Leica’s cameras aren’t exactly known to be cheap and have typically been priced well out of the range of many photographers. However, if you’d like to get your hands on a Leica camera, the company has announced a new M rangefinder-style camera that is one of its more “affordable” offerings.
Now, we say “affordable” because at $3,995 it is still not exactly cheap, but perhaps cheaper than other Leica cameras. Dubbed the M-E (Typ 240), this rangefinder camera will come with a 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor that comes with a Leica Maestro processor, a 2GB buffer (an improvement of 1GB buffer compared to the original M240), and an ISO range of 200-6400.
Leica is also boasting how each camera is handcrafted in Germany, which might explain why it is so expensive. The body will feature a leather trim across its surface and according to Leica, the camera will be both dust resistant and also resistant to water sprays, so while you shouldn’t get it wet, don’t worry about a bit of water getting on it.
Other features include a 3-inch TFT display, Full HD video recording, built-in WiFi, a 1,800mAh battery, and will also offer up to 3 fps burst shooting. The M-E (Typ 240) is expected to launch on the 25th of July, 2019 but it can currently be pre-ordered.