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.
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.