The LeicaM (Typ 262) joins the Leica M and M-P (Typ 240); and Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246).
Leica has announced the Leica M (Typ 262), a digital rangefinder that Leica says represents Leica M photography in its purest form.
Sure, Pentax paved the way for the rainbow of on-demand custom color combinations, and Leica's always offered custom engraving on its cameras, but Leica's taking personalization a step further and allowing you to select specific features for the Typ 240 full-frame interchangeable-lens camera with its new a la carte program.
The Leica M (Type 262) cannot record video footage, for example, unlike its older brother. Beyond all that, it's largely the same camera as the Typ 240, with a 24-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, a shutter speed dial up top, an ISO range of 100-6400, and of course the Leica M lens mount.
Compared to the Leica M (Typ 240), the new Leica M (Typ 262) omits many big features in order to deliver a simpler still photography experience. And one new feature that's likely to appeal to Leica's devoted demographic of street photographers is a shutter that the company describes as "hardly audible", guaranteeing "maximum discreetness".
The Leica M à la carte program includes various finishes for the camera body itself, with the choice of black or silver chrome, or black enamel. The Typ 262 retails for $5,195 in the US (for reference, the Typ 240 retails for just under $7000 USD). This has the effect of making the camera 100g lighter.
It's a nod to Leica's analog roots and the Typ 262 is meant to be used as a true rangefinder camera, but this omission seems odd because streaming a live-view picture of the sensor to the screen isn't an impossible feat. The words "Made in Germany" are engraved on the back of the camera.
The standard model in the Ã la carte series will double the buffer memory of the original M, to 2GB, allowing for longer continuous shooting. Its "streamlined" and "simplified" menu system is considered a feature as well.
The Leica M Typ 262 is now available for preorder with shipping beginning on November 25th.