Leica M
TypeDigital rangefinder camera
LensLeica M-mount, Leica R-mount (with R-Adapter M)
SensorLeica MAX 24MP CMOS Sensor, designed by CMOSIS
Sensor makerSTMicroelectronics
Maximum resolution24 Megapixels
Film speed200 to 6,400. Pull 100 available, Auto ISO
Storage mediaSD up to 2GB and SDHC up to 32GB
Focus modesManual
Exposure modesManual, aperture priority auto exposure
Exposure meteringTTL, center weighted averaging
FlashFixed hot shoe
ShutterFocal plane, metal curtains, vertical travel
Shutter speed range60s to 1/4000s
ViewfinderRangefinder and additional color LCD display: 3", 920,000 pixels. Live View
Video recording1080p, 720p, 640*480 (VGA)
25 fps, 24 fps, 30 fps (VGA only)
BatteryLithium ion, 7.4V, 1,800 mAh
Dimensions139 mm × 80 mm × 42 mm (5.5 in × 3.1 in × 1.7 in)
Weight680 g (24 oz)
PredecessorLeica M9
SuccessorLeica M10

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,[2] and the first to have Live View, which allows the scene, as viewed through the lens, to be composed.[3] 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.[4]

The M Typ 240 has been superseded by variants such as the Leica M10.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,[5] and made by STMicroelectronics in Grenoble.[5] 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.[3] R-lenses support an optional electronic viewfinder.[3]

The camera uses a MAESTRO image/video processor[1] which is based on the Fujitsu Milbeaut.[6] It is sealed against dust and water spray.[3]

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.[7] The launch event included a "concert by recording artist—and Leica shooter—Seal".[7]

In 2019, with the release of a new firmware update the Leica M (Typ 240) was discontinued.

Leica M-P (Typ 240)

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).[8]

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.[9]



  1. ^ a b "Leica M Technical data" (PDF). Leica Camera. September 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  2. ^ "The new Leica M as a filmmaker's tool – an interview with Leica's Jesko von Oeynhausen". eoshd.com. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d "Leica M – M as in milestone". Leica Camera. September 2012. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  4. ^ Leica M Monochrom Review
  5. ^ a b "New Leica M Uses CMOSIS 24-MP CMOS Image Sensor". Antwerp, Belgium: cmosis.com. 17 September 2012. Archived from the original on 9 October 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Fujitsu Microelectronics and Leica Camera Co-develop Image Processing System Solution for High-end Digital SLR Cameras". Fujitsu. 26 September 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  7. ^ a b Fisher, Jim (18 September 2012). "Leica Unleashes New M, S Cameras". PCMag.com. Ziff Davis Publishing Holdings Inc. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Leica M-P (Typ 240): Digital Photography Review". dpreview.com. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Where's the red dot? Leica releases new M-P Digital rangefinder". DPReview. Retrieved 16 December 2019.