Streamlined to focus on still image functionality only, the 24 megapixel Leica M (Typ 262) lacks Live View and video capture but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially if it results in a more affordable M model. At $5,195, it’s the least expensive in the M line. Slight physical changes include a dedicated white balance button where Live View control used to be, an aluminum top plate that makes the M (Typ 262) about 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces) lighter and a streamlined menu system. Without video settings, the menu has been pared down to two pages. And, for less intrusive shooting, the shutter and shutter cock mechanism offer quieter operation. The camera is will be available at the end of November.
Learn more in the press release below:
Leica Camera Introduces The New Leica M (Typ 262): A Digital Rangefinder Camera With Only the Essential Functions
Leica launches digital rangefinder camera in its purest form to allow for ease of use and handling
November 19, 2015 – Leica Camera presents a new digital rangefinder camera, the Leica M (Typ 262). Together with the Leica M (Typ 240), M-P (Typ 240) and the M Monochrom (Typ 246), this new camera rounds out the digital rangefinder family and stands for the M philosophy in its purest form. Its concentration on the essence of rangefinder photography and intuitive handling makes it an ideal tool for experiencing the pure enjoyment of photography.
The Leica M (Typ 262) digital rangefinder camera embodies all the essential advantages of the Leica rangefinder system, while foregoing certain functions that some users may find extraneous. Just like all other digital M-Cameras, the Leica M (Typ 262) features a high-resolution CMOS full-frame sensor, albeit one that is dedicated exclusively to capturing photos; eschewing features such as video recording and Live View. Its 24-megapixel resolution ensures exceptional image quality and extreme sensitivity, and makes the Leica M (Typ 262) ideal for photography in available light situations. At the same time, the camera’s Maestro processor guarantees fast processing of captured images and immediate readiness to shoot.
The clear and functional lines of the Leica M (Typ 262) design reveal its concentration on essential controls and handling. The top deck is made from durable aluminum, which makes the camera around 100 grams lighter and even more ergonomic than its sibling models. Further design differences are the reduced size of the logo and the step at the end of the top plate. Differences aside, the Leica M (Typ 262) is made in Germany with the highest level of craftsmanship just as all M cameras in the Leica line.
In addition to its purist looks, the hardly audible shutter of the Leica M (Typ 262) also guarantees maximum discreetness when shooting. An invaluable advantage in photographic situations where blending into the scene is vital. 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 sibling models and shoots up to three frames per second.
The handling concept of the Leica M (Typ 262) fulfills the demands of what photographers expect from a Leica M. This includes the tried and true manual focusing process with the coupled rangefinder and exposure options of full manual control or Aperture Priority automated shooting. Due to the omission of Live View and the video function, the menu is extremely lean and concise, consisting of only 2 pages that ensure all settings are quickly accessible. A dedicated button on the back of the camera now sets the white balance value, giving full-time access to this often-used function.
The Leica M (Typ 262) will be on sale end of November and is priced at $5,195. For more information please visit the Leica website (www.leica-camera.com) or a local Leica Store or Boutique.