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Leica M-E Digital Rangefinder Camera

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Product Highlights

  • 18MP Full Frame CCD Sensor
  • Fits Leica M-Mount Lenses
  • 2.5" TFT LCD with 230,000 Pixels
  • Manual Focus with Optical Viewfinder
  • Omitted Low-pass Filter for Fine Detail
  • ISO Sensitivity Up to 2500
  • Low-Noise Shutter
  • All Metal Die-Cast Magnesium Body
  • Anthracite-Gray Finish with Leather Trim
  • Included Adobe Lightroom Software
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The M-E Digital Rangefinder Camera from Leica is a full frame, interchangeable lens camera that embodies the notion that less is more. By concentrating on essential photographic functions, the M-E produces high quality images in a fast and stealthy manner. The camera houses a full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor but retains a compact, durable and well-designed form.

The 18MP CCD sensor in full 35mm format offers high-resolution imaging and the omission of the sensor's low-pass filter creates photos with fine details and an increased visual impact. The sensor matches well with the compact M-system and M-series lenses, giving uniform exposure across the entire sensor. The camera's compatibility with the full line of superb Leica M-series lenses provides flexibility in shooting and sharp imagery. 

By declining to incorporate features such as Live View and Video functions, the M-E frees itself to perfect only those functions that create a better photographic image. Its fast and accurate manual focusing is achieved via the optical viewfinder/rangefinder and the smooth, exact focusing ring of a Leica lens. Shutter speeds from bulb mode through 1/4000th of seconds can be set manually or automatically determined by the camera. The shutter mechanism is a closed type focal plane shutter with external cocking mechanics and provides a quiet and smooth action.

A 2.5" TFT LCD screen with 230,000 pixels offers clear image playback and menu control and the camera body itself is an all-metal casing made of die-cast magnesium with an attractive anthracite-gray finish and a real leather wrap which provides a good grip as well as good looks. A hot shoe mount is available for optional flash attachment.

This is an ideal camera for those interested in a pure photographic system which produces uncompromised image quality.

18MP Full-frame CCD Sensor
The highly light sensitive full-frame CCD sensor is ideal for the compact nature of the M-E and the high quality Leica M-series lenses. Uniform light exposure from corner to corner of the sensor provides sharp, high quality images.
Omitted Low-pass Filter
The omission of the otherwise usual low-pass filter ensures that images possess fine details and a particularly natural visual impact.
Optical Viewfinder/Rangefinder
Manual focus is provided through the large, clear, bright-line rangefinder with 0.68x magnification and automatic parallax compensation. The viewfinder's frame lines match the image sensor size at 3.2 feet (1 m). Split or superimposed image rangefinder is shown as a bright field in the center of the viewfinder image. The eyepiece is adjusted to -0.5 dpt. An LED display is visible in the optical viewfinder showing auto shutter speeds and exposure correction warnings.
Exposure metering is Through the Lens (TTL) metering, center-weighted with variable aperture. There are two exposure modes: Automatic shutter speed (Aperture Priority A-mode) and Manual Exposure (M-mode). Exposure compensation is -3 EV to +3 EV in 1/3 stops.
Handsome, Durable Design
Milled brass top cover with all metal, magnesium body. Anthracite-gray finish and black leather trim.
Image File Format and Size
The M-E shoots in both DNG (RAW data uncompressed or nonlinear compressed) and JPEG formats. DNG file size is 18 MB (compressed) and 36 MB (uncompressed). Exact JPEG file sizes depend on resolution and image content.
User Profiles
Up to four sets of camera and exposure settings can be saved under a user-selected profile name and rapidly retrieved whenever required.
Menu Languages
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Other Functions
Saturation, Contrast, Sharpening
All optional accessories compatible with the Leica M9/M9-P digital camera will fit the Leica M-E.
A free Adobe Lightroom software download is included.
Lens Mount Leica M
Camera Format Full-Frame
Pixels Actual: 18.5 Megapixel
Effective: 18 Megapixel
Max Resolution 18MP: 5270 x 3516
Sensor Type / Size CCD, 35.8 x 23.9 mm
File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
AV Recording
Video Recording No
Focus Control
Focus Type Manual
Focus Mode Manual Focus (M)
Viewfinder Type Optical, LCD Display
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.68x
Diopter Adjustment - 3 to +3 m
Display Screen 2.5" Rear Screen   LCD (230,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 160-2500 (Extended Mode: 80-)
Shutter 240 - 1/4000 seconds
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Kelvin, Manual, Shade, Tungsten
Burst Rate Up to 2 fps at 18 MP
Built-in Flash No
Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 sec
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Start-up Time 0.7 Seconds
Continuous Shooting Up to 2 fps
Self Timer 2 sec, 12 sec
Interval Recording No
Wi-Fi Capable No
Software System Requirements Windows: XP, Vista, 7
Mac: OS X 10.6 or later
Battery 1x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7VDC, 1860mAh
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.5 x 3.1 x 1.5" / 139.0 x 80.0 x 37.0 mm
Weight 20.64 oz / 585 g with battery
Leica M-E Digital Rangefinder Camera
  • Lithium-ion Battery
  • Battery Charger w/ Cable
  • 12V Charging Cable
  • Carrying Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Instruction Manual
  • Adobe Lightroom Free Download
  • One Year Limited Warranty

