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Leica M9P

M9 and the Live View Future

Leica’s omission of a Live View function in the M9 is its single most disappointing and versatility-killing limitation. That fact remains true regardless of whether it was technically possible at the time the M9 was designed.

According to Leica, the full-readout CCD sensor itself cannot support the functionality because it would have to read out an 18MP image for a single refresh cycle. But that’s a sensor choice that could be remedied with a future sensor design.

Implicit in the term Live View for ALLVIEW cameras is BOTH a high-resolution LCD and a high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF).

Numerous uses beyond traditional journalistic and documentary applications are possible with Live View / EVF, and the demand for mirorrless cameras is the result.

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