Leica Camera has added a new model, the Leica M (Typ 262), to its M system of digital rangefinder cameras.


Angled view of the new Leica M (Typ 262). (Source: Leica Camera.)

The latest addition it the fourth model in the company’s digital M-Generation line-up and offers a reduced feature set that concentrates upon pure photography. The new model features the same 24-megapixel ‘full-frame’ CMOS sensor and Maestro image processor as other previously-released digital M-Cameras but supports neither video recording nor Live View. This frees up space on the rear panel for a dedicated white balance button.


Rear and top views of the new Leica M (Typ 262). (Source: Leica Camera.)

Leica claims the new camera’s shutter is ‘hardly audible’, allowing photographers to remain inconspicuous when shooting. A new shutter cocking system is ‘considerably quieter’ in single exposure mode than the shutter in 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 three frames/second sequential shooting speed as its sister model.

The coupled rangefinder and focusing ring on the lens allow rapid manual focusing and the menu has been scaled down to only two pages to make settings more readily accessible.

The Leica M (Typ 262) is on sale now at an RRP of AU$8700. For details of local re-sellers, visit http://en.leica-camera.com/Stores-Dealers/Leica-dealer-locator.