2014-08-21_leica m-p_silver_frontOnly a few weeks before photokina 2014 Leica improves its product portfolio: The German camera manufacturer has introduced the new LEICA M-P with many new features today. The new camera is available as of now for 6,700 Euro / 7,950 US$ in black and silver chrome.

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Leica M-P: The “P” Stands for Professional

Basically the LEICA M-P is a Leica M (Type 240) which is optimized for the needs of professional photographers. Here are the differences:

Faster Storage with More Memory

Many M-photographers will appreciate the increased buffer memory capacity of two Gigabytes – twice the size of the Leica M. This is important especially for continuous shooting, as images can be processed much faster.

Scratch Resistant and Anti-Reflective LCD Monitor

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In addition, the LCD monitor receives an extremely scratch-resistant sapphire crystal cover glass. This is one of the world’s hardest materials, it can only be worked with special diamond cutting tools – no more scratches from key rings.

Thanks to an anti-reflective coating on both sides of the cover glass, image reviewing is now even better, even in difficult lighting conditions.


Frame Selection Provides More Leeway

2014-08-21_leica m-p_close-up_2The next new detail of the camera includes a frame selection lever with which bright-line frames for six different focal lengths can be projected into the viewfinder for framing. The corresponding frames are shown in pairs for the focal lengths:

  • 28 and 90 mm,
  • 35 and 135 mm or
  • 50 and 75 mm.

Like the Leica M9-P the camera has no Leica logo Instead, the top plate of the camera is engraved with a subtle Leica script.

The Leica M-P is now available as a black-paint and a silver chrome version from authorised Leica dealers. The recommended retail price in Germany is € 6,700 – the US price is 7,950 US$.

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Product Pictures, Specs and Press Release

Technical Data LEICA M-P

Unique Product Name LEICA M-P (Typ 240), black paint finish
LEICA M-P (Typ 240), silver chrome finish
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 made of sapphire 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
Burst rate 3fps (until buffer of 2 GB is filled)
Self timer 2s / 12s
Storage Media SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards
Imaging functions
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
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 Control
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.
Image field selector for manual frame selection
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
Horizon Yes
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

Press Release

The next generation of the Leica rangefinder camera for professional photographers

Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents a further model in the Leica rangefinder camera segment. Based on the otherwise identical Leica M, the Leica M-P offers all the technical advantages of the Leica M-System and several additional features, for example an enlarged buffer memory. The ‘P’ in the name of this camera indicates the particularly discreet and enduring design concept with which the Leica M-P joins the line of Leica M-Cameras conceived especially to fulfil the needs of professional photographers.

The buffer memory capacity of the Leica M-P has been increased to 2 GB – twice the size of that of the Leica M. This guarantees that the Leica M-P is immediately ready to shoot in almost all situations. This is a particular advantage when shooting pictures in rapid succession, as the image data needs to be buffered directly after the shutter is released, before writing to the SD memory card. This means that users can now react to events with even greater spontaneity to capture the decisive moment in almost every photographic situation.

In terms of design, the Leica M-P is based on the typical characteristics of the Leica rangefinder system and focuses in particular on robustness and a long product lifespan. The use of an extremely scratch-resistant sapphire crystal cover for its LCD monitor is one example of this. This material is so hard that it can only be worked with special diamond cutting tools and is one of the world’s hardest materials. In practical terms, the sapphire glass LCD cover is almost unbreakable and offers resistance to many kinds of wear and stresses, meaning that the camera is ideally equipped for many years of use. Thanks to an anti-reflective coating on both sides of the cover glass, image reviewing is now even better, even in difficult lighting conditions, and allows photographers to assess and check every subject with optimum precision both before and after exposure.

The unobtrusive and minimalistic look of the Leica M-P provides even greater discretion in decisive shooting situations. Many photographers who already use Leica M-Cameras actually tape over the red Leica logo to make their work as unobtrusive as possible. For precisely this reason, this identifying feature has been omitted from the new rangefinder camera. Instead, the top plate of the camera is engraved with a subtle Leica script.

Other new details of the camera include a frame selection lever with which bright-line frames for six different focal lengths can be projected into the viewfinder to simulate subject framing. The corresponding frames are shown in pairs for the focal lengths 28 and 90 mm, 35 and 135 mm or 50 and 75 mm. This avoids the need to change lenses to assess suitable subject framing, offers greater creative freedom and allows photographers to concentrate fully on composing their pictures.

The Leica M-P is available now from authorised Leica dealers in two different versions: a black-paint version and a traditional silver chrome version. The Leica M-P complements the Leica M. Both cameras will be marketed together.


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