Leica Announces latest Rangefinder – the Leica M

Leica M

Leica M

Leica has announced its latest M series rangefinder—the 24MP CMOS Leica M. With this camera, the company has introduced a lot of firsts. The camera implements a newly designed CMOS image sensor and features additional focusing methods and functions such as Live View and Full HD video capability. For the first time, the Leica M offers compatibility with Leica R legacy lenses with the help of  a new Leica R-Adapter M that allows almost all R-Lenses ever built to be mounted on the camera. The company also says all future M models will be called the ‘M’. The latest model is referred to as ‘Typ 240’. It includes a 920k dot LCD with smartphone-style Gorilla Glass cover, and accepts the same plug-in EVF as used by the Leica X2.

The Leica M offers two additional focusing methods that can be activated with the new focus button. The new ‘Live View Zoom’ option enables up to 10x magnification, while the ‘Live View Focus Peaking’ have contours in the subject automatically displayed as red lines for focus assessment. Focusing precision can be assessed on the basis of the intensity of the lines displayed.

The Leica M will be available in early 2013 in a choice of black paint or silver chrome finish. It will be priced at USD 6950 (approx. Rs. 3,77,300).

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