Leica now presents not a LEICA M10 but:
The New LEICA M
- New CMOS 24 MP Sensor
- Live View for additional focusing methods – 10x zoom and focus peaking
- 1080p Full HD, video capability
- Accessories expanding the opportunities of rangefinder photography
One thing you’ll miss: No more number suffix for Leica M cameras thus no LEICA M10 or M11. Leica wants to “emphasise the enduring and long-term significance of the respective systems”. In order to distinguish single Leica models will have a type code of three digits deriving from the internal numbering. The now introduced LEICA M is “type 240″, the LEICA M-E is “type 220″.
The LEICA M in Detail:
The new 24 MP, full 35 mm format CMOS sensor doesn’t come from one of the big manufacturers but was designed and constructed in collaboration with the Belgian company CMOSIS especially for the camera and its use with M and R lenses. Regarding to Leica the characteristic advantages of CCD sensors, such as colour rendition and impressive reproduction of details, were transferred to a CMOS sensor.
In combination with the high-performance, Leica Maestro processor that is also employed in Leica S cameras, this new, full format, sensor guarantees maximum imaging quality and speed
Live View And Live View Fokus
Additionally to the classical range finder the LEICA M offers two additional focusing methods
- The new ‘Live View Zoom’ option enables up to 10 x magnification for precise focusing
- The second focusing aid is ‘Live View Focus Peaking’. Here, contours in the subject are automatically displayed as red lines to allow simple and convenient focus assessment.
Leica M Video
The LEICA M is the first Leica rangefinder camera with video capabilities – up to 25 fps in 1080p in MOV and Motion JPEG. Sound is recorded via an internal mono microphone or an external stereo microphone adapter. The level can be adjusted automatically or manually while recording.
Leica M: Finally the “adequate solution for Leica R photographers”
The LEICA M now finally fulfills this promise. With the new LEICA R adapter almost all Leica R lenses ever built can be mounted. The camera menu offers profiles for more than 20 R lenses completely with an individual calibrated workflow and EXIF lens recognition.
Leica M As Studio Camera
More accessories allow to use the LEICA M as studio camera
The multifunctional handgrip-M has a dedicated SCA hot shoe, a socket for a remote power supply and a DIN/ISO X-sync socket for studio flash systems. An optional remote power unit (DC Adapter) is also available.
The Leica M can also be connected directly to a computer workstation via the handgrip’s integrated USB socket. This allows full remote control of the camera with the ‘Leica Image Shuttle’ software package and the transfer of image files directly to the computer by USB cable.
The Leica M Outdoor
This was also on the wish list of many photographers: Special rubber seals now protect the camera body against dust, spray and moisture. The top deck and the base plate of the Leica M are machined from solid brass blanks and the full-metal chassis is a completely self-contained diecast element manufactured from high-strength magnesium alloy.
The multifunctional handgrip-M mentioned above has an integrated GPS module. Thus users can save exposure location information in the EXIF image data.
LEICA EVF2 Visoflex Viewfinder
The high-resolution electronic Visoflex viewfinder Leica EVF2 has a resolution of 1.4 megapixels and a 90° swivel action for capturing images from unusual angles. It allows to use the LEICA M like a DSLR.
LEICA M – Summary
Leica claims the LEICA M “remains true to the legendary values of the M-System, while expanding the opportunities offered by rangefinder photography.” As far as we can judge it from the information available until now we can agree upon that: The new LEICA M and its accessories make the camera a great tool not only as reportage camera but also in the photo studio, for macro and tele photography.
The CMOS sensor with live view, the additional focusing methods, the EVF and the Leica R adapter make the LEICA M the long awaited option to use the outstanding quality of LEICA R lenses in digital full format.
And I’m really looking forward to LEICA M videos – full format, extremely fast lenses and the unobtrusive look of the camera will generate a video look of its own and completely new.
The new milestone
The LEICA M – digital rangefinder technology in perfection
Leica Camera AG, Solms, presents a groundbreaking milestone in the history of the Leica rangefinder system at the photokina in Cologne (18 to 23 September 2012): The Leica M. As the first camera to implement a newly designed and constructed CMOS image sensor and to feature additional focusing methods and functions like Live View and Full HD video capability, it is the most versatile model ever in the history of Leica rangefinder cameras and sets entirely new standards. It unites the numerous advantages of innovative digital technology with a rangefinder technology that has been continuously perfected over decades. At the same time, it remains true to the legendary values of the M-System, while expanding the opportunities offered by rangefinder photography – and, for the first time, offers compatibility with Leica R legacy lenses.
The Leica M also marks the beginning of a new era with regard to the Leica product naming policy. In future, Leica M and S model names will omit the number suffix to emphasise the enduring and long-term significance of the respective systems. A further intention of this policy is to reinforce perceived value following the launch of new product generations.
