Leica M-E Digital Rangefinder Camera

Leica M-E Digital Rangefinder Camera

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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  • 1Description
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
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
Accessories
All optional accessories compatible with the Leica M9/M9-P digital camera will fit the Leica M-E.
Software
A free Adobe Lightroom software download is included.
In the Box
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
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Imaging
    Lens Mount Leica M
    Camera Format Full-Frame
    Pixels Actual: 18.5 Megapixel
    Effective: 18 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 18 MP: 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
    SDHC
    AV Recording
    Video Recording No
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Manual
    Focus Mode Manual Focus (M)
    Viewfinder/Display
    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
    Flash
    Built-in Flash No
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 seconds
    Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Dedicated Flash System TTL
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Performance
    Start-up Time 0.7 seconds
    Continuous Shooting Up to 2 fps
    Self Timer 2 seconds, 12 seconds
    Interval Recording No
    Wi-Fi Capable No
    Software System Requirements Windows: XP, Vista, 7
    Mac: OS X 10.6 or later
    Power
    Battery 1x Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 3.7 VDC, 1860 mAh
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
    32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Physical
    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
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.7 x 7.8 x 7.4"

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