If you’ve been waiting to see what Leica has up its sleeve, the wait is over. New images and details have leaked showing off the yet-to-be-announced Leica M-D Typ 262, a digital rangefinder that lacks an LCD display on the rear of the camera.
As can be seen in the images below, the 24-megapixel CMOS rangefinder will keep the iconic design of Leica’s M-series rangefinders–for the most part. Two notable details missing include the iconic red dot above the lens, as well as the LCD screen on the back.
This isn’t the first time Leica has released a camera without an LCD screen. It is however the first time they’ve done so on a full scale production model. The first M-series camera to do so was the M Edition 60, but that was a limited-edition camera that was made to celebrate 60 years of Leica’s iconic M-series camera lineup. Only 600 of those were ever made.
As far as specs, Red Dot Cameras has posted a product page confirming the camera will feature a 24-megapixel CMOS powered by Leica’s Maestro processor. ISO will top out at 6,400.
As for the dial on the back, it’s an ISO speed dial that will help you quickly change the sensor’s sensitivity on the fly. Why they didn’t just integrate it into a dial on top, I’m not sure, but hey. It’s Leica. They don’t need to answer to anyone.
Leica says this ‘purist design concentrates attention entirely on composition. It consistently shifts the focus to the creative aspects of each subject – less technology for more creativity.’
Red Dot Cameras lists the Leica M-D Typ 262 for £4,650 (~$6,500), but exchange rates and more could affect the final pricing in other countries.
[via Leica Rumors]