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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • 24MP Full-Frame Leica Max CMOS Sensor
  • Leica Maestro Image Processor
  • 3.0" 920k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording
  • Manual Rangefinder & Live View Focusing
  • 0.68x Optical Viewfinder Magnification
  • ISO 6400, 3 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Compatible with M-Mount Lenses
  • Magnesium Alloy Body and Brass Top Plate
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Leica M (Typ 240) Overview

  • 1Description

The black M (Typ 240) Digital Rangefinder Camera from Leica is a traditionally-styled M-series camera that blends elements of Leica's celebrated past with contemporary imaging technology. This camera features a full-frame Leica Max 24MP CMOS sensor and Maestro image processor to realize rich image quality with low noise levels and smooth color and tonal gradations. The sensor and processor combination also avails the ability to shoot continuously up to 3 fps, record full HD 1080p video, and enable a top sensitivity of ISO 6400. Unique among digital cameras, the M maintains Leica's preference for a rangefinder design and incorporates a 0.68x optical viewfinder with split and superimposed manual focusing and automatic parallax correction. Alternatively, the M is also the first M-series camera to integrate live view shooting capabilities, with the added convenience of being able to check focus and composition on the rear 3.0" 920k-dot LCD monitor.

As with past M-series cameras, the M 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. While using the optical viewfinder, internal LEDs display shooting and camera information and frame lines are displayed to match lens' focal lengths with focusing accuracy to 6.6'.

The M's body design is constructed from die-cast magnesium alloy and wrapped in a synthetic leather covering while the top and bottom plates are made from milled brass and the rear LCD is covered with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. Altogether, this durable design is built for enhanced strength and resistance to splashes, dust, and inclement conditions. An integrated thumb rest, along with a minimal, yet intuitive ergonomic control scheme avail quick access to necessary camera controls. Additionally, a redesigned 1800mAh lithium-ion battery permits increased working times and reliability for all-day shooting.

24MP CMOS Sensor
A newly designed high-resolution, 24MP CMOS sensor in full 35mm format provides top-notch image quality. Its intelligent design and flat pixel architecture enables each individual pixel to gather a particularly large amount of light. This results in images of superior sharpness and maximum resolution. The new M delivers extremely low-noise and richly detailed images, even at higher sensitivities of up to ISO 6400.
Leica Maestro Image Processor
In conjunction with the new sensor, the Leica Maestro processor provides fast image-processing speed. The energy-efficient imaging electronics of the processor and sensor equals improved lasting power for a single charge of the Leica M's new 1800 mAh lithium-ion battery.
Lens Compatibility
The new CMOS sensor is designed and constructed for the use of both Leica M and R lenses on the Leica M camera. With the new Leica R-Adapter, almost all Leica R legacy lenses can be used on the Leica M.
Live View Capability and 3.0" LCD Display
The new Leica M is the first ever M to feature live view and live view focusing. Images can be composed using the actual image produced by the lens - with complete control of depth of field, exposure, precise framing and focusing. The high-resolution 3.0" LCD monitor with 920,000 pixels allows precise assessment of the subject seen through the lens. Previously confined by rangefinder limitations, live view opens up entirely new opportunities for M-series users, like macro and telephoto exposures, or using the monitor as a viewfinder. Live view can be used with both M and R lenses. It also enables owners of R lenses to use the optional Visoflex EVF2 electronic viewfinder. The Leica M can be used with an R-adapter, R-lenses and a viewfinder exactly like an SLR, without using the monitor.
Live View Zoom and Focus Peaking
The new Live View Zoom enables up to 10x magnification of the live view display for precise focusing on fine details. Live View Focus Peaking is an automatic highlighting of image contours in red color to provide convenient focus control. This contour display enables precise assessment of focusing accuracy. Depending on the situation or the photographer's preferences, M camera users can now choose between several focusing options.
Optical Viewfinder
The Optical Viewfinder is a large, bright-line rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation and LED-illuminated frame lines. Frame lines size matches image sensor size at 6.6' (2 m) focusing distance. Viewfinder magnification is 0.68x and the eyepiece is adjusted to -0.5 dpt. Optional corrective lenses from -3 to +3 dpt. are available.

