Leica M (Type 262) in the Test

The new Leica M model features compared to the flagship of M series (type 240) video or live view, costs but around 1,000 euros of less. The well-known full-frame sensor with 24 Mega pixels in cooperation with the “Maestro” image processor is responsible for the image capture.

Leica M (Type 262) in the Test

Cameras from Leica M series you have to look more closely, to know which model you have on. The M’s flagship (type 240) is different than the new model (type 262) due to the absence of the “M” on the front. In addition, the silver focus button, it enables the Magnifier in the top model in the live view mode is missing front. The back is solid black, while the type 240 the dial and the 4-way switch with integrated Info button silver shine. Both cameras use a 24-Mega pixel CMOS in the format 36 x 24 mm for the image capture. It is missing some features in the new, and the camera is around 1,000 euros cheaper than the top model. A real offer? Or go with the flagship at the end better?

Casing and Accessories

The housing of the new M is made of a magnesium alloy, is sealed against dust and water spray and painted black or silver chrome finish available. The deck Cap Leica used for aluminium, the M-top model, however, brass, which increases the weight 80 g. The metal thumb rest on the back is typical of both, compared to earlier Leica cameras. The value of the case is palpable, the grip can be more likely to want left – so camera strap please use so that the camera slips on a hot day, not through the sweaty fingers.

SD-card slot and battery sit under the removable floor plate. Both M models use the same battery (1800 mAh). a charger – fortunately is included with car charger. On the Leica FAQ page, one finds information given to the battery. Therefore around 800 images in the viewfinder mode and approximately 400 images in live-view mode should be per battery charge. With the new M not only tempts to switch to live view mode: this is missing as well as a video function. To focus it relies completely on the classical mixing-image range finder. There is no auto focus in the M-System. The 3-inch monitor is used exclusively for the picture and menu display.

To the existing hot shoe can be attached Leica – System Flash unit – the smaller models 26 SF and SF 40 up to the SF 64, with a guide number of 64 at ISO 100 / 21 ° belongs to the most powerful Compact Flash device on the market. Gratifying: for Flash in Aperture priority mode, the camera allows the setting of a time limit for the longest, shutter to be selected by the camera machine.

Exposure Modes

The most important element of the granted on top of the camera is the snap-in half shutter speed shutter speed dial. The vertical-running focal plane shutter allows shutter speeds from 1/4000 to 8 s (in Aperture priority mode, B mode up to 60 s). The setting for the Flash sync speed (1/180s) and “A” for Aperture priority mode aperture priority are highlighted in red. The working aperture is set on the aperture ring of the lens, in full or half EV steps. The trigger is surrounded by a rotary switch snap in four steps, the choice between S (still picture), C (continuous shooting, Max 3.3 B / s and 10 in series), self-timer (2 or 12 s) and “Off” allows. The switch-on delay is quite long with 2.8 s.

The exposure determines the M (type 262) only integral Center-weighted; It measures the light reflected by the grey white coated sealing blades. If you press the shutter button to the first pressure point, activate exposure metering and storage alike. You can correct the snippet so trigger and then raise it with the saved values. The exposure time to the selected panel appears in the viewfinder. Also allows you to display a post run measurement based on light scales for manual setting of time and aperture. What you do without when compared to the M-top model, is mode “Advanced”, which measured the exposure directly to the sensor, which allows even more field and selective metering.

Buttons and menus because of the small scope of M (type 262) has only two main menu pages with 16 entries. Among other things there can set the response sensitivity of over / underexposure warning when playing and vary the lower threshold value between 0 and 20, the top between 255 and 200. Overexposure is displayed in red, under exposure by blue flashing regions. Through the main menu can you scroll with the wheel on the thumb upright or with arrow keys.

The set menu with eight areas of particularly important for the recording function is practical: ISO, white balance, file format, JPEG resolution, exposure bracketing, exposure compensation, Flash setting and user profile (with four memory locations). Left of the monitor, there are six control buttons, including two direct keys for white balance and ISO setting. In the 4-way switch, the standard OK button to confirm is integrated settings, but an Info button. The OK function does what is getting the set button. With the Info button one calls a status menu with current settings, varies the display image playback while in the shooting mode (exposure data, histogram, clipping).

Exposure compensation can be set not only via the menu: In the menu on the exposure side under the scale the option “direct setting – will find on”.If enabled, simply turn the adjustment wheel to correct the exposure; the selected value will be shown in one-third aperture increments in the viewfinder (E.g.-0.7). Exposure bracketing allows the camera with 3 or 5 images and a spread of 0.5, 1, 2, and 3 EV values – enough space for HDR projects. The possible ISO settings ranging from 100-6400; ISO 100 is defined as a “pull” level, above ISO 3200 begins the “push” region (up to ISO 6400).

There are no settings, however, for the noise filter or the gradation curve. Also, it is not possible to correct the white balance manually starting from WB-auto or a preset. Although the color temperature in Kelvin can be adjusted; the correction on multiple axes of color is however not intended. Too bad, because the camera especially in art or mixed lighting situations sometimes produces strong color casts. Change in this case, the RAW mode – then the M provides universally usable DNG files – and provide everything you need in the RAW converter (element, Photo shop, Light room etc.).

Finally noted: in our test camera’s came again and again to “Freeze” the system, which necessitated the shut down and re boot up, in part, but also the removal of the batteries. We assume that Leica has fixed this bug in the operating system when this test.

Image Quality

Reached 24-Mega pixel CMOS with “Maestro” image processor Leica M (type 626) a high resolution of border around 1800 LP/BRA, up to ISO 6400 only on approximately 1750 LP/bra falls off. The noise in the green range (max. UN 2.0) remains up to ISO 1600, but even at ISO 3200 is a strong growth to (UN 3.1).

Strong noise (UN 5.2) is visible at ISO 6400 and torpedoed the reproduction of fine details, while 53 remain consistently high dead-leaves values – between about 900 and more than 1000 LP/bra. The camera with the dynamics that drops of rich 11.7 apertures at ISO 200 on only 6 apertures at ISO 6400, 8 panels there are at ISO 3200 always afford similar jumps. All in all you should settle for – like in the most full For matern – with ISO 800, if you put value on maximum image quality.

Conclusion

Ease of use with various buttons and manageable menus – the positive flip side of an equally clear functionality, who knows either video or live view mode is one of the strengths of the new m-model (type 262). One wishes latter when refuses the motif of a precise focusing by means of mixing-image range finder. The test lab had this problem at the Siemens star, which is required for the measurement of resolution, and had to make do with a replacement object. Also, who is often photographed with telephoto, should consider seriously whether he not prefer 1000 more invested euro for the top model (type 240), to be the focus in live view mode on the safe side. Regarding the image quality, the low-cost model is not nakedness; There are certain weaknesses in the white balance by the M’s flagship.

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