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Leica M (Typ 240)

Leica M (Typ 240)
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  • 24 MP CMOS sensor in full 35 mm format
  • ISO 200 – ISO 6400
  • 1/4000s – 60s
  • Full-HD video capability
  • Corning® Gorilla® glass screen protector
  • One piece high-strength magnesium alloy Splash protected body
Leica M (Typ 240)
Leica M (Typ 240)
Leica M (Typ 240)
Leica M (Typ 240)
Leica M (Typ 240)
Leica M (Typ 240)
Leica M (Typ 240)
Leica M (Typ 240)
Leica M (Typ 240)
Leica M (Typ 240)
Leica M (Typ 240)


Description by Leica:

Born from a tradition to innovation
The new Leica M is the most innovative and versatile M-Camera that the modern M-System has ever created.
It unites decades of experience in rangefinder technology with groundbreaking digital technologies: It features a completely newly developed high-resolution full-format CMOS sensor that, in combination with its high-performance processor and the legendary M-Lenses, delivers outstanding imaging results. With Live View, video, and new additional focusing methods, it is also the M for photographers who do not wish to miss out on any of what modern digital technology has to offer.

Leica M Type 240

Upper Normandy revisited - Magnum photographer Jean Gaumy returns to his roots
As a change from travelling through distant countries, globetrotting Magnum photographer Jean Gaumy captured impressions of his native region Upper Normandy – for Leica. With the new Leica M in his luggage, he has created an intensely personal ‘photo diary’ that provides an informal, almost intimate, view of this coastal region and its inhabitants.

Leica Max 24 MP Sensor for maximum imaging quality
The Leica M features a completely newly designed high-resolution, 24 megapixel CMOS sensor in full 35 mm format. The combination of the camera’s image processor and this Leica Max 24 MP sensor guarantees outstanding imaging quality. Its intelligent design and flat pixel architecture enables each individual pixel to gather a particularly large amount of light. This results in images characterised by superior sharpness and maximum spatial resolution. The new M delivers extremely low-noise and richly detailed images, 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.

Leica Max 24 MP Sensor for maximum imaging quality

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.

Fast Leica Maestro image processor

Leica Maestro image processorIn conjunction with the new sensor, the Leica Maestro processor lets the Leica M set entirely new standards in terms of image-processing speed. It 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.

Universal capabilities with 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. 

Universal capabilities with Live View and the electronic viewfinder

Its large, high-resolution 3" monitor allows precise assessment of the subject seen through the lens. This opens up entirely new opportunities for 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 M and 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 camera 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. Its top and base plates are machined from solid brass, and its full-metal body is manufactured in one piece from high-strength magnesium alloy.

Splash-proof camera body

Specially designed rubber seals protect the camera body against dust and water spray. The glass covering plate of its high-resolution monitor screen is manufactured from particularly tough and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® glass. All this makes the Leica M particularly resilient and helps guarantee it a long and reliable working life.

All the new features of the Leica M at a glance

- 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



Despite the impression given by Leica fanboys and girls, all, and including the previous generation Leica rangefinder cameras, the M9 (amd M9-P) sported a really horrible sensor-by any current standards. The new M Leica is manages to turn this trend around, coming with a sensor that is pretty much comparable to the best of today's cropped sensors by other manufacturerers, but as expected, is still far behind any current full frame sensor equipped camera: 

Featuring a new higher resolution sensor and updated functionality expectations are high for the new Leica M and it doesn’t disappoint. Although

Post date: 17/03/2013 - 00:00

Q: What's the difference between Steve and Ken? 
A: One of them is actually a descent photographer

"One thing I found is that it took a few days of using the new M 240 to realize what it can do. I had to relearn processing of the RAW files as they do not work like the M9 files did. Different sharpening levels are needed and there is so much more DR my usual tricks for the M9 files only made the M240 files look worse. Once I figured out my workflow it all started to come together. I started seeing the benefits of the new sensor.

Post date: 11/03/2013 - 20:19

My first impression: Meh. I really fail to see the fabled Leica magic, or the mythical micro-contrast and the whatnot characteristics of the whole system. Nice pics, bit over-saturated, bit under-exposed, nothing out of the ordinary, and certainly nothing you can't achieve with a nice mirrorless, or even a fixed lens camera like the Sony RX1. Heck, I'm sure I can lower the comparison bar even more and add a camera like the RX100, but i won't do it, or maybe i just did?

I'm sure Gurus like Steve Huff, Michael Reichmann and Diglloyd will have a totally different opinion. Surely, their trained eyes and minds will pick up and decode detail I cannot even fathom. Surprisingly, the Kyrgystanis, that live on a average monthly salary of 220 Euros, do not seem to be very impressed by the overpriced classic German picture (now with Video!) machine. Yes, the link to the Leica blog includes a video, taken with the Typ 240. Ever seen a Leica M video before?

