The new Leica M is the most innovative and versatile M-Camera that the modern M-System has ever created. It unites decades of experience in rangefinder technology with groundbreaking digital technologies: It features a completely newly developed high-resolution full-format CMOS sensor that, in combination with its high-performance processor and the legendary M-Lenses, delivers outstanding imaging results. With Live View, video, and new additional focusing methods, it is also the M for photographers who do not wish to miss out on any of what modern digital technology has to offer.
The Leica M features a completely newly designed high-resolution, 24 megapixel CMOS sensor in full 35 mm format. The combination of the camera’s image processor and this Leica Max 24 MP sensor guarantees outstanding imaging quality. Its intelligent design and flat pixel architecture enables each individual pixel to gather a particularly large amount of light. This results in images characterized by superior sharpness and maximum spatial resolution. The new M delivers extremely low-noise and richly detailed images, even at higher sensitivities of up to ISO 6400. And now, thanks to the 1080 pixel, full-HD video capability of the Leica M, the impressive imaging quality is available for moving pictures, too. The new CMOS sensor is designed and constructed for the use of both Leica M and R lenses on the Leica M. Because, with the new Leica R-Adapter M, almost all Leica-R legacy lenses can be used on the Leica M expanding the options of the Leica M into the world of Leica R photography.
In conjunction with the new sensor, the Leica Maestro processor lets the Leica M set entirely new standards in terms of image-processing speed. It processes the image data arriving from the sensor and transforms them into visible images at extremely high speeds and can also perform even the most complex processing steps very fast. Thanks to the energy-efficient imaging electronics of the processor and sensor, a single charge of the Leica M’s new 1800 mAh lithium-ion battery can last an extremely long time.
The new Leica M is the first ever M to feature Live View and Live View Focusing. This means that now, for the first time, images can be composed using the actual image produced by the lens – with complete control of depth of field, exposure, precise framing and focusing. Its large, high-resolution 3" monitor allows precise assessment of the subject seen through the lens. This opens up entirely new opportunities for M-Photographers that previously lay far beyond the limitations of rangefinder photography, like macro and telephoto exposures, or using the monitor as a viewfinder. Live View can be used with both M and R lenses. Indirectly, it also enables owners of R lenses to use the optional Visoflex EVF2 electronic viewfinder. The Leica M can be used with an R-Adapter, R-Lenses and a viewfinder exactly like an SLR, without using the monitor.
Thanks to the many years of experience gathered by our engineers in the construction of camera bodies, the new Leica M is built without compromise for maximum stability and perfect sealing. Its top and base plates are machined from solid brass, and its full-metal body is manufactured in one piece from high-strength magnesium alloy. Specially designed rubber seals protect the camera body against dust and water spray. The glass covering plate of its high-resolution monitor screen is manufactured from particularly tough and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® glass. All this makes the Leica M particularly resilient and helps guarantee it a long and reliable working life.
|Camera type:||Compact digital view- and rangefinder system still and video camera|
|Lens mount:||Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding|
|Lens system:||Leica M lenses, Leica R lenses with optional Leica R-Adapter M|
|Top Cover:||Milled brass top cover with integrated thumb rest|
|Material:||All-metal case made of die-cast magnesium; synthetic leather covering. Cap and base plate made of brass
|Image Sensor:||LEICA MAX 24 MP CMOS Sensor|
|Number of effective Pixels:||24 Million Pixels|
|Sensitivity range:||ISO 200 – ISO 6400, Pull 100 available, Auto ISO|
|Imaging Platform:||Integrated imaging circuit with Leica Maestro® Image processor|
|Electronic Viewfinder:||Optional available, can be used for Live View and Play functionality|
|LCD Monitor:||3” TFT Display with 920.000 Pixels, scratch resistant cover glass (Corning®Gorilla®Glass)|
