Leica has today revealed a new full-frame M camera which dispenses with video recording and live view in a model costing £4,050.

The Leica M (Typ 262) joins the Leica M and M-P (Typ 240); and Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246).

In a statement Leica said: ‘Incorporating rangefinder technology perfected over many decades, the new M (Typ 262) represents Leica M photography in its purest form, concentrating on the most essential features, combined with intuitive handling and discreet styling.

‘This allows users to focus on the fascination of M photography and, ultimately, on capturing the decisive moment.’

Leica added: ‘As with the other digital-M cameras, the Leica M (Typ 262) features a high-resolution CMOS full-frame sensor, designed exclusively for rangefinder photography, but excludes video recording and live view.’

Leica claims the 24-million-pixel imaging sensor delivers ‘exceptional image quality and extreme sensitivity, and makes the
Leica M (Typ 262) the ideal camera for photography in available light situations’.

The Leica M (Typ 262) is due out this month.

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Press release

19 November 2015
Leica Camera has introduced the Leica M (Typ 262) into its digital rangefinder camera range, joining the Leica M and M-P (Typ 240) and the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246), now giving photographers the choice of four models.

Incorporating rangefinder technology perfected over many decades, the new M (Typ 262) represents Leica M photography in its purest form, concentrating on the most essential features, combined with intuitive handling and discreet styling. This allows users to focus on the fascination of M photography and, ultimately, on capturing the decisive moment.

As with the other digital M cameras, the Leica M (Typ 262) features a high-resolution CMOS full-frame sensor, designed exclusively for rangefinder photography, but excludes video recording and Live View. The 24-megapixel sensor delivers exceptional image quality and extreme sensitivity, and makes the Leica M (Typ 262) the ideal camera for photography in available light situations. At the same time, the camera’s Maestro processor guarantees fast processing of captured images, ensuring that it is immediately ready to shoot.

The clear and practical outer design of the Leica M (Typ 262) also focuses on the essentials. The top plate is made from durable aluminium, making the camera around 100g lighter, and even more ergonomic than its sister models. The words ’Made in Germany’ are engraved on the back of the camera. Further differences include a smaller Leica logo and a ‘step’ at the end of the top plate, which are both features reminiscent of the design of the Leica M9.

For maximum discretion when shooting, the Leica M (Typ 262) shutter is barely audible – an invaluable advantage in situations where the photographer needs to remain unobtrusive. As an aid to this, the camera features a shutter cocking system that is considerably quieter in single exposure mode than that of the M (Typ 240), and enables a shutter release frequency of up to two frames per second. In continuous mode, the M (Typ 262) has the same sequential shooting speed as its sister model and shoots up to three frames per second.

The handling of the Leica M (Typ 262) fulfils everything a discerning photographer expects from a Leica M. This includes the rapid manual focusing process with the coupled rangefinder and the focusing ring of the lens, as well as the option of selecting automatically determined or manually set shutter speeds. Furthermore, as this model does not include Live View or video recording, the menu is extremely straightforward and consists of only two pages. This ensures that all settings are rapidly accessible at all times. White balance is selected by a dedicated button on the back of the camera.

Pricing and availability
The Leica M (Typ 262) is scheduled to be available from Leica stores and authorised Leica dealers in the UK in November 2015, at a suggested retail price of £4,050 including VAT.

  • entoman

    Beautiful camera, and nice to see a move away from video-centric devices. It would be interesting to know what percentage of DSLR and ILC owners use the video feature of their cameras on a regular basis. Some predict that soon we’ll all be shooting video and extracting stills frames, but most of the “serious” photographers I know aren’t in the least bit interested in video!