Ilse Jurriën : September 24th 2012 - 12:00 CET
Leica M camera : Leica introduces the most innovative and versatile M-Camera to date. The new Leica M unites years of experience in rangefinder technology with the latest digital technologies: the Leica M features a completely newly developed high-resolution Full-Format CMOS sensor that, in combination with its powerful processor and the legendary M-Lenses, delivers outstanding imaging results. With Live View, video, and new additional focusing methods, the new Leica M camera is also the M for photographers who do not wish to miss out on any of what modern digital technology has to offer. Thanks to the many years of experience gathered by our engineers in the construction of camera bodies, the new Leica M is built without compromise for maximum stability and perfect sealing.|
24 megapixel Leica M camera
The Leica M features a completely newly designed high-resolution, 24 megapixel CMOS sensor in Full 35mm format. The combination of the camera’s image processor and this Leica Max 24 MP sensor guarantees outstanding imaging quality. The intelligent design and flat pixel architecture enables each individual pixel to gather a particularly large amount of light. This results in photos characterised by superior sharpness and maximum spatial resolution. The new Leica M camera delivers extremely low-noise and richly detailed photos, even at higher sensitivities of up to ISO 6400. And now, thanks to the 1080 pixel, Full-HD video capability of the Leica M, the impressive imaging quality is available for moving pictures, too. The new CMOS sensor is designed and constructed for the use of both Leica M and R lenses on the Leica M. Because, with the new Leica R-Adapter M, almost all Leica-R legacy lenses can be used on the Leica M expanding the options of the Leica M into the world of Leica R photography.
Image-processing speed of the Leica M
In conjunction with the new sensor, the Leica Maestro processor lets the Leica M set entirely new standards in terms of image-processing speed. The Leica M image processor processes the image data arriving from the sensor and transforms them into visible images at extremely high speeds and can also perform even the most complex processing steps very fast. Thanks to the energy-efficient imaging electronics of the processor and sensor, a single charge of the Leica M’s new 1800 mAh lithium-ion battery can last an extremely long time.
Live View and the electronic viewfinder
The new Leica M is the first ever M to feature Live View and Live View Focusing. This means that now, for the first time, images can be composed using the actual image produced by the lens - with complete control of depth of field, exposure, precise framing and focusing. Its large, high-resolution 3" monitor allows precise assessment of the subject seen through the lens. This opens up entirely new opportunities for Leica M-Photographers that previously lay far beyond the limitations of rangefinder photography, like macro and telephoto exposures, or using the monitor as a viewfinder. Live View can be used with both Leica M and Leica R lenses. Indirectly, 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.
Splash-proof Leica M body
Thanks to the many years of experience gathered by our engineers in the construction of camera bodies, the new Leica M is built without compromise for maximum stability and perfect sealing. The top and base plates of the Leica M are machined from solid brass, and the Full-Metal Leica M body is manufactured in one piece from high-strength magnesium alloy. Specially designed rubber seals protect the camera body against dust and water spray. The glass covering plate of Leica M's high-resolution monitor screen is manufactured from particularly tough and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla glass. All this makes the new Leica M camera particularly resilient and helps guarantee it a long and reliable working life.
New features of the Leica M
• Outstanding image quality thanks to newly developed Leica Max CMOS Sensor
• Extended applications with Live View and electronic viewfinder
• Simple, high-precision focusing thanks to Live View focus and focus peaking
• Digital fullframe for Leica R lenses, with the Leica R-Adapter M
• "Leica Look" videos with Full HD video capture (1080p)
• Enhanced sensitivity range up to ISO 6400
• 3" display with 920,000 pixels, Corning Gorilla glass screen protector
• Fast image processing by the Leica Maestro image processor
• Splash protected body
• Extremely long battery life
• Multi-pattern and spot exposure metering
• Revised ergonomics and controls
Leica M price & availability
At the time of wring it is not yet known what the Leica M price will be. The camera comes in the colors black and silver, at this moment it is uncertain when the Leica M will be available. Learn more about the technical details and download the Leica M data sheet.