Leica M (Typ 262) Digital Rangefinder Camera

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M in its Purest Form

Leica M (Typ 262) Digital Rangefinder Camera 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.

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Lens Mount Leica M
Camera Format Full-Frame
Pixels 24 Megapixel
Max Resolution 5976 x 3992
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.9 x 35.8 mm
File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG
Memory Card Type SD
Focus Type Manual
Focus Mode Manual Focus (M)
Viewfinder Type Optical
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.68x
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen   LCD (921,600)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-6400 (Extended Mode: 100-6400)
Shutter Type: Mechanical
Speed: 60 - 1/4000 second in  Aperture Priority Mode
Type: Mechanical
Speed: 8 - 1/4000 second in  Manual Mode
Type: Mechanical
Speed: 60 - 0 second in  Bulb Mode
Type: Mechanical
Speed: 60 - 0 second in  Time Mode
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 20.0
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Warm White), Manual, Shade, Tungsten
Burst Rate Up to 3 fps at 24 MP for up to 8 frames
Flash Modes 1st Curtain Sync
Hi-Speed Sync
Second-curtain Sync
TTL Auto
Built-in Flash No
Max Sync Speed Mechanical Shutter: 1 / 180 seconds
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Continuous Shooting Up to 3 fps
Self Timer 12 seconds, 2 seconds
Software System Requirements Windows: 7, 8
Mac: OS X 10.5 or later
Battery 1x BP-SCL2 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 7.4 VDC, 1800 mAh
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104F (0 to 40C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.5 x 1.7 x 3.1" / 138.6 x 42.0 x 80.0 mm
Weight 1.32 lb / 600 g with battery
Package Weight 5.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.6 x 8.5 x 6.5"



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