Leica M Review

 
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Model Name: Leica M (Typ 240) 
Prices:  
Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website
Predecessor:  
Successor:  
General
Model Number: M
Camera Format: Rangefinder
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Retail Price: $6950.00
Street Price: $6,218.49
Date Available: 2012-02-15
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 24.0 oz (680 g)
includes batteries
Size: 5.5 x 3.1 x 1.7 in.
(139 x 80 x 42 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer:  
Effective Megapixels: 24.0
Sensor Format: 35mm
Sensor size: 864mm2 (36mm x 24mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 6.05 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.0x
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter:  
Self-Cleaning: No
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
DxO Sensor Score:  
DxO Color Depth Score (bits):  
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs):  
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso):  
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 5952 x 3976 (23.7 MP, 3:2),
4256 x 2823 (12.0 MP, Other),
2976 x 1984 (5.9 MP, 3:2),
1600 x 1080 (1.7 MP, Other)
Image File Format: JPEG, .DNG RAW (14-bit, compressed or uncompressed), RAW+JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 3.0
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (25p/24p)
1280x720 (25p/24p)
640x480 (30p)
Movie File Format: QuickTime Motion JPEG (MOV); built-in mic is mono, but external stereo mic adapter available
Composite Video Out: No
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: n/a
Video Usable as Viewfinder: n/a
HD Video Out: No
HD Video Connection:
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Leica M bayonet
Lens: n/a
Focal Length (35mm equivalent):  
Zoom Ratio:  
Aperture Range: Varies with lens used
Normal Focus Range:  
Macro Focus Range:  
Filter Thread: n/a
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: No
Digital Zoom: No
Digital Zoom Values: n/a
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: No
Auto Focus Type: N/A (Manual focus with OVF/Live View with magnification, focus peaking)
Auto Focus Assist Light? n/a
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: Optical
Viewfinder Type: Non-TTL bright-line frame rangefinder w/ automatic parallax compensation, 0.68x magnification; Optional Visoflex EVF-2 Electronic Viewfinder
Focus Peaking: Yes
EVF Resolution: n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent): 0.68x
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed): 0.68x
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: Yes
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 920,000 dots
Touchscreen: No
Articulating Screen: No
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: No
Max Playback Zoom:  
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 6400
Minimum ISO (native): 200
ISO Settings: Auto, ISO 200 to 6,400 in 1/3EV steps, extendable to ISO 100
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent warm, Fluorescent cool, Flash, Kelvin Setting (2000-13100K), Manual
Shutter Speed Range: 8 - 1/4000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: OVF: TTL Center-weighted with working aperture; Live view: TTL Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Program Auto Exposure: No
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: No
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Film Simulation Modes
Self Timer: 2 or 12 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: No
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); First or second curtain sync.
Flash Guide Number: n/a
Flash Range Description: n/a
Max Flash Sync: 1/180
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: SCA-3502 compatible hot shoe, with center contact
Wireless Flash Control:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support:  
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Uncompressed Format: .DNG RAW (14-bit, compressed or uncompressed), RAW+JPEG
Movie File Format: QuickTime Motion JPEG (MOV); built-in mic is mono, but external stereo mic adapter available
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No
NFC: No
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections:
PictBridge Compliant: No
DPOF Compliant: No
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Threaded cable release
Connections (extended): Accessory port
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution):  
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame):  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames):  
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot):  
Camera penalizes early shutter press?
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 3.0
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution):  
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames):  
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames):  
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid):  
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):  
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus):  
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash):  
Shutter Lag (prefocused):  
Shutter Lag (notes):  
Startup Time:  
Play -> Record Time:  
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 0.0
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary 7.4v 1800mAh
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included:
Internal Charging Supported:
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View):  
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF):  
Software
Included Software: Free download of Adobe Lightroom for registered owners
OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: 24MP CMOS sensor, Maestro processor, Live View with 10x focus magnification and focus peaking, 1080p Full HD movies, 920K-dot LCD with Gorilla Glass, optional EVF-2 electronic viewfinder.


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