Leica M Typ 262

Leica M Typ 262 front
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 6400
  • Leica M Mount
  • 600g - 139 x 80 x 42mm
  • Revealed November 2015
  • Additionally Known as Typ 262
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Leica M Typ 262 overview

Leica M Typ 262 is Leica's Pro Mirrorless digital camera originally launched on November of 2015. The camera includes a 24MP, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 5952 x 3976. It is known as "Typ 262" in certain countries.

The M Typ 262 is rated #64 out of 69 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & all-around #341 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check out our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your customized factors.

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Here is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Leica M Typ 262 history

The Leica M Typ 262 is part of a family of products. You can read the complete range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Leica-M11 front thumbnailLeica M11
M Typ 262 vs M11
60MPFull frame4.5 fps2022
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Leica-M10 front thumbnailLeica M10
M Typ 262 vs M10
24MPFull frame5.0 fps2017
Leica-M-Typ-262 front thumbnailLeica M Typ 26224MPFull frame3.0 fps2015
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Leica-M-Typ-240 front thumbnailLeica M Typ 240
M Typ 262 vs M Typ 240
24MPFull frame3.0 fps2012
Leica-M9-P front thumbnailLeica M9-P
M Typ 262 vs M9-P
18MPFull frame2.0 fps2011
Leica-M9 front thumbnailLeica M9
M Typ 262 vs M9
18MPFull frame2.0 fps2009

Leica M Typ 262 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of good and bad points of the Leica M Typ 262 based on criterias that are oftentimes viewed as important in a digital camera.

big sensor size (Full frame)
high resolution screen (921 k dots)
MP count decent (24MP)
pretty good screen size (3")
saves RAW formats
swap lenses (Leica M mount)
you can focus manually
doesn't have liveview
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
lack of phase detect auto focus
lack of shutter priority mode
low quality video ( resolution)
no HDMI socket
no headphone socket
no image stabilization
no mic socket
no Time Lapse mode
screen does not articulate
slow fps (3.0 fps)
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Leica M Typ 262 Sensor details

The Leica M Typ 262 features the Maestro processor chip. The measurement of the sensor on the Leica M Typ 262 is 35.8mm x 23.9mm (Full frame). The 856 mm² sensor can resolve 5952 x 3976 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor has 24MP and features a standard ISO range of 200 to 6400. This ISO can be increased electronically to a minimum of 100. RAW files are saved therefore the user has wider margin for error.

The picture below displays the M Typ 262's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The M Typ 262 sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is highlighted in green.

Leica M Typ 262 sensor size Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone

To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Leica M Typ 262 dimensions

Leica M Typ 262 weighs 1.32 lb (600g or 21.16 ounces) & has outer proportions of 139mm x 80mm x 42mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.7"). The weight of normal Pro Mirrorless camera is 719g and the Leica M Typ 262 is lighter when compared to other competitors.

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Listed below is a visual of the Leica M Typ 262 next to a softdrink to help you to get a sense of its scale.

Leica M Typ 262 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will highlight the button arrangement on the M Typ 262.

Leica M Typ 262 topview buttons dials

Leica M Typ 262 Lens specs

The M Typ 262 fits the Leica M mount and has 62 lenses that you can purchase. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the M Typ 262.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Carl-Zeiss-Planar-T2-50-ZM-Leica-M lensCarl Zeiss Planar T 250 ZM50mmf/2.0 230g
Carl-Zeiss-Biogon-T2.8-28-ZM-Leica-M lensCarl Zeiss Biogon T 2,828 ZM28mmf/2.8 230g
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Carl-Zeiss-Tele-Tessar-T4-85-ZM-Leica-M lensCarl Zeiss Tele-Tessar T 485 ZM85mmf/4.0 310g
Leica-Noctilux-M-50mm-f0.95-ASPH lensLeica Noctilux-M 50mm f0.95 ASPH50mmf/0.95 700g
Leica-Super-Elmar-M-18mm-f3.8-ASPH lensLeica Super-Elmar-M 18mm f3.8 ASPH18mmf/3.8 310g
Leica-Noctilux-M-75mm-F1.25-ASPH lensLeica Noctilux-M 75mm F1.25 ASPH75mmf/1.21055g
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Leica-Summicron-M-35mm-f2-ASPH lensLeica Summicron-M 35mm f2 ASPH35mmf/2.0 255g
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Leica M Typ 262 Connectivity