The Leica M is the first in a long line of Leica rangefinder cameras to feature a completely new development in sensor technology; the Leica Max CMOS image sensor. This 24 MP, full 35 mm format, sensor was designed and constructed in collaboration with CMOSIS especially for the camera and its use with M- and R-Lenses. This new development successfully transfers the characteristic advantages of CCD sensors, such as natural and brilliant colour rendition and impressive reproduction of details, to a CMOS sensor. In combination with the high-performance, Leica Maestro processor that is also employed in Leica S cameras, this new, full format, sensor guarantees maximum imaging quality and speed. This now also means that all elements in the image creation chain, from the lens to the image file are under complete control of the Leica engineers and therefore guarantee the ultimate in imaging performance and quality. Another particular highlight is the low power consumption of the components that, in conjunction with the particularly high capacity of the battery, ensures outstanding system-autonomy.
The Leica M offers a multitude of new features. The first of these are Live View and Live View Focus. Image composition can now take place in real time with the view of the subject through the lens. The sharpness, exposure and colour content of images can now be precisely assessed on the camera’s large, 3-inch, high-resolution monitor screen with 920,000 pixels. The glass covering plate of the monitor screen is manufactured from particularly tough and scratch-resistant Corning®Gorilla®Glass. Thanks to the Live View function, photographers now have access to entirely new opportunities that, in combination with the outstanding performance of Leica M- and R-Lenses, go far beyond the classical capabilities of rangefinder photography. This applies particularly to macro and telephoto photography, but also allows even more discreet shooting. In combination with M- and R-Lenses, the camera’s new, 1080p Full HD, video capability also opens up totally new horizons.
The Leica M offers two additional focusing methods that can be activated quickly and easily with the new focus button. So now, M-Photographers have even more options for capturing outstandingly sharp images. The new ‘Live View Zoom’ option enables up to 10 x magnification for precise assessment of the sharpness of subject details or the close focusing limit. The second aid to focusing is ‘Live View Focus Peaking’. Here, contours in the subject are automatically displayed as red lines to allow simple and convenient focus assessment. Focusing precision can be assessed on the basis of the intensity of the lines displayed.
All the new features are optimally combined with the typical values of the Leica rangefinder system and guarantee the accustomed dependability of the Leica M in all photographic situations, from available light photography to discreet and aesthetic fine-art image composition. In line with the principles of the M-Philosophy, all functions and features are designed and constructed for absolute robustness and a long working life: The top deck and the base plate of the Leica M are machined from solid brass blanks and the full-metal chassis is a completely self-contained diecast element manufactured from high-strength magnesium alloy. Special rubber seals protect the camera body against dust, spray and moisture.
The new rangefinder camera is also a typical M with regard to its intuitive handling concept with direct manual setting options and fast access to functions. The new layout and particular user-friendliness of the menu interface guarantees a clear and uncomplicated overview of all camera settings at all times. Dedicated button controls have been provided for the Live View and new focusing functions. Live View Zoom and Live View Focus Peaking can be selected with the new focus button on the front of the camera. User profiles can be programmed with any camera and shooting settings, stored under an arbitrary name, and accessed quickly whenever required for particular situations, and can now also be saved to an SD memory card. For increased comfort in use, the Leica M now provides an ergonomically formed thumb rest with an integrated setting dial at the top right on the back of the top deck. This ensures that the camera can be held securely in even the most demanding situations.
A wide range of optional accessories is also available for the new Leica M. A particular highlight of the range is a new Leica R-Adapter M that allows almost all R-Lenses ever built to be mounted on the camera. Further accessories are the Leica EVF2, Visoflex electronic viewfinder and a multifunctional handgrip-M with an integrated GPS module that, in combination with optional finger loops in various sizes (S, M and L), helps to ensure safe and steady handling of the camera and lens system. The range also includes a Leica Microphone Adapter set for perfect sound with video recordings.
The Leica M will be available from authorised dealers in early 2013 in a choice of black paint or silver chrome finish.
Technical Data LEICA M
|Unique Product Name||LEICA M (Typ 240), black paint
LEICA M (Typ 240), silver chrome
|Camera type||Compact digital view- and rangefinder system still and video camera|
|Lens mount||Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding|
|Lens system||Leica M lenses, Leica R lenses with optional Leica R-Adapter M|
|Top Cover||Milled brass top cover with integrated thumb rest|
|Material||All-metal case made of die-cast magnesium; synthetic leather covering.
