Leica M-E Typ 220

Leica M-E Typ 220 front
  • 18MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 2500
  • No Video
  • Leica M Mount
  • 585g - 139 x 80 x 37mm
  • Announced September 2012
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Leica M-E Typ 220 overview

Leica M-E Typ 220 is Leica's Pro Mirrorless camera first revealed on September of 2012. It uses a 18 MegaPixel, CCD Full frame size sensor with a peak resolution of 5212 x 3472.

The M-E Typ 220 places at #66 out of 69 in Pro Mirrorless cameras and all-around #429 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can test our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your customized factors.

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Below is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Leica M-E Typ 220 family

The Leica M-E Typ 220 comes with a history of related cameras. Below, you can view all previous and brand new models along with key specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Leica-M11 front thumbnailLeica M11
M-E Typ 220 vs M11
60MPFull frame4.5 fps2022
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Leica-M10 front thumbnailLeica M10
M-E Typ 220 vs M10
24MPFull frame5.0 fps2017
Leica-M-Typ-262 front thumbnailLeica M Typ 262
M-E Typ 220 vs M Typ 262
24MPFull frame3.0 fps2015
Leica-M-E-Typ-220 front thumbnailLeica M-E Typ 22018MPFull frame2.0 fps2012
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Leica-M-Typ-240 front thumbnailLeica M Typ 240
M-E Typ 220 vs M Typ 240
24MPFull frame3.0 fps2012
Leica-M9-P front thumbnailLeica M9-P
M-E Typ 220 vs M9-P
18MPFull frame2.0 fps2011
Leica-M9 front thumbnailLeica M9
M-E Typ 220 vs M9
18MPFull frame2.0 fps2009

Leica M-E Typ 220 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Leica M-E Typ 220 based on factors that are normally seen as crucial in a camera.

big sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
good min ISO (80)
good MP (18MP)
interchangeable lenses (Leica M mount)
manual focus
can't shoot video
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames/s)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have liveview
does not have external microphone jack
does not have HDMI support
does not have headphone jack
does not have Timelapse mode
has no phase detect autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
no moving screen
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dot)
small screen (2.5")
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Leica M-E Typ 220 Sensor specs

The measurement of the sensor on the Leica M-E Typ 220 is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor is able to resolve 5212 x 3472 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CCD sensor boasts 18MP and supports a native ISO range of 80 to 2500. RAW files are supported therefore the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The image below displays the M-E Typ 220's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The M-E Typ 220 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is highlighted in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Leica M-E Typ 220 dimensions

Leica M-E Typ 220 is 1.29 lb (585 gr / 20.64 oz) and features outer measurements of 139mm x 80mm x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5"). The weight of general Pro Mirrorless camera is 719 gr and the Leica M-E Typ 220 is lighter compared to other competitors.

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Below is a photo of the Leica M-E Typ 220 beside a soda so you can have a sense of its size.

Leica M-E Typ 220 dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button design on the M-E Typ 220.

Leica M-E Typ 220 topview buttons dials

Leica M-E Typ 220 Lens details

The M-E Typ 220 fits the Leica M mount and has 62 lenses available to buy. Here is some of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the M-E Typ 220.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Leica-APO-Summicron-M-50mm-f2-ASPH lensLeica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f2 ASPH50mmf/2.0 300g
Carl-Zeiss-Tele-Tessar-T4-85-ZM-Leica-M lensCarl Zeiss Tele-Tessar T 485 ZM85mmf/4.0 310g
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Leica-APO-Telyt-M-135mm-f3.4-ASPH lensLeica APO-Telyt-M 135mm f3.4 ASPH135mmf/3.4 450g
Leica-Macro-Elmar-M-90mm-f4 lensLeica Macro-Elmar-M 90mm f490mmf/4.0 240g
Leica-Summilux-M-50mm-f1.4-ASPH lensLeica Summilux-M 50mm f1.4 ASPH50mmf/1.4 335g
Leica-Summaron-M-28mm-F5.6 lensLeica Summaron-M 28mm F5.628mmf/5.6165g
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Leica-APO-Summicron-M-35mm-F2-ASPH lensLeica APO-Summicron-M 35mm F2 ASPH35mmf/2320g
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Leica M-E Typ 220 Connectivity

The M-E Typ 220 has the following connectivity:

    Cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and oftentimes adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

    A few apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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    Leica M-E Typ 220 Video details

    Leica M-E Typ 220 does not capture video. If you are searching for a camera to shoot just photos, it is not a concern.

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    Leica M-E Typ 220 Weather Sealing

    Leica M-E Typ 220 doesn't have weather sealing so wet conditions may ruin the camera.

    Leica M-E Typ 220 Display and Viewfinder

    The Leica M-E Typ 220 houses a 2.5 inch fixed display with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

    Please be aware that the display screen offers no touch support.

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    The View Finder specs regarding Leica M-E Typ 220 are below:

    • ViewFinder Optical (rangefinder)
    • Magnification 0.68x

    In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders will be rather helpful.

    Leica M-E Typ 220 Shutter details

    Leica M-E Typ 220 is able to shoot continuously at 2.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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    Leica M-E Typ 220 Flash and Hot shoe details

    Leica M-E Typ 220 boasts external flash ability but is without built in flash. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/180s.

