Launched in 2011, the M9-P only stayed on the market until Photokina 2012, when Leica introduced the new M (Typ 240).
In terms of technical specifications, the M9-P was identical to the Leica M9. The two cameras only differed from each other in terms of external details, whose purpose it was to further improve the customary Leica-qualities of robustness and discretion.
For example, the M9-P's LCD monitor is protected by an extremely resilient, almost unbreakable cover made of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. In addition, anti-reflective coating was added to both sides of the glass for a better image review experience.
The M9-P's Vulkanit leather trim represents another improvement: the material offers a pronounced texture for a particularly good grip and secure handling of the camera.
Lastly, the M9-P featured a pared-down design – the hallmark red dot as well as the 'M9' lettering were omitted in order to ensure maximum discretion. Instead, the classic Leica engraving was added to the camera's top plate.