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Leica M Digital Camera

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MILC 24MP CMOS Jan 2014
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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... More
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Leica M 240 - Hands-on Review
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26 Reasons For

Seven Industry Awards

This camera received a "Recommended" from both Ephotozine and Focus-numerique.fr, both of which thought that this MILC digital camera was good.

This MILC digital camera received a "Highly Recommended" from both Photozone.de and Ljudochbild.se, both of which decided that this camera was great.

This digital camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by PC Mag who wrote that this MILC digital camera was exceptional.

01net.com gave this digital camera a "5 Star" award and Optyczne.pl gave it a "Very Good" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

This Leica camera has an average expert rating of 83 out of 100 based on twelve expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews and PC Mag.

Excellent User Reviews

Owners have rated this Leica digital camera as superb on average. If all the digital cameras of a similar age and type are ranked by average user review score then this MILC digital camera is in the top 13%.

Good Quality Lens

A number of customers who bought this digital camera agreed that it had a good lens. Expert review site Pcmag.com gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote “$4,295) is an excellent wide-angle lens for M-mount cameras”. Pcmag.com also said “It's the best rangefinder lens that covers a wide”. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag three years ago “Lens hood is huge”.

Several customers thought it had a good autofocus.

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Good Quality Pictures

Several Leica M reviewers considered that it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Pcmag.com said three years ago “It┬ácaptures images that are sharp from edge to edge at every aperture.”. Pcmag.com also wrote “The ability to capture images that are crisp from edge to ed”. Pcmag.com also said “It's an appealing option for photographers who want a short telephoto lens for an M-mount camera.”.

A few Leica M owners who bought it reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Photozone.de wrote “It shows very good resolution across the frame wide open” in their review of the Leica M. Techradar.com/au/ scored the Leica M 4 stars and wrote “New rear screen is clear, bright and high resolution”.

One person who purchased it thought it had a good image sensor. Three years ago Reviewed.com said “Not only is the new sensor a great performer.”.

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Good Size

Some people who purchased it reckoned that it was compact. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Fairly compact” and rated it 5 stars. Expert website Pcmag.com gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote “Is quite compact, especially when you consider its f/2 aperture” in their review. Pcmag.com also said “Is a sharp, compact wide-angle lens for rangefinder cameras”.

Two customers who reviewed the Leica M concluded that it was a good body shape. Techradar.com/au/ said “Pleasuretouse body with first class lenses” in their review of this digital camera.

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Robust

Some people who purchased it agreed that it was well made. Expert review site Pcmag.com mentioned in their Leica M review “Perfectly engineered”. Two years ago Pc Mag mentioned “Incredible build quality” in their review of the Leica M. Pc Mag also wrote “Excellent build”.

Good Product Quality

A few Leica M reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good quality. Four years ago It Reviews.com said “Excellent image quality” in their review of the Leica M. Expert website Tech.uk.msn.com mentioned “It's traditionally also a name that delivers genuine quality” in their review. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ said “The Leica M 240 offers beautiful image quality, with files that are full of detail” and rated it 4 stars.

Nice Design

A number of customers who bought it concluded that it was good looking. Pcmag.com said on expert review site PC Mag “Its design is pretty compact when you consider its” in their review. Pocket-Lint.com wrote “Because this gorgeous slice of German engineer”. Expert website Reviewed.com wrote in their Leica M review “The Leica M Monochrom has a gorgeous and well-built body that produces impressive black”.

One person who reviewed the product concluded that it was smooth. Pc Mag said in their review on PC Mag three years ago “Smooth manual focus ring”. One Leica M reviewer who reviewed it thought it was well designed. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Bright, uncluttered viewfinder” in their review.

One customer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was ergonomic. Three years ago Kenrockwell.com said “The M 240 with external finder is an ergonomic nightmare” in their review.

