Perhaps the most noticeable difference between
the two cameras is the lack of the red Leica
dot on the front of the body. This alteration
ensures even less attention will be drawn to
the photographer with this unassuming camera.
Instead of the traditional Leica logo, the M9-P
has what Leica terms a, restrained Leica
logogram, on the top deck of the camera.
Another feature of the M9-P is the vulcanite
leathering on the body. In addition to looking
exceptionally attractive, the leathering
provides a good grip.
A third difference between the M9 and this, its
reincarnation, is an extremely scratch-
resistant sapphire crystal cover for the 2.5
inch LCD monitor. When being stealth is of the
utmost, the traditional camera bag is usually
not part of the picture. Consequently, the
camera is prone to more of life's hazards.
Sapphire crystal is exceptionally hard, making
it almost unbreakable, and therefore, extremely
protective of the M9-P's LCD display. The
sapphire crystal cover also features an
antireflective coating on both sides for
optimal image viewing, even outdoors.
The M9-P boasts all the same remarkable image
making characteristics of the M9; image
quality, after all, is the hallmark of a Leica
camera. The 24 x 36 18Mp CCD image sensor
provides full size 35mm image capture in the
digital format. All M lenses mount to the M9-P
as well, for a wealth of choices to make the
most of each shot. And even though the M9-P and
M9 are digital, they still provide the user
with the classic feel of a film rangefinder.
Perhaps inspiring in the shooter a taste of the
old days, yet putting all the benefits of
digital at hand. With that being said, the
intuitive interface and menu controls of the
M9-P make it a joy to use.