Post date: 23/01/2013 - 02:03

It also comes with a new naming style. Gone are the numbered suffixes, like the M8, M9 etc, because in Leica's own words:

The Leica M also marks the beginning of a new era in the Leica product naming policy. In future, Leica M and S model names will omit the number suffix to emphasize the enduring and long-term significance of the respective systems. As for the sibling, it appears to be a slightly stripped down M9. 

Post date: 18/09/2012 - 20:16


DXO Mark
DXO Color Depth: 
DXO Dynamic Range: 
DXO Low Light Performance: 
1860 ISO
Image Sensor
Full frame
Image Sensor Type : 
36.0 x 24.0 mm (35mm Full Frame size) LEICA MAX CMOS Sensor
Effective Pixels: 
24.0 Megapixels
Aspect Ratio: 
Intelligent Orientation Sensor: 
Filter Array: 
Bayer RGB color filter
Sensor has dust removal: 
Sensor Dust Removal: 
Dust detection, manual cleaning function
Sensor Stabilization
Stabilization details: 
Image Processor
Image Processor Type : 
Integrated imaging circuit with Leica Maestro® Image processor
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent): 
1.0x the focal length of the lens
Lens Mount: 
Leica M Format
Focal Length details: 
Memory Card Slots: 
Exposure Control
Metering Mode: 
In classic viewfinder mode: Through the Lens (TTL)
weighted with variable aperture.

In Live View and advanced viewfinder mode: Through the Lens (TTL)
center weighted,
spot or multifield measuring.
Center-weighted TTL metering for flash exposure with system conformant SCA-3000/2 standard flash units.

Exposure Compensation: 
±3.0 EV
Exposure Compensation Details: 
1/3 f-stops
Exposure Compensation Braketing: 
3/5 frames, 0.5 / 1 / 2 / 3 f-stops
Shutter Type : 
Dual type focal plane shutter for classic image exposure and Live view
Maximum shutter speed: 
1/4000 sec
Minimum shutter speed: 
60 sec
Bulb mode: 
Shooting Modes: 
Manual shutter speed setting with direct dial,
A-Mode with direct dial
Automatic shutter speed (A-Mode),
Manual Exposure (MMode)
Drive Modes: 
Self timer
Continuous shooting: 
3.0 fps
Continuous Shooting Details: 
Self Timer : 
2s / 12s
ISO Range: 
200 - 6,400 ISO
ISO Sensitivity: 
Pull 100 available,
Auto ISO
White Balance
White Balance Settings: 
Fluorescent warm
Fluorescent cool
Manual (Greycard)
Kelvin 2000-13100
White Balance Personal: 
Focusing Type Details: 
Manual focus with optical rangefinder
Viewfinder Type Details: 
Large, light bright-line rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation,
LED illuminated frame lines (Framelines size matches image sensor size at 2m focusing distance).
Viewfinder Magnification Details: 
Viewfinder Dioptre Correction : 
Eyepiece adjusted to -0,5 dpt. Corrective lenses from -3 to +3 dpt. available (optional)
Viewfinder Information: 
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
Live View
Liveview Details: 
Yes with Live View focus peaking
Live View Coverage: 
Live View Magnification : 
10 x
Live View Autofocus: 
Rear screen size: 
3.0 in
Rear Screen Details: 
TFT Display with , scratch resistant cover glass (Corning®Gorilla®Glass)
920000 dots
Rear Screen Touch sensitive: 
Tiltable Monitor: 
Flash Hotshoe: 
Flash Hotshoe Details: 
SCA-3502 compatible hot shoe, with center contact
Built in Flash: 
Flash Modes: 
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).
Optional triggered at first or second shutter curtain
Flash Xsync: 
Media Types / Sizes
Maximum Still Image Size: 
5952 x 3976
Maximum Video Image Size (pixels/fps): 
1920 x 1080 / 25
Image Sizes: 
5952 x 3976 px (24 MP),
4256 x 2832 px (12 MP)
2976 x 1984 px (6MP)
1600 x 1080 px (1,7MP)
Still Image Format: 
DNG™ (RAW data uncompressed or lossless compressed),
File Size: DNG approx. 20 Mbyte – approx. 30 Mbyte (compressed)/ 48,2 MByte (uncompressed),
JPEG:Resolution and image content dependent
Movie resolution: 1080p, 720p, 640*480 (VGA)

Movie sampling rate: 25 fps, 24 fps, 30 fps (VGA only)
Movie Format: 
Single frame video compression (Motion JPG),
Quicktime format (mov)
Sound Files: 
Mono, stereo microphone adapter optional available Audio recording: Auto level adjustment, manual level adjustment (available while recording), concert preset
Other Features
Firmware Update: 
Up date pby the Userossible
Menu Languages: 
English, German, French, Italian,
Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese,
Simplified Chinese
Adobe® Lightroom®
Leica M lenses,
Leica R lenses with optional Leica R-Adapter M
Power Source
Power Source: 
Li-ion battery (included), 7.4V, 1800 mAh
Physical Specifications
Body Materials: 
All-metal case made of die-cast magnesium; synthetic leather covering.
Weather Sealing Details: 
Splash protected body
0°C – 40°C

Compatible Lenses

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