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Leica M Digital Camera

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MILC 24MP CMOS Feb 2014
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Leica M 240 - Hands-on Review
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28 Reasons For

Seven Industry Awards

This digital camera received a "Recommended" from both Ephotozine and Focus-numerique.fr, both of which said that this camera was good.

Two other expert review sites both wrote that this MILC camera was great. This Leica digital camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from Photozone.de and Ljudochbild.se gave it an "Especially Recommended" award.

PC Mag thought that this camera was exceptional and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

The editors of two other expert review sites both wrote that this Leica camera was good. This camera received a "5 Star" award from 01net.com and it received a "Very Good" award from Optyczne.pl.

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Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on twelve expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews and PC Mag the average expert rating of this digital camera is 83%.

User Reviews Are Excellent

Owners have rated this Leica digital camera as outstanding on average. If all the cameras of a similar type and age are ranked by average user review score then this Leica camera is in the top 1%.

Good Quality Lens

Some Leica M owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good lens. Pcmag.com wrote in their review of the Leica M on expert website PC Mag “$4,295) is an excellent wide-angle lens for M-mount cameras”. Pcmag.com also said “It's the best rangefinder lens that covers a wide”. Pc Mag wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Lens hood is huge” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

Three customers thought it had a good autofocus.

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of customers said in their reviews that the Leica M was able to produce good images. Pcmag.com said on expert website PC Mag “It captures images that are sharp from edge to edge at every aperture.” in their Leica M review and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars. Pcmag.com also mentioned “The ability to capture images that are crisp from edge to ed”. Pcmag.com also said “It's an appealing option for photographers who want a short telephoto lens for an M-mount camera.”.

Several Leica M owners said that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Expert website Photozone.de said in their review of this digital camera three years ago “It shows very good resolution across the frame wide open” . Techradar.com/au/ gave this digital camera a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned “New rear screen is clear, bright and high resolution”.

One Leica M reviewer who bought this digital camera reckoned that it had a good image sensor. Expert website Reviewed.com wrote “Not only is the new sensor a great performer.” in their review of this digital camera.

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Robust

Eight Leica M owners mentioned in their reviews that it was well made. Pcmag.com wrote on expert review site PC Mag “Perfectly engineered”. Pc Mag said “Excellent build” in their review of this digital camera. Pcmag.com also wrote “Is a solid choice for rangefinder photographers looking for a compact short telephoto lens.”.

Good Size

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was compact. Two years ago Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Fairly compact”. Pcmag.com wrote on expert website PC Mag “Its design is pretty compact when you consider its” in their review. Pcmag.com also said “Is quite compact, especially when you consider its f/2 aperture”.

Some people who reviewed this digital camera said that it was a good body shape. In December last year expert website Reviewed.com said in their Leica M review “The Leica M Monochrom has a gorgeous and well-built body that produces impressive black”. Two years ago Techradar.com/au/ said in their Leica M review “Pleasuretouse body with first class lenses”.

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Good Product Quality

Several Leica M owners who bought it considered that it was good quality. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Incredible build quality” and rated it 80 out of 100. Three years ago It Reviews.com said “Excellent image quality” in their review of the Leica M but they gave the Leica M a rating of 60 out of 100. Expert review site Tech.uk.msn.com said in their review of this digital camera “It's traditionally also a name that delivers genuine quality”.

Nice Design

Several customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good looking. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com said in their review of the Leica M two years ago “Because this gorgeous slice of German engineer”. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ rated this digital camera 4 stars and mentioned “The Leica M 240 offers beautiful image quality, with files that are full of detail” in their review of the Leica M.

One person considered that the product was smooth. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Smooth manual focus ring” in their review of the Leica M. One Leica M reviewer who bought the product considered that it was well designed. Last year Pc Mag mentioned “Bright, uncluttered viewfinder” in their review of the Leica M.

One Leica M reviewer said that it was ergonomic. Kenrockwell.com said “The M 240 with external finder is an ergonomic nightmare”.

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Easy to Use

A number of Leica M owners who bought this digital camera considered that it was easy to use. Pcmag.com mentioned “It's compatible with Leica rangefinder cameras, although it's easy enough to use with Sony NEX” in their review. Techradar.com/au/ wrote “Flexibility, from a camera that is a pleasure to use” and gave the Leica M a score of 80 out of 100. Techradar.com/au/ also wrote “Live View makes longer lenses easier to use”.

