LEICA M (Typ 262)

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LEICA M (Typ 262)

Dedicated to the essence of rangefinder photography


Leica Camera presents the Leica M (Typ 262), a camera which embodies the M rangefinder philosophy in its purest form. The Leica M focuses on the essential functions for photography and an intuitive handling concept. It is the most compact full-frame camera system with access to the best lenses in the world. The Leica M (Typ 262) is dedicated to the essence of digital M rangefinder photography. It is a streamlined experience, eschewing the contemporary features of video and Live View to focus on the tried and true methods of using a rangefinder camera. Now with a top plate made of aluminum, the Leica M (Typ 262) is lighter than its M and M-P (Typ 240) siblings by nearly 100 grams.


  • Compact digital M camera concentrating solely on the traditional rangefinder focusing and picture taking methods
  • Top plate made from durable aluminum, making it lighter
  • Streamlined and simplified menu system, consisting of only 2 pages
  • Dedicated button on the back of the camera for White Balance (WB)
  • Quieter shutter mechanism for more discreet shooting
  • 24 megapixel CMOS sensor (still-pictures only) ensures exceptional image quality
  • Leica Maestro processor for fast recording of captured images
  • ISO values up to 6,400 ensure great quality images in low light
  • Fast and accurate manual focusing
  • All the essential controls and functions logically and ergonomically placed
  • LCD made of scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass


LEICA M (Typ 262)

Dedicated to the essence of rangefinder photography

The images from the Leica M (Typ 262) are characterized by outstanding contrast, exceptional detail resolution and low image noise. It is ideal to shoot with available light.

The Leica M (Typ 262) features a shutter cocking system that is quieter than that of its sister models the M and M-P (Typ 240). In single exposure mode, the shutter release frequency is up to two frames per second. In continuous mode, the Leica M (Typ 262) has the same burst rate as its sister model and shoots up to three frames per second.

The low noise and compact size of the camera allows photographers to not only get close to the action, but to the heart of where it is all happening.


Comparison of Leica M (TYP 262), LEICA M (TYP240) & LEICA M-P (TYP 240)


Leica M (Typ 262)         Leica M (Typ 240)                     Leica M-P (Typ 240)


Sensor technology       24 MP-Still-CMOS         24 MP-CMOS                            24 MP-CMOS


Processor                    Leica Maestro               Leica Maestro                           Leica Maestro


Memory Buffer             1 GB                             1 GB                                         2 GB


Monitor                        3” (921,600 pixel),         3” (921,600 pixel),                     3” (921,600 pixel),        

Gorilla Glass                Gorilla Glass                            Sapphire Glass


ISO                              up to 6,400                   up to 6,400                               up to 6,400


Video                           No                                Yes                                          Yes


Live-View                     No                                Yes                                          Yes


Weight incl. battery      600g                             600g                                         705g


Price                            $5,195.00                      $6, 380.00                                 $6,996.00