Just Announced: Leica Unveils M Typ 262
Leica have been having a busy time lately and today they dropped another new camera, just a couple of weeks after the launch of the new SL system. This time they’re back to the M system with a camera that’s referred to as the Typ 262. Essentially this is to the M Typ 240, what the Leica M-E was to the M9. It’s a thinned down version to hit a lower price point.
It shaves a little weight from the Typ 240 by using an aluminum top plate instead of brass, and it removes several features like liveview and video. It’s a simplified version of the M 240, but many people will see that as a very good thing indeed. I expect this to sell like wildfire! Shipping begins on November 25th for $5200.
As well as saving some weight, the Typ 262 also features a new, quieter shutter which Leica claim is nearly noiseless. It also implements a simpler 2-page menu system and adds a dedicated white balance button to the back of the camera.
I’m pretty excited about this camera… maybe it will be my first Leica?
Leica M (Typ 262): Focusing on the essentials of M rangefinder photography
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.