Where M is for Milestone, this iconic camera system embodies the very essence of photography, setting new standards with a perfect balance of tradition and technical innovation.
The Leica M10 sets a number of firsts for the M range; it's the slimmest version they've ever made, the first to feature Wi-Fi connectivity, and the first to include a dedicated ISO dial; so how does it compare with its predecessor, the Leica M (Typ 240)?
Comparing the Leica M10 and the Leica M (Typ 240)
Handling and Body Design
Handling of the Leica M10 is as intuitive and comfortable as possible vs the Leica M (Typ 240), with just three buttons for Play, Live View and Menu and a joystick control on the rear of the camera, and the ISO dial on the top, rapid access to the most essential functions and intuitive shooting is at the forefront of the design of the Leica M10.
The compact dimensions of the Leica M10, a top plate depth of just 33.75mm (4mm less than its predecessor, the Leica M Typ 240), allow the camera to fit perfectly into the hands of photographers, establishing it as a landmark in the ongoing history of the legendary Leica M.
Viewfinder and Imaging Sensor
A digital rangefinder, the Leica M10 has been further optimised against the Leica M (Typ 240), with a 30% larger field of view, and the magnification factor has been increased to 0.73x. There's also been a 50% increase in the eye-relief distance - the distance of the eye from the viewfinder eyepiece, providing a much more comfortable shooting experience, particularly for photographers with glasses.
Boasting an impressive full frame 24MP CMOS sensor, the Leica M10 has impressive dynamic range, excellent contrast rendition, exceptional sharpness and fine detail resolution. The omission of a low-pass filter allows the camera to capture images with maximum sharpness for significantly improved results, especially with wide angle and very fast lenses.
ISO Sensitivity and Image Processor
ISO sensitivity in the M10 has been greatly improved from the Leica M (Typ 240), in addition to the inclusion of a dedicated ISO dial, the range is now from ISO 100 to 50,000, with considerably improved noise reduction at high ISO.
The Leica M10 is equipped with the latest image processing technologies in the form of the Maestro II image processor, which when combined with the full frame 24 megapixel CMOS sensor captures brilliant image quality. With a 2GB buffer, continuous shooting on the M10 is now possible at a rate of 5fps, improved from the M (Typ 240).
The Maestro II processor in the Leica M10 also allows for the loupe function to be freely positioned for even better sharpness assessment than in the M (Typ 240); this can be used on both the camera's monitor screen and in conjunction with the Visoflex EVF, with its 2.4MP resolution. The Electronic View Finder also features a swivel function, enabling shooting from unusual angles and an integrated GPS module for geotagging image files.
The Leica M10 is the first M-Camera with integrated WLAN connectivity. The M10 can be wirelessly connected to an Apple device for fast and easy image transfer. The Leica App also allows the direct transfer of RAW data in DNG format to mobile devices and allows the Leica M10 to be remotely controlled from a smartphone or tablet; a feature not present in the Leica M (Typ 240).
What are the key differences between the Leica M10 and Leica M Typ 240?
The biggest differences between the Leica M10 and the Leica M (Typ 240) are Wi-Fi connectivity, new ISO dial and improved sensitivity, full frame 24MP sensor, 30% larger field of view, and the new Maestro II image processor. The Leica M10 is available now for £5,600 at Park Cameras.
The Leica M10 digital rangefinder is available in both Black and Silver Versions to order from today from Park Cameras for £5,600.