The M Typ 262 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily send files and in some cases alter camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Several applications even allow a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Leica M Typ 262 Video specs

Leica M Typ 262 does not take video. If you are wanting a digital camera to take only photos, this might not be a problem.

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Leica M Typ 262 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Leica M Typ 262 so you need to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.

Leica M Typ 262 Screen and Viewfinder

The Leica M Typ 262 includes a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 921k dots.

Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specs for Leica M Typ 262 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (rangefinder)
  • Magnification 0.68x

Viewfinders can be really helpful for bright outdoor conditions which can make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.

Leica M Typ 262 Shutter specs

Leica M Typ 262 can shoot continuously at 3.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Leica M Typ 262 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Leica M Typ 262 features external flash ability but does not include inbuilt flash.

Leica M Typ 262 Autofocus specs

Leica M Typ 262 has not got Auto focusing. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and accurate when compared to Contrast Based focusing.

Leica M Typ 262 has the ability to use manual focusing when needed for low light conditions or you need more precise focusing control.

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Leica M Typ 262 Battery life

The general Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 462. Olympus E-M1X offers the highest possible (870) battery life for this range of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Pro Mirrorless cameras having the strongest battery life:

Leica M Typ 262 for different forms of photography

The following chart provides a summation of the Leica M Typ 262 for different forms of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section below.

Leica M Typ 262 as a Portrait photography camera

The Leica M Typ 262 gets a rating of 75 which is above average, and means the camera is a respectable pick for portrait photography. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW files along with the ability to use external flash.

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focusing manually
megapixel count decent (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
doesn't have liveview

Leica M Typ 262 Street photography advice

Having a above average rating of 66, the Leica M Typ 262 is a fine fit to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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sensor size is big (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
fixed screen
no image stabilization

Leica M Typ 262 Sports photography info

A decent sports photography rating of 50 suggests the Leica M Typ 262 is relatively adequate for photographing sports. A camera needs excellent tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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good resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
does not have liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect AF

Leica M Typ 262 Travel photography info

Size is really crucial when picking a travel camera. Overall, the Leica M Typ 262 gets a moderate 58 as a travel camera which is somewhat appropriate for your journeys.

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resolution is good (24 megapixels)
lack of Time Lapse recording
does not have selfie friendly display

Leica M Typ 262 Landscape photography factors

For anyone looking to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the biggest factor will no doubt be image quality. The Leica M Typ 262 at it's very good score of 70 for a landscape camera is a good pick in the current marketplace.

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manual focus
change lenses (Leica M mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
decent MP (24 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
no liveview
no image stabilization
lack of Timelapse function

Leica M Typ 262 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging should have a articulating screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Leica M Typ 262 is simply not appropriate for vlogging as it receives a subpar score of 22.

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doesn't have selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
video res low ( pixels)
missing mic port

Leica M Typ 262 Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the M Typ 262, here is a range of the highest scored cameras which fall into the family of Pro Mirrorless.

The line graph here provides you a summary of the M Typ 262 versus it's highest ranking competitors listed above.

There are a bunch of cameras you might view as alternatives. To browse through a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Leica M Typ 262
Also called
Typ 262
Pro Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
35.8 x 23.9mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Full resolution
5952 x 3976
RAW images
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Min boosted ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Lens mount type
Leica M
Available lenses
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
Screen resolution
921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash options
no built-in flash
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
600g (1.32 lbs)
Physical dimensions
139 x 80 x 42mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.7")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Card slots
Launch cost