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Leica M9-P

Leica M9-P

The Leica M9-P Digital Camera is the M9’s little sister, and it features all of the same technology as its older sibling, plus some upgrades to make it even more inconspicuous in style.

With its minimalist design and all-in-one functionality, the M9-P distinguishes itself in subtle yet advantageous ways for street photographers.

Moreover, it follows in the footsteps of an illustrious Leica history that dates back to the 1950s and the first MP “press” camera, which was developed for Magnum photographers.

The absence of the red Leica dot on the front of the body of the two cameras is perhaps the most visible distinction between them, and it is worth noting. As a result of this modification, even less attention will be brought to the photographer who is using such a modest camera.

Rather than the conventional Leica emblem, the M9-P features a “restrained Leica logogram” on the top deck of the camera, which according to Leica is a “restrained Leica logogram.” The M9-P also has vulcanite leathering on the body, which is another distinguishing characteristic. Not only does the leathering look very appealing, but it also gives a comfortable grip.

A third distinction between the M9 and this, its reincarnation, is a sapphire crystal cover for the 2.5″ LCD monitor, which is exceptionally scratch-resistant. In situations where discretion is essential, the standard camera bag is almost always absent from the scene of the crime. As a result, the camera is more vulnerable to the dangers of everyday life.

Sapphire crystal is extraordinarily durable, making it virtually indestructible, and as a result, it provides excellent protection for the LCD display on the M9-P. The sapphire crystal cover also has an anti-reflective coating on both sides, which allows for great image vision even when the device is in direct sunlight.

The M9-P has all of the same outstanding picture-making characteristics as the M9; after all, image quality is what distinguishes a Leica camera from the competition. The 24 x 36 18Mp CCD image sensor captures images in the digital format that is the same size as a 35mm film negative.

All M lenses are also compatible with the M9-P, providing a plethora of options for making the most of each photo. Moreover, despite the fact that the M9-P and M9 are digital cameras, they nevertheless have the iconic feel of a film rangefinder in their hands. Perhaps instilling in the shooter a nostalgic longing for the good old days, while still providing all of the advantages of modern technology. Having said that, the M9-P’s user-friendly interface and menu options make it a pleasure to operate and operate.

Concentrated on the Essentials – Highest Possible Image Quality

With the Leica M9-P, the legendary Leica M camera line is carried into the digital era, continuing the legacy of the legendary Leica M. It is the world’s smallest full-format digital system camera, and it is the first of its kind. Briefly said, it is a modern tool for those who seek the greatest standards in image quality while still enjoying the ability to compose their own images.

Full Frame (24 x 36 inches)

An incredibly high-resolution image sensor combined with the outstanding performance of M lenses and intelligent processing of the digital information acquired results in the best imaging results in all photography circumstances.

The camera’s 18 megapixel CCD image sensor, which was particularly built and developed for it, allows it to capture images in the full 35mm film format without any cropping or distortion. All M lenses placed on the M9 or M9-P provide the same field of vision as they did when the film was used as the primary medium.

This means that the high resolution and exceptional imaging quality of the now-digital M9 and M9-P are capable of fully harnessing the immense potential of M lenses due to their high resolution and superior imaging quality. Instead of changing lenses to match image sensors, it was necessary to do so in the case of the M9 and M9-P.

As a result, photographs with a high level of detail are produced. Natural. Authentic. Without making any concessions

Handling in an Intuitive Manner

Those who are unfamiliar with handling will find the Leica M9-P to be a refreshing change of pace. It has even been feasible to make more improvements to the already straightforward menu navigation system. It is this four-way switch and dial combination that is employed in conjunction with the 2.5-inch display that serves as the primary control element.

Leveling the sensitivity is as simple as maintaining consistent pressure on the ISO button while simultaneously twisting the dial to pick the appropriate setting on the camera. By selecting the “Set” button, you may quickly and easily access all additional settings that are crucial for everyday scenarios, such as white balance, image-data compression, resolution, exposure correction, exposure bracketing, and programmable user profiles.

Each of the user profiles may be configured with any camera and shooting settings, then saved under any name of the user’s choosing and accessible fast whenever a certain occasion calls for it.

Convenient and built to last a lifetime

It is not uncommon for a Leica camera to become the lifetime friend of its owner. Similarly, despite having a far bigger sensor than their predecessors, the Leica M8 and M8.2 digital cameras, the Leica M9 and M9-P have been able to preserve the small body size of their predecessors.

The Leica M9 and M9-P are the world’s smallest full-format digital system cameras, measuring just 139 x 37 x 80mm. They maintain the optimum size of the M series and the distinction of being the world’s smallest full-format digital system cameras.

