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Leica M Typ 240 Comparison Review

The Leica M (Typ 240) is a rangefinder-focusing mirrorless camera that was revealed to the public in September 2012 and is equipped with a full frame sensor. It offers a resolution of 23.7 megapixel.

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Is the Leica M Typ 240 a good camera? The M Typ 240 has a Camera Elo of 1648. This rating puts the M Typ 240 below average of all rangefinder cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (full frame cameras), the M Typ 240 also ranks below average. Based on its within category standings, the camera earns a 2.5-star performance rating. – Well, the Leica M Typ 240 is more than 11 years old, and there have been many other good digital cameras released since 2012.

Headline Specifications
Leica M Typ 240
Rangefinder camera
Leica M mount lenses
23.7 MP, Full Frame Sensor
1080/25p Video
ISO 200 - 6 400
Optical viewfinder
3.0 LCD, 920k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
3 shutter flaps per second
Weathersealed body
500 shots per battery charge
139 x 80 x 42 mm, 680 g

Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.

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Body comparison with a credit card

The physical dimensions of the Leica M Typ 240 relative to a credit card are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Leica M Typ 240 vs credit card front
M Typ 240 versus credit card top view
M Typ 240 and credit card rear side

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Leica M Typ 240 alongside a set of similar cameras. If you want to review a particular camera pair side-by-side, just move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price
Street
Price
1.
 
Leica M Typ 240 139 mm 80 mm 42 mm 680 g 500 Y Sep 2012 US$ 6 949ebay.com
2.
 
Canon 6D 145 mm 111 mm 71 mm 770 g 1090 Y Sep 2012 US$ 2 099ebay.com
3.
 
Canon 6D Mark II 144 mm 111 mm 75 mm 765 g 1200 Y Jun 2017 US$ 1 999 amazon.com
4.
 
Leica M-E Typ 240 139 mm 80 mm 42 mm 680 g 500 Y Jun 2019 US$ 3 999ebay.com
5.
 
Leica M Typ 262 139 mm 80 mm 42 mm 680 g 400 Y Nov 2015 US$ 5 195ebay.com
6.
 
Leica M9 139 mm 80 mm 37 mm 585 g 550 n Sep 2009 US$ 7 999ebay.com
7.
 
Leica M10 139 mm 80 mm 39 mm 660 g 210 Y Jan 2017 US$ 6 599ebay.com
8.
 
Leica M10-P 139 mm 80 mm 39 mm 660 g 210 Y Aug 2018 US$ 7 999ebay.com
9.
 
Leica M10-R 139 mm 80 mm 39 mm 660 g 210 Y Jul 2020 US$ 8 299ebay.com
10.
 
Leica M11 139 mm 80 mm 39 mm 640 g 700 Y Jan 2022 US$ 8 999 amazon.com
11.
 
Leica SL 147 mm 104 mm 39 mm 847 g 400 Y Oct 2015 US$ 7 449ebay.com
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Leica M Typ 240 was launched in the US market at a price of $6,949. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

The Leica M Typ 240 features a full frame sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.0. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Leica M Typ 240 among the large-sensor cameras that aim for top notch image quality.

Leica M Typ 240 sensor measures

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
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Leica M Typ 240 Full Frame 23.7 5952 39761080/25p24.013.3186084
2.
 
Canon 6D Full Frame 20.0 5472 36481080/30p23.812.1234082
3.
 
Canon 6D Mark II Full Frame 26.0 6240 41601080/60p24.411.9286285
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Leica M-E Typ 240 Full Frame 23.7 5952 39761080/25p25.214.2282194
5.
 
Leica M Typ 262 Full Frame 23.7 5952 3976none24.813.7247890
6.
 
Leica M9 Full Frame 18.1 5212 3472none22.511.788469
7.
 
Leica M10 Full Frame 23.8 5952 3992none24.413.2213386
8.
 
Leica M10-P Full Frame 23.8 5952 3992none25.114.1273993
9.
 
Leica M10-R Full Frame 40.9 7864 5200none25.314.3292495
10.
 
Leica M11 Full Frame 60.3 9528 6328none26.314.83376100
11.
 
Leica SL Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004K/30p25.013.4182188
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The M Typ 240 indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the M Typ 240 can use is 1080/25p.

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the M Typ 240 has an optical viewfinder that provides a field of view of 100% and a magnification of 0.68x. The adjacent tables list some of the other core features of the Leica M Typ 240 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Max
Shutter
Speed *
Max
Shutter
Flaps *
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
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Leica M Typ 240optical n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0/s n n
2.
 
Canon 6Doptical Y3.0 / 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 4.5/s n n
3.
 
Canon 6D Mark IIoptical Y3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.5/s n n
4.
 
Leica M-E Typ 240optical n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0/s n n
5.
 
Leica M Typ 262optical n3.0 / 921 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0/s n n
6.
 
Leica M9optical n2.5 / 230 fixed n 1/4000s 2.0/s n n
7.
 