One customer considered that it had a good experience. Expert website Reviewed.com wrote two years ago “Focus peaking dramatically expand the overall experience”. One person who purchased the Leica M reckoned that it was easy to handle. Reviewed.com wrote “Great handling”.

One person who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use the menus. Techradar.com/au/ gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars and said “Menu could be easier and quicker to navigate” in their review of the Leica M.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three customers who purchased it thought it had a good viewfinder. Expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned “The Leica M Typ 240 is the only one with live view and an optical viewfinder, giving those that prefer the rangefinder view the option to use that”. It Reviews.com wrote on IT Reviews.com “Bright optical viewfinder” in their review yet they only scored the product 3 stars.

One Leica M owner who reviewed this digital camera thought it had an electronic viewfinder. One Leica M owner wrote in their reviews that the Leica M had a good screen.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Several people who bought it thought it was quiet. Pc Mag said “Nearly silent shutter” . Kenrockwell.com wrote two years ago “The M 240 is fast and quiet, much quieter than the clattery M9 ever was.” in their review of the Leica M.

Good Video Capture

Several people who purchased it thought it was good for video recording. Ephotozine.com rated the product 80 out of 100 and wrote “Surprisingly for Leica, also introduced full HD video recording”. Expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote “An EVF and full HD video are welcome (especially for Leica R-mount owners), b” in their review of this digital camera.

Leica Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Leica has good average ratings for its MILC digital cameras as well as across its entire camera range compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Support

Several people who bought this digital camera concluded that it had good technical guidance. Expert review site Photozone.de said in their review of the Leica M “Such adapted lenses can only be used with manual focusing and "working aperture" - there's no da” .

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this digital camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Quite High Megapixel Count

Cameras that are a similar age to the M have megapixel counts of between 2.3MP and 46MP, and the average megapixel count is 17MP. With a megapixel count of 24 megapixels, the Leica M has one of the higher megapixel counts amongst MILC digital cameras of this age.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Leica M supports Full HD video, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the M.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Fairly Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The maximum camera shutter speeds of MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the M range from 15s to 240s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 43s. With a maximum camera shutter speed of 60 seconds, the Leica M has a fairly long maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the M.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

The Leica M has a fairly big battery capacity (1,800 milliampere * hour) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the M. The battery capacities of cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 680mAh to 4,400mAh.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Leica M is more than most MILC digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on digital cameras of this type and age. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Leica camera.

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5952 X 3976 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Leica M has a 5952 x 3976 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. Most cameras that were released around the same time as it have a 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution. The image resolution of all comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago ranges from 640 x 480 pixels to 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Supports Seven ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Leica M is more than most MILC digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the M. The ISO speeds "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "Auto" are also supported by this Leica camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on MILC digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Supports One Power Source

The Leica M has a greater number of power sources than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Leica camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to the M.

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16 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

A number of Leica M owners who bought the Leica M mentioned that it was not cheap. Two years ago Pcmag.com said in their review on expert website PC Mag “Is a sharp, fast, wide-angle optic for Leica rangefinder cameras; it's expensive.” nonetheless they gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars. Pcmag.com also wrote “Even though it's Leica's least expensive digital rangefinder”. Pcmag.com also mentioned “The M-E (Typ 220) ($5,450 list)%displayPrice% at %seller% isn't a budget camera by any means”.

Several customers who reviewed it wrote that it was not good value for money. Expert review site Pcmag.com wrote “Carries a hefty price tag” . Reviewed.com said in December last year “A pricey tip of the hat to the film era In the end” in their review of this digital camera. Reviewed.com also mentioned “Lacks practicality due to the price and lack of versatility”.

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Inferior Technical Features

One Leica M owner who purchased it reckoned that it did not have good features. Three years ago expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “In updating the Leica M9 with more current features, one cant help get the feeling that Leica has slightly missed the point with the M Typ 240”.

Poor Exposure Control

One Leica M reviewer who purchased the product thought it did not have good exposure controls. Techradar.com/au/ said two years ago “Exposure compensation button not always easy to use” in their review of this digital camera.

