Leica M-E (Typ 240) Digital Rangefinder Camera

BH #LEME240B • MFR #10981
Leica M-E (Typ 240) Digital Rangefinder Camera
Key Features
  • 24MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Leica Maestro Image Processor
  • Optical 0.68x-Magnification Viewfinder
  • 3.0" 920k-Dot LCD
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Providing a respectable entryway to the Leica M System, the M-E (Typ 240) is a well-rounded digital camera offering the classic rangefinder shooting experience along with an intuitive and minimalist camera design. Featuring a full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor and Maestro image processor, the M-E realizes rich image quality with low noise levels and smooth color and tonal gradations. The sensor and processor combine to avail a sensitivity range from ISO 200-6400, Full HD 1080p movie recording, and 3 fps continuous shooting along with a 2GB internal buffer. Unique among digital cameras, the M-E maintains Leica's preference for a rangefinder design and incorporates a 0.68x optical viewfinder with split and superimposed manual focusing, and automatic parallax correction. Conversely, the camera also features a 3.0" 920k-dot LCD with Gorilla Glass covering to maintain the overall durability of the magnesium alloy and brass body. The rugged metal body also integrates rubber seals throughout its design to render it dust- and weather-resistant for use in trying conditions. Also distinguishing the M-E from the rest of the M System is a unique anthracite gray paint finish along with a genuine black leather wrap.
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Leica M-E (Typ 240) Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Leica M-E (Typ 240)
  • 324MP CMOS Sensor and Maestro Image Processor
  • 4Optical Viewfinder and Rangefinder
  • 5Body Design

Providing a respectable entryway to the Leica M System, the M-E (Typ 240) is a well-rounded digital camera offering the classic rangefinder shooting experience along with an intuitive and minimalist camera design. Featuring a full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor and Maestro image processor, the M-E realizes rich image quality with low noise levels and smooth color and tonal gradations. The sensor and processor combine to avail a sensitivity range from ISO 200-6400, Full HD 1080p movie recording, and 3 fps continuous shooting along with a 2GB internal buffer. Unique among digital cameras, the M-E maintains Leica's preference for a rangefinder design and incorporates a 0.68x optical viewfinder with split and superimposed manual focusing, and automatic parallax correction. Conversely, the camera also features a 3.0" 920k-dot LCD with Gorilla Glass covering to maintain the overall durability of the magnesium alloy and brass body. The rugged metal body also integrates rubber seals throughout its design to render it dust- and weather-resistant for use in trying conditions. Also distinguishing the M-E from the rest of the M System is a unique anthracite gray paint finish along with a genuine black leather wrap.

Leica M-E (Typ 240)

Designed as a gateway to the renowned M System, the M-E (Typ 240) is characterized by its distinct anthracite gray paint finish and black cowhide leather wrap, along with apt imaging capabilities and the traditional simplicity of operation Leica is known for.

24MP CMOS Sensor and Maestro Image Processor

Featuring a full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor, this camera is able to produce high-resolution still imagery and full HD video with notable image quality and low noise levels. When combined with the Maestro image processor, a sensitivity range of ISO 200-6400 is available, which can further be expanded to ISO 100 for working in brighter conditions. This image processor also facilitates faster overall performance and works in conjunction with a 2GB image buffer for longer sustained shooting sequences at a 3 fps rate.

In addition to stills, Full HD 1080p and HD 720p video recording is supported, in both 24 and 25 fps frame rates. VGA 480p recording at 30 fps is supported, too. A monaural microphone is incorporated into the body's design, features manual audio level control during recording, and an optional external microphone port is available for greater audio recording capabilities.

Optical Viewfinder and Rangefinder

The optical viewfinder is a large, bright-line 0.68x-magnification rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation and LED-illuminated frame lines, which are set to match the image sensor size at a focusing distance of 6.6'.

The rangefinder mechanism displays split or superimposed bright field images within the center of the viewfinder to benefit accurate manual focusing control. The effective rangefinder metering basis is 47.1mm (mechanical metering basis 69.25mm x viewfinder magnification of 0.68x).

Body Design

  • Rear 3.0" 920k-dot LCD provides a bright, clear means for image playback as well as live view shooting.
  • Rear LCD monitor has a Corning Gorilla Glass cover to protect it against scratching and impacts.
  • Built-in level gauge aids in achieving perfectly level horizons.
  • Top and bottom plates are machined from solid blocks of brass and the chassis is built from magnesium alloy for a truly durable, hard-wearing physical construction.
  • Reminiscent of classic Leica designs, the M-E features an anthracite gray paint finish, which is accentuated by a genuine black cowhide leather wrap.
  • Rubber seals are used to prevent the entrance of light rain and dust to enable working in inclement conditions.
  • Designed to accept all M-mount lenses, Leica R-mount lenses are also compatible through the use of an optional R to M adapter.
  • Compatible with the optional EVF-2 accessory electronic viewfinder for manually focusing adapted lenses.

Leica M-E (Typ 240) Specs

Imaging
Lens MountLeica M
Camera FormatFull-Frame (1x Crop Factor)
PixelsEffective: 24 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution5952 x 3976
Aspect Ratio3:2
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size36 x 24 mm
Image File FormatDNG, JPEG
Image StabilizationNone
Exposure Control
ISO SensitivityAuto, 200 to 6400 (Extended: 100 to 6400)
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 60 Second
Bulb Mode
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual
Exposure Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Warm White), Kelvin, Manual, Shade, Tungsten
Continuous ShootingUp to 3 fps at 24 MP
Interval RecordingNo
Self-Timer2/12-Second Delay
Video
Recording ModesMOV/M-JPEG
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p
HD (1280 x 720) at 23.976p/25p
SD (640 x 480) at 23.976p/25p/29.97i
Video EncodingNTSC/PAL
Audio RecordingBuilt-In Microphone (Mono)
External Microphone Input (Stereo)
Focus
Focus TypeManual Focus Only
Viewfinder and Monitor
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Viewfinder MagnificationApprox. 0.68x
Size3"
Resolution920,000 Dot
Display TypeFixed LCD
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesFirst-Curtain Sync, Manual, Second-Curtain Sync, TTL Auto
Maximum Sync Speed1/180 Second
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity3.5mm Microphone
WirelessNone
GPSNo
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Physical
Battery1 x BP-SCL2 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.4 VDC, 1800 mAh
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.47 x 1.65 x 3.15" / 139 x 42 x 80 mm
Weight1.5 lb / 680 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.725 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.8 x 8.6 x 6.6"
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