Leica has introduced a new M-E model designed to give users access to the M system at a lower price than would usually be required to buy one of its rangefinders. The M-E (Typ 240) replaces the M-E (Typ 220) first introduced in 2017 and delivers several upgraded features.

The new model offers a 24MP CMOS sensor, presumably the one from the 2012 Leica M (Typ 240). So, while it matches the resolution of the top end M10-P, it has an ISO range limited to the same 200-6400 as the older camera.

The buffer for drive shooting and clearing images to the memory card is also increased to 2GB, allowing three frames per second, and this new model can shoot video—but only in 1080p FHD. A special grey anthracite paint coats the body of the camera, the rear display is a 3-inch 920k-dot screen and Leica claims the M-E (Typ 240) is dust and spray proof. The viewfinder has a 0.68x magnification.

Details are still a bit thin on the ground as Leica hasn’t released any further technical specifications yet, but B&H currently has the M-E (Typ 240) listed for $3995 body only. The camera is set to be available at the end of July 2019.

For more information see the Leica website.

Manufacturer information:

Leica M-E (Typ 240)

Welcome to the M Family!

The moment in which you decide to purchase a Leica M changes your view of the world. And making the choice has never been easier: become the proud owner of the new Leica M-E, benefit from its exceptionally favourable 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.

Available End of July 2019!

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: this enables the photographer to anticipate the way in which a composition might develop — and press the shutter at the decisive moment.

Consequently, Leica M cameras are particularly suited to street and reportage photography. In addition, 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 aesthetic 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 grey 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 M bayonet 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 of up to ISO 6400 – facilitating 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

Leica Look in Full-HD
Thanks to its exceedingly high resolution and light sensitivity, the Leica M-E delivers photographs imbued with the classic ‘Leica look’, characterized by a unique bokeh rendition. Owners of the new Leica M-E are also able to apply this distinctive quality to their moving images: 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.