Leica Announces M9-P

Today's the big day in Paris, at the joint Magnum-Leica event. Just announced is the new Leica M9-P - here's the press release...

The LEICA M9-P – The quintessence of Leica M photography

Leica Camera AG, Solms, presents a new version of the world’s smallest, full-format, digital system camera: The Leica M9-P. Technologically at the same high level as the successful Leica M9, the new M model offers special characteristics to meet the particular needs of professional photographers. We have therefore created the M9-P as the ideal tool for professional users who demand compact and discreet camera equipment with a long working life and simultaneously appreciate the advantages and benefits of Leica M photography. The ‘P’ in its name, already used in the past for several models, positions the camera in the line of Leica M cameras specially conceived on the basis of the wishes of professional photographers. The Leica M9-P is a complement to the Leica M9. Both models will be marketed together.

Since 1954, the Leica M system has stood for an unmistakable, individual kind of photography and a very conscious photographic style. Because, with a Leica M, the photographer becomes a part of the action in the process of capturing challenging and creative images. The rangefinder frames precisely the shot the photographer envisages while allowing a clear view of what is going on 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 and ‘available light’ to the capture of discreet and aesthetic, fine-art images. The functions of the Leica M are consistently constructed for extreme robustness and a long working life. Highest quality materials, elaborate manufacturing processes and painstaking manual assembly guarantee M cameras functional reliability for decades to come. The full system compatibility – almost all lenses of the Leica M range built since 1954 can still be used on the latest M camera models – is an important factor in the enduring value of the M series.

These core values of the Leica M system have been consistently maintained in the new M9-P. The technical features of the Leica M9-P are identical to those of the M9, however, in comparison, the typical Leica M product characteristics, like robustness and discretion, have been further improved.

For instance, the Leica M9-P features an extremely scratch-resistant, sapphire crystal, cover for its LCD screen. This material is so hard that it can only be worked with special diamond cutting tools and is one of the world’s hardest materials. In consequence, the sapphire glass LCD cover is extremely resistant to wear and almost unbreakable. In practical terms, it is so resistant to so many kinds of wear and stresses that the camera is ideally equipped for many years of reliable use. Thanks to an anti-reflective coating on both sides of the cover, image reviewing on the screen of the M9-P in unfavourable lighting conditions is now even better. This provides photographers with an ideal tool for optimum assessment of images both during composition and after capture.

The leathering of the body of the M9-P is also particularly resistant to wear. The vulcanite leathering features a more pronounced structure that lends the camera particularly good grip characteristics. This means that the M9-P feels particularly safe and secure in the hand, a fact that further enhances the already simple handling of the Leica M camera.

A further outstanding feature of the Leica M9-P is its minimalist styling with a focus only on what is really necessary. Many professional photographers who already rely on Leica cameras tend to tape over the Leica red dot to make their cameras as unobtrusive as possible. For this reason, and in favour of absolute discretion, this typical red dot symbol and the M9 lettering on the front of the new professional camera have been omitted. Instead, the top deck is now engraved with the classical script form of the Leica name.

The Leica M9-P is now available in two different finishes from all authorised Leica dealers: in black paint finish or in the traditional silver chrome version.