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.
MAX 24MP CMOS Sensor and Maestro Image Processor
Featuring a full-frame Leica MAX 24MP CMOS sensor, this camera is able to produce high-resolution stills with marked image quality and low noise levels. When combined with the Maestro image processor, a sensitivity range of ISO 200-6400 is available, which can further be expanded to ISO 100 for working in brighter conditions.
This image processor also facilitates faster overall performance, and works in conjunction with a 1GB image buffer for sustained shooting sequences of 3 fps for up to 8 consecutive frames.
Optical Viewfinder and Rangefinder
The optical viewfinder is a large, bright-line 0.68x-magnification rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation and frame lines, which are set to match the image sensor size at a focusing distance of 6.6'. The automatic image field limiter recalls pairs of bright lines depending on the lens attached: 35mm and 135mm; 28mm and 90mm; or 50mm and 75mm.
The rangefinder mechanism displays split or superimposed bright field images within the center of the viewfinder to benefit accurate manual focusing control. The effective rangefinder metering basis is 47.1mm (mechanical metering basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification of 0.68x).
The top plate is made from aluminum alloy to maintain a lighter overall weight compared to M cameras featuring a brass top plate.
Magnesium alloy body with synthetic leather covering is both durable as well as minimal in design.
A quiet shutter mechanism benefits discreet, inconspicuous shooting methods.
3.0" 921.6k-dot LCD monitor is covered with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass for enhanced durability.
Eschewing live view and video recording, the rear monitor is used solely for stills playback and for navigating the two-page menu system.
Simple control layout and shooting modes system permits working in manual or aperture-priority mode, with an easily accessible shutter speed dial and drive selector on the top plate.
The rear of the camera incorporates six buttons for easy access to oft-used settings, including white balance and ISO, as well as navigational buttons.
Other Camera Features
Leica M mount is compatible with a wide range of both current and legacy rangefinder lenses.
Images can be recorded in either the DNG or JPEG file format.
A top hot shoe permits working with an external flash and the top sync speed is 1/180 sec.
In single exposure mode, up to two frames per second can be recorded. Language support: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, and Korean.
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Sensor Type / Size
CMOS, 23.9 x 35.8 mm
Memory Card Type
Manual Focus (M)
3" Rear Screen LCD
Auto, 200-6400 (Extended
Speed: 60 -
1/4000 second in
Aperture Priority Mode
Speed: 8 - 1/4000 second
in Manual Mode
Speed: 60 - 0 second in
Speed: 60 - 0 second in
Metering Range: EV 0.0 -
Compensation: -3 EV to
+3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
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