Leica has today confirmed the launch of the Leica M-D, the first serial production digital M to be made without an LCD screen

The back of the camera features an ISO sensitivity dial instead of an LCD monitor

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Expected out in May and priced at £4,650, the 24-million-pixel Leica M-D (Type 262) is the fifth camera in the Leica M line-up.

In a statement at lunchtime, Leica said: ‘Although the Leica M-D embodies the entire range of technical developments perfected over decades for the Leica rangefinder system, it intentionally omits all but the most vital features.

‘Concentrating entirely on the key parameters required for photography: shutter speed, aperture, distance and ISO sensitivity, the Leica M-D focuses the user on the most essential aspect – the picture they are taking – and brings back the anticipation of discovering the results later in the process, as when shooting with film.’

Technically speaking, the Leica M-D is based on the Leica M (Type 262).

There is neither live view nor video recording.

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Leica UK managing director Jason Heward added: ‘With the exclusion of the ubiquitous LCD screen, photographers must return to the principles of photography when shooting with the Leica M-D: accurate framing and composition, selecting the appropriate parameters and settings, and ensuring that they capture the decisive moment with the thought and consideration that has always been necessary in analogue photography.

‘This unique rangefinder camera also brings back the fascination and expectation associated with film – returning photography to its origins during the capturing process, whilst maintaining the obvious convenience and benefits of digital technology.’

This is not the first Leica digital camera to lack a monitor, but it is the first production model.

In 2014, Leica released a ‘special edition’ M to celebrate 60 years since the birth of the first M-system camera.

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  • Monobod

    Obviously for the man who has everything, including perfect photographic technique. They may sell one or two to those who have a need to take risks. I see no practical use for serious photography.

  • Ripper

    Is this some kind of a joke? This is an electronic camera isn’t it? How ridiculous can things get?

  • entoman

    Maybe in order to keep in the spirit of Leitz’s desire to bring back the old days, they should have firmware that limits the number of photos you can take to 20 per day. That way the choice of card wouldn’t come into it. Then we’d really be forced to think and make every shot count!

  • Grraargh

    Find an old, small SD card?

  • entoman

    I still remember that great sense of anticipation (and trepidation!) when we waited 2 weeks for our colour transparencies to be returned back in the days of slide film! So much more thought had to go into each photo at the taking stage, because there was no second chance if you got it wrong.

    This camera is a great idea – back to basics! Cartier-Bresson would have loved it! But surely people will be even more tempted to just blast away machine-gun style as an insurance against failure? So, perhaps Leitz should install firmware that limits the number of exposures per card to 20 or 36?, just like film?