Released simultaneously with the Leica M, the M-E is pitched as Leica’s entry-level rangefinder, but at £3,900 it doesn’t come cheap. Richard Sibley sees how it fits into the range. Read the Leica M-E review...

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Leica M-E


Leica M-E review


Price as reviewed:


Our verdict

With only a few slight differences between the Leica M9 (and M9-P) and the new M-E, the £600 gulf in price between the cameras does make the M-E seem like more of a bargain. For those with newer lenses, the features lacking in the M-E certainly won’t be missed. However, despite the high quality of the build and the images it produces, the camera is left wanting in some areas, notably its LCD screen – £3,900 is still a lot of money for a camera with only a 2.5in display.

If money isn’t a concern, the Leica M looks the better option, as it should be for the extra £1,200 that it costs, and we look forward to testing one when it becomes available. However, for those who really want to own a digital Leica rangefinder camera, the M-E is the most affordable option yet, even if the specification is already looking a little dated.


White Balance:Auto, 7 presets, plus custom
Built-in Flash:No
Memory Card:SecureDigital/MMC and SDHC
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
Viewfinder Type:Optical, approximate 28mm field of view, with brightlines
Output Size:5216 x 3472 pixels
AF Points:N/A
Field of View:Approximate, indicated with brightlines
LCD:2.5in TFT with 230,000 pixels
Sensor:CCD with 18 million effective pixels
Max Flash Sync:1/180sec
Focal Length Mag:1x
Exposure Modes:Manual, aperture priority
Weight:585g (without battery or card)
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
Drive Mode:Max 2fps for 8 frames
File Format:DNG (raw), JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Dimensions:139 x 80 x 37mm
Metering System:Centreweighted using three reflective bars on shutter curtains
Connectivity / Interface:None – no HDMI or USB
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Exposure Comp:±3EV in 1⁄3EV steps
ISO:160-2500 plus ISO 80 ‘pull’ setting
Lens Mount:Leica M
RRP:£3,900 (body only)
Focusing Modes:Manual focus only
DoF Preview:N/A
  1. 1. Leica M-E at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and performance
  4. 4. Our verdict
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