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The entry level Leica M camera
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.
Seeing the Bigger Picture
The Leica Rangefinder System
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.
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.
What's IncludedM-E (Typ 240) Edition Rangefinder Camera Body
100-240V Battery Charger
Car Charging Cable
Body Bayonet Cover
Flash Shoe Cover
M-E (Typ 240) Edition Camera
|Camera type||compact digital view and range finder system camera|
|Lens attachment||Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding|
|Lens system||Leica M lenses from 16 – 135mm|
|Picture format / Image sensor||CMOS chip, active area approx. 23.9 x 35.8mm (corresponds to usable format of analog Leica M models)|
|Resolution||DNG™: 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 formats||DNG™ (raw data), either uncompressed or compressed (lossless), 2 JPEG compression levels|
|File size||DNG™: Compressed 20-30MB, uncompressed 48.2MB, JPEG: Depending on resolution and picture content|
|Video recording format||Motion JPG/Quicktime|
|Video frame rates||24B/s, 25B/s, 30B/s (with VGA resolution only)|
|Buffer memory||Leica M [M-E]: 1GB [2GB] / 8  pictures in series|
|Colour spaces||Adobe® RGB, sRGB|
|Sound recording||Mono, stereo using microphone adapter, choice of automatic or manual modulation during recording or fixed “Concert” setting|
|White balance||Automatic, manual, 7 presets, colour temperature entry|
|Storage medium||SD cards up to 2GB / SDHC cards up to 32GB / SDXC cards|
|Menu languages||German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Korean|
|Compatibility||Windows® Vista® SP2/ 7® / 8®; Mac® OS X (10.5 or higher)|
|Exposure metering||Through the Lens (TTL) metering, with variable aperture, center-weighted TTL metering for flash exposure with systemcompliant SCA-3000/2 standard flash units|
|Metering principle / method||For 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 range||ISO 200 to ISO 6400, adjustable in 1/3 ISO increments, choice of automatic control or manual setting, PULL 100|
|Exposure mode||Choice of automatic shutter speed control with manual aperture preselection - aperture priority A, or manual shutter
speed and aperture setting
Flash exposure control
|Flash unit attachment||Using accessory shoe with center and control contacts or using SCA adapter set|
|Synchronization||Optionally triggered at the 1st or 2nd shutter curtain|
|Flash sync time||= 1/180s; 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 cell||2 silicon photo diodes with collection lens on the camera base|
|Flash exposure compensation||±3 1/3 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 principle||Large, bright line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation.|
|Eyepiece||Calibrated to -0.5 dpt.; corrective lenses from -3 to +3 diopter available.|
|Image field limiter||By activating two bright lines each: for 35 and 135mm, 28 and 90mm or 50 and 75mm; automatic switching when lens is
attached; frame colour (red/white) selectable in menu.
|Parallax compensation||The 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
|At 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 finder||Split or superimposed image range finder shown as a bright field in the center of the viewfinder image|
|Effective metering basis||47.1mm (mechanical measurement basis 69.25mm x viewfinder magnification 0.68x)|
|Displays||In the viewfinder
Four-digit digital display with dots above and below, displays
3” colour TFT LCD monitor with 16m colours and 921,600 pixels, approx. 100% image field, max. 170° viewing angle
Shutter and shutter release
|Shutter||Metal blade focal plane shutter with vertical movement|
|Shutter speeds||For 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). (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 exposure|
|Activation of shutter||By integrated motor, low noise operation|
|Picture series||Approx. 3 pictures/s, ≤ 12 pictures in series|
|Shutter release||For 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-timer||Delay 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/off||Using 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 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
|Charger||Inputs: 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 level||Measurement 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
|Material||All-metal die cast magnesium body, leather covering. Brass top panel and base, black or steel gray lacquered finish|
|Tripod thread||A ¼ (¼“) DIN stainless steel in bottom|
|Interfaces||ISO flash shoe, accessory socket|
|Dimensions (WxDxH)||Approx. 138.6 x 42 x 80 mm (5.5 x 1.7 x 3.15")|
|Weight||Approx. 680 g (24 oz.)
* With battery.
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