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Leica M Digital Camera

$5,371.99
MILC 24MP CMOS Feb 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
Seven industry awards
Inferior technical features
Exposure compensation button not always easy to use
63 Reviews + 7 Awards
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Reviews

Seven Industry Awards

The writers at two expert review sites both concluded that they would recommend this digital camera. Ephotozine and Focus-numerique.fr both gave this camera a "Recommended" award.

The editors of two additional expert review sites both said that this high megapixel digital camera was great. Photozone.de gave this Leica digital camera a "Highly Recommended" award and Ljudochbild.se gave it an "Especially Recommended" award.

The author at review sites PC Mag concluded that this camera was fantastic and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

The experts at two additional expert review sites both wrote that this high megapixel digital camera was good. 01net.com gave this digital camera a "5 Star" award and Optyczne.pl gave it a "Very Good" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, Trusted Reviews, Ephotozine and PC Mag the average expert rating of this camera is 83 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 35 owner reviews the average owner rating of this high megapixel digital camera is marvellous. 26 reviewers gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 93% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Leica Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

We checked 751 user and expert reviews (including 131 verified purchases) for Leica cameras and found that on average Leica has good ratings. We also found that Leica has good ratings specifically within its high megapixel cameras range. 96% of those that bought a Leica digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Design

Good Looking

Eight owners reckoned that the Leica M was good looking. Bhphotovideo.com scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “Beautiful Olive Green”. Techradar.com/au/ gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned three years ago “The Leica M 240 offers beautiful image quality, with files that are full of detail”. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com mentioned “Because this gorgeous slice of German engineer”.

Five customers thought this digital camera was well designed. It Reviews.com said “Apochromatic design” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag said on PC Mag two years ago “Bright, uncluttered viewfinder” and scored it 80 out of 100. Pcmag.com mentioned on PC Mag “Its design is pretty compact when you consider its” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Three customers agreed that this digital camera was smooth. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Smooth manual focus ring” in their review of this digital camera. Juaniquín mentioned “Zooming ring super smooth and precise, as well as manual focusing with it”. Ribnar mentioned “Every thing is buttery smooth and it feels like a "new" M camera - which is an experience probably my dad had when he got his Leica M 35 years back”.

One owner who purchased it reckoned that it was rough. Expert review site Pcmag.com mentioned “The Techart PRO Leica M — Sony E Autofocus Adapter ($379) is a fantastic idea that's a little rough around the edges in implementation”.

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Superb Control of Any Headphone

Twelve customers who purchased the product mentioned that it was easy to use. Kenrockwell.com said in their Leica M review eight years ago “Superb control of any headphone” . Techradar.com/au/ wrote in their review of this digital camera “Live View makes longer lenses easier to use”. Itreviews.com wrote on IT Reviews.com “It’s compatible with Leica rangefinder cameras, although it’s easy enough to use with Sony NEX”.

Two customers agreed that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Three years ago John J. gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and he said in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Plus the Leica versions seem to hold their value much better than their Panasonic counterparts”. Imager wrote also three years ago “The images are exceptional in a light weight travel comfortable camera” and rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

One owner who bought it considered that it was easy to handle. One person who purchased the product reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Last year Bhphotovideo.com said “Simple Menu Structure”.

One owner who reviewed the product considered that it had a good interface. Dan mentioned in his review of this digital camera “It's traditional approach and minimal interface makes you enjoy photography again”.

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Solid Build Quality

Nineteen people considered that the Leica M was good quality. Olegnovikov.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Flawless picture quality across the entire sensitivity range”. It Reviews.com mentioned four years ago “Excellent image quality” in their review of this digital camera however despite that they only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Incredible build quality”.

Solid Build

Seventeen people who reviewed it said that it was well made. Olegnovikov.com wrote eleven years ago “Extremely highquality construction” in their review of this digital camera. Olegnovikov.com also mentioned “Solid build” in their review. Techradar.com/au/ wrote “Qualit de construction” in their Leica M review.

Three owners who reviewed it mentioned that it was strong and durable. Pcmag.com scored it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert website PC Mag three years ago “A more durable rear LCD”. Herr Barnack said in their review of this digital camera “The olive paint is at least as durable as the traditional black panint used on M cameras” and gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars. Three years ago Juaniquín said in their review of this digital camera “More controls and seems more rugged”.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Leica released the M.


