The stealth Leica? Full-frame Leica M-P rangefinder brings a bigger buffer, more subtle branding


posted Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 2:58 PM EST


And so, we've come to the end of Leica's Photokina 2014 camera announcements, saving the company's new flagship, full-frame rangefinder for last. The Leica M-P takes the design of the previous Leica M, adds in one crucial feature from the earlier Leica M9 whose absence we all felt, and doubles the image buffer so that you can shoot more images, more quickly.

Of course, that's not all that's changed in the Leica M-P, but it has to be said that this is a fairly modest update. "If it ain't broke, why fix it?" seems to be Leica's motto, and it's retained the exact same image sensor, as well as much the same body and imaging feature set. Bearing that in mind, it's perhaps a little surprising that the Leica M will remain in the product lineup alongside its new sibling.


Priced at around US$8,000, the Leica M-P (Typ 240) is on sale now. Find out what else differs from the earlier Leica M (Typ 240) -- and which camera makes more sense, given their price differential -- in our Leica M-P preview!