|Shutter:||Dual type focal plane shutter for classic image exposure and Live view|
|Shutter Speed:||1/4000s – 60s (in Bulb), 1/180s flash synchronization|
|Self timer:||2s / 12s|
|SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards|
|Image File Format:||DNG™ (RAW data uncompressed or lossless compressed), JPEG|
|File Size:||DNG approx. 20 Mbyte – approx. 30 Mbyte (compressed)/ 48.2 MByte (uncompressed), JPEG: Resolution and image content dependent|
|Available JPG Resolutions:||5952px*3976px (24 MP), 4256px*2832px (12 MP)/ 2976px*1984px (6MP) / 1600px*1080px (1,7MP)|
|Color Spaces:||sRGB / Adobe®RGB|
|White Balance:||Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shadow / Tungsten / Fluorescent warm /Fluorescent cool / Flash / Manual (Greycard) / Kelvin 2000-13100|
Film Modes, Saturation, Contrast, Sharpening
|Movie Recording:||Single frame video compression (Motion JPG), Quicktime format (mov)|
|Movie resolution:||1080p, 720p, 640*480 (VGA)|
|Movie sampling rate:||25 fps, 24 fps, 30 fps (VGA only)|
|Microphone:||Mono, stereo microphone adapter optional available|
|Audio recording:||Auto level adjustment, manual level adjustment (available while recording), concert preset|
|Exposure Metering:||In classic viewfinder mode: Through the Lens (TTL) metering, center weighted with variable aperture. In Live View and advanced viewfinder mode: Through the Lens (TTL) metering, center weighted, spot or multifield measuring. Center-weighted TTL metering for flash exposure with system conformant SCA-3000/2 standard flash units.|
|Exposure setting:||Manual shutter speed setting with direct dial, A-Mode with direct dial|
|Exposure Modes:||Automatic shutter speed (A-Mode), Manual Exposure (M-Mode)|
|Compensation:||-3 EV to +3 EV, 1/3 f-stops|
|Exposure Bracketing:||3/5 frames, 0.5 / 1 / 2 / 3 f-stops|
|Flash exposure metering:||Control with center-weighted TTL pre-flash metering (with SCA-3501/3502 adapter, or SCA-3000 standard flash unit such as Leica SF24D/Leica SF 58).|
|Hot shoe:||SCA-3502 compatible hot shoe, with center contact|
|Flash Synchronization:||Optional triggered at first or second shutter curtain|
|Flash Synch time:||1/180s|
|Focusing Methods:||Manual focus with optical rangefinder, Live View, 100% Live View Zoom, Live View focus peaking|
|Optical Viewfinder:||Large, light bright-line rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation, LED illuminated frame lines.|
|Optical Viewfinder frame lines:||Framelines size matches image sensor size at 2m focusing distance|
|Optical Viewfinder correction:||Eyepiece adjusted to -0,5 dpt. Corrective lenses from -3 to +3 dpt. available (optional)|
|Optical Viewfinder Displays:||In the viewfinder LED symbol for flash status (at bottom). Four-digit seven-segment LED digital display, brightness adapted to ambient conditions, for: Warning in case of exposure correction; display of automatic shutter speed in automatic mode; advisory indicating use of metering memory lock LED exposure monitor with two triangular and one central circular LED with manual exposure setting|
|Rangefinder:||Split or superimposed image range finder shown as a bright field in the center of the viewfinder image|
|Rangefinder effective metering Basis:||47.1 mm (mechanical metering basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification 0.68 times)|
|Start up time:||<1s|
|Power Supply:||Li-ion battery (included), 7.4V, 1800 mAh|
|User Profiles:||4 Profiles, exportable|
|Sensor cleaning:||Dust detection, manual cleaning function|
|Tripod Thread:||A 1/4 (1/4") DIN made of stainless steel in base plate|
|Dimensions:||approx. 139 x 42 x 80 mm (5.5 x 1.7 x 3.1 in.)|
|Weight:||680 g (23.9 oz)|
|Operating Temperature:||0°C – 40°C|
|Menu languages||English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Accessories Included||Battery, Charger with power cables for EU and USA (different in some export markets), 12V charging cable, Carrying strap, Accessory port cover, Body cap|
|Software licenses||Adobe® Lightroom®|
|New optional accessories:||Electronic Viewfinder (EVF-2), Multifunctional Handgrip M, Handgrip M, SCA Adapter Set for Multi-functional Handgrip M, Power Adapter for Multi-functional Handgrip M, Finger loop for Multi-functional Handgrip M, Size S / M / L, Leica Microphone Adapter Set, Leica M-Adapter R, Ever-Ready Case M, Li-ion Battery BP-SCL2, Battery charger BC-SCL2|
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