Leica M (Typ 240): Technical Data

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On this page, I present a selection of technical data for the Leica X Vario. For a comparison with the Leica X Vario technical data, which was originally announced as a "Mini M", see here.

Please note that technical data are just one side of the coin, the way you use a camera and its possibilities are the other side...


Technical Data

Below I present selected technical data for the Leica M (Typ 240) that I collected from various sources. I cannot guarantee that this data is correct.

Data Leica M (Typ 240) Comment

Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding

Lens system: Leica M lenses, Leica R lenses with optional Leica R-Adapter M

6-bit coding allows to adapt the lens to the camera (correction of vignetting and color shifts) and to add this information to the EXIF data. For some older lenses, 6-bit coding can be added.
Can also use older Leica M bayonet lenses with correction (manual selection) or any M bayonet lens without correction.
Zoom --- Typically, there are no M-Mount zooms, only lenses with several fixed focal lengths. Using an R-Mount adapter, the M can use zoom lenses.
Filter diameter --- Depends on the lens used
Sensor LEICA MAX 24 MP CMOS Sensor; 24 (23.7) Million pixels (effective); aspect ratio 3:2; no AA filter; active area approx. 23.9 x 35.8mm (corresponds to usable format of analog Leica M models) Some sources say 23.7, Leica says 24 Million effective pixels
Max. pixels 5976 x 3992 pixels (DNG; 24MP); 5952 x 3968 pixels (JPG; 24 MP)


Aperture range --- Depends on the lens used
ISO Range ISO 200 – ISO 6400, Pull 100 available, Auto ISO; ISO values beyond 3200 are called "Push" Auto ISO on the M in M mode is an additional exposure mode sometimes called TAv (since firmware update version
Autofocus system None The M is a "manual focus-only" camera
Distance setting range Depends on the lens used There M is not good for close-up and macro shots since M lenses usually have a long shortest distance.
Smallest object field Depends on the lens used There M is not good for close-up and macro shots since M lenses usually have a long shortest distance.
Focus metering methods Rangefinder: double and split image; Live view mode: Focus Aid (screen magnification) and Focus Peaking (three colors) Three focus peaking colors (red, blue, green) are available since firmware update version
Exposure modes Aperture priority, manual setting, TAv (Auto ISO in manual mode) TAv available since firmware update
Exposure metering Classic (strongly center-weighted), Live view mode: Spot, center-weighted, multi-field metering There is a new option: "Classic / LV disabled" (since firmware update version
Exposure compensation

-3 EV to +3 EV, 1/3 f-stops

Automatic bracketing Exposure Bracketing: 3/5 frames, 0.5 / 1 / 2 / 3 f-stops  
Continuous picture
3 fps, ≤12 pictures in series Only 12 shots in one go (i.e. without interruption)...
Shooting modes Aperture priority / manual exposure / TAv (Auto ISO in manual exposure) TAv available since firmware update
Shutter speed range For aperture priority: (A) continuous from 60s to 1/4000s.
For manual adjustment: 8s to 1/4000s in half steps, B: For long exposures up to maximum 60s (in conjunction with self-timer T function, i.e. 1st release = shutter opens, 2nd release = shutter closes).)
1/180s flash synchronization
60 s in B only at ISO 200; 8 s at ISO 3200
Self timer delay time/Interval timer 2 s or 12 s; none No interval timer
LCD monitor 3" TFT LCD, approx. 920,000 pixels; scratch resistant cover glass (Corning®Gorilla®Glass) Not tiltable
Electronic viewfinder (optional) Leica EVF2 (or Olympus VF2), approx. 1.44 megapixels, tiltable 90 degrees The Leica viewfinder is more or less identical to the Olympus version (at twice the price)
Video resolution/
frame rate
1920 x 1080 pixels (1080p) or 1280 x 720 pixels (720p), 25/24 fps; 640 x 480 (VGA), 30 fps

Video on M with stereo sound only with external mic

Video recording format MP4 For direct Web use
Dimensions Ca. 139 x 42 x 80 mm / 5,5 x 1,7 x 3,1 in. (W x H x D)  
Weight Ca. 680 g / 23.9 oz (with battery) The M is heavy when "fully equipped." In my case, the Leica M is equipped with a battery, an SD card, the EVF 2, the half-case, and the shoulder strap when I walk around with it. Our kitchen scale measures 1060 g for all of this.
Connections Special socket exclusively for external Leica EVF 2 electronic viewfinder; USB socket only in optional handgrip  
Power supply Lithium ion battery 7.4 V, capacity 1800 mAh, approx. 400 pictures in live view mode, 800 pictures when using the rangefinder exclusively


Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards Fast cards required for video, 95 MB/s recommended by experts

For further data (for example, flash modes and data, white balance settings, file formats and sizes), please consult the instruction manuals or see the technical data online (see references)

Note: For a comparison with the Leica X Vario's technical data, which was announced as a "Mini M", see here.




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