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
ASA/ISO range 200 to 6,400. Pull 100 available, Auto ISO
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
Video/movie recording 1080p, 720p, 640*480 (VGA)
25 fps, 24 fps, 30 fps (VGA only)
Storage SD up to 2GB and SDHC up to 32GB
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)
Made in Portugal (90%) and Germany (10%)

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" (PDF). 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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