Based on the otherwise identical Leica M, the M-P offers several additional features, for example an enlarged buffer memory.
And, yes, the ‘P’ in the name means pro. And no, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, the red Leica logo is missing. As the company notes, many photographers who already use the Leica M actually tape over the red Leica logo to make their work as unobtrusive as possible. “For precisely this reason,” this identifying feature has been omitted from the new rangefinder camera.
Instead, the top plate of the camera is engraved with a subtle Leica script.
The buffer memory capacity has been increased to 2GB – twice the size of the M. This is a particular advantage when shooting pictures in rapid succession.
The camera uses an extremely scratch-resistant sapphire crystal cover for its LCD monitor. This material is so hard, says Leica, it can only be worked with special diamond cutting tools and is one of the world’s hardest materials. In practical terms, the sapphire glass LCD cover is almost unbreakable and offers resistance to many kinds of wear and stresses. Thanks to an anti-reflective coating on both sides of the cover glass, image reviewing is now even better, even in difficult lighting conditions.
Other new features include a frame selection lever with which bright-line frames for six different focal lengths can be projected into the viewfinder to simulate subject framing. The corresponding frames are shown in pairs for the focal lengths 28 and 90 mm, 35 and 135 mm, or 50 and 75 mm. This avoids the need to change lenses to assess suitable subject framing.
The Leica M-P is available now in two different versions: a black-paint version and a traditional silver chrome version. The M continues to be available.