Leica Camera has announced a new member of the legendary Leica M family, aimed squarely at newcomers to the M-System. The Leica M-E (Typ 240) is a brand new take on the established formula from the popular Leica M (Typ 240) cameras, with some welcome changes and improvements. It offers a full frame 24 megapixel CMOS sensor, Leica Maestro processor, 2-year Leica warranty and access to the full portfolio of Leica M lenses for a price of $3,995 – making it the new entry-point of Leica M rangefinders.
Leica M-E Typ 240 will be priced at $3,995 / £3,500 (tax included). Check availability at B&H Photo.
Additionally, the Leica M-E (Typ 240) features a new anthracite-gray lacquered finish, developed just for this camera, and a genuine leather covering for excellent grip and premium style. In regards to technical prowess, it offers the same great performance of the Leica M (Typ 240) generation with an upgraded 2 GB buffer for longer and more sustained continuous burst shooting.
The Leica M-E (Typ 240) will go on sale July 25, 2019 at Leica Stores, Boutiques and Dealers.
Leica M-E Typ 240 Camera Features
- 24MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
- Leica Maestro Image Processor
- Optical 0.68x-Magnification Viewfinder
- 3.0″ 920k-Dot LCD
- Full HD 1080p Video Recording
- ISO 200-6400, up to 3 fps Shooting
- 2GB Buffer and Integrated Spirit Level
- Magnesium Alloy Body and Brass Top Plate
- Anthracite Paint Finish & Black Leather
From press text:
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.
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.
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.