|Type||Digital rangefinder camera|
|Lens||Leica M-mount, Leica R-mount (with R-Adapter M)|
|Sensor||Leica MAX 24MP CMOS Sensor, designed by CMOSIS|
|Maximum resolution||24 Megapixels|
|Film speed||200 to 6,400. Pull 100 available, Auto ISO|
|Storage media||SD up to 2GB and SDHC up to 32GB|
|Exposure modes||Manual, aperture priority auto exposure|
|Exposure metering||TTL, center weighted averaging|
|Flash||Fixed hot shoe|
|Shutter||Focal plane, metal curtains, vertical travel|
|Shutter speed range||60s to 1/4000s|
|Viewfinder||Rangefinder and additional color LCD display: 3", 920,000 pixels. Live View|
|Video recording||1080p, 720p, 640*480 (VGA)|
25 fps, 24 fps, 30 fps (VGA only)
|Battery||Lithium ion, 7.4V, 1,800 mAh|
|Dimensions||139 mm × 80 mm × 42 mm (5.5 in × 3.1 in × 1.7 in)|
|Weight||680 g (24 oz)|
The Leica M (Typ 240) is a full-frame digital rangefinder camera of Leica Camera AG. It was introduced in September 2012, and is the successor to the Leica M9 range of cameras. The M uses a 24-megapixel image sensor. The camera is the first M model to feature movie recording, and the first to have Live View, which allows the scene, as viewed through the lens, to be composed. The M can use most M- and R-mount lenses. Leica M cameras are made by hand in Portugal and Germany. There is also a version, the M Monochrom, with a monochrome, rather than colour, sensor.
The M Typ 240 has been superseded by variants such as the Leica M10.
The M uses a CMOS 24-megapixel (6,000 × 4,000 pixels) image sensor designed for Leica by the Belgian company CMOSIS, and made by STMicroelectronics in Grenoble. The pixels are on a 6 x 6 µm² grid.
The M supports most M-mount lenses and, with an adapter, almost all R-mount lenses. R-lenses support an optional electronic viewfinder.
The camera uses a MAESTRO image/video processor which is based on the Fujitsu Milbeaut. It is sealed against dust and water spray.
Notably, M240/M240-P is slightly thicker than other M models.
The Leica M camera was introduced at the photokina event in Cologne, Germany on 17 September 2012. The launch event included a "concert by recording artist—and Leica shooter—Seal".
In 2019, with the release of a new firmware update the Leica M (Typ 240) was discontinued.
The Leica M-P (Typ 240) was announced on 21 August 2014 under the slogan the 'Perfect understatement', the camera was released by Leica two years following the Leica M (Typ 240). Featuring a full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor and 2GB of built-in RAM, Leica claims that the new M-P digital is 'twice as fast' as the standard M (Typ 240). It also features weather-sealing for protection against water and dust, its rear LCD is covered in sapphire crystal glass. The camera was released with the initial price of $7950, a $1000 more than the standard M (Typ 240).
The design of the Leica M-P was based on that of the 35 mm film Leica MP released in 2003. It harks back to the 1950s and the first M mount camera; the Leica M3. The M-P omits the Leica red dot and replaces it with a minimal Leica script logo on the top plate.
Leica M in black
Leica M in silver
Leica M-P front view
Leica M-P back view