Leica M (Typ 262)

Leica M (Typ 262)

The M (Typ 262) captures the essence of rangefinder photography while also embracing current features for refined image-making. The M (Typ 262) represents Leica’s devotion to simple, straight photography while also incorporating contemporary attributes for refined image-making.

The Typ 262, which is based on a full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor and Maestro image processor, does away with standard video and live view functions in favor of a stills-only camera that can shoot at speeds of up to 3 frames per second and at sensitivity levels of up to ISO 6400.

Its redesigned body design includes the introduction of an aluminum alloy top plate, which results in a significant weight reduction as compared to traditional brass plates, and a newly engineered shutter cocking mechanism that is noticeably quieter for use in discreet shooting scenarios.

In keeping with its heritage as a Leica rangefinder, this model has a 0.68x optical viewfinder with split and overlaid manual focusing, automated parallax correction, and automatic picture field selection based on the attached lens, among other features.

Although a 3.0″ 921.6k-dot LCD display with a scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass cover is also available, its primary functions are limited to evaluating and modifying images as well as navigating the two-page menu system.

A CMOS sensor with a resolution of 24MP and a Maestro image processor

This camera, which is equipped with a full-frame Leica MAX 24MP CMOS sensor, is capable of producing high-resolution still images with exceptional picture quality and low noise levels. A sensitivity range of ISO 200-6400 is accessible when used in conjunction with the Maestro image processor; this range may be further enlarged to ISO 100 for working in brighter settings.

This image processor also allows for quicker overall performance, and it works in concert with a 1GB picture buffer to allow for sustained shooting sequences of 3 frames per second for up to 8 consecutive frames in a row.

Both an optical viewfinder and a rangefinder are used.

This camera’s optical viewfinder has a big, bright-line 0.68x-magnification rangefinder with automated parallax adjustment and frame lines that are calibrated to match the image sensor size while the camera is focused at 6.6′ away from the subject. Depending on the lens attached, the automated picture field limiter recalls pairs of bright lines at various focal lengths: 35mm and 135mm, 28mm and 90mm, or 50mm and 75mm.

The rangefinder system produces split or overlaid bright field pictures inside the center of the viewfinder in order to aid in proper manual focusing. The effective rangefinder metering base is 47.1 millimeters in diameter (mechanical metering basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification of 0.68x).

Design of the Body

  • The top plate is constructed of aluminum alloy, which helps to keep the total weight of the camera down as compared to M cameras, which have a brass top plate.
  • The body is made of magnesium alloy with a synthetic leather covering, and it is both sturdy and modest in design.
  • The use of a silent shutter mechanism is advantageous for unobtrusive and inconspicuous shooting techniques.
  • Its 3.0″ 921.6k-dot LCD monitor is protected by scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, which increases its long-term reliability.
  • The rear display is not utilized for live view or video recording; instead, it is used purely for still image playback and navigation through the two-page menu system.
  • Working in manual or aperture-priority mode is simple because to the camera’s straightforward control layout and shooting modes system, which includes a readily accessible shutter speed dial and drive selection on the top plate.
  • The camera’s back panel is equipped with six controls that provide quick access to frequently used settings such as white balance and ISO, as well as navigational buttons and a flash.

Additional Camera Functions

  • In addition to contemporary and vintage rangefinder lenses, the Leica M mount is also compatible with a large number of other lenses.
  • Images can be saved in either the DNG or JPEG file formats. DNG is the preferred format.
  • The use of an external flash is enabled by the presence of a top hot shoe, which has a maximum sync speed of 1/180 sec.
  • A maximum of two frames per second can be captured in single exposure mode while using a single exposure. Languages supported include German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, and Korean. Language support is available in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, and Korean

Leica M (Typ 262) Specs

Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution5952 x 3976
Other resolutions4256 x 2832, 2976 x 1984, 1600 x 1072
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ISOAuto, 200-6400, expandable to 100-6400
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Standard
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes (only)
Lens mountLeica M
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewNo
Viewfinder typeOptical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder magnification0.68×
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityNo
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesNo
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Continuous drive3.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modesCenter-weighted
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±6 (3, 5 frames at 1/2 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Remote controlYes (Cable release)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionBP-SCL2 lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)680 g (1.50 lb / 23.99 oz)
Dimensions139 x 80 x 42 mm (5.47 x 3.15 x 1.65″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo

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