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Leica M-P (Typ 240) Digital Rangefinder Camera (Black)

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Key Features
  • 24MP Leica MAX Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Leica Maestro Image Processor
  • Rangefinder with Image Field Selector
  • 0.68x Optical Viewfinder Magnification
Marrying minimalist design elements with celebrated image quality, the black Leica M-P (Typ 240) Digital Rangefinder Camera pairs a full-frame image sensor with the quality and tradition Leica's reputation was founded upon. Featuring a MAX 24MP CMOS sensor and Maestro image processor, the M-P realizes rich image quality with low noise levels and smooth color and tonal gradations. The sensor and processor combine to also avail a top sensitivity of ISO 6400, full HD 1080p movie recording and 3 fps shooting for up to 24 consecutive frames. Unique among digital cameras, this camera maintains Leica's preference for a rangefinder design and incorporates a 0.68x optical viewfinder with split and superimposed manual focusing, automatic parallax correction, and manual image field selection. Conversely, the camera also features a 3.0" 920k-dot LCD with sapphire glass covering to maintain the overall durability of the magnesium alloy and brass body. Distinguishing itself through unobtrusiveness, the M-P also carries the select designation of no front-facing Leica logos in favor of an engraved Leica script on the top plate.
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Leica M-P (Typ 240) Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Leica M-P (Typ 240)
  • 3MAX 24MP CMOS Sensor and Maestro Image Processor
  • 4Optical Viewfinder and Rangefinder
  • 53.0" LCD Monitor and Sapphire Crystal Cover
  • 6Full HD 1080p Video
  • 7Body Design
  • 8Other Camera Features

Marrying minimalist design elements with celebrated image quality, the black Leica M-P (Typ 240) Digital Rangefinder Camera pairs a full-frame image sensor with the quality and tradition Leica's reputation was founded upon. Featuring a MAX 24MP CMOS sensor and Maestro image processor, the M-P realizes rich image quality with low noise levels and smooth color and tonal gradations. The sensor and processor combine to also avail a top sensitivity of ISO 6400, full HD 1080p movie recording and 3 fps shooting for up to 24 consecutive frames. Unique among digital cameras, this camera maintains Leica's preference for a rangefinder design and incorporates a 0.68x optical viewfinder with split and superimposed manual focusing, automatic parallax correction, and manual image field selection. Conversely, the camera also features a 3.0" 920k-dot LCD with sapphire glass covering to maintain the overall durability of the magnesium alloy and brass body. Distinguishing itself through unobtrusiveness, the M-P also carries the select designation of no front-facing Leica logos in favor of an engraved Leica script on the top plate.

As with past M-series cameras, the M-P retains the ability to utilize the vast network of M-mount lenses and is also compatible with Leica R-mount lenses via an optional adapter. When working in live view, and since focusing operation is entirely manual, focus peaking and 10x live view zoom can be utilized to ensure critical focus. An ergonomic body design places all of the necessary camera controls within reach during shooting, including top shutter speed and drive mode dials, as well as rear menu navigation buttons and selection dial located atop the thumb rest. The rugged metal body also integrated rubber seals throughout its design to render the M-P dust- and weather-resistant for sustained use in trying conditions.

Leica M-P (Typ 240)

Featuring a classic, minimalist appearance, the M-P has an unobtrusive design that omits the traditional red dot and front-facing 'M' lettering in favor of an engraved Leica script on the brass top plate.

MAX 24MP CMOS Sensor and Maestro Image Processor

Featuring a full-frame Leica MAX 24MP CMOS sensor, this camera is able to produce high-resolution still imagery and full HD video with marked image quality and low noise levels. When combined with the Maestro image processor, a sensitivity range of ISO 200-6400 is available, which can further be expanded to ISO 100 for working in brighter conditions.

This image processor also facilitates faster overall performance, and works in conjunction with a 2GB image buffer for longer sustained shooting sequences of 3 fps for up to 24 consecutive frames.

Optical Viewfinder and Rangefinder

The optical viewfinder is a large, bright-line 0.68x-magnification rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation and LED-illuminated frame lines, which are set to match the image sensor size at a focusing distance of 6.6'. On the front of the camera, a viewfinder frame selector can also be used to manually change the apparent image field to help visualize the scene with varying focal lengths.

The rangefinder mechanism displays split or superimposed bright field images within the center of the viewfinder to benefit accurate manual focusing control. The effective rangefinder metering basis is 47.1mm (mechanical metering basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification of 0.68x).

3.0" LCD Monitor and Sapphire Crystal Cover

Complementing the optical viewfinder is a 3.0" 920k-dot LCD monitor, which permits live view monitoring with the ability to utilize focus peaking and 10x zoom features to better ensure critical sharpness. Focus peaking highlights bright edges of contrast, in red, green, or blue colors, when they are in sharp focus, while the zoom control allows you to home in on fine details within the scene.

This monitor features a scratch-resistant protective cover made from sapphire crystal glass for added durability and protection. Furthermore, anti-reflective coatings are used on both sides of the covering glass for greater visibility in bright light conditions.

