Leica M-E Digital Rangefinder Camera Body, 18MP, 2.5" TFT Display, 0.68x Optical Viewfinder Magnification

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About Leica M-E

Technically at the high level of a rangefinder technology perfected over decades, the Leica M-E Digital Rangefinder Camera Body stands for the essence of rangefinder photography. With its concentration on essential photographic functions for accustomed dependability in all typical M fields of use, it is the ideal entry-level model for photographers wishing to experience the fascination of M-Photography.

Featuring the proven, high-resolution, 18 MP CCD sensors in full 35 mm format, the Leica M-E offers maximum imaging quality in combination with the distinct advantages of rangefinder photography. Its most distinctive feature is a minimized, purist, design statement. The top deck and base plate are discreetly finished in unobtrusive anthracite gray. The application of a new leather trim with enhanced grip characteristics ideally complements the camera's classical design.

Leica M-E Features

  • The smallest interchangeable lens full frame camera in the world
  • Unique Leica lenses deliver the best image quality
  • Brilliant viewfinder quality and precise focusing through the Leica rangefinder
  • The essence of rangefinder photography, reduced to the essential photographic features
  • Classic Leica M design with anthracite grey on top cover and easy grip leather

Leica M-E Specifications

Camera Type
Compact digital view and rangefinder system still camera
Lens mount
Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding
Lens system
Leica M Lenses
Top cover
Milled brass top cover with classic M design
All-metal case made of die-cast magnesium; synthetic leather covering. Cap and base plate made of brass
Image sensor
KAF-18500 18 MP CCD Sensor
Number of effective pixels
18 MP
Sensitivity range
ISO 160 - ISO 2500, pull 80 available, Auto ISO
Imaging platform
DSP based computing platform with Leica imaging algorithms
LCD monitor
2.5" TFT display with 230000 pixels
Closed type focal plane shutter for classic image exposure with external cocking mechanics
Shutter speed
1 / 4000 s - 240 s (in Bulb), 1 / 180 s flash synchronization
Burst rate
2 fps
Self timer
Off / 2s / 12s
Storage media
SD / SDHC Memory cards
Image file format
DNG (RAW data uncompressed or nonlinear compressed), JPEG
File size
DNG: 18 MB (compressed) / 36 MB (uncompressed), JPEG: Resolution and image content dependent
JPG Resolutions
5212 X 3472 (18 MP), 3840 X 2592 (10 MP), 2592 X 1728 (4.5 MP), 1728 X 1152 (2 MP), 1280 X 846 pixels (1 MP)
Color spaces
sRGB / Adobe RGB
White balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Tungsten / Fluorescent 1 / Fluorescent 2 / Flash / Manual / Kelvin 2000-12800
Other functions
Saturation, Contrast, Sharpening
Exposure metering
Through the Lens (TTL) metering, center-weighted with variable aperture, center-weighted
TTL metering for flash exposure with system SCA-3000 / 2 standard flash units
Exposure setting
Manual shutter speed setting with direct dial, A-Mode with direct dial
Exposure modes
Automatic shutter speed (A-Mode), Manual exposure (M-Mode)
Exposure compensation
-3 EV to + 3 EV, 1/3 f-stops
Exposure bracketing
3 / 5/ 7 frames, 0.5 / 1 / 1.5 / 2 f-stops
Flash exposure metering
Control with center-weighted TTL pre-flash metering (with SCA-3501 / 3502 adapter, or SCA-3000 standard flash unit such as Leica SF 24D / Leica SF 58)
Hot shoe
SCA - 3502 compatible hot shoe with center contact
Flash synchronization
Optional triggered at first or second shutter curtain
Flash synch time
1 / 180 s
Focusing methods
Manual focus with optical rangefinder
Optical viewfinder
Large, light bright-line rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation, optical illumination
Optical viewfinder frame lines
Framelines size matches image sensor size at 1 m focusing distance
Optical viewfinder correction
Eyepiece adjusted to 0.5 dpt. Corrective lenses from -3 to =3 dpt available (optional)
Optical viewfinder magnification
0.68 x
Optical viewfinder displays
LED symbol for flash status (at bottom). Four-digit seven-segment LED digital display, brightness adapted to ambient conditions, for, Warning in case of exposure correction: display of automatic shutter speed in automatic mode, advisory indicating use of metering memory lock. LED exposure monitor with two triangular and one central circular LED with manual exposure setting and for focus confirmation
Split of superimposed image range finder shown as a bright field in the center of the viewfinder image
Rangefinder effective metering basis
47.1 mm (mechanical metering basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification 0.68 times)
Start up time
< 1s
Power supply
Li-ion battery (included), 3.7 V, 1860 mAh
Sensor cleaning
Manual cleaning function
User profiles
4 profiles
Menu languages
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Tripod thread
A ¼ (1/4") DIN made of stainless steel in base plate
Operating temperature
0deg. C - 40 deg. C
Dimensions (W x D x H)
139 x 42 x 80 mm (5.5 x 1.7 x 3.1")
585g (20.6oz)

Leica M-E Reviews

Reviewed by 3 customers

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing !!


from Kuwait  -  Pro Photographer

after releasing New M-E which is almost (M9) just without lever and USB sold my previus camera and got it for my landscape using Carlzeiss 21mm ZM f/2 the camera have an amazing image quality specialiy if u shot in daylight or sunset - sunrise small and light easy to be with u all the day it is little dificult to use GND lee filters wihtout put after u use it for 1 month u gonna love this camera especially for nature or portrait .

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


love it


from Tucson AZ  -  Pro Photographer

so this is basically an m9 without a couple useless features. the color is great, muted, and subtle. the size is great. image quality is superb and isn't even that bad at 1600 iso...although 800 and below is where I try to use it most...with 160 pretty amazing. so the only caviet is getting past the "windows 98' ish experience" you'll have with the lcd...for the price, there is no excuse for the poor lcd, but once you laugh it off (out loud, likely) and move on it is a camera you wont want to put down.

(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


More sensible than the M9


from Seattle, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

As someone who takes photos primarily in available light, a rangefinder camera was the end goal when I had my start in photography. Moving from Canon SLRs to a Ricoh GXR w/ A12 mount and now ultimately the M-E I will say the M-E combines the best of both the previous systems. Focusing and shooting continuous in low-light are two critical aspects that I have been very pleased with so far, allowing me to ensure my photos are well-focused and with minimal shake. Photos taken in low-light with point lighting in the frame can turn out a bit underexposed. If you keep this in mind and increase EV by 1-2 stops in these scenarios you'll be fine, but it's something to keep in mind.


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Gretchen G  I have a 28, 50, 90 and 135 lens from my M3 and M5?. Can I use these on the ME or there a better model to use them on if any.?
JOHN K  Although I have only used the 35 and 90 Summicron lenses on my M-E, I see no reason why your lenses should not work as well.
Adam N  What's the expected waiting-time now? I heard a long wait-list for typ240; is that also to typ220?
JOHN K  Last fall, there was no waiting for the 220.
Adam N  Hi John, what you mean by "last fall"? Would that mean if I pay today and it will be shipped with no waiting? Thanks! A
Shopper  How does this model differ from the others? I realize that this model is cheaper and has 18 MP, but the M-P model has been upgraded with a better LCD screen made of a hard crystal.
JOHN K  The M-P does have a harder glass screen but it is relatively more expensive. While I wouldn't call the M-E cheap it is the most affordable digital M currently available. Other than the screen, silver controls and the anthracite painted finish, the M-E has the same sensor and processor as the M 9 and M-P.
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