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Leica M (Typ. 262) Digital Rangefinder Camera

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Regular Price: £4,025.00

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Quick Overview

  • The new Leica M (Typ 262) is an new M camera variation dedicated to the essence of M: Rangefinder photography, without Live View or video functionality

  • Top plate engineered from durable aluminium, which makes it around 100 grams lighter than other models

  • High quality black anodized finish – a perfect match for M-Lenses

  • 24 MP-Still-CMOS sensor

  • Leica Maestro processor

  • ISO values of up to 6,400

  • Scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass® LCD cover

  • 3" monitor with 921,600 pixels

  • Made in Germany

  • Pictured lens NOT included

  • One Only!


Leica M (Typ. 262) Digital Rangefinder Camera (Depicted lens not included)


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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 imaging 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. 


The Leica M Family


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LEICA M (Typ 262) – Technical Information

Camera type

Compact digital viewfinder / rangefinder system camera

Lens mount

Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding

Lens system

Leica M lenses from 16 – 135mm


CMOS chip, active area approx. 23.9 x 35.8mm (corresponds to usable format of analogue Leica M models)


DNG™:  5976 x 3992 pixels (24MP), JPEG: 5952 x 3968 pixels (24MP), 4256 x 2832 pixels (12MP), 2976 x 1984 pixels (6MP), 1600 x 1072 pixels (1.7MP)

Image format

DNG™ (raw data), compressed loss-free, JPEG

File size

DNG™: 20-30 MB, JPEG: Depending on resolution and picture content

Buffer memory

1GB / 8 pictures in series

Colour space


White balance

Automatic, manual, 7 presets, colour temperature input


SD cards up to 2GB / SDHC cards up to 32GB / SDXC cards

Menu languages

English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Korean


Windows® 7® / 8®; Mac® OS X (10.5 or higher)

Exposure metering

Through the Lens (TTL) metering, with variable aperture, centre-weighted TTL metering for flash exposure with system-compliant flash units

Metering principle/method

By measuring the light reflected by the light blades of the 1st shutter curtain onto a measuring cell: strongly centre-weighted

Metering range

(With ISO 200/24) At room temperature and normal humidity, corresponds to ISO 200 at aperture 1.0 EV0 to EV20 at aperture 32. Flashing of the left triangular LED in the viewfinder indicates values below the metering range

Sensitivity range

ISO 200 to ISO 6400, adjustable in 1/3 ISO increments, choice of automatic control or manual setting, PULL 100

Exposure modes

Choice of automatic shutter speed control with manual aperture preselection - aperture priority A, or manual shutter speed and aperture setting

Flash exposure control


Flash unit attachment:

Using accessory shoe with centre and control contacts


Optionally triggered at the 1st or 2nd shutter curtain

Flash sync time:

1/180 s; slower shutter speeds can be used, if working below sync speed: Automatic changeover to TTL linear flash mode with HSS-compatible and system-compatible flash units

Flash exposure metering:

(with system-compatible flash units, e.g. Leica SF 26) Control with centre-weighted TTL pre-flash metering

Flash measurement cell:

2 silicon photo diodes with collection lens on the camera base

Flash exposure compensation:

±31/3 EV in 1/3 EV steps can be set (only with system-compatible flash units that do not have their own setting possibility)

Displays in flash mode:

(in viewfinder only) Ready: Constant illumination of flash symbol LED in viewfinder, Function check: Continued illumination or brief rapid flashing of LED after exposure, underexposure indicator: LED temporarily goes out



Viewfinder principle:

Large, bright line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation


Calibrated to -0.5 dpt.; corrective lenses from -3 to +3 diopter available

Image field limiter:

By activating two bright lines each: For 35 and 135mm, or for 28 and 90mm, or for 50 and 75mm; automatic switching when lens is attached

Parallax compensation:

The horizontal and vertical difference between the viewfinder and the lens is automatically compensated according to the relevant distance setting, i.e. the viewfinder bright-line automatically aligns with the subject detail recorded by the lens

Matching viewfinder and actual image:

At a range setting of 2m, the bright-line frame size corresponds exactly to the sensor size of approx. 23.9 x 35.8mm; at infinity setting, depending on the focal length, approx. 7.3% (28mm) to 18% (135mm) more is recorded by the sensor than indicated by the corresponding bright line frame and slightly less for shorter distance settings than 2m


(For all lenses) 0.68 x

Large-base rangefinder:

Split or superimposed image rangefinder shown as a bright rectangular field in the centre of the viewfinder image

Effective metering basis:

47.1mm (mechanical measurement basis 69.25mm x viewfinder magnification 0.68x)



In the viewfinder:

Four-digit digital display with dots above and below, displays

On back:

3“ colour TFT LCD monitor with 16m colours and 921,600 pixels, approx. 100% image field, max. 170° viewing angle

Shutter and shutter release



Metal blade focal plane shutter with vertical movement

Shutter speeds:

For aperture priority: (A) continuously from 60s (ISO-dependent) to 1/4000 s

For manual adjustment: 8s to 1/4000 s in half steps

(B): For long exposures up to max. 60s (together with self-timer: T function, i.e. 1st press = Shutter opens, 2nd press = Shutter closes),  (1/180 s): Fastest shutter speed for flash synchronisation, HSS linear flash mode possible with all shutter speeds faster than 1/180 s with HSS-compatible Leica system flash units)

Activation of shutter release button:

By integrated motor, low noise operation

Picture series:

Approx. ≤12 pictures in series with 3 pictures/s, then slower

Shutter release button:

Two-stage, 1. Activation of exposure metering and exposure lock (in aperture priority mode), 2. Shutter release; standard thread for cable release integrated

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