Cap and base plate made of brass
|Image Sensor||LEICA MAX 24 MP CMOS Sensor|
|Number of effective Pixels||24 Million Pixels|
|Sensitivity range||ISO 200 – ISO 6400, Pull 100 available, Auto ISO|
|Imaging Platform||Integrated imaging circuit with Leica Maestro® Image processor|
|Electronic Viewfinder||Optional available, can be used for Live View and Play functionality|
|LCD Monitor||3” TFT Display with 920.000 Pixels, scratch resistant cover glass (Corning®Gorilla®Glass)|
|Shutter||Dual type focal plane shutter for classic image exposure and Live view|
|Shutter Speed||1/4000s – 60s (in Bulb), 1/180s flash synchronization|
|Self timer||2s / 12s|
|Storage Media||SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards|
|Image File Format||DNG™ (RAW data uncompressed or lossless compressed), JPEG|
|File Size||DNG approx. 20 Mbyte – approx. 30 Mbyte (compressed)/ 48,2 MByte (uncompressed), JPEG: Resolution and image content dependent|
|Available JPG Resolutions||5952px*3976px (24 MP), 4256px*2832px (12 MP)/ 2976px*1984px (6MP) / 1600px*1080px (1,7MP)|
|Color Spaces||sRGB / Adobe®RGB|
|White Balance||Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shadow / Tungsten / Fluorescent warm /Fluorescent cool / Flash / Manual (Greycard) / Kelvin 2000-13100|
|Other functions||Film Modes, Saturation, Contrast, Sharpening|
|Movie Recording||Single frame video compression (Motion JPG), Quicktime format (mov)|
|Movie resolution||1080p, 720p, 640*480 (VGA)|
|Movie sampling rate||25 fps, 24 fps, 30 fps (VGA only)|
|Microphone||Mono, stereo microphone adapter optional available|
|Audio recording||Auto level adjustment, manual level adjustment (available while recording), concert preset|
|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 multifield measuring.
Center-weighted TTL metering for flash exposure with system conformant SCA-3000/2 standard flash units.
|Exposure setting||Manual shutter speed setting with direct dial, A-Mode with direct dial|
|Exposure Modes||Automatic shutter speed (A-Mode), Manual Exposure (M-Mode)|
|Exposure Compensation||-3 EV to +3 EV, 1/3 f-stops|
|Exposure Bracketing||3/5 frames, 0.5 / 1 / 2 / 3 f-stops|
|Flash exposure Control|
|Flash exposure metering||Control with center-weighted TTL pre-flash metering (with SCA-3501/3502 adapter, or SCA-3000 standard flash unit such as Leica SF 24D/Leica SF 58).|
|Hot shoe||SCA-3502 compatible hot shoe, with center contact|
|Flash Synchronization||Optional triggered at first or second shutter curtain|
|Flash Synch time||1/180s|
|Viewfinder / Focusing|
|Focusing Methods||Manual focus with optical rangefinder, Live View, 100% Live View Zoom, Live View focus peaking|
|Optical Viewfinder||Large, light bright-line rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation, LED illuminated frame lines.|
|Optical Viewfinder frame lines||Framelines size matches image sensor size at 2m focusing distance|
|Optical Viewfinder correction||Eyepiece adjusted to -0,5 dpt. Corrective lenses from -3 to +3 dpt. available (optional)|
|Optical Viewfinder Magnification||0.68x|
|Optical Viewfinder Displays||In the viewfinder LED symbol for flash status (at bottom). Four-digit seven-segment LED digital display, brightness adapted to ambient conditions, for: Warning in case of exposure correction; display of automatic shutter speed in automatic mode; advisory indicating use of metering memory lock LED exposure monitor with two triangular and one central circular LED with manual exposure setting|
|Rangefinder||Split or superimposed image range finder shown as a bright field in the center of the viewfinder image|
|Rangefinder effective metering Basis||47.1 mm (mechanical metering basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification 0.68 times)|
|Start up time||<1s|
|Power Supply||Li-ion battery (included), 7.4V, 1800 mAh|
|User Profiles||4 Profiles, exportable|
|Sensor cleaning||Dust detection, manual cleaning function|
|Tripod Thread||A 1/4 (1/4″) DIN made of stainless steel in base plate|
|Dimensions||approx. 139 x 42 x 80 mm<br/ > (5,5 x 1,7 x 3,1 in.)|
|Weight||680 g (23.9 oz)|
|Operating Temperature||0°C – 40°C|
|Menu languages||English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Accessories Included||Battery, Charger with power cables for EU and USA (different in some export markets), 12V charging cable, Carrying strap, Accessory port cover, Body cap|
|Software licenses Supplied||Adobe® Lightroom®|
|New optional accessories||Electronic Viewfinder (EVF-2), Multi-functional Handgrip M, Handgrip M, SCA Adapter Set for Multi-functional Handgrip M, Power Adapter for Multi-functional Handgrip M, Finger loop for Multi-functional Handgrip M, Size S / M / L, Leica Microphone Adapter Set, Leica M-Adapter R, Ever-Ready Case M, Li-ion Battery BP-SCL2, Battery charger BC-SCL2|