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Leica M-E (Typ 220)
The essence of rangefinder photography



The M-E Digital Rangefinder Camera from Leica is a full frame, interchangeable lens camera that embodies the notion that less is more.By concentrating on essential photographic functions, the M-E produces high quality images in a fast and stealthy manner.

The camera houses a full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor but retains a compact, durable and well-designed form. The 18MP CCD sensor in full 35mm format offers high-resolution imaging and the omission of the sensor's low-pass filter creates photos with fine details and an increased visual impact.

The sensor matches well with the compact M-system and M-series lenses, giving uniform exposure across the entire sensor. The camera's compatibility with the full line of superb Leica M-series lenses provides flexibility in shooting and sharp imagery.

By declining to incorporate features such as Live View and Video functions, the M-E frees itself to perfect only those functions that create a better photographic image. Its fast and accurate manual focusing is achieved via the optical viewfinder/rangefinder and the smooth, exact focusing ring of a Leica lens. Shutter speeds from bulb mode through 1/4000th of seconds can be set manually or automatically determined by the camera.

The shutter mechanism is a closed type focal plane shutter with external cocking mechanics and provides a quiet and smooth action. A 2.5" TFT LCD screen with 230,000 pixels offers clear image playback and menu control and the camera body itself is an all-metal casing made of die-cast magnesium with an attractive anthracite-gray finish and a real leather wrap which provides a good grip as well as good looks.

A hot shoe mount is available for optional flash attachment. This is an ideal camera for those interested in a pure photographic system which produces uncompromised image quality.




Concentrated on the essentials

The Leica M-E is a modern camera that works like a classic, so mastering the essentials of this piece comes quickly and naturally. You may focus manually - using the rangefinder and focusing ring of the lens - or select automatically determined or manually set shutter speeds.

Uncompromising image quality

The 18-megapixel high-resolution CCD sensor in full 35 mm format is a perfect fit in the M-System. The micro lens layout makes it tolerant of oblique light rays impinging on the surface and guarantees uniform exposure and extreme sharpness. The omission of the low-pass filter reduces the need for digital post-processing and offers a particularly natural visual impact.

Classic M design

The essence of the M-System is reflected in the functional design which lends clarity and an absolute timeless to the camera’s character. The top and base plates are discreetly finished in anthracite-grey paint and the leather trim offers superior grip. The quiet sound signature of its shutter release shows our attention to the finest of details.

Quiet, discreet, compact

The M-System proudly claims discretion and unobtrusiveness as particular strengths, perfectly showcased by Leica M-E’s inconspicuous shutter action. Additionally, the combination of camera and lens offers a more compact system than any other full-format camera, allowing M-Photographers to almost blend into the scenery to capture life’s most precious, fleeting moments.



Lens Mount Leica M
Camera Format Full-Frame
Pixels Actual: 18.5 Megapixel
Effective: 18 Megapixel
Max Resolution 18MP: 5270 x 3516
Sensor Type / Size CCD, 35.8 x 23.9 mm
File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
AV Recording
Video Recording No
Focus Control
Focus Type Manual
Focus Mode Manual Focus (M)
Viewfinder Type Optical, LCD Display
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.68x
Diopter Adjustment - 3 to +3 m
Display Screen 2.5" Rear Screen   LCD (230,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 160-2500 (Extended Mode: 80-)
Shutter 240 - 1/4000 seconds
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Kelvin, Manual, Shade, Tungsten
Burst Rate Up to 2 fps at 18 MP
Built-in Flash No
Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 sec
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Start-up Time 0.7 Seconds
Continuous Shooting Up to 2 fps
Self Timer 2 sec, 12 sec
Interval Recording No
Wi-Fi Capable No
Software System Requirements Windows: XP, Vista, 7
Mac: OS X 10.6 or later
Battery 1x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7VDC, 1860mAh
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.5 x 3.1 x 1.5" / 139.0 x 80.0 x 37.0 mm
Weight 20.64 oz / 585 g with battery
Shipping Info
Shipping Weight 4.55 lb
Box Dimensions (WxHxD) 7.8 x 7.4 x 8.7



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