The M9 is listed to be “the world’s smallest full-frame camera,” with a 24 x 36mm, 18-megapixel sensor that’s capable of capturing high-res images in the full 35mm format. Designed with Leica’s classic M-system rangefinder body and , this cam is built with a UV/IR glass filter that eliminates the need for add-on filters, and features a 2.5-inch LCD and a dial for quickly changing ISO settings.
The more compact Leica X1 is built around a large APS-C 12-megapixel CMOS sensor and a fixed F2.8, 35mm autofocus lens. Full manual controls and a wide sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 3200, coupled with its ability to shoot RAW images should make for a compact advanced photographers are going to like.
The X1 also features a thumb dial for setting changes and manual focusing, a pop-up flash, and an optical viewfinder along with the 2.7-inch LCD.
The M9 is available in two colors (black and steel gray) for $6,995 on Amazon. The Leica X1 is expected to ship in January, 2010.