The 18MP CCD sensor in full 35mm format offers
high-resolution imaging and the omission of the
sensor's low-pass filter creates photos with
fine details and an increased visual impact.
The sensor matches well with the compact M-
system and M-series lenses, giving uniform
exposure across the entire sensor. The camera's
compatibility with the full line of superb
Leica M-series lenses provides flexibility in
shooting and sharp imagery.
By declining to incorporate features such as
Live View and Video functions, the M-E frees
itself to perfect only those functions that
create a better photographic image. Its fast
and accurate manual focusing is achieved via
the optical viewfinder/rangefinder and the
smooth, exact focusing ring of a Leica lens.
Shutter speeds from bulb mode through 1/4000th
of seconds can be set manually or automatically
determined by the camera. The shutter mechanism
is a closed type focal plane shutter with
external cocking mechanics and provides a quiet
and smooth action.