    Leica M-E Typ 220 Autofocusing details

    Leica M-E Typ 220 has no Auto focusing. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker & exact compared to Contrast Based focusing.

    Leica M-E Typ 220 has manual focusing if required during low light scenarios or you need to have more precise control on focusing.

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    Leica M-E Typ 220 Battery life

    The typical Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 462. Olympus E-M1X has got the highest (870) battery life within this type of cameras.

    Below is a collection of Pro Mirrorless cameras that come with the best battery life:

    Leica M-E Typ 220 for various types of photography

    The following diagram provides a overview of the Leica M-E Typ 220 for various types of photography. To find out more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

    Portrait photography with Leica M-E Typ 220

    The Leica M-E Typ 220 has a rating of 71 which is above average, meaning that it is a very decent choice to use for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support & option to work with external flash.

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    focusing manually
    decent sensor resolution (18 megapixels)
    sensor size is large (Full frame)
    saves RAW formats
    does not have liveview

    Leica M-E Typ 220 Street photography advice

    Coming in at a above average score of 65, the Leica M-E Typ 220 is a fine option to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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    large sensor size (Full frame)
    delivers RAW files
    screen does not articulate
    no image stabilization

    Leica M-E Typ 220 as a Sports photography camera

    A moderate sports photography rating of 47 means the Leica M-E Typ 220 is somewhat suited for shooting sports. A camera needs good tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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    good resolution (18MP)
    great sensor size (Full frame)
    doesn't have liveview
    continuous shooting slow (2.0 fps)
    lack of shutter priority mode
    lack of image stabilization
    doesn't have phase detect AF

    Leica M-E Typ 220 as a Travel photography camera

    Size is really important when picking a camera for travel. All things considered, the Leica M-E Typ 220 gets a decent 58 as a travelling camera which is fairly acceptable to take on your journeys.

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    MP count good (18MP)
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    display isn't selfie friendly

    Leica M-E Typ 220 Landscape photography information

    For anybody who is looking to pick a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect is going to be image quality. The Leica M-E Typ 220 and it's nice grade of 62 as a landscape camera is a fine fit in the current market.

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    you can focus manually
    switch lenses (Leica M mount)
    good resolution (18MP)
    great sensor size (Full frame)
    supports RAW files
    screen is small (2.5 inches)
    no liveview feature
    lack of image stabilization
    missing Time Lapse function

    Leica M-E Typ 220 Vlogging information

    A vlogging camera should really posses a moving display, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering all the details, the Leica M-E Typ 220 is not really acceptable for vlogging as it delivers a really bad rating of 9.

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    lack of video recording

    Leica M-E Typ 220 Alternatives

    If you are in the market for alternatives to the M-E Typ 220, below is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall within the category of Pro Mirrorless.

    The line chart below offers you a bird's eye view of the M-E Typ 220 versus it's top ranked competitors suggested above.

    Following are several cameras you might have a look at as alternative options. To read a thorough comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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    General Information
    Model type
    Leica M-E Typ 220
    Pro Mirrorless
    Body design
    Rangefinder-style mirrorless
    Sensor Information
    Sensor type
    Sensor size
    Full frame
    Sensor measurements
    36 x 24mm
    Sensor surface area
    Sensor resolution
    Anti alias filter
    Aspect ratio
    Maximum resolution
    5212 x 3472
    RAW pictures
    Maximum native ISO
    Lowest native ISO
    Focus manually
    Touch to focus
    Continuous AF
    AF single
    AF tracking
    AF selectice
    Center weighted AF
    AF multi area
    Live view AF
    Face detect AF
    Contract detect AF
    Phase detect AF
    Lens mount type
    Leica M
    Amount of lenses
    Focal length multiplier
    Display type
    Fixed Type
    Display size
    Display resolution
    230 thousand dot
    Selfie friendly
    Touch capability
    Display tech
    TFT color LCD
    Viewfinder Information
    Viewfinder type
    Optical (rangefinder)
    Viewfinder magnification
    DXO scores
    DXO All around rating
    DXO Color Depth rating
    DXO Dynamic range rating
    DXO Low light rating
    Lowest shutter speed
    4 seconds
    Highest shutter speed
    1/4000 seconds
    Continuous shooting speed
    2.0 frames/s
    Shutter priority
    Aperture priority
    Manually set exposure
    Exposure compensation
    Set WB
    Image stabilization
    Built-in flash
    Flash distance
    no built-in flash
    Flash modes
    Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync
    External flash
    Auto exposure bracketing
    White balance bracketing
    Highest flash sync
    1/180 seconds
    Multisegment metering
    Average metering
    Spot metering
    Partial metering
    AF area metering
    Center weighted metering
    Video features
    Maximum video resolution
    Microphone input
    Headphone input
    Environmental seal
    Water proofing
    Dust proofing
    Shock proofing
    Crush proofing
    Freeze proofing
    585 grams (1.29 lbs)
    139 x 80 x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5")
    Self timer
    Yes (2 or 12 sec)
    Time lapse recording
    Type of storage
    SD/SDHC card
    Storage slots
    Retail pricing