Leica M-D (Typ 262)

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Leica M-D (Typ 262)
Leica M-D.jpg
Lens mountLeica M-mount
Sensor typeCMOS
Sensor size23.9 × 35.8 mm
Maximum resolution5976 × 3992 pixels (24 MP)
Film sizeISO 200 to ISO 6400
Recording mediumSD cards up to 2 GB, SDHC cards up to 32 GB, SDXC cards
Shutter60 s to 1/4000 s
ViewfinderLarge, bright, combined bright-line viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation
Viewfinder magnification0.68 x
LCD screenNo LCD screen
Battery1 lithium ion rechargeable battery, nominal voltage 7.4V
Dimensions138.6 × 42 × 80 mm (5.45 × 1.65 × 3.15 in)
Weight680 g (24 oz) (with battery)
Made inGermany
PredecessorNone (Leica M Edition 60)
SuccessorLeica M10-D

The Leica M-D (Typ 262) was a digital Rangefinder camera released by Leica Camera on 28 April 2016. The M-D is the second digital camera in the Leica M mount line-up without the rear LCD screen. The first such camera was the Leica M Edition 60 that founded on 16 September 2014, and was released to mark the sixtieth anniversary of its Leica M rangefinder system. Only 600 of these models were made, and were sold for about $18,000/£12,000. The M-D however was a full production model. The camera went on sale in May 2016 with a price of $5995/£4650.[2][3]

Functionally the Leica M-D is almost exactly the same as the Leica M (Typ 262), but without the rear screen and menu buttons. Leica says the camera is designed for the ‘essentials of photography’, or ‘Das Wesentliche’, and that it should help photographers concentrate on the important elements of image making rather than distracting camera functions. The photographer controls only the aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings. Instead of the rear screen is the ISO settings dial in silver, which harks back to the Leica film rangefinders. The camera only records DNG Raw image format.[2]

The M-D features a 24 Megapixels CMOS sensor and an ISO range of 200–6400. The camera's top and bottom plates are made of brass. The viewfinder contains a magnification of 0.68x and offers bright frame markings for 35/135mm, 28/90mm and 50/75mm lenses. The camera does not include the Leica 'red dot' logo, as the company wanted the camera to be as discreet as possible for street photography. The single frame shutter is particularly quiet.[2][4]


  1. ^ Leica Cameras (April 2016). "LEICA M-D (TYP 262) Technical data" (PDF). {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "Leica launches M-D (Typ 262) digital rangefinder with no rear screen". DPReview. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Leica M-D (Typ 262) Review – Specifications". Imaging Resource. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Leica M-D Typ 262". STREET SILHOUETTES. Retrieved 28 November 2019.

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