Leica has just announced the new M-E (Typ 240) digital rangefinder camera. The camera is designed for newcomers to the M system, “making it the new entry-point of Leica M rangefinders.”
Inside the M-E (Typ 240) is a 24-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor backed by a Leica Maestro image processor and a 2GB buffer (up from the 1GB buffer of the original M240). The ISO range is 200 to 6400.
Each of the cameras is handcrafted in Germany. The body is resistant to spray water and dust, and the leather trim across the surface provides a safe grip.
The top and base brass plates of the camera feature an anthracite grey paint developed specifically for the M-E.
On the back of the camera is a 3-inch TFT display with 920,000 pixels and scratch-resistant glass.
In the area of video, the M-E (Typ 240) can capture 1080p Full HD. There’s a dedicated recording button that will be handy for users who often need to quickly switch over from still photos to video recording.
Other features of the camera include Wi-Fi, 3fps burst shooting, a <1-second startup time, a 1800mAh rechargeable battery, and a weight of 680g (24oz).