Leica’s M-E (Typ 240) is a more budget-friendly rangefinder

If the price tag of buying into the M system has been holding you back, this camera might be for you.

Leica M-E
The new Leica M-E (Typ 240) is designed to be a rangefinder camera aimed at first time Leica buyers.Leica

Leica announced a brand new camera aimed at new Leica users today called the M-E (Typ 240). The new camera is the follow up of 2017's M-E (Typ 220), is based on the design of the Leica M, uses its M-mount lenses, and at $3,995 is approximately $2000 less expensive than the original Leica M.

Here is what else we know about it:

  • Full frame 24 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Leica Masestro processor
  • Upgraded 2GB buffer
  • ISO range of 200-6400
  • Shoots video in 1080P
  • 3-inch 920k-dot LCD screen
  • Compatible with all Leica M lenses
  • Body is dust proof and spray proof
  • Available July 25 for $3,995
Leica M-E
The Leica M-E (Typ 240) has a similar design a similar design as the Leica M, works with M mount lenses, and has a 24 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor.Leica

Although we don’t know a ton about the tech inside of this camera, the upgrades to the sensor means a serious boost from the M-E (Typ 220) camera that this one replaces. If you’ve been considering making the jump into the world of digital rangefinders, but have been intimidated by the high price point on Leica’s top of the line cameras, the new M-E (Typ 240) might be of interest. Just make sure to set aside some extra scratch to start building out your glass collection too.

Leica M-E LCD screen
The camera has a 3-inch 920k-dot LCD screen.Leica

Leica lenses are well known for their quality and their price tags.The Leica Summarit-M 50mm f/2.4 is one of the more affordable pieces of glass in the collection, however there are a number of third party lens makers designed to work with the Leica M cameras. The 7artisans Photoelectric 50mm f/1.1, the Voitgtlander Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 P II, or the ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/2 ZM are a few options to consider that are a little friendlier on the purse strings.

Leica M-E top and side view
Side and top views of the new Leica M-E (Typ 240) camera. Leica considers the camera to be an entry level rangefinder.Leica