Full HD 1080p Video

Full HD 1080p video recording is supported, in both 24 and 25 fps frame rates. HD 720p recording is also available, as well as VGA 480p at 30 fps. A monaural microphone is incorporated into the body's design and features manual audio level control during recording.

Body Design

Reminiscent of classic Leica designs, the M-P features a metal body design with a magnesium-alloy chassis and brass top plate, which is accentuated by a synthetic leather wrap. Rubber seals are placed throughout the body to protect it from dust and use during inclement weather. Furthermore, the pared-down, ergonomic design allows direct access to necessary camera controls, including top shutter speed and drive mode dials and rear menu navigation controls.

Other Camera Features

  • Designed to accept all M-mount lenses, Leica R-mount lenses are also compatible through the use of an optional R to M adapter.
  • A download version of Adobe Lightroom is made available after purchase, and is ideally suited to processing of the M-P's DNG RAW image files.
  • Up to four sets of camera and exposure settings can be saved under a user-selected profile name and rapidly retrieved whenever required. For added convenience, these profiles can be saved to an SD card.
  • Exposure Bracketing of 3 or 5 frames at 0.5, 1, 2 and 3 EV steps.
  • Different film modes are available to refine the appearance of imagery, as well as saturation, contrast, and sharpening settings.
  • Language support: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean

Leica M-P (Typ 240) Specs

Imaging
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 24 Megapixel
Exposure Control
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
MagnificationApprox. 0.68x
Diopter Adjustment-3 to +3
Focus
Focus ModeManual Focus (M)
Flash
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Battery Type1 x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.4 VDC, 1800 mAh
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.8 x 8.5 x 6.3"

Leica M-P (Typ 240) Reviews

Beauty color render

By Hieu
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-05-12

Finaly save money to get one Leica the best, I love it

Great camera

By Ramal Babayev
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-03-23

This is the great camera especially for travel I have new released Canon 5DSR with the 50mp as well but when I compare pictures of Leica M-P 240 and Canon 5DSR colors are amazing and more natural in Leica and sharpness noise level is great even in very high ISO but #1 difference of Leica with all other dslr is great performance in low light conditions I really like it and if you have money you should buy Leica !

One of the best Camera you could get

By Cheesedog
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-02-22

No need to explain how great is the M240, the M-P 240 is one further step to the masterpiece. Great performance, build, IQ. First, the design of M-P is to keep it at low profile, I walked my M-P on street couple of times, even if i got the Chrome one, nobody got caught attention by the camera itself. Second, it has the solid build by Leica, it feels like a tough guy and piece of jewelry at the same time. Third, the amazing image quality you could get from this body, I have Leica and Voigtlander glasses works great on the M-P, flat and uniform image field , great DR and color output and of course excellent high ISO performance. Finally, the quiet and sharp shutter response that you could ever get from a DSLR.

Maravilhosa cmera

By Osvaldo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-09-07

O sonho de qualquer fotgrafo. Qualidade tima, sensor e acabamento impecvel. Nenhuma marca consegue se manter no topo por tanto tempo sem entregar o que promete. Imagens com um sharp incrvel.

Great camera, lousy firmware

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-10-07

I finally get the item I've wanted for a long time and it's everything I knew it would be. I read every text on the Leica M Typ 240 that I could get my hands on... so I was quite familiar with the cameras operation. I purchased a used but well-care-for Leica M7 so Ive had a few months of getting use to the Leica rangefinder philosophy. Almost everything has been a treat to play with... except for the Leica firmware. I'm not doing anything remotely fancy here -- just using the camera -- but I'm a bit perplexed that (after a few years) Leica still hasn't really perfected the firmware for the Typ 240. I get random lockups and at least once, I've had to remove the battery because a power-cycle wouldn't reset the camera. I know these issues will likely get fixed in time; however, how long will it take? Another minor point, which I knew going in, that Leica accessories are fairly expensive. My only gripe is the battery. $200 for a battery? Really? It's the only accessory I haven't bought. I won't rehash all of the positives here but I will say that the build construction is superb. Everything feels great. The digital M is a thicker than the M7 (which I own) but it's something you can get use to fairly quickly. Leica does amazing Fit&Finish -- just too bad it doesn't apply to the firmware. Final Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Fantastic camera

By dls
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-09-12

As a long time SLR shooter, the rangefinder has taken a bit of a learning curve. However, this has also reignited my love for photography. Not having everything done for you makes you think about your photos and not just blast away. I love it.

Beautiful Retro Camera

By Edward
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-08-22

This is a beautiful camera coupled with a silver lens. It is less likely to draw attention without the distracting red Leica dot. The near silent shutter is perfect for street and candid photography. Last but not least, the sapphire crystal of the LCD screen is almost scratch proof. Not a single scratch so far despite rough handling.

Superb product!

By EB
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-08-17

Have been very happy with my Leica M9-P, but this newer Leica M-P (Type 240) surpasses it in many ways. Most importantly for me as my eyes get older, it is much easier to focus. The photos are a bit sharper than with the M9-P, which is to be expected since the sensor has a higher resolution. Highly recommended to everyone.

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