When a new Leica M comes along it’s sure to raise eyebrows. As the German godfather of 35mm photography attempts to balance new features with traditionalism, Ian Farrell finds out if the M Typ 240 measures up as a serious photographic tool.

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£5,100.00

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Leica M Typ 240 review – The competition

The most obvious competition for the Leica M is Fujifilm’s X-Pro1, an interchangeable-lens camera that is strictly a CSC, but one that gets much of its handling and styling from rangefinders such as the Leica M Typ 240. While the X-Pro1 has only a 16-million-pixel resolution, compared to the 18 million pixels of the Leica M, its sensor technology is very advanced, resulting in fantastically crisp images. If you don’t mind a fixed 35mm f/2 lens, then the Fujifilm X100S is also worth investigation. AF is much improved over the first version of the camera and the same X-Trans sensor technology delivers crisp detail and sharpness.

Also consider the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1, a full-frame compact camera that delivers DSLR-like results from a 18-million-pixel sensor and fixed Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 Sonnar lens. Plus, it fits in your coat pocket.

  1. 1. Leica M Typ 240 at a glance:
  2. 2. Leica M Typ 240 review - Features
  3. 3. Leica M Typ 240 review - Live view and EVF
  4. 4. Leica M Typ 240 review - Build and handling
  5. 5. Leica M Typ 240 review - Metering
  6. 6. Leica M Typ 240 review - Dynamic range
  7. 7. Leica M Typ 240 review - Focusing
  8. 8. Leica M Typ 240 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  9. 9. Leica M Typ 240 review - White balance and colour
  10. 10. Leica M Typ 240 review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  11. 11. Leica M Typ 240 review - The competition
  12. 12. Leica M Typ 240 review - Our verdict
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