Welcome to 2012: Leica M as a filmmaker’s tool

From a recent interview with Jesko Von Oeynhausen from Leica on the video capabilities of the new Leica M camera – here is a recap of the main points:

  • To scale 24MP down to 2MP for 1080p we do not just line-skipping, we average pixels. It is not pixel binning or anything like that“.
  • There is no AA filter in the Leica M.
  • The Leica M has full manual control in video recording mode.
  • No HDMI output for video.
  • Rolling shutter effect is not too bad
  • Video recording is limited to 4GB files or 29 minutes.
  • Codec: Motion-JPEG, bitrate: 40Mb/s, 422 subsampling.
  • Focus peaking with zoom-in function.
  • Simulated exposure in live view with half-press of the shutter.
  • Leica M has a built-in mono microphone and an optional microphone adapter (pictured above).
  • Manual audio control is available with on-screen levels.
  • There is a dedicated video recording button on the top plate (marked with “M” on the picture).
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