Leica M (camera)

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Leica M[1]
Leica M-240-P4140434-black.jpg
Type Digital rangefinder camera
Lens Leica M-mount, Leica R-mount (with R-Adapter M)
Sensor Leica MAX 24MP CMOS Sensor, designed by CMOSIS
Image sensor maker STMicroelectronics
Maximum resolution 24 Megapixels
ASA/ISO range 200 to 6,400. Pull 100 available, Auto ISO
Storage SD up to 2GB and SDHC up to 32GB
Focus modes Manual
Exposure modes Manual, aperture priority auto exposure
Exposure metering TTL, center weighted averaging
Flash Fixed hot shoe
Shutter Focal plane, metal curtains, vertical travel
Shutter speed range 60s to 1/4000s
Viewfinder Rangefinder and additional color LCD display: 3", 920,000 pixels. Live View
Video/movie recording 1080p, 720p, 640*480 (VGA)
25 fps, 24 fps, 30 fps (VGA only)
Battery Lithium ion, 7.4V, 1,800 mAh
Dimensions 139 mm × 80 mm × 42 mm (5.5 in × 3.1 in × 1.7 in)
Weight 680 g (24 oz)

The Leica M (Typ 240) 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 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.

The original M has been superseded by variants such as the Leica M (Typ 262).


The M uses a CMOS 24-megapixel (6,000 × 4,000 pixels) image sensor designed for Leica by the Belgian company CMOSIS,[4] and made by STMicroelectronics in Grenoble.[4] 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.[5] It is sealed 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 event included a "concert by recording artist—and Leica shooter—Seal".[6]


  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. 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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