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Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M Typ 262

Portability
78
Imaging
65
Features
23
Overall
48
Leica M-Monochrom front
 
Leica M Typ 262 front
Portability
77
Imaging
72
Features
35
Overall
57

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M Typ 262 Key Specs

Leica M-Monochrom
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 10000
  • No Video
  • Leica M Mount
  • 600g - 139 x 80 x 37mm
  • Released May 2012
Leica M Typ 262
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 6400
  • Leica M Mount
  • 600g - 139 x 80 x 42mm
  • Introduced November 2015
  • Additionally Known as Typ 262
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Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M Typ 262 Overview

Here is a thorough overview of the Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M Typ 262, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras and both of them are sold by Leica. There exists a significant gap between the image resolutions of the M-Monochrom (18MP) and M Typ 262 (24MP) but they use the same exact sensor size (Full frame).

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The M-Monochrom was brought out 4 years before the M Typ 262 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before getting in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a concise view of how the M-Monochrom grades against the M Typ 262 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Leica M-Monochrom over the Leica M Typ 262

 M-Monochrom M Typ 262 

Reasons to pick Leica M Typ 262 over the Leica M-Monochrom

 M Typ 262 M-Monochrom 
IntroducedNovember 2015May 2012Fresher by 42 months
Screen sizing3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution921k230kSharper screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Leica M-Monochrom and Leica M Typ 262

 M-Monochrom M Typ 262 
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M Typ 262 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry your camera frequently, you'll have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Leica M-Monochrom provides outside measurements of 139mm x 80mm x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") and a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs) and the Leica M Typ 262 has measurements of 139mm x 80mm x 42mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.7") with a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs).

Take a look at the Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M Typ 262 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you select during that time. Underneath is the front view scale comparison of the M-Monochrom versus the M Typ 262.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M Typ 262 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the M-Monochrom and M Typ 262 is 78 and 77 respectively.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M Typ 262 top view buttons comparison

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M Typ 262 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is difficult to visualise the contrast between sensor sizing merely by reading through specifications. The graphic below might give you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the M-Monochrom and M Typ 262.

To sum up, each of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same resolution. You should count on the Leica M Typ 262 to give greater detail having its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop photographs far more aggressively. The older M-Monochrom is going to be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M Typ 262 sensor size comparison

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M Typ 262 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M Typ 262 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Portrait Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Portrait photography features
Leica M Typ 262 Portrait photography features
71
you can focus manually
good resolution (18 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
saves RAW files
no liveview feature
75
has manual focus
resolution is good (24MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
no liveview
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Street Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Street photography details
Leica M Typ 262 Street photography details
65
sensor size is great (Full frame)
saves RAW files
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
66
sensor size is great (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Sports photography features
Leica M Typ 262 Sports photography features
45
good resolution (18MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
no liveview feature
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
terrible battery (350 CIPA)
no phase detect auto focus
50
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
no liveview
max fps very slow (3.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Travel photography info
Leica M Typ 262 Travel photography info
54
good resolution (18MP)
does not have Time Lapse mode
terrible battery (350 CIPA)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
58
resolution is good (24MP)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
does not have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom as a Landscape photography camera
Leica M Typ 262 as a Landscape photography camera
58
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Leica M mount)
good resolution (18 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
saves RAW files
tiny screen (2.5")
no liveview feature
no image stabilization
terrible battery (350 shots)
does not have Time Lapse mode
69
has manual focus
switch lenses (Leica M mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
no liveview
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom as a Vlogging camera
Leica M Typ 262 as a Vlogging camera
9
no video recording
22
does not have a selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
video res low ( pixels)
doesn't have external mic support
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Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M Typ 262 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica M-Monochrom and Leica M Typ 262
 Leica M-MonochromLeica M Typ 262
General Information
Brand Name Leica Leica
Model type Leica M-Monochrom Leica M Typ 262
Alternative name - Typ 262
Type Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Released 2012-05-10 2015-11-19
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 35.8 x 23.9mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 855.6mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Max resolution 5212 x 3472 5952 x 3976
Max native ISO 10000 6400
Lowest native ISO 160 200
RAW support
Lowest enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Lens
Lens mount type Leica M Leica M
Number of lenses 59 59
Crop factor 1 1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.5 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology TFT color LCD with a sapphire glass LCD cover -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (rangefinder) Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder magnification 0.68x 0.68x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 32 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash settings Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync no built-in flash
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/180 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Max video resolution None -
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 600g (1.32 lb) 600g (1.32 lb)
Dimensions 139 x 80 x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") 139 x 80 x 42mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 350 shots -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery ID - BP-SCL2
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Price at release $7,950 $5,069