Leica M Edition 60

Leica M Edition 60 front
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Leica M Mount
  • 680g - 139 x 80 x 42mm
  • Released September 2014
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison

Leica M Edition 60 overview

Leica M Edition 60 is Leica's Pro Mirrorless digital camera first announced on September of 2014. The camera has a 24MP, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 5952 x 3976.

The M Edition 60 is ranked #53 out of 60 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & all-around #264 out of 1436 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try out our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your personal factors.

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Leica M Edition 60 history

The Leica M Edition 60 has a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can check out all previous and more recent models alongside important features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Leica-M11 front thumbnailLeica M11
M Edition 60 vs M11
60MPFull frame4.5 fps2022
Leica-M10 front thumbnailLeica M10
M Edition 60 vs M10
24MPFull frame5.0 fps2017
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Leica-M-Edition-60 front thumbnailLeica M Edition 6024MPFull frame3.0 fps2014
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Leica-M9-P front thumbnailLeica M9-P
M Edition 60 vs M9-P
18MPFull frame2.0 fps2011
Leica-M9 front thumbnailLeica M9
M Edition 60 vs M9
18MPFull frame2.0 fps2009

Leica M Edition 60 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of benefits and drawbacks of the Leica M Edition 60 based on factors that are typically viewed as crucial in a digital camera.

big sensor size (Full frame)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
environment proof
focusing manually
great min ISO (100)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
megapixel count decent (24MP)
saves RAW formats
swap lenses (Leica M mount)
very good screen resolution (920 thousand dots)
doesn't have HDMI out
doesn't have headphone support
doesn't have mic support
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
does not have image stabilization
fixed screen
lack of shutter priority mode
screen is not selfie friendly
slow fps (3.0 frames/s)
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Leica M Edition 60 Sensor details

The dimension of the sensor on the Leica M Edition 60 is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 5952 x 3976 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor has 24MP and has a standard ISO range of 100 to 6400. RAW files are saved so the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The image below shows the M Edition 60's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The M Edition 60 sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is outlined in green.

Leica M Edition 60 sensor size 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Leica M Edition 60 dimensions

Leica M Edition 60 has a weight of 1.50 lbs (680g / 23.99 ounces) & the sizing of the camera is 139mm x 80mm x 42mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.7"). The weight of normal Pro Mirrorless camera is 722g and the Leica M Edition 60 is on par as compared with other competitors.

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Below is a photo of the Leica M Edition 60 with a soft drink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Leica M Edition 60 dimensions scale

The top view here will show the button layout on the M Edition 60.

Leica M Edition 60 topview buttons dials

Leica M Edition 60 Lens specs

The M Edition 60 works with the Leica M mount and has 62 lenses available to buy. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the M Edition 60.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Leica-Super-Elmar-M-21mm-f3.4-ASPH lensLeica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4 ASPH21mmf/3.4 279g
Carl-Zeiss-Distagon-T4-18-ZM-Leica-M lensCarl Zeiss Distagon T 418 ZM18mmf/4.0 350g
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Leica-Elmarit-M-28mm-f2.8-ASPH lensLeica Elmarit-M 28mm f2.8 ASPH28mmf/2.8 180g
Leica-Noctilux-M-50mm-f0.95-ASPH lensLeica Noctilux-M 50mm f0.95 ASPH50mmf/0.95 700g
Carl-Zeiss-Planar-T2-50-ZM-Leica-M lensCarl Zeiss Planar T 250 ZM50mmf/2.0 230g
Voigtlander-35mm-F1.4-Nokton-Leica-M lensVoigtlander 35mm F1.4 Nokton35mmf/1.4 200g
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Carl-Zeiss-Biogon-T2.8-28-ZM-Leica-M lensCarl Zeiss Biogon T 2,828 ZM28mmf/2.8 230g
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Leica M Edition 60 Connectivity

The M Edition 60 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to copy files and oftentimes adjust settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Several applications even give a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external display. Almost all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB port.

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Leica M Edition 60 Video specs

The maximum video quality on the Leica M Edition 60 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in Motion JPEG file format. 1080p quality offers a decent balance for video quality vs file sizes but FULL HD is not going to leave you with any room to crop. The camera doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone jack so you have no control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to order another camera in case you need better sound for your videos.

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Leica M Edition 60 Weather Sealing

Leica M Edition 60 comes with environment sealing which makes it a very good selection for use for tough conditions. This can be especially valuable any time you are uncertain about the conditions you may face for outdoor photography.

Leica M Edition 60 Screen and Viewfinder

The Leica M Edition 60 has a 3 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 920 thousand dots.

Sadly the display isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details for Leica M Edition 60 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (rangefinder)
  • Magnification 0.68x

For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and hard to see, viewfinders will be pretty helpful.

Leica M Edition 60 Shutter specs

Leica M Edition 60 has the capability to shoot continuously at 3.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Leica M Edition 60 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Leica M Edition 60 has external flash ability but comes without built-in flash.

Leica M Edition 60 Autofocus specs

Leica M Edition 60 doesn't have Auto focusing. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker & precise when compared with Contrast Based focusing.

Leica M Edition 60 includes manual focusing when needed for low light scenarios or you want more exact control on focusing.

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Leica M Edition 60 Battery life

The general Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 457. Olympus E-M1X offers the highest possible (870) battery life for this range of cameras.

Here is a number of Pro Mirrorless cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Leica M Edition 60 for specific styles of photography

The following chart shows a summation of the Leica M Edition 60 for specific styles of photography. To check out more, have a look at the specific section below.

Leica M Edition 60 Portrait photography info

The Leica M Edition 60 has a points total of 83 which is great, and means the camera is a terrific fit for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos in addition to the flexibility to use external flash.

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focusing manually
good resolution (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports RAW files

Leica M Edition 60 Street photography information

Getting a nice score of 68, the Leica M Edition 60 is a fine option to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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big sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization

Sports photography with Leica M Edition 60

A modest sports photography score of 57 suggests the Leica M Edition 60 is fairly acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs great autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
weather proofing
max fps very slow (3.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
lack of phase detect auto focus

Leica M Edition 60 Travel photography highlights

Weight is very important when buying a camera for travel. In general, the Leica M Edition 60 gets a nice 64 as a travel camera which is a respectable pick for your trips.

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environment proof
decent megapixels (24MP)
no Time Lapse recording
does not contain selfie friendly screen

Leica M Edition 60 Landscape photography features

If you're planning to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the most vital aspect will be image quality. The Leica M Edition 60 and it's above average grade of 75 as a landscape camera is a very decent option among it's competitors.

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has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Leica M mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
weather sealing
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse recording

Leica M Edition 60 Vlogging features

A vlogging camera should come with a moving display screen, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Considering all the details, the Leica M Edition 60 is simply not acceptable as a vlog camera as it comes to a horrible rating of 27.

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high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
missing microphone jack

Leica M Edition 60 Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the M Edition 60, here is a collection of the highest scored cameras which fall under the family of Pro Mirrorless.

The line chart below offers you a bird's eye view of the M Edition 60 compared to it's top ranking rivals mentioned earlier.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might check out as alternate options. To check out a full comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Leica M Edition 60
Pro Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
36 x 24mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Highest resolution
5952 x 3976
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens mount type
Leica M
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3 inch
Screen resolution
920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
60 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash options
Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 24 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
680g (1.50 lb)
139 x 80 x 42mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.7")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Card slots