German manufacturer Leica is giving its retro rangefinder cameras a makeover, ditching the classic red dot logo but sticking with the 50s-era aesthetics of its M series digital shooters. According to Leica, the new M-P Digital is twice as fast its current standard-bearer, the M (Typ 240). The speed boost is made possible by 2 GB of built-in RAM, which reportedly enables burst shooting at three frames per second for twice as long as is possible on the M model.
The M-P brings a few more improvements to the party, by way of a 920k-pixel LCD display on its back that’s protected by an added layer of sapphire glass. Also, additional weather sealing offers bonus protection from dust and water. Like its M (Typ 240) predecessor, the M-P contains a full-frame 24 megapixel CMOS sensor and also offers the ability to shoot 1080p HD video.
Purposefully missing from the M-P is the manufacturer’s traditional red dot logo, which has been main identifying staple of the camera for decades. With a pre-order price tag of $7,950, there’s little wonder why Leica chose a more inconspicuous look for its latest high end product. The the silver chrome version is expected to debut at the end of August with the all-black design following in mid-September.