The Optical Viewfinder has a four-digit, seven-segment LED digital display with brightness adapter. An LED symbol displays for flash status and warnings in case of exposure correction. It also displays automatic shutter speed in automatic mode, and an advisory indicating use of metering memory lock with manual exposure setting.
Split or superimposed image rangefinder shown as a bright field in the center of the viewfinder image. Rangefinder effective metering basis is 47.1 mm (mechanical metering basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification of 0.68x).
Full HD 1080p Video
This Leica M is the first M-series camera to have full HD 1080p video with rangefinder or Live View focusing. Videos with full HD 1080p video capture are designed to have the "Leica Look." A dedicated button starts video shooting with one touch.
Ergonomic Controls and Intuitive Menu
The control features of the Leica M offer intuitive handling, direct manual setting options, and rapid access to all the important photographic functions. In addition to manual focusing, direct aperture and shutter speed setting options, the combination of an ergonomically-positioned control wheel on the top plate and intuitive menu navigation are the basis of the Leica M operating concept. The newly-designed and user-friendly menu interface displayed on the large rear LCD provides a clear overview of all camera settings at all times. The video and Live View features, and the new focus functions, each have their own controls. The new focus button on the front of the camera allows selection of Live View Zoom and Live View Focus Peaking, as well as fast and easy exposure corrections in combination with the control wheel. ISO sensitivity settings are also controlled by a dedicated button. The Leica M also features an ergonomically formed thumb rest at the top-right end of the top plate. This ensures ideal grip and stability in even the most demanding shooting situations.
Exposure Metering
In classic viewfinder mode: Through the Lens (TTL) metering, center weighted with variable aperture.
In Live View and advanced viewfinder mode: Through the Lens (TTL) metering, center weighted, spot or multi-field measuring
Resilient Construction
The Leica M is built with maximum stability and tight sealing. Its cap and base plates are machined from solid brass, and its full-metal body is manufactured in one piece from high-strength magnesium alloy. Specially designed rubber seals protect the camera body against dust and water spray. A milled brass top cover contains an integrated thumb rest. The glass covering plate of its high-resolution LCD is manufactured from particularly tough and scratch-resistant Corning 'Gorilla' glass. The tripod thread is a 1/4" DIN made of stainless steel and the body is wrapped with a synthetic leather covering.
Long Battery Life
The new lithium-ion battery (1800 mAh) in the Leica M means long shooting sessions without having to recharge or change the battery. Thanks to the high-performance rechargeable battery, energy-saving exposure metering electronics, the Leica Maestro Image Processor and the new sensor, a single charge provides a large number of exposures, particularly useful when shooting in remote locations.
User Profiles
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
Exposure Bracketing of 3 or 5 frames at 0.5, 1, 2 and 3 f/stops
Other Functions
Film Emulation Modes, Saturation, Contrast, Sharpening
Menu Languages
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
UPC: 022243107704
In the Box
Leica M (Typ 240) Digital Rangefinder Camera (Black)
  • BP-SCL2 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1800 mAh) bwqdcxxyvcyxuz
  • BC-SCL2 Battery Charger for BP-SCL2 Li-Ion Battery
  • Carrying Strap
  • Hot Shoe / Accessory Socket Cover
  • Body Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Leica Society Digital Membership
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Leica M (Typ 240) Specs

    Lens Mount Leica M
    Camera Format Full-Frame
    Pixels 24 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 24 MP: 5952 x 3976
    Aspect Ratio 3:2
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 36 x 24 mm
    File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG
    Movies: MJPEG, MOV
    Memory Card Type SD
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
    Video Format 1920 x 1080p at 24/25 fps (MOV)
    1280 x 720p at 24/25 fps (MOV)
    640 x 480p at 24/25/30 fps (MOV)
    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Mono)
    Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Focus Type Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Manual Focus (M)
    Viewfinder Type Optical
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.68x
    Diopter Adjustment -3 to +3 m
    Display Screen 3" Rear Screen LCD (920,000)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200 to 6400 (Extended Mode:100 to 6400)
    Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 60 to 1/4000 Seconds , Bulb Mode
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Kelvin, Manual, Shade, Tungsten
    Continuous Shooting Up to 3 fps at 24 MP for up to Exposures
    Built-in Flash No
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 Second
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Start-Up Time 0.7 seconds
    Self Timer 2 Seconds
    Battery 1Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.4 VDC, 1800 mAh
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
    32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.5 x 3.1 x 1.7" / 139.7 x 78.7 x 43.2 mm
    Weight 1.5 lb / 680.4 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.9 x 8.6 x 6.6"