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Easy to Use

A number of Leica M owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. Pcmag.com wrote in their Leica M review on expert review site PC Mag “It's compatible with Leica rangefinder cameras, although it's easy enough to use with Sony NEX” and scored the Leica M 70 out of 100. Three years ago Techradar.com/au/ rated the product 80 out of 100 and wrote “Flexibility, from a camera that is a pleasure to use” in their Leica M review. Techradar.com/au/ also wrote “Live View makes longer lenses easier to use”.

One customer mentioned that the Leica M had a good experience. Expert review site Reviewed.com mentioned “Focus peaking dramatically expand the overall experience” in their review of the Leica M. One customer who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was easy to handle. Reviewed.com mentioned two years ago “Great handling” in their review of this digital camera.

One person who reviewed the product considered that it was easy to use the menus. Three years ago Techradar.com/au/ wrote “Menu could be easier and quicker to navigate” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few customers thought it had a good viewfinder. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert review site 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” in their review of the Leica M. Four years ago It Reviews.com said on IT Reviews.com “Bright optical viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera.

One Leica M reviewer said in their reviews that the Leica M had an electronic viewfinder. One Leica M reviewer who reviewed the Leica M reckoned that it had a good screen.

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Leica Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Leica has good average reviews for its MILC cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other brands.

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Acceptable Noise Level

A number of people mentioned that it was quiet. Pc Mag said “Nearly silent shutter”. Expert website Kenrockwell.com wrote three years ago “The M 240 is fast and quiet, much quieter than the clattery M9 ever was.” in their review of the Leica M.

Good Video Capture

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that it was good for video recording. Ephotozine.com said on Ephotozine “Surprisingly for Leica, also introduced full HD video recording”. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote “An EVF and full HD video are welcome (especially for Leica R-mount owners), b”.

Good Support

A few customers who bought it reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Expert review site Photozone.de wrote “Such adapted lenses can only be used with manual focusing and "working aperture" - there's no da” in their review of the Leica M.

Quite High Megapixel

The average megapixel of digital cameras of this age and type is 18MP. The Leica M has a fairly high megapixel (24 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the M.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Leica M supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the M.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is the most commonly found camera shutter type on cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Quite Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

With a slowest camera shutter speed of 60 seconds, the Leica M has one of the longer slowest camera shutter speeds amongst MILC cameras of this age. Digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the M have slowest camera shutter speeds of between 4s and 240s.

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Fairly Big Battery Capacity

Across all the cameras of a comparable age and type to the M the battery capacitys range from 680mAh to 4,400mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,300mAh. The Leica M has one of the bigger battery capacitys (1,800 milliampere * hour) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Has Seven White Balances

The Leica M has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of this type and age. This Leica camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Leica digital camera.

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5952 X 3976 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Leica M has a 5952 x 3976 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Most cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the M the worst image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The Leica M has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera supports a 200 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the M. The ISO sensitivitys "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "Auto" are also supported by this digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This digital camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as it. 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.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Leica M is more than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by cameras of this age and spec.

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13 Reasons Against

Inferior Technical Features

One customer said in their reviews that the Leica M did not have good features. Amateurphotographer.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “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”.

Poor Exposure Control

One person reckoned that the product did not have good exposure controls. Techradar.com/au/ mentioned “Exposure compensation button not always easy to use” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they scored the Leica M 80 out of 100.

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Leica M does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the M do have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other cameras of this type and age, the Leica M does not support wi-Fi.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the M, the Leica M does not support video capability.

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Not 3D

Most cameras of a similar age and spec to the M are not 3D. The Leica M is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Leica M does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the M also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

Most cameras of a comparable age and type to the M are not waterproof. The Leica M is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the M do not have an image stabilizer. The Leica M is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabilizer.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Leica M is more than most MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Leica camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by cameras of a comparable spec and age to the M. The image formats supported "DNG" is also supported by this camera.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

With an ISO sensitivity (max) of only 6,400, the Leica M has one of the lower ISO sensitivity (max)s amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the M have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 1,600 and 410,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 24,000.

