The combination of an extremely high-resolution sensor, high performance M-Lenses and careful processing of the digital data provides the best picture results under all conditions with the LEICA M9. The easy handling and simple menus of the camera allow the photographer to concentrate on taking the pictures and not the controls.
Kodak's proprietary CCD Sensor for the LEICA M9 is optimized for the unique optical consideration of the Leica M-Lens System. With the extremely high resolution of the sensor, the LEICA M9 delivers outstanding image quality. The optimized pixel size of the CCD sensor reduces the need for digital post processing and produces an unequaled natural picture effect. Rich contrast, extremely high resolution and natural colors are the result across the entire frame.
With the LEICA M9, all Leica M-Lenses offer the same angle of view as on an analog camera. For the first time, the full potentional of M-Lenses can be realized on a digital camera. Continuing the tradition of system compatibility, almost all Leica M-Lenses since 1954 can be used on the M9.
The extremely efficient sensor of the M9 demands high resolution, all of the new M-Lenses exceed this requirement. The excellent correction of optical defects and the high resolution make these lenses ideal for digital photography. The current M-Lenses are delivered with 6-bit coding on the bayonet, that is optically read by the M9. With this information, the M9 can compensate for vignetting. Lens information is included in the EXIF data of the file and in system flashes like the LEICA SF 58, the reflector position is automatically adjusted to the focal length of the lens.
The Leica rangefinder system distinguishes the LEICA M9 from the single-lens reflex cameras and compact cameras. The rangefinder is ideal for reportage, available light and discrete and unobtrusive photography
The LEICA M9 controls a new especially quiet metal laminent shuter blades, controlled by a microprocessor, that enables exposure time to 1/4000 second. Even in bright environments, the photographer retains the freedom to utilize the selective focus of an open aperture. Through the flash synch time of 1/180 second, daylight flash use is possible.