Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of DF vs M9

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon DF
9.9
Leica M9
8.7
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon DF
n.d.
Leica M9
n.d.
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon DF
9.5
Leica M9
9.2
continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Nikon DF
9.1
Leica M9
8.7
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, imaging-resource.com, dpreview.com, 1001noisycameras.com and 4 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon DF vs Leica M9

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon DF
3,279 ISO
Leica M9
854 ISO

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon DF
54 ms
Leica M9
125 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon DF
550 ms
Leica M9
800 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon DF
5.5 fps
Leica M9
2 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon DF
1,400 photos
Leica M9
350 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Nikon DF
24.6 bits
Leica M9
22.5 bits

Features Key features of the Nikon DF  vs Leica M9 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon DF
16.2 MP
Leica M9
18.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon DF
204,800 ISO
Leica M9
2,500 ISO

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Nikon DF
3.2"
Leica M9
2.5"

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon DF
53.1 microns
Leica M9
47.7 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon DF  vs
Leica M9 
Type CMOS CCD
Megapixels 16.2 MP 18.1 MP
Resolution 4648 x 3488 5212 x 3472
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 36 x 23.9 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 53.1 microns 47.7 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 160 ISO to 2,500 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque None
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Rangefinder

shutter

Min 30 s 8 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 5.5 fps 2 fps
Battery life 1,400 350
Continuous shooting
2 fps, JPEG
5.5 fps
Shutter lag 54 ms 125 ms
Startup delay 550 ms 800 ms

video

Nikon DF  vs
Leica M9 
Video None None
Shoots video in 24p N/A N/A
Shoots high speed video N/A N/A
External mic jack N/A N/A
Autofocus while shooting video N/A N/A
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3.2" 2.5"
Resolution 921 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes No

form factor

Size 143.5 x 110 x 66.5 mm 139 x 80 x 37 mm
Thickness 66.5 mm 37 mm
Weight 765 g 585 g
Is weather sealed Yes No

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
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