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Leica M does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec do have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Leica M does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of this age and type also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the M do not support video recording. The Leica M is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Leica M is not 3D compatible. Most of the other cameras of this type and age are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Leica M does not have a GPS. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the M also do not have a GPS.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the M, the Leica M is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Leica M does not have an image stabiliser, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the M also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Only Optical Viewfinder

This digital camera has an Optical viewfinder, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats

The Leica M has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of this age and spec. This Leica digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by digital cameras that are a comparable age to the M. The image format "DNG" is also supported by this camera.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

At only 6,400, the Leica M has a fairly low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the M. The maximum ISO speeds of cameras of this age and spec range from 2,500 to 410,000.

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Very Heavy

Across all the cameras of a comparable age and spec to the M the weights range from 70g to 680g, and the average weight is 310g. The Leica M is very heavy (680 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Very Low JPEG Frame Rate

With a JPEG frame rate of only 30 frames per second, the Leica M has a fairly low JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The lowest JPEG frame rate of cameras of this age and spec is 24fps and the highest is 60fps.

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Quite Big Minimum ISO Speed

The Leica M has one of the bigger minimum ISO speed (200) amongst MILC digital cameras of this age. Across all the MILC digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the M the minimum ISO speed range from 50 to 200.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Leica M

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Leica released the M.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Leica M has a fairly standard screen size compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the M.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Sensor Format
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Lens Mount
Focusing
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Sync-Speed
Shoe Mounting Point
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Port
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Dioptre Correction
Live View
Tripod Mount
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Start-Up Time
Built-In Processor
Diopter Adjustment
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap

7 Awards

focus-numerique.fr Recommended PC Mag Editor's Choice Ephotozine Recommended 01net.com 4 Star ljudochbild.se Especially Recommended photozone.de Highly Recommended optyczne.pl Excellent

Expert Reviews

(31)
1 November 2016

The Techart PRO Leica M ? Sony E Autofocus Adapter adds autofocus to old manual focus lenses when used with select Sony cameras, but there are some quirks that need to be ironed out...

28 August 2015

A pricey tip of the hat to the film era In the end, the Leica M Monochrom has a gorgeous and well-built body that produces impressive black and white images, but lacks practicality due to the...

Excellent build quality
Stunning photos and good high ISO performance
Great handling
Images dtailles et beau rendu des matires
Pas de filtre passebas, pas de filtre de Bayer
No autofocus
Featurepoor
High base ISO
Latitude d'exposition assez restreinte
Mode vido limit
17 August 2015

What is the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)? The Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) is an unusual camera in a number of ways. Top of the list is that it can shoot only black-and-white photos. Next up, it... Read more…

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) review: Leica's latest luxury promises uncompromising black and white image quality. Damien Demolder puts it through its paces.A digital camera that shoots only in... Read more…

It was a bold move from Leica but it proved to be a successful camera in their range.The new M Monochrom Typ 246 features Leica's newly developed 24-million-pixel full-frame CMOS sensor which is... Read more…

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User Reviews

(16)
Reviewed 27 October 2012 by Rich in San Francisco
Rich in San Francisco would recommend the Leica M-E Type 220

Every single element of picture quality in the M9/P cameras, for MUCH less money. Plus, the removal of the low-pass filter (which adds $ to the cost of a Nikon 800) actually enhances detail and... Read more…

Reviewed 21 September 2014 by Dan

Finally made the plunge to return to Leica after years of SLR shooting. Yes, the camera is pricey and the lenses as well. But I had just gone too long with my 5D wishing it was more portable and... Read more…

Reviewed 27 August 2015 by Leon F
Leon F would recommend the Leica M-A Typ 127

I did not buy this camera through B&H but will do a review here. With the release of this fully mechanical film camera in an age where everything is digital I cannot else but say that Leica... Read more…

Reviewed 19 July 2015 by Herr Barnack
Herr Barnack would recommend the Leica M-P Typ 240

I upgraded to the Safari set after using my first digital camera of any kind (the M240) for a little over a year. I traded in my black M240 and 28 Summicron ASPH on the Safari set and after four... Read more…

Reviewed 3 November 2015 by Ribnar
Ribnar would recommend the Leica M-A Typ 127

Why Leica M-A when we have the M3, M2, M6, MP... It is more a philosophical discussion and less a technical one. I am sure there is no possible technical way you can justify creating a new Leica M... Read more…

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