Leica's latest: built to last and to be fast

The new Leica M-P Rangefinder camera uses unbreakable sapphire glass to protect its monitor screen and can shoot 24 continuous images at a speed of three frames a second.

Those speed levels might not sound so impressive at first, but despite its diminutive size, this camera has a full-frame 24-megapixel sensor.

So to make sure that you don't miss the perfect shot in a moving sequence, Leica has built in a 2GB memory buffer so that the camera can keep snapping without its memory card getting overwhelmed with processing the image data being captured.

Other clever touches that show the company is listening to client feedback include the fact that the camera carries no branding so that users can shoot and capture with discretion, avoiding unwanted attention.

Ease of use is why as well as encasing the rear screen in sapphire glass to stop scratches, that every layer of the screen has been treated to avoid glare so no matter how strong the light, seeing the images being captured on the display should never be a problem.

And of course, being a Leica, it's constructed with brass, metal and magnesium alloy rather than plastic so that it will still be a premium camera in 20 years' time.

The camera, which works with any Leica M-series lens, is available in matte black or in black and silver and costs $7950 for the body alone.