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 – White balance and colour

Image: Skies are well rendered, with a natural shade of blue and no hint of cyan

The M Typ 240 delivers bold colours without going over the top. We never saw a cyan sky or an oversaturated red post box. Photographing streets in east London on a sunny day gave great-looking vibrant results.

White balance is spot on, too, resulting in accurate skin tones even when strong coloured backgrounds are present, although strangely our test chart came out a little on the green side. In artificial light, the camera compensated for the colour temperature of tungsten and fluorescent light without eradicating it completely, giving a natural result. In mixed lighting situations, the M did as well as any camera tends to, picking a mid-point white balance that can make extreme colour temperatures look a bit odd.

In the camera’s menu there are now three film mode options: vivid colour, smooth colour and black & white, which can be fine-tuned. Each of these is very well implemented without being gimmicky; the smooth colour option is particularly good if you like your colours muted.

Images: The Leica M is a camera for street photography, as can be seen in the two portraits above

  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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