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Leica M9 Digital Camera - BODY ONLY Product Info

Leica M9 Digital Camera, Body Only combines an extremely high-resolution sensor with careful processing of the digital picture data, to provide the best picture results under all conditions. The propriety CCD sensor in the Leica Camera from M9 Series with18 Million Pixels, allows the utilization of the full 35 mm format. The sensor of the M 9 Digital Camera by Leica uses a newly developed cover glass to eliminate infrared light contamination and allows the utilization of existing Leica M lenses without loss of image quality.

The use of external UV/IR filters is not required. The simple handling and menus of the Leica M9 Digital Camera allow the photographer to concentrate on taking pictures, not the controls. The key control element of the Leica Digital Cameras is an intuitive four-way switch and dial combination used in conjunction with the 2.5-inch LCD monitor on the back. To set the ISO sensitivity, simply maintain light pressure on the ISO button while simultaneously turning the dial to select the required setting. All other functions important for everyday situations are quickly and easily accessible by pressing the set button: white balance, image-data compression, resolution, exposure correction, exposure bracketing, and programmable user profiles. The user profiles can be programmed with any combination of camera and shooting settings, stored under an assigned name, and accessed quickly whenever required for a particular situation.

It is hardly unusual that a Leica, once owned, becomes a lifelong companion. This also applies to the digital Leica M 9 Camera: In spite of the larger sensor size, the compact housing of the Leica M8 camera and Leica M 8.2 camera was being retained. With exterior dimensions of 139 x 37 x 80 mm (5.5 x 1.5 x 3.1 in) it maintains the ideal shape of the M camera and becomes the smallest full frame system camera in the world. Its closed, full-metal housing, crafted from a high-strength magnesium alloy, and its top deck and bottom plate machined from large blocks of brass, provide perfect protection for its precious inner mechanisms. The digital components and shutter assembly of the Leica M9 Camera are similarly constructed with endurance in mind. Free firmware updates ensure that the camera benefits from the latest technology.

In short: The Leica M9 Camera is an investment for a lifetime. The camera is available in classic black vulcanite finish with traditional fine leatherette finish. Included with the LEICA M9, is a license for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, a professional digital workflow solution available for both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems. The software is a free download for Leica Digital Camera M9 customers, to guarantee that the most current version is always available.

Available Models of Leica M9 Digital Cameras, Body Only:

  • 10704: Leica M 9 Digital Camera, Black Paint

Specifications for Leica M-9 Digital Cameras, Body Only - Black:

Camera: LEICA M9
Order no.: steel-grey paint finish 10705 , black paint finish 10704
Camera type: Compact digital view and rangefinder system camera.
Lens attachment: Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding.
Lens system: Leica M lenses from 16 to 135 mm.
Picture format/Image sensor: 5270 x 3516 pixels (18.5 Megapixel) CCD chip, active area approx. 23.9 x 35.8 mm 5212 x 3472 pixels (18 Megapixel). Corresponding to usable format of analog Leica M models.
Resolution: Adjustable, DNG 5212 x 3472 pixels (18 Megapixel), JPEG 5212 x 3472 (18 Megapixel), 3840 x 2592 (10 Megapixel), 2592 x 1728 (4,5 Megapixel), 1728 x 1152 (2 Megapixel), 1280 x 846 pixels (1 Megapixel).
Data formats: DNG (raw data), choice of uncompressed or slightly compressed (by non-linear reduction of color depth), 2 JPEG compression levels.
File size: DNG 18 MB (compressed)/36 MB (uncompressed), JPEG approx. 2-10 MB.
Color spaces: Adobe RGB, sRGB.
White balance: Automatic, manual, 7 presets, color temperature selection.
Storage medium: Accepts SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card up to 32GB/td>
Menu languages: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian.
Compatibility: Windows XP/Vista; Mac OS X (10.5).
Exposure metering: Exposure metering through the lens (TTL), center-weighted with working aperture. Center-weighted TTL metering for flashexposure with system-compatible SCA-3000/2 standard flash units.
Measurement principle: Measured by light reflected by bright shutter blades on the first shutter curtain.
Metering range: (at ISO 160/23) At room temperature and normal humidity corresponds to EV 0 to 20 or f/1.0 and 1.2 s to f/32 and 1/1000 s. Flashing left triangular LED in viewfinder indicates values below metering range.
Measurement cell for: (continuous light measurement) Silicon photo diode with condensing lens, positioned in the bottom center of the available light camera base.
Sensitivity range: ISO 80/19 to ISO 2500/35, adjustable in 1/3 ISO increments, with aperture priority A and manual exposure setting, choice of automatic control or manual setting, automatic control with snapshot profile.
Exposure mode: Choice of automatic shutter speed control with manual aperture selection - aperture priority A - with corresponding digital display, or manual setting of shutter speed and aperture and adjustment using LED light balance with indication of correct exposure, or risk of overexposure/camera shake (with snapshot profile only).
Flash unit connection: Via accessory shoe with center and control contacts.
Synchronization: Optional synchronization on first or second shutter curtain.
Flash sync speed: 1/180 s; longer shutter speeds possible.
Flash exposure metering: (with SCA-3501/3502 adapter or SCA-3000 standard flash unit, e.g. Leica SF 24D/Leica SF 58). Control with centerweighted TTL-pre-flash metering.
Flash measurement cell: 2 silicon photo diodes with condensing lens in camera base.
Flash exposure: +-3 1/3 EV in 1/3 EV steps adjustable on the SCA-3501/3502 adapter. On Leica SF 24D, ±3 EV in 1/3 EV- steps with compensation computer control, or from 0 to -3 EV in 1 EV-steps/on Leica SF 58 adjustable in all modes +-3 EV in 1/3 EV-steps.
Displays in flash mode: Flash readiness - flash symbol LED in viewfinder constant. Correct flash exposure - LED constant or flashes rapidly after exposure. Underexposure - LED extinguished after exposure.
Viewfinder principle: Large, bright-line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation.
Eyepiece: Adjusted to -0.5 dpt. Correction lenses from -3 to +3 dpt. available.
Image framing: By activating two bright-line frames
Parallax compensation: The horizontal and vertical difference between the viewfinder and the lens is automatically compensated according to the relevant distance setting, i.e. the viewfinder bright-line automatically aligns with the subject detail recorded by the lens.

Package Contents:

  • Leica Digital Camera Body M9, Black - BODY ONLY (lens not included)
  • Battery
  • Charger
  • USB connecting cord
  • Carrying strap

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Leica M9 Digital Camera - BODY ONLY Unorderable Models

Leica M9 Digital Cameras with Black Paint 10704, MPN: 10704, UPC: 799429107048, Code: LE-CD-M9-10704
Leica M9 Digital Cameras with Steel Gray Paint, MPN: 10705, UPC: 799429107055, Code: LE-CD-M9-10705

Leica M9 Digital Camera - BODY ONLY Comments

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Helpful Positive Review You get what you pay for - cachet included by Legacy Reviewer, January 1, 2010
The Leica M9 is the camera I've been waiting for the last 10 years. While tinkering with other small form factor digital cameras to carry with me where my SLR rig wouldn't work, I pined for the solid reliability of my Leica M6 without the costly chem...
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Most Recent Review Leica m9 by Legacy Reviewer, February 1, 2011
Photography has returned. Pros: Exceptional for travel Cons: Cannot afford 2 of them!!!
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