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Leica Announces the Leica M-P, a Humble Upgrade Focused on Speed and Durability

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Leica has officially unleashed their next M-series camera, the Leica M-P. Almost identical to the Leica M in its design and functionality, a number of significant improvements have been made that focus on bringing robustness and longevity to the M-System product line-up.

Oh, and one more thing — the signature ‘red dot’ is missing.

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Consider it thoughtful reduction with precise addition. Leica’s goal with the Leica M-P was to boil the M-System down to its basic components, giving users only what they need in a compact, minimalist package.

The M-P comes in both black and silver models and packs in a whopping 2GB of memory buffer — twice that of the Leica M. Inside, you’ll find a 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, deemed the Leica Max 24MP, which is operated alongside the Leica Maestro image processor to ensure the greatest exposures possible.

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In addition to the improved sensor and memory boost, Leica has incorporated a sapphire crystal coating to the glass that protects the 3”, 920k-dot LCD monitor on the back of the device. Rating 9 on the Mohs scale, sapphire is the third hardest mineral available, meaning scratches will be almost nonexistent, even in the roughest of environments.

One of the more unusual changes to the camera is the loss of Leica’s iconic red dot. In its promotional material Leica says the reason for this is so the camera can remain ‘noticeably unnoticeable.’ In other words, they wanted the M-P to be as unobtrusive and draw as little attention as possible, be it from potential thieves or other photographers — a humble tool that gets the job done without getting your wallet stolen.

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Beyond the notable changes above, the M-P features everything the Leica M did: including 1080p video, live-view, and a full-metal, magnesium alloy body that’s weatherproofed to keep you shooting in tough conditions.

At $8,000 for the body only, it’s a bit pricey, but nothing out of the ordinary for Leica. While not yet in stock, you can pre-order both the silver and black models over on B&H. And if you’d like to learn more about the small-but-impressive upgrade, follow that link to read the full press release.


 
  • Kyle Sanders

    While I know that there’s been a long line of -P cameras (M4-P, M9-P), so while M-P is a clear successor, I always thought that MP was reserved for “Mechanical Perfection” – be it from the M3 era or the more modern MP.

  • Jason Yuen

    “Sapphire” is being thrown around a lot in the media lately and it’s misleading. If it’s anything like Apple’s “sapphire” display, it’s not going to be 100% sapphire which would be incredibly hard, expensive, and for all intents and purposes, scratchproof. Instead, it’s likely to be a laminate which includes sapphire and thus will not have a hardness rating of 9 on the Mohs scale. Tests have been done on a leaked iphone 6 sapphire display and has been shown to be scratched by materials rated lower than 9 on the Mohs scale (See MKBHD on youtube).

  • Jay Rider

    ugh, what good is buying a leica camera, if nobody can see the red dot SHOWING everybody that it is a lecia?
    weak.

  • Paul-Simon

    “humble” “$8000″
    Sure ok whatever you say

  • http://www.digipixelpop.com Digi•Pixel•Pop

    The sensor isn’t new, it’s the same “Max 24″ sensor as the current “vanilla” M (type 240)

  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    $8k ? hah, I’ll say it again, give me the Pentax 645Z instead.

  • Brad Maestas

    I’ve been shooting film Leicas for over 10 years and it wasn’t until the M9-P that I started to get a little curious. Yes, it doesn’t possess quite the same pleasant heft but it has a nice sensor and an M-mount! I still love working with film but I would like to have a digital M body and I think the M9-P is the way to go if you have the scratch. I’ve watched them come down but they still have a ways to go before I can afford one! Til then I’m perfectly content with my trusty mechanical film bodies and a NEX-7 when the need arises.

  • faloc

    most professionals duct tape their red dot anyways

  • Display Name

    If it’s like $3500 I would consider it “humble”.