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  • Which SD memory cards are recommended? Which are the fastest?

    Fundamentally, we recommend San Disk cards as we prefer to use these for compatibility tests at Leica. To ensure optimum exploitation of the camera’s performance potentials, we recommend the use of Class 10 cards with speeds of ≥30 MB/s – e.g. from the SanDisk Ultra or SanDisk Extreme lines. SDXC cards with higher speeds are compatible, but offer no additional benefit in terms of speed compared with SDHC cards.
  • How long is the longest exposure time (shutter speed)?

    Exposure times are limited, depending on the selected ISO value. The longest exposure time at ISO 200 is 60 seconds; the longest exposure time at ISO PUSH 6400 is eight seconds. These limits have been set to prevent uncorrectable imaging errors caused by longer exposure times.
  • How many shots can I take with a full charged battery?

    In-house testing according to CIPA standards shows that a full charge is sufficient for around 800 images in classical rangefinder mode and around 400 in Live View mode. How users handle the camera can lead to significantly more or significantly fewer exposures from a full charge. Using the video function, the electronic viewfinder, or the GPS function also increases power consumption.
  • Do I have to use a UV/IR filter on the new M? How infrared sensitive is the new M?

    All image sensors for Leica M cameras are designed and constructed to provide the best possible image quality with Leica M lenses. One prerequisite for this is the use of an extremely thin infrared filter on the image sensor to ensure a full corner-to-corner rendition of details. The consequence of this thin filter is that infrared light is not completely absorbed. This may result in slight color variations in certain lighting situations. This can be particularly critical when photographing dark-colored textiles in incandescent light. The infrared sensitivity of the M8 is so high that we strongly recommend the use of a UV/IR filter. The infrared sensitivity of the M9 and M (Typ 240) cameras is approximately 5% of that of the M8; these cameras can therefore be used without an IR cut filter. Nevertheless, when shooting critical subjects, it cannot be completely ruled out that corrections in post processing may be necessary.
  • Why are the highest ISO values called “ISO push” settings?

    The ISO sensitivity values in digital cameras are increased by applying signal gain. This process amplifies not only the signal, but also the residual noise component of every image. This means that at ISO settings greater than 3200, it is not necessarily certain that the images captured will be free of interference like extreme noise, banding, or individual pixel errors. We therefore recommend the use of the ISO push settings only in exceptional cases. Take care to expose generously, particularly when shooting subjects with dark, homogeneous areas.
  • Is Leica planning to add more R-Lenses to the list in a future firmware update?

    We are not currently planning any further additions to the existing list. Most lenses not included in the list can be used anyway. Thanks to their telecentric construction, R-Lenses in particular deliver ideal imaging quality.
  • Can I also use third-party adapters?

    It is our policy not to make any statements regarding the compatibility of accessories from other manufacturers. Only the original Leica R-adapter-M calls up the list of R-Lenses in the camera menu.
  • Are there any functional limitations to the use of the R-Adapter-M?

    As no lens movements can be detected, automatic activation of the focusing aids is not available when using the adapter. When using the adapter, the camera cannot detect whether the lens mounted on the adapter has been changed. Manual selection is therefore necessary every time the lens is changed. As the rangefinder is not activated by the lens/adapter combination, rangefinder focusing is not possible with R-Lenses.
  • Which version of Image Shuttle is compatible with the new Leica M?

    Versions of Image Shuttle 2.1 and up support the new M camera.
  • Just how splash-proof is the camera?

    The new M camera is sealed as effectively as possible by internal seals to reduce the chance of water penetrating the camera body to an absolute minimum. This means, for instance, that penetration of water into the camera is not to be expected when using it in a light rain. Nevertheless, please note that the system does not feature a bayonet seal, and that Leica M-Lenses are not protected against water spray or splashes.
  • Which color subsampling method is used for video recording with the M(Typ 240)–(4:2:2 or 4:2:0)?

    The camera records video files with 4:2:2 color subsampling. The effect of this is seen in increased sharpness and better color resolution.
  • Is a video editing software provided with the camera?

    The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software provided with the camera is also suitable for archiving and viewing video files. Simple processing options, such as editing and color correction, can also be accomplished with Lightroom.
  • What are the advantages of using the optional microphone adapter set?

    The microphone adapter set enables stereo recording. In addition to this, the off-camera microphone offers higher sensitivity and better sound quality.
  • Which microphones can I connect to the microphone adapter set?

    Electronic microphones with a 3.5 mm jack may be connected.
  • How do I avoid banding when shooting video indoors?

    Static or scanning banding may occur as a result of interference between the flicker rate of light sources and the video sampling rate. These bands will only be seen in Live View or the video image, but not in photos. We recommend using the shortest possible exposure times to minimize these effects. In some cases, it may also be helpful to use a shutter speed of 1/50 of a second. When shooting video, use the 1/50 of a second setting; this speed is between 30 and 60 on the shutter speed dial. In countries with 60 Hz mains power frequency, we recommend the corresponding shutter speed of 1/60 of a second.
  • Can I also take still pictures during video recording?

    Yes, the camera is ready to capture still pictures at all times. Video recording will however be interrupted for approximately one second.
  • What software can I use to play back video files recorded with the new camera ?

    The camera records video data as .MOV files. The compression corresponds to that of Motion JPEG compression. For viewing these video files, we recommend the use of the playback software embedded in the operating system (for example, Preview in Mac OS or Media Player in Windows).
  • Is there a limit to how much video I can record?

    Video recording is limited to a maximum of 29:59 minutes, or a maximum file size of 4 GB. The file size also depends on the image content – the more detailed the subject, the larger the video file.
  • Are all ISO values available for shooting video?

    Video recording is limited to a maximum of ISO 1600. Setting higher ISO values only affects stillpicture photography.
  • How high is the data rate for video recording?

    The data rate is adjusted dynamically to the frame content. For highly detailed videos, the data is saved at a rate of 100 Mb/s.