During Photokina 2012, Leica introduced a triplet set of new digital Ms: the M Monochrom, the new M (Typ 240), and the Leica M-E, a pared-down, simplified version of a digital rangefinder camera.
The M-E was the first camera to be named according to Leica's new terminology, which now omitted the customary number from the product name in order to emphasise the enduring value of Leica cameras.
The M-E's most distinctive feature is its minimalist design. The chassis is a full-metal die-cast manufactured from aluminium alloy, while the top and base plate are made of brass and lacquered in an understated anthracite grey. A new leather trim with enhanced grip characteristics compliments the camera's classic design.
The M-E's core specification are essentially the same as the M9, including its high-resolution, 18 megapixel Kodak CCD sensor in full 35 mm format, and its ISO range of 160 to 2500. Shutter speed ranges from 240 sec (bulb mode) to 1/4000 sec. The Leica M-E package includes the latest version of Leica Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.