The view finder keeps the photographer in the action in any situation. The viewfinder on the Leica provides a clear view of the person being shot and guarantees extremely fast and precise focusing. The Leica M9 features a new, microprocessor-controlled, very silent, metal-leaf, focal-plane shutter that allows shutter speeds of up to 1/4000 seconds. The Leica M9 allows you take complex pictures with the ease of a typical camera with it’s simple menus and easy handling. The M9 is compatible with SD cards up to 2 GB, SDHC cards up to 32 GB.