Leica M10optical n3.0 / 1037 fixed n 1/4000s 5.0/s n n
8.
 
Leica M10-Poptical n3.0 / 1037 fixed Y 1/4000s 5.0/s n n
9.
 
Leica M10-Roptical n3.0 / 1037 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.5/s n n
10.
 
Leica M11optical n3.0 / 2333 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.5/s n n
11.
 
Leica SL4400 Y3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/8000s 11.0/s n n
Note: *) Information refers to the mechanical shutter, unless the camera only has an electronic one.
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Connection comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Leica M (Typ 240) and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Leica M Typ 240Ystereo / mono---2.0---
2.
 
Canon 6DYmono / monoY-mini2.0Y--
3.
 
Canon 6D Mark IIYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
4.
 
Leica M-E Typ 240Ymono / ----2.0---
5.
 
Leica M Typ 262Y- / ----2.0---
6.
 
Leica M9Y- / ----2.0---
7.
 
Leica M10Y- / -----Y--
8.
 
Leica M10-PY- / -----Y--
9.
 
Leica M10-RY- / -----Y--
10.
 
Leica M11Y- / ----3.2Y-Y
11.
 
Leica SLYstereo / monoYYfull3.0Y--

Further information on the features and operation of the M Typ 240 can be found in the free online Leica M Typ 240 Manual or on the Leica support site.

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Expert reviews

While the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it says nothing about, for example, the handling, responsiveness, and overall imaging quality of the M Typ 240 in practical situations. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate. This is why expert reviews are important. The following table reports the overall rankings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]).

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Review Scores
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price
Street
Price
1.
 
Leica M Typ 2404/5......4/5.. Sep 2012 US$ 6 949ebay.com
2.
 
Canon 6D5/5+ +..83/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 US$ 2 099ebay.com
3.
 
Canon 6D Mark II4/5+4/580/1004.5/54/5 Jun 2017 US$ 1 999 amazon.com
4.
 
Leica M-E Typ 240............ Jun 2019 US$ 3 999ebay.com
5.
 
Leica M Typ 262............ Nov 2015 US$ 5 195ebay.com
6.
 
Leica M9........4.5/5.. Sep 2009 US$ 7 999ebay.com
7.
 
Leica M104.5/5......4/54.5/5 Jan 2017 US$ 6 599ebay.com
8.
 
Leica M10-P....3/5....4/5 Aug 2018 US$ 7 999ebay.com
9.
 
Leica M10-R4.5/5..4/5....4/5 Jul 2020 US$ 8 299ebay.com
10.
 
Leica M114.5/5..4.5/5..4.5/54.5/5 Jan 2022 US$ 8 999 amazon.com
11.
 
Leica SL4/5..4/584/1004.5/54/5 Oct 2015 US$ 7 449ebay.com
Note: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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Leica M Typ 240 FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the M Typ 240.

What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the Leica M Typ 240?

The camera features a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Leica M Typ 240?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 200 to ISO 6400, which can be extended to ISO 100-6400.

What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Leica M (Typ 240)?

Leica does not publish a shutter rating for the M Typ 240. Yet, shutters in comparable cameras from other manufacturers are said to be good for at least 100 000 actuations. It should be noted, though, that this number represents a Mean Time before Failure. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust an expected shutter life of 100 000 shots over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.

Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Leica M Typ 240?

The M Typ 240 offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.

What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with the Leica M Typ 240 for flash photography?

The M Typ 240's flash sync speed is 1/180 sec.

Does the Leica M Typ 240 support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?

Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-I cards (data transfer speed of up to 104 MB/s).

Which battery does the Leica M Typ 240 use?

The camera gets its power from the Leica BP-SCL2 (here at amazon), which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Camera to camera comparisons

In case you would like to check on the differences and similarities with other camera models, just use the search menu below. Alternatively, you can follow any of the listed hyperlinks for comparisons that others found interesting.

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Leica M Typ 240
    Camera Type Rangefinder camera
    Camera Lens Leica M mount lenses
    Launch Date September 2012
    Launch Price USD 6 949
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CMOS
    Sensor Format Full Frame Sensor
    Sensor Size 35.8 x 23.9 mm
    Sensor Area 856 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 43 mm
    Crop Factor 1.0x
    Sensor Resolution 23.7 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5 952 x 3 976 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 6.01 μm
    Pixel Density 2.77 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/25p Video
    ISO Setting 200 - 6 400 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 6 400 ISO
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 84
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 24.0
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 13.3
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 1860
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.68x
    Top-Level Screen no Top Display
    LCD Framing Live View
    LCD Size 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 920k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen
    Touch Input No touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System Manual Focus
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peaking
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 3 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations
    Silent Shootingno E-Shutter
    Time Lapse Photographyno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards
    Single or Dual Card Slots Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi
    Body Specs
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed body
    Battery Type Leica BP-SCL2 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)500 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 139 x 80 x 42 mm
    (5.5 x 3.1 x 1.7 in)
    Camera Weight 680 g (24.0 oz)

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