When the Leica R6.2 was released in 1992, its minimum shutter speed of 1/2000 second made it twice as fast as its predecessor. It would also be the last mechanical mirror reflex camera of the R series – all models from the R7 onwards were purely electronic.
The most noticeable external difference to its predecessor, the R6, was the R6.2's relocated exposure counter. This was now adjacent to the metering selector switch, enabling it to be read considerably more quickly. There were also a number of internal changes, which included an improved and slimmed-down mechanical shutter so that shorter exposure times no longer presented a problem.