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Very Heavy

When compared to other cameras of this age and spec that we have assessed, the Leica M's weight of 680 grams is one of the heaviest. The weights of MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 70g to 680g, and the average weight is 330g.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

Across all the MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 50 to 200. With an ISO sensitivity (min) of 200, the Leica M has a quite big ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the M.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Leica M

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

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

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Sensor Format
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Mounting Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Sync-Speed
Shoe Mounting Point
Shoe Mounting Point Type
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Magnification
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Dioptre Correction
Live View
Tripod Mountable
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Start-Up Time
Built-In Processor
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap

7 Awards

focus-numerique.fr Recommended PC Mag Editor's Choice Ephotozine Recommended 01net.com 4 Star ljudochbild.se Especially Recommended photozone.de Highly Recommended optyczne.pl Excellent

Expert Reviews

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1 November 2016

The Techart PRO Leica M ? Sony E Autofocus Adapter adds autofocus to old manual focus lenses when used with select Sony cameras, but there are some quirks that need to be ironed out...

28 August 2015

A pricey tip of the hat to the film era In the end, the Leica M Monochrom has a gorgeous and well-built body that produces impressive black and white images, but lacks practicality due to the...

Excellent build quality
Stunning photos and good high ISO performance
Great handling
Images dtailles et beau rendu des matires
Pas de filtre passebas, pas de filtre de Bayer
No autofocus
Featurepoor
High base ISO
Latitude d'exposition assez restreinte
Mode vido limit
17 August 2015

What is the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)? The Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) is an unusual camera in a number of ways. Top of the list is that it can shoot only black-and-white photos. Next up, it... Read more…

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) review: Leica's latest luxury promises uncompromising black and white image quality. Damien Demolder puts it through its paces.A digital camera that shoots only in... Read more…

It was a bold move from Leica but it proved to be a successful camera in their range.The new M Monochrom Typ 246 features Leica's newly developed 24-million-pixel full-frame CMOS sensor which is... Read more…

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 27 October 2012 by Rich in San Francisco
Rich in San Francisco would recommend the Leica M-E Type 220

Every single element of picture quality in the M9/P cameras, for MUCH less money. Plus, the removal of the low-pass filter (which adds $ to the cost of a Nikon 800) actually enhances detail and... Read more…

Reviewed 21 September 2014 by Dan

Finally made the plunge to return to Leica after years of SLR shooting. Yes, the camera is pricey and the lenses as well. But I had just gone too long with my 5D wishing it was more portable and... Read more…

Reviewed 27 August 2015 by Leon F
Leon F would recommend the Leica M-A Typ 127

I did not buy this camera through B&H but will do a review here. With the release of this fully mechanical film camera in an age where everything is digital I cannot else but say that Leica... Read more…

Reviewed 19 July 2015 by Herr Barnack
Herr Barnack would recommend the Leica M-P Typ 240

I upgraded to the Safari set after using my first digital camera of any kind (the M240) for a little over a year. I traded in my black M240 and 28 Summicron ASPH on the Safari set and after four... Read more…

Reviewed 3 November 2015 by Ribnar
Ribnar would recommend the Leica M-A Typ 127

Why Leica M-A when we have the M3, M2, M6, MP... It is more a philosophical discussion and less a technical one. I am sure there is no possible technical way you can justify creating a new Leica M... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers leica 14881, leica l112427, leica l015449, leica l112426, leica l112426b, leica 67049455, leica l112427c, leica l015449k, leica 6517278407, leica 6536175687, leica manufacurer, cameraworld dmwma2, cameraworld dmwma2m, cameraworld dmwma2me
Barcodes 00000067049455, 00006517278407, 00006536175687, 00799429107703, 00799429107710, 04022243107700, 04022243107711, 04022243107717, 04022243109476, 04022243148802, 04022243148819

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