Leica M (camera)

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Leica M[1]
Type Digital rangefinder camera
Sensor Leica MAX 24MP CMOS Sensor, designed by CMOSIS
Image sensor maker STMicroelectronics
Maximum resolution 24 Megapixels
Lens Leica M-mount, Leica R-mount (with R-Adapter M)
Flash Fixed hot shoe
Shutter Focal plane, metal curtains, vertical travel
Shutter speed range 60s to 1/4000s
Exposure metering TTL, center weighted averaging
Exposure modes Manual, aperture priority auto exposure
Focus modes Manual
Viewfinder Rangefinder and additional color LCD display: 3", 920,000 pixels. Live View
ASA/ISO range 200 to 6,400. Pull 100 available, Auto ISO
Storage SD up to 2GB and SDHC up to 32GB
Battery Lithium ion, 7.4V, 1,800 mAh
Dimensions 139 × 80 × 42 mm (5.5 × 3.1 × 1.7 in)
Weight 680 g (24 oz)
Made in Portugal (90%) and Germany (10%)
Video/movie recording 1080p, 720p, 640*480 (VGA)
25 fps, 24 fps, 30 fps (VGA only)

The Leica M is a digital full-frame 35 mm rangefinder camera. It was introduced by Leica Camera AG in September 2012, and is the successor to the Leica M9 range of cameras. The M uses a 24-megapixel image sensor. The camera is the first M model to feature movie recording,[2] and the first to have Live View—which allows the scene, as seen through the lens, to be composed.[3] The M is compatible with almost all M mount lenses and most R mount lenses (via an adapter). All Leica M cameras are handmade in Portugal and Germany.


The M uses a CMOS 24-megapixel image sensor designed exclusively for Leica by the Belgian company CMOSIS.[4] The sensor contains 6,000 by 4,000 pixels on a 6 x 6 µm² grid, and is made by STMicroelectronics in Grenoble.[4]

The M supports most M-mount lenses, and with an optional R-Adapter, the camera can use almost all Leica R-mount lenses.[3] Live View allows owners of R-lenses to use an optional electronic viewfinder.[3]

The camera uses a MAESTRO image/video processor[1] which is based on the Fujitsu Milbeaut.[5] It has specifically-designed rubber seals (to protect against dust and water spray).[3]


The Leica M camera was introduced at the Photokina event in Cologne, Germany on 17 September 2012.[6] The launch featured a "concert by recording artist—and Leica shooter—Seal".[6]


  1. ^ a b [dead link] "Leica M Technical data". leica Camera. September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "The new Leica M as a filmmaker’s tool – an interview with Leica’s Jesko von Oeynhausen". www.eoshd.com. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Leica M – M as in milestone". Leica Camera. September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "New Leica M Uses CMOSIS 24-MP CMOS Image Sensor". Antwerp, Belgium: cmosis.com. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Fujitsu Microelectronics and Leica Camera Co-develop Image Processing System Solution for High-end Digital SLR Cameras". Fujitsu. 26 September 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Fisher, Jim (18 September 2012). "Leica Unleashes New M, S Cameras". PCMag.com. Ziff Davis Publishing Holdings Inc. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 

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