The upgrades are so subtle that they are easily overlook. But the Leica M9-P, the newest addition to the Leica M9 digital camera line, was meant to be just that, an alternative aimed at professional shooters. With the same 18-megapixel CCD image sensor, the Leica M9-P is able to capture an image in full-frame format with ease. And since it shared the same functionality as the M9, its operation is intuitive as well. So what changed? Though unnoticeable, the M9-P is quipped with a sapphire glass LCD cover, the same found on Leica M8.2. One of hardest substance known in the world, the sapphire glass is resistant to scratch, wear, even breakage. With dual anti-reflective coatings front and back, photographers can review their images even in low-light conditions. Covered with vulcanite leatherette in a coarselytextured finish, the removal of any branding, particularly the red Leica dot, means photographer can capture the moments in discreet. The Leica M9-P, the newest full-frame digital camera to the M9 line, will be available soon at Leica dealers around the world. Meanwhile, see the sample images of the new camera, shot by Magnum photographer Alex Majoli on the canals of Venice.
Leica announces the Leica M9-P: the essence of discretion
Designed particularly for professional photographers, new ultra-discreet version of
the Leica M9 added to Leica rangefinder portfolio
Leica today presents a new version of the world's smallest, full-frame digital system camera: the Leica M9-P. This new model will sit alongside the Leica M9 in the company's rangefinder portfolio, providing an alternative, even more discreet and resilient design that further reinforces the quintessential nature of the M9 and particularly meets the needs of professional photographers. The new model will be available in a classic silver chrome or subtle black paint finish.
Offering the same technical specifications as the highly successfully Leica M9, the M9-P combines all the benefits of the original: compact size, full-frame, 18 megapixel 24 x 36mm sensor (35mm format), sophisticated image processing and robust construction, with features designed for the professional user or photographers who prefer a pure, even more unobtrusive styling.
The Leica M9-P includes a scratch-resistant, sapphire crystal covering on the LCD screen. This material is so tough that the screen can only be produced using special diamond cutting tools and is one of the world's hardest materials. As a result, the sapphire glass LCD cover is extremely resistant to wear and almost unbreakable, meaning many years of reliable use. In addition, thanks to an anti-reflective coating on both sides of the cover, reviewing images on the display during composition and after capture is further improved, particularly in unfavourable lighting conditions.
The external covering of the body of the M9-P, finished in vulcanite leatherette, features a more coarselytextured finish that ensures a steady grip when shooting, making the M9-P feel particularly safe and secure in the hand.
A further understated feature of the Leica M9-P is its minimalist styling, which is focused on the most essential features. Many professional photographers using Leica cameras have been known to tape over the Leica 'red dot' logo to make their equipment as inconspicuous and discreet as possible. For this reason, the Leica red dot logo and the M9 lettering on the front have been omitted. Instead, the top plate is engraved with the Leica name in classic script form.
Since 1954, the Leica M system has represented an unmistakable, individual kind of photography and a very conscious photographic style. With a Leica M, the photographer becomes a 'part of the action' in the process of capturing challenging, authentic and creative images.
The rangefinder frames precisely the shot the photographer envisages, while allowing a clear view of the scene outside the viewfinder frame. This allows the photographer to predict the decisive moment and capture it discreetly and reliably at the right moment in all fields of photography, from photojournalism, reportage and 'available light' to the capture of portraits and aesthetic, fine-art images.
Another significant advantage for unobtrusive photography is the almost silent shutter, a feature of both the M9 and M9-P. Moreover, when longer exposure times requiring an extremely steady camera stance are essential, only a slight pressure on the shutter release button in 'soft release' mode is required. Photographers can also select the most appropriate moment for re-cocking the shutter.
The functions of the Leica M are consistently constructed for extreme durability and a long working life. The highest quality materials, intricate manufacturing processes and meticulous manual assembly at Leica's facility in Germany guarantee functional reliability for years to come.
In line with Leica's commitment to system compatibility, almost all Leica M lenses built since 1954 can be used with the M9 and M9-P an important factor in the enduring value of the M series. The 18 megapixel image sensor, specifically designed and developed for the M9, enables capture of the full 35mm film format without any compromise. All M lenses mounted on the M9 and M9-P therefore offer the same focal length as originally intended, and the enormous potential performance of the extensive M lens portfolio, with focal lengths from 16 to 135mm, can be fully exploited by both cameras.