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    Understate With Style

    By CJ

    from Vancouver, Canada

    Comments about Leica M-E Digital Rangefinder Camera:

    This is my first digital M, and I absolutely love it. It gives a whole new yet familiar experience from the film M.Since it is same as the M9 inside, I dont want to waste your time talk much about that.The grey looks better in real life than on photo. It gives a very unique feel while maintaining a low profile, unlike the black one that gives the serious and professional feel or the silver one that draws much attention. It looks better on black lenses in my opinion although the dials and shutter button are silver which can match the silver lenses nicely. I generally like less color variety on my camera. I havent found any issue with the paint. It still looks like new. The leather wrapping feels nicer than M9, and it gives great grip. Also I dont see any problem with the absence of frame selector and the USB port. The overall look is very urban, it would look great on you if you like grey/black clothes. I covered the red logo with a black tape to keep it more discreet, and without the red dot, it gives a cleaner look. Personally, I think with the M-E, you blend in better on the street as it doesnt look like a traditional Leica. It is the most affordable digital Leica M, which makes it a great entry camera for the digital Leica family if you havent had one yet.

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    Liking Leica a Lot

    By GM

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer


    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact


      Best Uses

      • Landscape
      • Street
      • Travel

      Comments about Leica M-E Digital Rangefinder Camera:

      Focusing was the first thing to get used to. The manual settings were next. But, having all that control is awesome. I know a rangefinder can't do all the things that a DSLR can but it is Leica and not much can be compared to an M -- even in its abbreviated form.

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      Terrific performance

      By Bert

      from Corvallis, OR

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      • Easy to Use
      • Excellent Color
      • Great Resolution
      • Quiet Operation
      • Simple Controls
      • Small / Compact
      • Superior Quality


        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Street Photography
        • Travel

        Comments about Leica M-E Digital Rangefinder Camera:

        Long time serious amateur photographer who's migrating from DSLR photography to a lighter, more compact format suited for unobtrusive street photography. The Leica M-E produces wonderfully sharp images that accurately reflect what I see.

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        Absolute Bargain, terrific camera!

        By Rich in San Francisco

        from San Francisco CA

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        • Easy to use
        • Familiar M Feel
        • Spectacular Image Quality


        • Still expensive

        Best Uses

        • 24x36 Wall Art
        • Nature scenes
        • People

        Comments about Leica M-E Digital Rangefinder Camera:

        Every single element of picture quality in the M9/P cameras, for MUCH less money. Plus, the removal of the low-pass filter (which adds $ to the cost of a Nikon 800) actually enhances detail and renders a more natural image. Lack of a "Bright Line Preview Selector" doesn't affect any of the qualities of the M9/p or M-E images. The three lenses I bought with this body determine the appropriate bright lines in the Finder anyhow. The Gray paint top and bottom is handsome and distinctive, and an SD reader is as easy to use as a USB cable for downloding into the included Photoshop software..more convenient for me. After 10 years with an upscale, autofocus DSLR, I am so grateful to be back in the Leica M game. Perfect camera for me!

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