Viewfinder

Very Low Magnification

The Leica M has one of the lower magnifications (only 0.68 times zoom factor) amongst high megapixel cameras of this age. The average magnification of cameras that came out around the same time as this camera is 1.3x.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have an HDMI

The Leica M does not have an HDMI, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Features

Inferior Technical Features

Two owners who bought the Leica M mentioned that it did not have good features. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “In updating the Leica M9 with more current features, one cant help get the feeling that Leica has slightly missed the point with the M Typ 240” in their review of this digital camera.


Power

Excellent Battery Life 600 Shots

Six people agreed that it had a good battery life. Olegnovikov.com said in their review of the Leica M “Excellent battery life 600 shots”. Two years ago Bhphotovideo.com said “Good Battery Life” in their review of this digital camera. Last year Art Go mentioned “Great battery life and fantastic image quality”.


Support

Smooth Manual Focus Ring

Six customers who bought it thought it had good technical guidance. Pc Mag wrote “Adds autofocus to manual focus lenses” in their review of the Leica M. Photozone.de wrote “Such adapted lenses can only be used with manual focusing and "working aperture" - there's no da”. Holzrahmen mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com last year “There is a long learning curve coupled to a 336 page manual that provides the full measure of the camera's versatility”.


Perfect Video Playback

Seven owners wrote in their reviews that the Leica M was good for video recording. Shutterbug.com said “Perfect video playback”. Olegnovikov.com mentioned “Monochrome FullHD video recording”. Ephotozine.com said on expert review site Ephotozine three years ago “Surprisingly for Leica, also introduced full HD video recording” in their review of this digital camera.

Bright Optical Viewfinder

Seven owners reckoned that it had a good viewfinder. It Reviews.com mentioned on IT Reviews.com “Bright optical viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they rated it 3 stars out of 5. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Excellent Viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera. Ephotozine.com wrote on Ephotozine “The Leica M Typ 240 is the only one with live view and an optical viewfinder, giving those that prefer the rangefinder view the option to use that”.

Three customers wrote in their reviews that it had an electronic viewfinder. Expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “An EVF and full HD video are welcome (especially for Leica R-mount owners), b” . Three years ago John J. wrote in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “A variable angle LCD screen, sharp EVF, Wifi and a 12FPS mechanical burst speed”. John J. also mentioned “I'm very impressed with the excellent EVF” in his review.

One person concluded that the product had a good screen. Techradar.com/au/ scored the product 80 out of 100 and wrote three years ago “New rear screen is clear, bright”.

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Full-Frame Image Sensor

Fourty-six customers who bought it wrote that it was able to produce good images. Olegnovikov.com mentioned in their Leica M review “Basic and traditional photography controls similar to a film camera”. It Reviews.com wrote “Full-frame image sensor” but even so they only scored the product 3 stars out of 5. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag three years ago “Detailed images at every ISO” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Eleven customers who purchased the product considered that it had a good picture resolution. Olegnovikov.com said “Dedicated to monochrome shooting” in their review of this digital camera. Olegnovikov.com also wrote “Impressive resolution and detail” in their review. Pcmag.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert review site PC Mag “A larger buffer for longer continuous shooting” in their review of this digital camera.

Six people who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good ISO range. Olegnovikov.com mentioned “Good at High ISO sensitivities”. Reviewed.com wrote two years ago “Extreme Kantenschrfe auch bei hoher ISO” in their review of this digital camera. Reviewed.com also wrote “Belle gestion du bruit lectronique jusqu' 6 400 ISO (pou” in their review.

Five people thought the product had a good image sensor. Olegnovikov.com wrote “No filters over the sensor or interpolation to reduce detail” in their review of this digital camera. Olegnovikov.com also said “Fullframe 24megapixel black and white CMOS sensor” in their review. Expert website Reviewed.com said in their review of this digital camera three years ago “Not only is the new sensor a great performer.”.

Three customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was good in low light. Juaniquín mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Fantastic in low light”. Ted the Photographer he mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “Great in low light situations” in his review of this digital camera.

