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.
Leica M Digital Rangefinder Camera, Body Only (Silver/Black)
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- 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
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|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)|
|ISO||Auto, Pull 100, 200-6400|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Standard|
|Optics & Focus|
|Lens mount||Leica M|
|Focal length multiplier||1×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT color LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (rangefinder)|
|Minimum shutter speed||60 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||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)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 24 fps)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|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″)|
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