Leica Maestro Image Processor
Rangefinder with Image Field Selector
0.68x Optical Viewfinder Magnification
Leica M-P (Typ 240)
Featuring a classic, minimalist appearance, the M-P has an unobtrusive design that omits the traditional red dot and front-facing 'M' lettering in favor of an engraved Leica script on the brass top plate.
MAX 24MP CMOS Sensor and Maestro Image Processor
Featuring a full-frame Leica MAX 24MP CMOS sensor, this camera is able to produce high-resolution still imagery and full HD video with marked image quality and low noise levels. When combined with the Maestro image processor, a sensitivity range of ISO 200-6400 is available, which can further be expanded to ISO 100 for working in brighter conditions.
This image processor also facilitates faster overall performance, and works in conjunction with a 2GB image buffer for longer sustained shooting sequences of 3 fps for up to 24 consecutive frames.
Optical Viewfinder and Rangefinder
The optical viewfinder is a large, bright-line 0.68x-magnification rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation and LED-illuminated frame lines, which are set to match the image sensor size at a focusing distance of 6.6'. On the front of the camera, a viewfinder frame selector can also be used to manually change the apparent image field to help visualize the scene with varying focal lengths.
The rangefinder mechanism displays split or superimposed bright field images within the center of the viewfinder to benefit accurate manual focusing control. The effective rangefinder metering basis is 47.1mm (mechanical metering basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification of 0.68x).
3.0" LCD Monitor and Sapphire Crystal Cover
Complementing the optical viewfinder is a 3.0" 920k-dot LCD monitor, which permits live view monitoring with the ability to utilize focus peaking and 10x zoom features to better ensure critical sharpness. Focus peaking highlights bright edges of contrast, in red, green, or blue colors, when they are in sharp focus, while the zoom control allows you to home in on fine details within the scene.
This monitor features a scratch-resistant protective cover made from sapphire crystal glass for added durability and protection. Furthermore, anti-reflective coatings are used on both sides of the covering glass for greater visibility in bright light conditions.
Full HD 1080p Video
Full HD 1080p video recording is supported, in both 24 and 25 fps frame rates. HD 720p recording is also available, as well as VGA 480p at 30 fps. A monaural microphone is incorporated into the body's design and features manual audio level control during recording.
Reminiscent of classic Leica designs, the M-P features a metal body design with a magnesium-alloy chassis and brass top plate, which is accentuated by a synthetic leather wrap. Rubber seals are placed throughout the body to protect it from dust and use during inclement weather. Furthermore, the pared-down, ergonomic design allows direct access to necessary camera controls, including top shutter speed and drive mode dials and rear menu navigation controls.
Other Camera Features
Designed to accept all M-mount lenses, Leica R-mount lenses are also compatible through the use of an optional R to M adapter.
A download version of Adobe Lightroom is made available after purchase, and is ideally suited to processing of the M-P's DNG RAW image files.
Up to four sets of camera and exposure settings can be saved under a user-selected profile name and rapidly retrieved whenever required. For added convenience, these profiles can be saved to an SD card.
Exposure Bracketing of 3 or 5 frames at 0.5, 1, 2 and 3 EV steps.
Different film modes are available to refine the appearance of imagery, as well as saturation, contrast, and sharpening settings.
Lens Mount Leica M
Camera Format Full-Frame
Pixels 24 Megapixel
Max Resolution 24 MP: 5976 x 3992
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 36 x 24 mm
File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG
Movies: MJPEG, MOV
Memory Card Type SD
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 25 fps, 24 fps
1280 x 720: 25 fps, 24 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
Video Format High Definition
1920 x 1080p / 25 fps
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps
1280 x 720p / 25 fps
1280 x 720p / 24 fps
640 x 480p / 30 fps
640 x 480p / 25 fps
640 x 480p / 24 fps
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Mono
Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo
Focus Type Manual
Focus Mode Manual Focus (M)
Viewfinder Type Optical
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.68x
Diopter Adjustment - 3 to +3 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen LCD (920,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-6400 (Extended Mode: 100-6400)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 60 - 1/4000 seconds, Bulb Mode
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Kelvin, Manual, Shade, Tungsten
Burst Rate Up to 3 fps at 24 MP
Built-in Flash No
Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 seconds
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Start-up Time 0.7 seconds
Continuous Shooting Up to 3 fps
Self Timer 2 seconds, 12 seconds
Battery 1x Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 7.4 VDC, 1800 mAh
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.5 x 3.1 x 1.7" / 139.0 x 80.0 x 42.0 mm
Weight 1.5 lb / 680 g