Leica makes M-series more accessible with M-E (Typ 240)

Leica’s M-series cameras are known for having a huge price tag. Well, the new M-E (Typ 240) has a more manageable price tag than its fellow M-series cameras.

Now, that’s not to say it’s a super cheap camera. The M-E is priced at $3,995, which is still pretty high. However, that’s not as pricey as other M-series cameras. It isn’t a budget camera, but it’s more manageable for sure. It cuts off a few thousand, which is always good. There are some drawbacks that come with the lower price, however.

M-E (Typ 240)
M-E (Typ 240). Image courtesy Leica.

M-E (Typ 240) overview

The M-E (Typ 240) mostly preserves the usual rangefinder design and has a 24-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. That’s now where it starts to become more limited, however. The Typ 240 does have a 2GB buffer, which allows for three frames per second shooting. However, the sensor only shoots at a max ISO of 6,400. It’s definitely lacking in the low-light department. The full-frame sensor does help with the overall performance, but it’s still a drawback.

The camera does offer video recording, which some M-series camera don’t. You still have to be fine with just 1080p video recording. It’s for sure a let down for videographers when 4K is becoming so easily accessible at cheaper prices.

Pricing and availability

The M-E (Typ 240) with be out in stores July 25th and will, of course, be priced at $3,995. It may not be the camera for those looking for the best image quality at the lowest price possible. There are many options that offer what the M-E offers for far less.

However, there is still a market for it. There are those people who prefer Leica’s combination of its camera design and lenses. If you are one of those people, or think you might be, you can check out the M-E at Leica’s website.

Image courtesy Leica

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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