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Includes Lens Hood

Twenty-four people who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good lens. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Supports additional adapters for other lens mounts” however they only scored it 3 stars out of 5. Pc Mag also said “Includes lens hood” in their review. Pc Mag also mentioned “Includes metal lens hood and cap” in their review.

Fifteen people reckoned that the product had a good autofocus. Eleven years ago Olegnovikov.com mentioned “Live view and focus peaking”. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag in April last year “Adds a 4 5mm extension for improved close focus”. Pc Mag also wrote “Large, high-contrast rangefinder focusing patch” in their review.

Six people who bought it thought it had a good zoom. Three years ago Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Great Zoom” in their review of this digital camera. John J. said “Camera has a 16X Zoom ( 25mm - 400mm) 35mm equivalent” . Ralph wrote on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “The optical zoom was nice with perhaps more than expected focus time” nonetheless he rated it 40 out of 100.

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Exposure Compensation Button Not Always Easy to Use

Two people who purchased this digital camera thought it did not have good exposure controls. Techradar.com/au/ said in their review of this digital camera “Exposure compensation button not always easy to use” however despite that they still gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Olegnovikov.com wrote eleven years ago “Dedicated exposure compensation and sensitivity controls would be nice” .


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Leica M supports video recording. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Leica M supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera also support Full HD video.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Leica M is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Leica camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across similar types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on cameras of this spec and age.

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Light Exposure

Supports Seven ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Leica M is more than most cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this digital camera.

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Picture Quality

5952 X 3976 Pixels Image Resolution

The Leica M has a higher image resolution than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera has a 5952 x 3976 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most digital cameras of this age and type have a 3264 x 2448 pixels maximum image resolution. The best image resolution of all digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera is 8256 x 6192 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Leica M has a battery charger included. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Leica M has a hand strap. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also have a hand strap.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Leica M has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also have a batteries included.

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Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Leica M has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Camera

Features Saturation Adjustment

The Leica M features saturation adjustment, as do most of the other cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Has a Dioptre Correction

The Leica M has a dioptre correction, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Leica M features contrast adjustment. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera also feature contrast adjustment.

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Supports Live View

The Leica M supports live view, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Leica M has a tripod mountable. Most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have a tripod mountable.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Compact

Sixteen customers said in their reviews that it was compact. Pc Mag wrote in their review of the Leica M “Fairly compact”. Pc Mag also mentioned “Compact for a full-frame camera” in their review. Pc Mag also mentioned “Compact and light” in their review.

Four customers reckoned that the product was a good body shape. Techradar.com/au/ said “Pleasuretouse body with first class lenses” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Two years ago expert website Reviewed.com mentioned “The Leica M Monochrom has a gorgeous and well-built body that produces impressive black” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago John J. mentioned “So why by the Leica version? My reasons are the beautiful Audi body design, 3 year warranty”.

Four customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was heavy and bulky. Expert website Pcmag.com said in their review of this digital camera “Carries a hefty price tag”. Dan said “Lugging around even three lenses and that body was heavy and cumborsome” in his review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars. Semi-Pro wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Tired of carrying a heavy DSRL in my trips, I decided to give the Leica V-Lux Typ 114 a try”.

Two people who purchased the product agreed that it was good structurally.

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Heavy

The Leica M is quite heavy (680 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this camera. Across all the high megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago the weights range from 90g to 1.5kg, and the average weight is 400g.

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Audio

Nearly Silent Shutter

Four customers who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it was quiet. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Nearly silent shutter” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Bhphotovideo.com scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “Quiet Operation”. Three years ago expert review site Kenrockwell.com mentioned “The M 240 is fast and quiet, much quieter than the clattery M9 ever was.”.

One customer who reviewed the Leica M thought it was noisy. Olegnovikov.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “High ISO noise performance”.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Leica M has a built-in microphone. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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High ISO Noise Performance

One customer who reviewed the Leica M thought it was noisy. Olegnovikov.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “High ISO noise performance”.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Leica M has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera.

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the Nikon D810A ($3,054.99) (3.2" and cheaper).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers leica manufacurer, leica 6536175687, leica 67049455
Barcodes 00000067049455, 00006536175687, 00799429107703, 00799429107710, 04022243107700, 04022243107711, 04022243107717, 04022243109476

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