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A look at the Leica M (photos)

Leica's new top-end rangefinder is the Leica M, a 24-megapixel model that adds live view for new focusing options.

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Stephen Shankland
Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and writes about processors, digital photography, AI, quantum computing, computer science, materials science, supercomputers, drones, browsers, 3D printing, USB, and new computing technology in general. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces. His first big scoop was about radioactive cat poop.
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Leica M Photokina debut

The Leica M, shown here with an electronic viewfinder in its flash hot shoe, has a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor that for the first time supports live view. It'll cost $6,950 when it ships in early 2013.
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Leica M debut

The Leica M is an interchangeable lens rangefinder camera that can accept M System lenses dating back to 1954. Behind the lens is a full-frame sensor that spans an ISO range of 200 to 6,400, with an ISO 100 extended-range option.
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Leica M manual focusing

The Leica M is a rangefinder camera, a minimalist design with no autofocus, but this model is modernized to the point where it can record 1080p video. This model has an electronic viewfinder accessory attached.
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Leica M grip accessory

This accessory lets photographers hold the Leica M more firmly.
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Leica M

The Leica M with a 50mm M System lens. The camera also can use legacy R lenses with an adapter.

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