Leica M Typ 240

Leica M Typ 240 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 2012
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  • Lenses
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Leica M Typ 240 summary

Leica M Typ 240 is Leica's Pro Mirrorless digital camera originally released on September of 2012. The camera includes a 24MP, CMOS Full frame size sensor with a full resolution of 5952 x 3976.

The M Typ 240 ranks at #59 out of 65 in Pro Mirrorless cameras and over-all #299 out of 1453 for digital cameras in our list. Please check out our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your custom criteria.

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Leica M Typ 240 history

The Leica M Typ 240 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Here, you can view all older and latest models along with main specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Leica-M11 front thumbnailLeica M11
M Typ 240 vs M11
60MPFull frame4.5 fps2022
Leica-M10 front thumbnailLeica M10
M Typ 240 vs M10
24MPFull frame5.0 fps2017
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Leica-M-Typ-262 front thumbnailLeica M Typ 262
M Typ 240 vs M Typ 262
24MPFull frame3.0 fps2015
Leica-M-Typ-240 front thumbnailLeica M Typ 24024MPFull frame3.0 fps2012
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Leica-M9-P front thumbnailLeica M9-P
M Typ 240 vs M9-P
18MPFull frame2.0 fps2011
Leica-M9 front thumbnailLeica M9
M Typ 240 vs M9
18MPFull frame2.0 fps2009

Leica M Typ 240 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of pros and cons of the Leica M Typ 240 based on aspects that are oftentimes regarded as useful in a digital camera.

big sensor size (Full frame)
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
delivers RAW formats
environment sealing
good minimum ISO (100)
screen has good resolution (920 k dot)
swap lenses (Leica M mount)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
you can focus manually
does not contain selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
lacks phase detect AF
max frames per second very slow (3.0 frames/s)
missing HDMI support
missing headphone jack
missing mic jack
missing Time Lapse mode
no articulating screen
no shutter priority
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Leica M Typ 240 Sensor information

The sensor measurement in the Leica M Typ 240 is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 5952 x 3976 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24MP and features a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. RAW format is saved therefore you have more margin for error.

The graphic below illustrates the M Typ 240's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The M Typ 240 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Leica M Typ 240 dimensions

Leica M Typ 240 has a weight of 1.50 lb (680g or 23.99 ounces) and features external dimensions of 139mm x 80mm x 42mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.7"). The weight of average Pro Mirrorless camera is 724g so the Leica M Typ 240 is similar as compared to other competitors.

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Below is a pic of the Leica M Typ 240 beside a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Leica M Typ 240 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will illustrate the button design on the M Typ 240.

Leica M Typ 240 topview buttons dials

Leica M Typ 240 Lens information

The M Typ 240 uses the Leica M mount and has 62 lenses available to buy. Here is some of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the M Typ 240.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Carl-Zeiss-C-Sonnar-T1.5-50-ZM-Leica-M lensCarl Zeiss C Sonnar T 1,550 ZM50mmf/1.5 350g
Voigtlander-35mm-F1.4-Nokton-Leica-M lensVoigtlander 35mm F1.4 Nokton35mmf/1.4 200g
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Leica-Noctilux-M-75mm-F1.25-ASPH lensLeica Noctilux-M 75mm F1.25 ASPH75mmf/1.21055g
Leica-Summaron-M-28mm-F5.6 lensLeica Summaron-M 28mm F5.628mmf/5.6165g
Leica-Elmar-M-24mm-f3.8-ASPH lensLeica Elmar-M 24mm f3.8 ASPH24mmf/3.8 260g
Leica-APO-Summicron-M-75mm-f2-ASPH lensLeica APO-Summicron-M 75mm f2 ASPH75mmf/2.0 430g
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Leica-Elmarit-M-21mm-f2.8-ASPH lensLeica Elmarit-M 21mm f2.8 ASPH21mmf/2.8 300g
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Leica M Typ 240 Connectivity

The M Typ 240 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily transfer files and usually change camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

Several apps also enable a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external screen. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Leica M Typ 240 Video information

The highest possible video quality in the Leica M Typ 240 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in Motion JPEG file format. 1080p quality delivers a great balance for video quality vs file size but 1080p won't leave you with much room to crop. The body does not offer a mic or headphone port which means that you get zero control over your sound. It is probably best to order another camera if you want good sound in your videos.

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Leica M Typ 240 Weather Sealing

Leica M Typ 240 provides environment proofing which makes it a great choice to use for challenging environments. This is especially valuable when you are not sure about the conditions you may face for outdoor photography.

Leica M Typ 240 Screen and Viewfinder

The Leica M Typ 240 includes a 3" fixed display with a resolution of 920k dots.

Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Leica M Typ 240 are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (rangefinder)
  • Magnification 0.68x

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders are rather valuable.

Leica M Typ 240 Shutter information

Leica M Typ 240 has the capability to shoot continuously at 3.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Leica M Typ 240 Flash and Hot shoe information

Leica M Typ 240 boasts external flash support but does not have in-built flash. The max flash sync speed is 1/180s.

Leica M Typ 240 Autofocus information

Leica M Typ 240 has no Auto focusing. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and exact than Contrast Based autofocusing.

Leica M Typ 240 boasts manual focusing if needed for low light or you want to have more precise control on focusing.

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Leica M Typ 240 Battery life

The battery life on the Leica M Typ 240 is fashioned to last for 500 photographs according to the CIPA requirements which is on par with its competitors. The average Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 459. Olympus E-M1X has got the best (870) battery life for this kind of cameras.

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Leica M Typ 240 for different types of photography

The following illustration indicates a summary of the Leica M Typ 240 for different types of photography. To see more, check out the specific section below.

Leica M Typ 240 Portrait photography information

The Leica M Typ 240 receives a points tally of 82 which is exceptional, and means the camera is a terrific pick for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support & potential to use external flash.

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you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats

Leica M Typ 240 Street photography highlights

With a above average score of 68, the Leica M Typ 240 is a very decent pick for street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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great sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
weather proof
fixed screen
no image stabilization

Leica M Typ 240 Sports photography details

A average sports photography rating of 56 indicates the Leica M Typ 240 is somewhat appropriate for shooting sports. A camera really should have fantastic tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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resolution is good (24 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
weather proofing
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

Leica M Typ 240 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is pretty crucial in selecting a travel camera. Overall, the Leica M Typ 240 gets a nice 63 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent option to buy for your travels.

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weather sealing
MP count good (24 megapixels)
missing Timelapse function
does not contain selfie friendly display

Leica M Typ 240 Landscape photography info

If you find yourself looking to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect is going to be image quality. The Leica M Typ 240 and it's very good grade of 74 for a landscape camera is a very decent option within the current market.

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manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Leica M mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
weather proofing
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse function

Vlogging with Leica M Typ 240

A camera for vlogging should really come with a articulating display, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Leica M Typ 240 is not really good for vlogging as it comes to a low score of 26.

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high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
no mic jack

Leica M Typ 240 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the M Typ 240, here is a collection of the highest ranked cameras that fall under the category of Pro Mirrorless.

The line chart here will give you a summary of the M Typ 240 versus it's highest ranking competitors listed above.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may look into as alternate options. To check out a full comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Leica M Typ 240
Pro Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Highest Possible resolution
5952 x 3976
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens support
Leica M
Available lenses
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inch
Screen resolution
920k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Screen technology
TFT color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder coverage
1 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Continuous shutter speed
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash settings
Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 24 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
680g (1.50 pounds)
139 x 80 x 42mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.7")
Battery life
500 shots
Battery format
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Storage slots
Launch cost