The Leica M-P (Typ 240) rangefinder camera retails for $7,950 and is a premium version of the company’s M (Typ 240) rangefinder camera, which retails for $1,099.00 at Amazon UK (Opens in a new window). The M-P (Typ 240) features a more durable rear LCD as well as a larger buffer that enables longer continuous shooting. Because the camera’s handling and image quality are identical to those of the M, anyone interested in learning more about the device should read our evaluation of the M. The original M is undeniably a superior buy, as evidenced by the fact that its higher rating remains unchanged despite the passage of some time on the market. Although only Leica manufactures cameras with an optical viewfinder, there are now alternative full-frame mirrorless cameras that, with the help of an adapter, are able to use M lenses. The Sony Alpha 7R ($1,099.00 at Amazon UK)(Opens in a new window) is our current favorite in this category, but if you have Leica lenses, you’ll still get the best image quality by shooting with a Leica camera. This is one of the reasons why the Sony Alpha 7R is our current favorite in this category.
Leica M-P (Typ 240) Price in USA
The M-P ($1,099.00 at Amazon UK)(Opens in a new window) is the same size and form as the M, and all of the controls are located in the same locations as they are on the M. With dimensions of 3.1 by 5.5 by 1.7 inches (HWD), it is the industry’s most compact full-frame interchangeable lens camera; nonetheless, the brass top and bottom plates contribute to the camera’s overall weight of 1.5 pounds. The Sony Alpha 7 and its siblings are a little bit bigger (3.75 by 5 by 1.9 inches), but lighter. You can get the Sony Alpha 7 for $1,099.00 at Amazon UK (Opens in a new window) (1 pound). Leica was kind enough to send along a black M-P for our inspection. The finish is the same as the normal M and consists of black paint over brass. There is also a silver chrome variant that may be purchased. If you choose to purchase a chrome camera, the black paint will eventually wear away, revealing the brass that is underlying; however, this will not occur if you purchase a black camera.
The front of the camera does not include the distinctive red dot emblem that is characteristic of Leica cameras. This is the most obvious change in terms of the camera’s appearance. It has been replaced with a screw in its stead. In the product photos, the screw appears to be quite large and menacing; however, in reality, it is barely noticeable and serves a practical purpose. It allows service technicians access to the camera’s mechanical rangefinder system, which allows them to adjust it in order to achieve greater focus precision. The M emblem that used to be shown on the front of the M has also been removed.
Since we published our evaluation of the M a year ago, there have been some modifications to the M’s firmware, and those updates have been carried over to the M-P. Our complaint that auto ISO did not work when the shutter speed was adjusted manually has been addressed. Although this is not the camera’s default behavior, you are able to program the camera to behave in this manner if you so want. You may also configure the rear dial to directly modify the exposure compensation, which frees you from the necessity of depressing the front button while you make the adjustment.
Leica M-P (Typ 240) Specifications
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||5952 x 3976|
|Other resolutions||4256 x 2832, 2976 x 1984, 1600 x 1080|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||24 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (36 x 24 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 200-6400 (expands down to 100)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||100|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Standard|
|Lens mount||Leica M|
|Focal length multiplier||1×|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (rangefinder)|
|Minimum shutter speed||60 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||No|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe)|
|Flash modes||Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync|
|Continuous drive||3.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 12 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3, 5 frames at 1/2 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 24 fps)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Battery description||BP-SCL2 lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||680 g (1.50 lb / 23.99 oz)|
|Dimensions||139 x 80 x 42 mm (5.47 x 3.15 x 1.65″)|
The memory buffer in the M-P is 2 gigabytes, which is twice as large as the one in the original M. It does not enhance start-up time; we still timed it at 1.7 seconds, and the shot-to-shot duration is still roughly 3.2 frames per second. Both of these times are unaffected by this change. However, you are able to take more pictures before the rate begins to slow. Before the camera started to slow down, I was able to take 20 Raw+JPG photographs, 20 Raw images, or 22 JPG shots; this is a little bit more than double the burst capability of the first-generation M. Even when using a SanDisk 95MBps memory card, the bigger buffer requires a longer amount of time to clear (about 40 seconds for Raw+JPG or Raw, and 17 seconds for JPG), but you are able to continue to use the camera while the photos are being committed to memory.
- A large and well-lit optical viewfinder.
- Focusing patch for the rangefinder that is large and has a high contrast.
- Live view that includes a focus peaking tool.
- Cover made of sapphire glass for the display.
- Dust and liquid spills do not affect it.
- Included in this package is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
- Compact for a full-frame camera.
- Excellent construction quality.
- Sharp LCD in the back.
- photos with a high level of detail at each ISO.
- Full-frame CMOS picture sensor.<br>Positive
- Extremely high in cost.<br>A touch sluggish when first turned on.<br>Only the manual setting will do.<br>1080p video could be better.