A month after introducing a new type of mirrorless cameras headed by the Leica SL (Typ 601), which brings a new SL mount and comes accompanied by three new lenses, the German manufacturer Leica brings another MILC innovation, this time from its M series - Leica M (Typ 262).
The Leica M (Typ 262) joins the superb line-up of Leica mirrorless cameras that is composed of the Leica M (Typ 240), Leica M-P Digital (Typ 240), and Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246), and it brings the Leica M photography in its purest form, by combining intuitive handling and discreet styling. The new M (Typ 262) is packed into a housing that is more or less the same as the other M models, and it is also equipped with a full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor and Maestro processor; however, it does not offer video or live view shooting.
What has been improved in relation to the previous generations is its shutter unit, which is now practically inaudible, which is of vital importance in situations where the photographer wishes to remain inconspicuous. What is more, the camera features a new shutter cocking system, which is considerably quieter in the single-exposure mode than the system used in previous models, and it allows up to two frames per second in the single-shot mode. The continuous shooting rate has stayed on the same level - 3 fps.
As for the housing, instead of brass, the top plate of the new Leica M (Typ 262) is now made of aluminum, which makes the new model around 100g lighter than the Leica M (Typ 240). As there is no LV mode, the button space intended for this function, which is located on the rear side of the M (Typ 240), is now used to add direct access to the white balance feature. Since this modes does not include Live View or video recording, the menu is now pretty straightforward and easy to use, as it consists of only two pages.
Scenes are captured either by means of a fixed 3" 921,000-dot LCD screen or by an optical viewfinder with 0.68x magnification. The M (Typ 262) does not offer built-in flash, but it sports a hot shoe for flashguns. It is compatible with Leica M lenses.
The Leica M (Typ 262) is the least expensive of all Leica MILC models from M series and its price will be 'only' $5195. It is already available for sale.
The news was taken from LEICA.