Utilizing the Leica Maestro processor already present in the S series of Leica cameras, this allows for improved and faster image processing achieving the ultimate in image performance and quality. The combination of the Maestro image processing engine and the new CMOS sensor ensure low power consumption and prolonged battery life. The new live view, a mainstay on compact digital cameras, has two very interesting features. One of these is the Live View Focus feature, allowing a 10x zoom focus of the subject ensuring a razor sharp image, something that anyone who’s used a Leica rangefinder knows is an acquired skill. The other is Live View Focus Peeking, where red lines are displayed around the contours of the subject, the intensity of which allow the photographer to easily assess the areas of desired focus.
It appears that Leica has taken a page out of Apple’s nomenclature book, and like the iPad, removed the numerical suffix for all future models. Subsequent Leica M bodies will be simply referred to as the “M,” with whichever future generation model being discussed listed in parenthesis.
The Leica M will be available in early 2013 in either black or chrome for $6950.00