Leica will next month release a special edition M to celebrate 60 years since the birth of the first M-system camera. It’s a digital camera without an LCD screen.

Created by Audi Design, the kit consists of a Leica M-P (Type 240) digital camera and a 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH lens.

There is no LCD screen and it only shoots raw DNG files, in a bid to ensure high quality images.

‘Working with the Leica M Edition intentionally demands the same care and attention as working with an analogue model,’ states Leica.

‘Only the sensor and entire electronics reflect the state of the art of contemporary camera technology’.’

A dial on the back allows photographers to alter ISO sensitivity. It has aperture priority and there is information displayed in the viewfinder, such as frames remaining and battery status. There will be 600 units worldwide.

In an interview with AP at Photokina, Leica Camera AG product manager Stefan Daniel explained the rationale behind the launch.

Daniel said it forces photographers to ‘think’ before they capture an image – stressing photography should be about ‘making’ pictures, rather than ‘taking’ them.

It is due to cost £12,000 when it debuts next month.

A few dozen units are expected to reach the UK.

[picture credits: Chris Cheesman, Andy Westlake]

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