M in its Purest Form
Signifying the essence of rangefinder photography, the Leica M (Typ 262) is Leica's promise to simple, straight photography while still making use of contemporary essence for refined image-making. Encompassing a full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor along with an Maestro image processor, the Typ 262 dispenses with conventional video and live view features to create a still photos only camera with the capability of shooting at up to 3 frames per second with sensitivities all the way to to ISO 6400. An updated body layout features the use of aluminum alloy for the top plate, creating a noticeable weight reduction compared to the more common brass plates, along with a revised shutter cocking mechanism is conspicuously quiet for discrete photography applications. Naturally, as a Leica rangefinder, this model contains a 0.68x optical image viewfinder with split and superimposed manual focusing, auto parallax correction, and auto image field selection based upon the attached lens. A 921.6k-dot 3.0" LCD monitor with Corning Gorilla Glass scratch resistant cover is also included, however is sparingly used for strictly reviewing images, adjusting white balance, or navigating a simple two-page menu system.
M (Typ 262)
Featuring a classic, simple appearance, the M (Typ 262) features an updated silhouette, containing a step in the top plate, and also contains a small centered Leica red dot on the front panel. Beyond its distinct outward appearance, the Typ 262 is also unique among the M-range with its omission of live view and video capture functionality, choosing, instead, to entirely focus on still photography.