Leica M9 and another secret camera on September 9th

M9

If you don't follow LeicaRumors that's ok. Here is what you need to know: Leica M9 to be released on September 9th (09.09.09 at 09:09am). The M9 will have an 18MP, full frame sensor (probably from Kodak).

But wait, there is more: another unknown and "interesting" Leica camera is also expected to be announced (probably on the same date).

Fore more Leica M9 rumors click here.

Via Leica Rumors

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  • fmertz

    L udicrously
    E xpensive
    I nterminable
    C amera
    A rrogance

  • regular

    Ridiculous.
    I cant buy (or even rent) a Ferrari, so it must be a very bad car.

  • NikoDoby

    Actually Ferrari’s are known to spontaneously comebust every now and then.

    Admin don’t tell everyone about Leicarumors…. that’s our secret little club :^)

  • Adam

    I believe the sensor is Canon’s. Rumor was that Lecia and Canon were working on a deal and it just so happens to the Canon 7D is an 18MP FF sensor.

    • NikoDoby

      That has since been disproved Adam. Unless that is, canon put the same 18MP Kodak sensor in the 7D (or whatever they call it) as Leica in the M9? A Sony sensor is supposedly in the new canon G11 so why not a Kodak? Hmmm…interesting

      • Just a Thought

        When was the last time that Leica’s camera division had posted a profitable year?

        This year they announced and released the S2. Big bucks being spent on production and support structure. Added approx 100 extra staff at Leica. The “money burn rate” has really grown this year and will continue next year. All this during a period when the world economies are going thru a major recession (some even use the D word). Lots of extra money being spent and far less new money coming in because of the decline in sales due to the Recession.

        I doubt there will be a “FF” M9 released this year, because I dont think that they can afford it. They might announce they are working on something. Announcing and releasing are two different things. They would be smarter introducing some weather sealing on an upgraded M8.X Check the following Leica digital M owner’s experience:
        http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1038&message=32744264

        Maybe they’ll show a new higher end P&S with a (larger?) Panasonic sensor, having Panasonic cover the development cost and slapping a red dot on the Leica version.

        If Leica used a Canon sensor then they would also need the Canon Digic 4 or 5 processor board – which would essentially be a complete Canon camera minus body wrap. Just does not make sense for Canon do something like this. They have deep enough pockets that they dont need crumbs from Leica to survive.

        It will be interesting to see what comes out of Canon’s upcoming announcement, more so than Leica’s.

        • NikoDoby

          Ok then, how about an APS-H sized sensor designed by canon, made by Kodak, and used on the “Leica M9″ and “canon 7D”. Is everyone happy now?

          It’s very common for one manufacturer to make out with another. Nikon has used Sony’s sensors, Fuji has used Nikon bodies and lenses. Why not a Kodak, Leica, and Canon threesome?

          You don’t think anyone would buy or at least want to see that steamy result?

          • Just a Thought

            Yes threesome can be amazing, as long as everyone gets an equal amount of attention and thus benefit.

            Kodak is dying a slow death, so I can see they would benefit from your combo
            .
            Leica is in the same boat as Kodak, not adapting quickly enough to technological changes and not creating something that people really want to buy.

            In contrast look at how Apple keeps morphing itself by adapting to technological change and creating products that people, not just camera collectors, want to buy and G-d forbid actually use. So Leica would benefit.

            Now, how would Canon benefit from such a threesome?

            What if Canon were replaced by Panasonic in your threesome. Just as steamy and every party has something to gain. Or even more interesting, replace Canon with Fuji since they seem to no longer want to play in the DSLR sandbox on their own. I suspect that Panasonic would want in on the action and your threesome could end up as a foursome. That could create a killer camera by taking the best that the Leica, Kodak, FujiFilm and Panasonic brought to the table.

  • Anonymous

    >>>Leica is in the same boat as Kodak, not adapting quickly enough to technological changes and not creating something that people really want to buy.
    In contrast look at how Apple keeps morphing itself by adapting to technological change and creating products that people, not just camera collectors, want to buy and G-d forbid actually use. So Leica would benefit.

    Except that Apple was willing to transform itself into a consumer electronics company for the masses (but still keeping prices relatively high). I don’t think that’s what Leica wants to do. They probably feel that in order to maintain the Leica image and not alienate the current customer base (as small as it might be), they must stick to the strategy of producing esoteric products for those customers for whom price, even in this recession, doesn’t make a difference. So Leica’s strategy is probably high-margin, but low sales volume. They probably couldn’t afford the capital needed to substantially increase the size of the company anyway.

    But if Leica gets sold again, you’re going to see Leicas that are still designed in Germany, but manufactured in China.

    I think Leica produces products that people want to use. It’s just that they produce products that most people can’t afford. I’m not a Leica customer and never have been, but if I had tons of spare cash, I’d probably pick up an M8 or the supposedly pending M9 and a few lenses. Or maybe even an M7 and use that as my travel film camera. On the P&S front, I think Leica needs to produce the best P&S out there – not relying on Panasonic to enable them to stick a red dot and a more elegant case on an existing camera. I’m amazed they got away with that for so long.

  • le_petit_prince

    are they racing for two digit number model?

    – – ;;

    i thought single numbered models are supposed to be the most company’s top graded professional benchmark line.

    Can leica have new model number?
    I would still like to see them continue on their film rangefinder business.

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