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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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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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