Leica M-E

The Entry-Level Leica M Camera

The moment you purchase and begin using a Leica M changes your view of the world. And getting into the M-System has never been easier: become the proud owner of the new Leica M-E, benefit from its new entry point retail price and use this opportunity to join the family of M photographers.

The new Leica M-E continues the unique tradition of rangefinder photography. A stringent paring down to the most essential camera functions ensures a streamlined and intuitive operation. Compact, quiet and characteristically discreet, the new Leica M-E allows photographers to blend into their surroundings, establish a direct connection with their subject, and capture each scene with absolute authenticity and brilliant image quality.


The Leica Rangefinder System

Seeing the Bigger Picture

Leica’s unique M-System – whose name is based on the German term ‘Messsucher’, meaning rangefinder — has been making history for 65 years. The ‘Messsucher’ presents a bigger picture, a broader view of your subject, and opens up a whole new world of creative freedom enabling the photographer to anticipate the scene before them — and press the shutter at the decisive moment. Therefore, Leica M cameras are particularly suited to street and reportage photography. Additionally, the rangefinder allows for a fast and precise focus, even in challenging lighting conditions.


The Iconic M Design

Visual and Tactile Perfection

The Leica M-E (Typ 240) is distinguished by a timelessly elegant design and high-end construction; each model is handcrafted in Germany. The compact camera body is dust and spray water resistant, while the genuine leather trim offers both a sophisticated appearance and a safer grip on the camera. Top and base plate are finished in an anthracite gray paint which has been developed especially for the M-E.

As with all Leica M models, owners of the new M-E benefit from the comprehensive system compatibility that distinguishes the Leica M series. Thanks to the long-established Leica M-Mount, the M-E is compatible with nearly every M lens ever produced — and so represents a particularly sustainable investment.


24-Megapixel CMOS Sensor

Image Quality without Compromise

The new Leica M-E ranks among the most compact full-frame camera systems in the world. Its 24MP CMOS sensor offers a high light sensitivity up to ISO 6400 – yielding outstanding image results even in low-light situations. Its 2GB buffer memory ensures that the Leica M-E is always ready to shoot, even when capturing a rapid succession of frames – so you can rest assured that you will never miss out on the decisive moment.


Integrated Video Function

The Leica Look in Full-HD

Thanks to its high resolution and light sensitivity, the Leica M-E delivers photographs imbued with the classic ‘Leica look’, characterized by a unique bokeh rendition Leica lenses are known for. Owners of the new Leica M-E are also able to apply this distinctive quality to their moving pictures. The Leica M-E features a 1080p, full-HD movie mode — allowing you to capture stunning videos using a dedicated recording button, adding yet another dimension to your creative pursuits.

