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Leica M - Discovery in process

Maximum image quality
Superior sharpness and the finest reproduction of detail. The Leica M features a newly-designed, high resolution, 24-Megapixel CMOS sensor in full 35mm format - the Leica Max 24-MP sensor. When combined with the Leica Maestro image processor, only outstanding images are created. Additionally, the low noise performance makes the M ideal for available-light photography.

Sharp images guaranteed
The classic rangefinder system offers fast, precise, crystal-clear focusing with superior accuracy. Two additional focusing methods allow for even more creativity. The new "Live View Zoom" enables up to 10A-magnification of the Live View display, and the "Live View Focus Peaking" automatically highlights sharp contours in red to provide simple focus control.

Motion pictures with Leica look
The unique quality of Leica lenses has been expanded into the 1080p, full-HD video recording feature of the Leica M. Complete control over exposure and capture settings enables photographers to complement their still images with professional video recordings, with the same look and quality inherent to Leica photography.

Faster results
The combination of the Leica Max 24-MP sensor and Leica's Maestro processor allows for an extremely high image-processing speed. A low buffer time lets you take photos in rapid succession, not missing a single shot. The processor's several independent segments permit an incoming image to be processed while a previous one is still being written on the memory card.

Universal capabilities
The new Leica M is the first to feature Live View. Images are composed from material produced by the lens, granting you complete control over depth of field, exposure, framing and focusing. The M's large, high-resolution 3" monitor with 920,000 pixels allows precise assessment of each potential image with regard to sharpness, exposure and color.

Use in any weather conditions
Leica's cameras are built to last a lifetime. Solid brass blanks and full-metal bodies from high-strength magnesium alloy and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass make bodies and screens resistant to life's little tumbles. Specially designed rubber seals protect the cameras from splashes, moisture, dust and uncooperative weather.

For long-endurance missions
Leica M's new lithium-ion battery (1800 mAh) is high performance and rechargeable, ensuring that you are comfortably prepared for long shoots. One single charge guarantees a large number of exposures, which makes the M perfect for shooting in remote locations.

Ergonomic handling
The Leica M combines the traditionally valued photographic functions of the M-System with state-of-the-art ergonomic features. With an ergonomically-positioned control wheel on the top plate, intuitive menu navigation and a newly-designed and user-friendly menu interface on the rear monitor, the photographer can concentrate on what's essential - the images.

Compatibility with Leica R-Lenses
The Leica M can take full advantage of almost all lenses in the Leica R-Lenses series, thanks to the new, state-of-the-art Leica R-Adapter (available separately). This extensive lens range includes various wide-angle, telephoto and macro lenses as well as a selection of zooms.


Camera Type
Compact digital view and rangefinder system still and video camera
Electronic Viewfinder
Optional available, can be used with Live View and Play functionality
Hardware Top Cover Material
Milled brass top cover with integrated thumb rest 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
Imaging Platform
Integrated imaging circuit with Leica Maestro Image Processor
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
Number of effective pixels
24 million pixels
Sensitivity range
ISO 200 - ISO 6400, Pull 50 available, Auto ISO
Burst rate
Color spaces
sRGB / Adobe RGB
Image file format
DNG (RAW data uncompressed or lossless compressed), JPEG
JPEG Resolutions
5952px3976px (24 MP), 4256px2832px (12 MP)/2976px1984px (6 MP)/1600PX 1080PX (1.7 MP)
LCD Monitor
3" TFT Display with 920,000 pixels, scratch resistant cover glass
Self timer
2s / 12s
Dual type focal plane shutter for classic image exposure and Live view
Shutter speed
1 / 4000s - 125s (in Bulb), 1/180s flash synchronization
Storage media
SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards
White balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shadow / Tungsten / Fluorescent warm / Fluorescent cool / Flash / Manual (Grey card) /Kelvin 2000-13100
Audio recording
Auto level adjustment, manual level adjustment (available while recording), concert preset
Exposure compensation
-3EV to +/- 3EV, 1/3 f-stops
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 multi-field measuring Center-weighted TTL metering for
Exposure modes
Automatic shutter speed (A-mode), Manual Exposure (M-Mode)
Exposure setting
Manual shutter speed setting with direct dial, A-Mode with direct dial
Mono, stereo microphone adapter optional available
Movie recording
Single frame video recording (Motion JPG), Quicktime format (mov)
Movie resolution
1080p, 720p, 640480 (VGA)
Movie sampling rate
25 fps, 24 fps, 30 fps (VGA only)
Other functions
Film modes, saturation, contrast, sharpening, shadow brightening
Exposure bracketing
3 / 5 frames, 0.5 / 1/ 2/ 3 f-stops
Flash exposure meeting
Control with center-weighted TTL pre-flash metering (with SCA - 3501 / 3502 adapter, or SCA-3000 standard flash unit such as Leica SF 24D / Leica SF 58
Flash sync time
1 / 180 s
Flash synchronization
Optional triggered at first or second shutter curtain
Focusing methods
Manual focus with optional rangefinder, Live View, 100% Live View Zoom, Live View focus peaking, viewfinder focus confirmation
Hot shoe
SCA-3502 compatible hot shoe, with center contact
Optical viewfinder
Large, light bright-line rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation, LED illuminated frame lines
Optical viewfinder correction
Eyepiece adjusted to -0.5 dpt. Corrective lenses from -3 to +3 dpt. Available (optional)
Optical viewfinder frame lines
Frame lines size matches image sensor size at 2m (6.5') focusing distance
Optical viewfinder magnification
139 x 42 x 80mm (5.47 x 1.65 x 3.14")
Operating Temperature
0deg.C - 40deg.C
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 for automatic shutter speed in automatic mode; advisory
Power supply
Li-ion battery (included), 7.4 V, 1800 mAh
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)
Sensor cleaning
Dust detection, manual cleaning function
Start up time
< 1s
Tripod Thread
A 1/4 (1/4") DIN made of stainless steel in base plate
680g (23.9oz)
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