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Leica's latest rangefinder camera is both speedier and stealthier

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Digital rangefinder cameras may look like retro fashion items, but they're genuinely handy for pros -- they're good for moments when you need quality without carrying a big, conspicuous DSLR. To that end, Leica has just launched the M-P, a new addition to the M series that's more about serious work than style. You're still getting a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor in a relatively small body, but the buffer memory has doubled to a hefty 2GB; the camera should almost always keep up with your rapid-fire photography. There's also a new selection lever that shows you framing for common focal lengths in the viewfinder, and an anti-reflective coating on the scratch-resistant sapphire LCD will help you review your snaps in bright sunlight.

Gallery: Leica M-P | 10 Photos

The M-P may also be notable for what's not there -- Leica's signature red dot branding. Much like the film-based MP from 2003, the M-P goes logo-free to avoid drawing attention and spoiling the moment. It won't be the talk of the town as a result, but you also won't disrupt a "natural" street scene. Just be ready to pay a premium for Leica's faster, subtler shooter. You can pre-order the M-P today, but it will cost you a whopping $7,950 -- around $1,000 more than the regular M's current asking price, let alone full-size DSLRs like the Nikon D4S.

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