Leica M (camera)

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Leica M[1]
Leica M-240-P4140434-black.jpg
Overview
TypeDigital rangefinder camera
Lens
LensLeica M-mount, Leica R-mount (with R-Adapter M)
Sensor/medium
SensorLeica MAX 24MP CMOS Sensor, designed by CMOSIS
Image sensor makerSTMicroelectronics
Maximum resolution24 Megapixels
ASA/ISO range200 to 6,400. Pull 100 available, Auto ISO
StorageSD up to 2GB and SDHC up to 32GB
Focusing
Focus modesManual
Exposure/metering
Exposure modesManual, aperture priority auto exposure
Exposure meteringTTL, center weighted averaging
Flash
FlashFixed hot shoe
Shutter
ShutterFocal plane, metal curtains, vertical travel
Shutter speed range60s to 1/4000s
Viewfinder
ViewfinderRangefinder and additional color LCD display: 3", 920,000 pixels. Live View
General
Video/movie recording1080p, 720p, 640*480 (VGA)
25 fps, 24 fps, 30 fps (VGA only)
BatteryLithium ion, 7.4V, 1,800 mAh
Dimensions139 mm × 80 mm × 42 mm (5.5 in × 3.1 in × 1.7 in)
Weight680 g (24 oz)

The Leica M (Typ 240) is a full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera in Leica Camera AG's rangefinder M series. It was introduced 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 viewed through the lens, to be composed.[3] The M can use most M- and R-mount lenses. Leica M cameras are made by hand in Portugal and Germany. There is also a version, the M Monochrom, with a monochrome, rather than colour, sensor.[4]

The M Typ 240 has been superseded by variants such as the Leica M (Typ 262).

Features[edit]

The M uses a CMOS 24-megapixel (6,000 × 4,000 pixels) image sensor designed for Leica by the Belgian company CMOSIS,[5] and made by STMicroelectronics in Grenoble.[5] The pixels are on a 6 x 6 µm² grid.

The M supports most M-mount lenses and, with an adapter, almost all R-mount lenses.[3] R-lenses support an optional electronic viewfinder.[3]

The camera uses a MAESTRO image/video processor[1] which is based on the Fujitsu Milbeaut.[6] It is sealed against dust and water spray.[3]

Release[edit]

The Leica M camera was introduced at the photokina event in Cologne, Germany on 17 September 2012.[7] The launch event included a "concert by recording artist—and Leica shooter—Seal".[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Leica M Technical data" (PDF). leica Camera. September 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 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. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  4. ^ Leica M Monochrom Review
  5. ^ a b "New Leica M Uses CMOSIS 24-MP CMOS Image Sensor". Antwerp, Belgium: cmosis.com. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ 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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