Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Compact digital view and rangefinder system still and video camera
Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding
Leica M lenses, Leica R lenses with optional Leica R-Adapter M
Hardware Top Cover Material
Milled brass top cover with integrated thumb rest All metal case made of die-cast magnesium; synthetic leather covering. Cap and base plate made of brass.
LEICA MAX 24 MP CMOS Sensor
Number of effective pixels
24 million pixels
ISO 200 – ISO 6400, Pull 50 available, Auto ISO
Integrated imaging circuit with Leica Maestro ® Image Processor
Optional available, can be used with Live View and Play functionality
3” TFT Display with 920,000 pixels, scratch resistant cover glass
Dual type focal plane shutter for classic image exposure and Live view
1 / 4000s – 125s (in Bulb), 1/180s flash synchronization
2s / 12s
SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards
Image file format
DNG TM (RAW data uncompressed or lossless compressed), JPEG
Available JPEG resolutions
5952px*3976px (24 MP), 4256px*2832px (12 MP)/2976px*1984px (6 MP)/1600PX* 1080PX (1.7 MP)
sRGB / Adobe ® RGB
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shadow / Tungsten / Fluorescent warm / Fluorescent cool / Flash / Manual (Grey card) / Kelvin 2000-13100
Film modes, saturation, contrast, sharpening, shadow brightening
Single frame video recording (Motion JPG), Quicktime format (mov)
1080p, 720p, 640*480 (VGA)
Movie sampling rate
25 fps, 24 fps, 30 fps (VGA only)
Mono, stereo microphone adapter optional available
Auto level adjustment, manual level adjustment (available while recording), concert preset
In classic viewfinder mode: through the lens (TTL) metering, center-weighted with variable aperture In live view and advanced viewfinder mode: Through The Lens (TTL) metering, center weighted, spot or multi-field measuring Center- weighted TTL metering for flash exposure with system-conformant SC-3000/2 standard flash units
Manual shutter speed setting with direct dial, A-Mode with direct dial
Automatic shutter speed (A-mode), Manual Exposure (M-Mode)
-3EV to ± 3EV, 1/3 f-stops
3 / 5 frames, 0.5 / 1/ 2/ 3 f-stops
Flash exposure meeting
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
SCA-3502 compatible hot shoe, with center contact
Optional triggered at first or second shutter curtain
Flash sync time
1 / 180 s
Manual focus with optional rangefinder, Live View, 100% Live View Zoom, Live View focus peaking, viewfinder focus confirmation
Large, light bright-line rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation, LED illuminated frame lines
Optical viewfinder frame lines
Frame lines size matches image sensor size at 2m (6.5’) focusing distance
Optical viewfinder correction
Eyepiece adjusted to -0.5 dpt. Corrective lenses from -3 to +3 dpt. Available (optional)
Optical viewfinder magnification
Optical viewfinder displays
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 for 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 and for focus confirmation.
Split or superimposed image range finder shown as a bright field in the center of the viewfinder image
Rangefinder effective metering basis
47.1 mm (mechanical metering basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification 0.68 times)
Start up time
Li-ion battery (included), 7.4 V, 1800 mAh
The future of the M System
Leica proudly presents a new innovation , the new Leica M.
The Leica M. As the first M camera to implement a newly designed and constructed CMOS image sensor and to feature additional focusing methods and functions like Live View and Full HD video capability, it is the most versatile model ever in the history of Leica rangefinder cameras and sets entirely new standards. It unites the numerous advantages of innovative digital technology with a rangefinder technology that has been continuously perfected over decades. At the same time, it remains true to the legendary values of the M-System, while expanding the opportunities offered by rangefinder photography - and, for the first time, offers compatibility with Leica R legacy lenses.
BENEFITS AT A GLANCE
The smallest interchangeable lens full frame camera in the world
Best in class image quality Brilliant viewfinder quality and precise focusing through the Leica rangefinder
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 full frame for Leica R lenses, with the Leica R Adapter M
"Leica Look" videos with Full HD video capture
Many additional performance enhancements
M for maximum image quality
LEICA MAX CMOS SENSOR The new Leica MAX 24MP CMOS sensor was developed exclusively for the new Leica M, resulting in outstanding image quality even at high ISO’s for available light photography in difficult lighting situations. This specially designed sensor architecture helps to achieve a perfect match between the camera and the Leica M and R lenses.
▸ Extremely high image quality at all ISO settings and with all Leica M and R lenses.
LIVE VIEW AND ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER The Leica M is the first M camera with Live View. The image can be displayed directly on the display - with full control of depth of field, exposure, composition and focus. The Live View feature supports applications which have been difficult to obtain with a rangefinder camera, macro and telephoto lenses for example. With the (optional) electronic Visoflex EVF-2 viewfinder, Live View allows the use of R lenses.
▸Increased versatility of the M System, expanding the possibilities of Macro and Telephoto photography.
FOCUS PEAKING The M in Leica M refers to “Messsucher”, the German word for “rangefinder”, manual focussing with the help of the superimposed image rangefinder. The Leica M features new focusing aids supported by live view. The Live View image can be zoomed in 2 stages up to 100% for enhanced assessment of the focus position. Focus peaking is a visual tool to help you assess focus. Sharp edges are highlighted in red, making the focus position clearly visible.
▸Simple, high-precision focusing, unmatched accuracy and versatility under all lighting conditions.
LEICA R ADAPTER M The Leica R Adapter M was also developed for customers who want to put their excellent Leica R lenses to digital use. The Leica R Adapter M is an optional accessory for the Leica M, allowing the use of newer R lenses of all focal length ranges, providing extremely high image quality across the frame.
▸Expands the focal length of lenses available to the Leica M. Zoom lenses can also be used without restriction.
MULTI-PATTERN AND SPOT EXPOSURE METERING In both Live View and rangefinder mode, advanced metering methods for exposure control are now available in addition to legacy Leica M center weighted metering.
▸Versatile light metering system for all lighting situations.
FULL HD VIDEO CAPTURE Leica lenses are world renowned for their resolution, color reproduction and attractive bokeh. It is now possible to use these legendary Leica M lenses for 24x36mm format videos - with full HD resolution at up to 25 fps. An optional microphone adapter set is available for the use of external stereo microphones. This set includes a high-quality stereo microphone, but other standard jack microphones can also be used.
▸Stunning HD Video capture using Leica M and R lenses. 3" DISPLAY WITH 920,000 PIXELS, CORNING® GORILLA® GLASS SCREEN PROTECTORDisplay resolution so high that you can't see the pixels with the naked eye.
▸An uncompromising tool for assessing sharpness and color.
SPLASH WATER PROTECTED BODY For professional use, even in difficult situations, the body of the new Leica M is protected against splash water, moisture and dust.
▸Weather resistant suited to an active lifestyle.
LEICA MAESTRO IMAGE PROCESSOR Photographing at more than 3 frames per second, faster image processing, energy-saving electronic systems and a higher capacity rechargeable battery mean that the new Leica M can withstand intensive use, without needing to recharge the battery.
▸The new Leica M is ready to shoot at any time.