Full-metal housing constructed of a high-tensile magnesium alloy, as well as a top deck and bottom plate, machined from solid brass blocks, give the ultimate in protection for its priceless internal machinery. The digital components and shutter assembly of the M9 and the M9-P are manufactured in the same manner, with the goal of providing a lifetime of serviceability in mind.

Free firmware upgrades guarantee that the cameras’ firmware is kept up to date with the most recent advancements. Overall, an M camera is not just an investment for life, but it is also a partner for the rest of one’s life.

The Leica M9-P is an unobtrusive, discrete, and resilient camera.

The Leica M9 is now joined by its twin sister, the Leica M9-P. In terms of technology, they are technically identical twins who share exactly the same high-performance characteristics and are completely interchangeable.

The only distinctions may be discovered in a few distinguishing characteristics.
Because of the diminutive size of Leica M cameras, their inconspicuous appearance, minimalist design, and the practically inaudible sound of their shutters, Leica M shooters may virtually disappear into the background when shooting with their cameras.

The M9-P now makes photography even more inconspicuous, since it no longer has the red dot on the front, but instead has a subdued Leica logogram on the top deck, which replaces it. As a result, it becomes even more discrete.

The Leica M9-P now has a sapphire crystal cover for its LCD monitor display, which is very scratch-resistant and nearly unbreakable, according to Leica. Sapphire crystal is one of the world’s toughest materials, and it is so hard that it can only be processed using diamond-cutting tools that are designed specifically for this purpose.

The anti-reflective coating on both sides of the monitor cover glass further enhances image reviewing, which is especially important in low-light environments.

The Leica M9-P is optionally available in the iconic Leica silver chrome camera finish or in black paint – the Leica M9 is available in two colors: elegant steel gray or black paint – and the M9 is available in two colors: elegant steel gray and black paint. As an added feature, the Leica M9-P is covered with vulcanite leather, which has exceptional grip properties.

Handling in an Intuitive Manner

Those who are unfamiliar with handling will find the Leica M9-P to be a refreshing change of pace. It has even been feasible to make more improvements to the already straightforward menu navigation system.

It is this four-way switch and dial combination that is employed in conjunction with the 2.5-inch display that serves as the primary control element. Leveling the sensitivity is as simple as maintaining consistent pressure on the ISO button while simultaneously twisting the dial to pick the appropriate setting on the camera.

By selecting the “Set” button, you may quickly and easily access all additional settings that are crucial for everyday scenarios, such as white balance, image-data compression, resolution, exposure correction, exposure bracketing, and programmable user profiles.

Each of the user profiles may be configured with any camera and shooting settings, then saved under any name of the user’s choosing and accessible fast whenever a certain occasion calls for it.

Convenient and built to last a lifetime

It is not uncommon for a Leica camera to become the lifetime friend of its owner. Similarly, despite having a far bigger sensor than their predecessors, the Leica M8 and M8.2 digital cameras, the Leica M9 and M9-P have been able to preserve the small body size of their predecessors.

The Leica M9 and M9-P are the world’s smallest full-format digital system cameras, measuring just 139 x 37 x 80mm. They maintain the optimum size of the M series and the distinction of being the world’s smallest full-format digital system cameras.

Full-metal housing constructed of a high-tensile magnesium alloy, as well as a top deck and bottom plate, machined from solid brass blocks, give the ultimate in protection for its priceless internal machinery. The digital components and shutter assembly of the M9 and the M9-P are manufactured in the same manner, with the goal of providing a lifetime of serviceability in mind.

Free firmware upgrades guarantee that the cameras’ firmware is kept up to date with the most recent advancements. Overall, an M camera is not just an investment for life, but it is also a partner for the rest of one’s life.

Leica M9-P Specs

Price
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution5212 x 3472
Other resolutions3840 x 2592, 2592 x 1728, 1728 x 1152, 1280 x 846
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels18 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors19 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
ISOAuto, Pull 80, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500
Boosted ISO (minimum)80
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Standard
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Lens mountLeica M
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size2.5″
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT color LCD
Live viewNo
Viewfinder typeOptical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder magnification0.68×
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityNo
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject/scene modesNo
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modesFront Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync
Continuous drive2.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modesCenter-weighted
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
MicrophoneNone
Storage typesSD/SDHC card
Storage includedNone
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMINo
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)600 g (1.32 lb / 21.16 oz)
Dimensions139 x 80 x 37 mm (5.47 x 3.15 x 1.46″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

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