    Leica M (Typ 240) Reviews

    M (Typ 240) Digital Rangefinder Camera (Black) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 42.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why didn't I buy it earlier? Life is short, I used SLRs/DSLRs for 40 years but I never had a Leica. I had pretty much any Nikon DSLR both in FX & DX format. I do have the 4:3 format and the Nikon 1 and I like them all but my recent move to Leica should have been done earlier. I take much better photo now and I think that part is the camera tuning part is that I'm forced to think like I used to do 40 years ago. Modern cameras like a D810 are too easy to use and you end-up taking too many shots done superficially. Using the Leica M is like going back to film and the camera has amazing film-like colors and tones. I feel I'm back to the Velvia and Ilford days.
    Date published: 2015-05-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It Perfect for travel, although it is heavier and thicker than the M9. The image quality is extremely high, even at the higher ISO's. The noise is acceptable at 3200 which is great when shooting after dark on the street. I am very pleased with the color rendering which is important even though I always shoot RAW. It is slower on start up than the M9 which affects reviewing pictures more than shooting pictures. I have not used the video and probably will not. Leica is expensive but you get great pictures and great reliability in a light weight package. I think the battery life is excellent.
    Date published: 2014-07-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Long Time Coming I have saved and waited a long time for this superb camera and it excedes my expectations and probably my ability. Have taken only about a thousand shots, and as I improve I intend to grow with the Camera. It is heavier than my Vario X, but with the M series I can play to my hearts content. Shooting a cron 50 and Sumi 35 and 90. All so far wonderful. For old tired eyes like mine I reccomend an evf. I have both the Olympus, works fine, but I confess to springing for the Leica, just for bragging rights and to make the outfit look well, Leica like. One thing is don't lose your hot shoe protector. Leica wants $* for a $.05 piece of plastic. A fine camera, best I have ever owned.
    Date published: 2014-06-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do you really need a Leica Have had the camera for 3 weeks now and it is a gem. The build quality is as I expected after reading about Leicas for so many years but never owning one. I am so used to Auto Focus DSLR's that it took me some time to get used to and I still have a way to go. Th picture quality is excellent and the fun factor is even better. Nobody really needs a Leica. My Nikon D4 does everything I need and then some but it is nice to travel light for once. If your looking for a change and have the $ to burn it's an amazing camera. As always B&H is was a pleasure to deal with.
    Date published: 2014-03-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great M This is a considerable improvement over the M9. I've had M camera's since my film days. The most improved elements of the M are; incorporation of Maestro processor, battery, ISO range, usable display, rangefinder and optional M grip. Many will greatly appreciate the live view, focus peeking, video capabilities and ability to use R lenses.
    Date published: 2013-11-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Rangefinder Ever ! Have been using Leicas for some 20 years, this one is a lot of what the M8 and M9 promised but somewhat never delivered fully.Rangefinder is excellent, new sensor is top notch, has very good High ISO/Low Light performance.Battery autonomy has improved substantially, EVF is not bad (buy Olympus for half the price...)LV and Movie are a plus.If you know the gestalt and like it, and have the budget, this is the real thing, otherwise pass, many DSLRs and MFT cameras these days can make almost the same for a fraction of the price, and bring other things Leicas can't do. Also for old Leica glass stick to M8 or M9, this one outresolves most of the really old stuff.I have the Summilux 50mm 1.4 ASPH and the 35mm 1.4 ASPH, both are great with the M, plus a few others that work really well but are clearly outresolved by the CMOS sensor.
    Date published: 2013-12-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Street photography dangers The best camera Leica M and lenses thus far if your going for that authentic film photography era look and feel. One thing about Using a Leica camera in the street, It is a risk it. The cost is way to high if damaged, stolen or whatever goes wrong. Leica needs to come up with a solution on the cost. Back in the 60's a Leica was priced right; so I was told.
    Date published: 2017-01-13
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Tricky,tedious....giving it time So,the focus peaking is very faint on this camera. Its very hard to see the outline,regardless of color. Thats a turn off. Sony's focus peaking is MUCH clearer & easier to use. This Leica is work. Basically. Takes a while to get something in focus,which is not really fun. The results so far have been kind of nice,lovely glow to the OOF areas. Bottom line,its extremely overpriced and not easy to use but I'm going to give it a chance. I just wish the focus peaking feature was better,focusing the rangefinder way is just ridiculous(and not in a good way) I imagine there are lots of these collecting dust in celebrities' closets around the world.
    Date published: 2018-06-29
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