The brand-new Leica M (Typ 262) is a digital rangefinder camera that was just released by Leica Camera. Leica’s digital rangefinder family is now complete with the addition of this new camera, which joins the already existing M (Typ 240), M-P (Typ 240), and M Monochrom (Typ 246) models.
The Leica M (Typ 262), like like all of the other digital Leica M cameras, has a high-resolution CMOS full-frame sensor. However, unlike the other Leica M digital cameras, this sensor is only used for taking still photographs and does not support video recording or Live View. The Leica M (Typ 262) is ideally suited for shooting in environments with accessible light because to its high-grade 24-megapixel resolution, which is intended to assure both image quality and sensitivity. At the same time, the Maestro processor of the camera enables quick processing of the photos that have been acquired as well as rapid readiness to shoot.
Leica M (Typ 262) Price in USA
The design demonstrates that the focus was placed on the most important controls and handling. The camera is approximately 100 grams lighter and has improved ergonomics in comparison to its brother versions thanks to the top deck’s construction from long-lasting aluminum. Additional distinctions in design include a smaller version of the company logo as well as a step at the extremity of the top plate. In spite of these differences, the Leica M (Typ 262) is handcrafted in Germany to an exceptionally high standard.
In addition to its good appearance, the Leica M (Typ 262) has a shutter that is almost inaudible, which allows for more discretion when taking photographs. The camera is equipped with a shutter cocking mechanism that is substantially quieter in single exposure mode than the system found in the M (Typ 240), and it permits a shutter release frequency of up to two frames per second. Both of these characteristics are intended to facilitate the aforementioned goal. In continuous mode, the M (Typ 262) can take up to three pictures per second, which is the same sequential shooting speed as its sister models.
The Leica M (Typ 262) has a tried-and-true manual focusing method with a linked rangefinder as part of its handling philosophy. Additionally, the Leica M (Typ 262) offers the exposure options of either full manual control or Aperture Priority automatic shooting. Because Live View and the video feature are not included, the menu is incredibly streamlined and simple. It consists of only two pages, which guarantees that all of the options can be accessed in a short amount of time. This often employed function is now controlled by a dedicated button located on the rear of the camera, providing round-the-clock access to adjust the white balance setting.
Leica M (Typ 262)Specifications
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||5952 x 3976|
|Other resolutions||4256 x 2832, 2976 x 1984, 1600 x 1072|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 200-6400, expandable to 100-6400|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||100|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Standard|
|Manual focus||Yes (only)|
|Lens mount||Leica M|
|Focal length multiplier||1×|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (rangefinder)|
|Minimum shutter speed||60 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||No|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe)|
|Continuous drive||3.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 12 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±6 (3, 5 frames at 1/2 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Remote control||Yes (Cable release)|
|Battery description||BP-SCL2 lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||680 g (1.50 lb / 23.99 oz)|
|Dimensions||139 x 80 x 42 mm (5.47 x 3.15 x 1.65″)|
The M262 is the inevitable successor to the M9, neither the M or the M-P, which I feel are both overambitious and present more than the rangefinder aficionado truly wants or needs. The M262 fulfills all of these requirements well.
I am aware that most rangefinder enthusiasts make very little use of the live view feature on their cameras, so the weight reduction and reduced price of the new camera are a reasonable trade-off for having it. Due to the fact that it is the most straightforward digital rangefinder, it is a more suitable option for serious enthusiasts than either the M or the M-P. It is the camera that is most likely to delight upgraders coming from the M9 or the M-E because its weight and shape are very similar to those of its predecessors.
- Sync Port for Flash
- High Resolution Sensor with 24.0 Megapixels
- 921k dots LCD Resolution
- Integrated Optical Viewfinder Within the Camera
- Wide AE Bracketing Range: ±6 EV
- Lack of Protection for the Environment
- Stabilization of the image that does not rely on sensor shift
- No Full HD Video
- A Lack of a Touch Screen
- 3.0 frames per second (slow continuous shooting)
- No Focusing Based on Face Detection
- Lack of a Screen That Articulates
- No wireless connection was established.