Leica M Digital Rangefinder Camera, Body Only (Silver/Black)

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Key Features

  • 24MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • 3 frames per second continuous shooting
  • Manual focus with Live View Zoom 10x magnification; Live View Focus peaking
  • ISO 100-6400
  • 1080 HD video
  • 3.0 inch LCD with 920,000 dots
  • Optical rangefinder
  • Flash hot shoe
  • Compatibility with EVF2 electronic viewfinder; handgrip-M with GPS
  • Raw and Raw +JPEG shooting
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom included

Product Description

Leica's latest M series rangefinder, the 24MP CMOS Leica M becomes the first of its rangefinders to feature live view, and offers a choice of magnified view or focus peaking for precise through-the-lens focusing, allowing Leica to promise compatibilty with R-mount lenses. It also becomes the first M capable of movie shooting - capturing 1080p footage at 25 or 24 frames per second. It includes a 920k dot LCD with smartphone-style Gorilla Glass cover, and accepts the same plug-in EVF as used by the X2.

Specs

Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution 5952 x 3976
Other resolutions 4256 x 2832, 2976 x 1984, 1600 x 1080
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Image
ISO Auto, Pull 100, 200-6400
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard
Optics & Focus
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Lens mount Leica M
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT color LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder magnification 0.68×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority No
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modes Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync
Continuous drive 3 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modes
  • Center-weighted
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 24 fps)
Format Motion JPEG
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included None
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI No
Remote control No
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 680 g (1.50 lb / 23.99 oz)
Dimensions 139 x 80 x 42 mm (5.47 x 3.15 x 1.65)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS Optional

Reviews

User Reviews

3.9375 out of 5 stars
  • wilsonlaidlaw, Mar 6, 2013 GMT:
    A decent advance on the M9

    Only had a morning to play with it so far but it seems a fair advance in every direction on my M9. The ability to use long lenses and an EVF will be very useful. The auto switch on/off of live view seems a bit odd and various levels and settings in menus will need playing with before it is right. The noise levels seem about 2 stops better than the M9 and the nasty clumps of chrominance noise at higher ISO's have disappeared. The only major issue at the moment is red edges on wider lenses but ...

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  • Johnnie, Mar 20, 2013 GMT:
    Leica's first full frame HDSLR - is the M240 video capable?

    See the related article and video at http://www.cinema5d.com/?p=17037 Leica M type 240- video review. (Non of the written here is relevant to the photo section of this camera) Deep into the 4th year of the HDSLR revolution Leica released the M 240, their full frame camera costing $6950. Spending a day with the camera left me wondering, was Leica ever talking to any professional cameraman before implementing HD recording for this unit or just decided to “join a trend” without really meaning ...

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  • Robert Judelson, May 27, 2013 GMT:
    LeicaM TYP 240

    Rather disappointing.Leica made the fun and easy to use M9( (and previous non digital Ms) complicated, cumbersome. and not fun. In fact, it's not really an M camera. In terms of results, generally speaking, I failed to notice any qualitative difference in prints; even 33 x24. I sold my M9. What a mistake.

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  • Clint009, May 31, 2013 GMT:
    Only Leica M in US Courts

    Leica M sets the standard of shutter noise in many US courtrooms Read more on LeicaRumors.com: http://leicarumors.com/2013/05/02/leica-m-the-only-camera-allowed-in-many-us-courtrooms.aspx/#ixzz2Usc1f100

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Leica M (240)

Dear Forum members, I am going stay near Leeds around April 8. Do you know if there is a Leica dealer there, or an advanced camera store which may have the new Leica M in stock? I have searched the internet about this, but I did not manage to find any. Sincerely "gautebn"

gautebn asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

i believe the nearest leica shop to leeds is `stephens photo center` st anns square, manchester. they have a good website, and they are very helpful. pc Continue Reading

meagre offerings answered
1 year ago

Thank you very much, pc, for your kind answer. Regards gautebn Continue Reading

gautebn answered
1 year ago

gautebn wrote: Dear Forum members, I am going stay near Leeds around April 8. Do you know if there is a Leica dealer there, or an advanced camera store which may have the new Leica M in stock? I have searched the internet about this, but I did not manage to find any. Sincerely "gautebn" Have you seen Dale Photographic? They are in Leeds and they are Leica dealers. http://www.dalephotographic.co.uk/ Continue Reading

Daedalus2000 answered
1 year ago

QUESTION

Questions about the Leica M 240 operation.

- In full manual mode, does the back LCD screen brighten in bright light and dim is dark light? My Canon 5DII does not do this, but my Fuji X cameras indeed do this. I prefer when this does not happen, I want to see the exposure I am getting. - What button do you use to zoom in and out to check focus in Live View? - Might their be any complication in using M42 lenses with an M42 to Leica adaptor on this camera? Thanks in advance.  -Mick

10 months ago

ANSWERS

Mick Cantarella wrote: - In full manual mode, does the back LCD screen brighten in bright light and dim is dark light? My Canon 5DII does not do this, but my Fuji X cameras indeed do this. I prefer when this does not happen, I want to see the exposure I am getting. If I point the camera to a dark area the lcd shows an image that is a lot brighter than the actual scene.  I guess this is to help you focus. If I point then at a bright scene the image looks very very bright but within a second or so it dims down and you can see the scene properly. It is almost like the lcd adjusts to a view as if you had the proper exposure set up. If you press the shutter lightly though, then you can preview the actual image as it will be recorded. - What button do you use to zoom in and out to check focus in Live View? There is a button at the front that you can use if you have it on manual, but if you use automatic as soon as you rotate the focus ring the image zooms in. I like the automatic one! :-) ... Continue Reading

Daedalus2000 answered
10 months ago

Daedalus2000 wrote: Mick Cantarella wrote: - In full manual mode, does the back LCD screen brighten in bright light and dim is dark light? My Canon 5DII does not do this, but my Fuji X cameras indeed do this. I prefer when this does not happen, I want to see the exposure I am getting. If I point the camera to a dark area the lcd shows an image that is a lot brighter than the actual scene.  I guess this is to help you focus. If I point then at a bright scene the image looks very very bright but within a second or so it dims down and you can see the scene properly. It is almost like the lcd adjusts to a view as if you had the proper exposure set up. If you press the shutter lightly though, then you can preview the actual image as it will be recorded. - What button do you use to zoom in and out to check focus in Live View? There is a button at the front that you can use if you have it on manual, but if you use automatic as soon as you rotate the focus ring the image zooms in. I like ... Continue Reading

Mick Cantarella answered
10 months ago

Is there any setting to stop the LCD screen from changing it's relative brightness to lighting conditions? Thanks a bunch, -Mick Continue Reading

Mick Cantarella answered
10 months ago

QUESTION

To Leica or not to Leica

I have been thinking, reading about purchasing a Leica M lately. I have been shooting for the last couple of years with my DSLR and 35 mm and wondered about it for the last couple of months. I know that the results depends on the user more than the camera but I would like to know a bit about experiences with LEICA after coming from a DSLR background such as mine. Thanks a lot! AG-

AG78 asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

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