Camera typecompact digital view and range finder system camera
Lens attachmentLeica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding
Lens systemLeica M lenses from 16 – 135mm
Picture format / Image sensorCMOS chip, active area approx. 23.9 x 35.8mm (corresponds to usable format of analog Leica M models)
ResolutionDNG™: 5976 x 3992 pixels (24MP), JPEG: 5952 x 3968 pixels (24MP), 4256 x 2832 pixels (12MP), 2976 x 1984 pixels (6MP), 1600 x 1072 pixels (1.7MP); For video recordings: 640 x 480 pixels (VGA), 720P, 1080P
Data formatsDNG™ (raw data), either uncompressed or compressed (lossless), 2 JPEG compression levels
File sizeDNG™: Compressed 20-30MB, uncompressed 48.2MB, JPEG: Depending on resolution and picture content
Video recording formatMotion JPG/Quicktime
Video frame rates24B/s, 25B/s, 30B/s (with VGA resolution only)
Buffer memoryLeica M [M-E]: 1GB [2GB] / 8 [16] pictures in series
Color spacesAdobe® RGB, sRGB
Sound recordingMono, stereo using microphone adapter, choice of automatic or manual modulation during recording or fixed “Concert” setting
White balanceAutomatic, manual, 7 presets, color temperature entry
Storage mediumSD cards up to 2GB / SDHC cards up to 32GB / SDXC cards
Menu languagesGerman, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Korean
CompatibilityWindows® Vista® SP2/ 7® / 8®; Mac® OS X (10.5 or higher)
Exposure meteringThrough the Lens (TTL) metering, with variable aperture, center-weighted TTL metering for flash exposure with systemcompliant SCA-3000/2 standard flash units
Metering principle / methodFor metering the light reflected by light blades of the 1st shutter curtain onto a measuring cell: Strong center-weighted; for metering on the sensor: Spot, center-weighted, multi-field metering
Metering range(with ISO 200/24) At room temperature and normal humidity, corresponds to ISO 200 at aperture 1.0 EV0 to EV20 at aperture 32. Flashing of the left triangular LED in the viewfinder indicates values below the metering range
Sensitivity rangeISO 200 to ISO 6400, adjustable in 1/3 ISO increments, choice of automatic control or manual setting, PULL 100
Exposure modeChoice of automatic shutter speed control with manual aperture preselection - aperture priority A, or manual shutter speed and aperture setting
Flash exposure control
Flash unit attachmentUsing accessory shoe with center and control contacts or using SCA adapter set
SynchronizationOptionally triggered at the 1st or 2nd shutter curtain
Flash sync time1/180s; slower shutter speeds can be used, if working below sync speed: Automatic switching to TL linear flash mode with HSS compatible Leica system flash units
Flash exposure metering(with SCA-3502-M5 adapter or SCA-3000 standard flash unit, e.g. Leica SF 26/Leica SF 58) Control with centerweighted TTL pre-flash metering
Flash measurement cell2 silicon photo diodes with collection lens on the camera base
Flash exposure compensation±31/3 EV adjustable in 1/3 EV; on Leica SF 58 ±3EV adjustable in 1/3 EV increments in all modes
Displays in flash mode (in viewfinder only)Ready: Constant illumination of flash symbol LED in viewfinder. Confirmation: Continued illumination or brief rapid flashing of LED after exposure. Underexposure indicator: LED temporarily goes out.
Viewfinder principleLarge, bright line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation
EyepieceCalibrated to -0.5 dpt.; corrective lenses from -3 to +3 diopter available
Image field limiterBy activating two bright lines each: for 35 and 135mm, 28 and 90mm or 50 and 75mm; automatic switching when lens is attached; frame color (red/white) selectable in menu
Parallax compensationThe horizontal and vertical difference between the viewfinder and the lens is automatically compensated according to the relevant distance setting, i.e. the viewfinder bright-line automatically aligns with the subject detail recorded by the lens
Matching viewfinder and actual imageAt a range setting of 2m, the bright-line frame size corresponds exactly to the sensor size of approx. 23.9 x 35.8mm; at infinity setting, depending on the focal length, approx. 7.3% (28mm) to 18% (135mm) more is recorded by the sensor than indicated by the corresponding bright line frame and slightly less for shorter distance settings than 2m
Magnification (For all lenses)0.68 x
Large-basis range finderSplit or superimposed image range finder shown as a bright field in the center of the viewfinder image
Effective metering basis47.1mm (mechanical measurement basis 69.25mm x viewfinder magnification 0.68x)
In the viewfinderFour-digit digital display with dots above and below, displays
On back3” color TFT LCD monitor with 16m colors and 921,600 pixels, approx. 100% image field, max. 170° viewing angle
Shutter and shutter release
ShutterMetal blade focal plane shutter with vertical movement
Shutter speedsFor aperture priority: (A) continuous from 32s to 1/4000s., For manual adjustment: 8s to 1/4000s in half steps, B: For long
exposures up to maximum 60s (in conjunction with self-timer T function, i.e. 1st release = shutter opens, 2nd release =
shutter closes). Flash (1/180s): Fastest shutter speed for flash synchronization, HSS linear flash mode possible with all
shutter speeds faster than 1/180s with HSS-compatible Leica system flash units); for video recordings (aperture priority
and manual mode): 1/30 to 1/4000s, for manual mode possible override of specified shutter speed to ensure correct
Activation of shutterBy integrated motor, low noise operation
Picture seriesApprox. 3 pictures/s, ≤ 12 pictures in series
Shutter releaseFor single pictures: Two-stage, 1. Activation of exposure metering and exposure lock (in aperture priority mode), 2. Shutter release; standard thread for cable release integrated
Self-timerDelay optionally 2s (aperture priority and manual exposure setting) or 12s, set in menu, indicated by flashing LED on front
of camera and corresponding display in monitor
Turning the camera on/offUsing main switch on top of camera; optional automatic shutdown of camera electronics after approx. 2/5/10 minutes;
reactivated by tapping the shutter release
Power supplyPower supply 1 lithium ion battery, rated voltage 7.4V, capacity 1800mAh, capacity indicated in top panel display, when shutter held open (for sensor cleaning) additional acoustic warning of low capacity, maximum charging current/voltage: DC, 1100mA/ 8,25V. Model no.: BP-SCL2. Manufacturer: VARTA Microbattery, made in Indonesia
ChargerInputs: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz, automatic switching, or 12V DC, 1.3A; Output: DC, 7.4V, 1000mA. Model no.: BC-SCL2. Manufacturer: Guangdong PISEN Electronics Co., Ltd., made in China
Spirit levelMeasurement by 3-level acceleration sensor, measuring range: inclination (about transverse axis) and tilt (about longitudinal axis) each ±90°, measuring accuracy / display sensitivity: ≤1° at 0-40°C and horizontal alignment, display in
Camera body
MaterialAll-metal die cast magnesium body, leather covering. Brass top panel and base, anthracite finish
Tripod threadA ¼ (¼“) DIN stainless steel in bottom
Operating conditions0-40°C
InterfacesISO flash shoe, accessory socket
Dimensions(Width x Depth x Height) Approx. 138.6 x 42 x 80mm
WeightApprox. 680g (with battery)
Package contentsCharger 100-240V with 2 mains cables (Euro, USA, varies in some export markets) and 1 car charging cable, lithium ion
battery, carrying strap, body bayonet cover, cover for flash shoe / accessory socket

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