Leica M10 officially announced


The Leica M10 camera is now officially announced. Shipping is starting right away - in fact I am going to pick up mine this afternoon from the Leica Boutique in Palm Beach. I will try to do a detailed report and post some sample photos later today or tomorrow.

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A list of Leica M10 reviews, sample photos and videos can be found here. Next are the M10 technical specifications and the full press release:

Leica M10 key features:

  • Slimmest digital M ever
  • ISO setting dial for more direct control
  • Leaner 3-button operating concept
  • Extended ISO range: 100 to 50,000
  • Improved viewfinder
  • Faster continuous shooting rate

Camera type

Compact digital viewfinder/rangefinder system camera

Lens attachment

Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding

Lens system

Leica M lenses

Leica R lenses – using adapter, available separately

Image sensor

CMOS sensor, active surface approx. 24 x 36mm

Resolution

DNG™: 5976 x 3992 pixels (24MP), JPEG: 5952 x 3968 pixels (24MP),

4256 x 2832 pixels (12MP), 2976 x 1984 pixels (6MP)

Data formats

DNG™ (raw data, compressed loss-free), JPEG

File size

DNG™: 20-30 MB, JPEG: size dependent on resolution and image content

Buffer memory

2GB / 16 pictures in series

White balance

Automatic, manual, 8 presets, colour temperature input

Storage media

SD cards up to 2GB/SDHC cards up to 32GB/SDXC cards up to 2TB

Menu languages

German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Korean

Exposure metering

Exposure metering through the lens (TTL), with working aperture

Metering method

For metering the light reflected by light blades of the 1st shutter curtain onto a measuring cell: strong centre-weighted;

For metering on the sensor: spot, centre-weighted, multi-field metering

Metering range

At room temperature and normal humidity at ISO 100, at aperture 1.0 EV-1 to EV20 at aperture 32. Flashing of the left triangular LED in the viewfinder indicates values below the metering range

Sensitivity range

ISO 100 to ISO 50,000, adjustable in 1/3 ISO increments from ISO 200, choice of automatic control or manual setting

Exposure modes

Choice of automatic shutter speed control with manual aperture preselection - aperture priority A, or manual shutter speed and aperture setting

Flash exposure control

 

Flash unit attachment

Via accessory shoe with central and control contacts

Synchronisation

Optionally triggered at the 1st or 2nd shutter curtain

Flash sync time

1/180 s ; slower shutter speeds can be used, if working below sync speed: Automatic changeover to TTL linear flash mode with HSS-compatible Leica system flash units

Flash exposure metering

Using centre-weighted TTL pre-flash metering with Leica flash units (SF40, SF64, SF26), or flash units compatible with the system with SCA3502 M5 adapter

Flash measurement cell

2 silicon photodiodes with collection lens on the camera base

Flash exposure compensation

±3EV in1⁄3EV increments

 

Displays in flash mode

In viewfinder only: using flash symbol LED

Viewfinder

 

Construction

Large, bright line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation

Eyepiece

Calibrated to -0.5 dpt.; corrective lenses from -3 to +3 diopter available

Image field limiter

By activating two bright lines each: for 35 and 135mm, or 28 and 90mm, or 50 and 75mm; automatic switching when lens is attached

Parallax compensation

The horizontal and vertical difference between the viewfinder and the lens is automatically compensated according to the relevant distance setting, i.e. the viewfinder bright-line automatically aligns with the subject detail recorded by the lens

Matching viewfinder and actual image

At a range setting of 2m, the bright-line frame size corresponds exactly to the sensor size of approx. 23.9 x 35.8mm; at infinity setting, depending on the focal length, approx. 7.3% (28mm) to 18% (135mm) more is recorded by the sensor than indicated by the corresponding bright line frame and slightly less for shorter distance settings than 2m

Magnification

(For all lenses): 0.73 x

Large-base rangefinder

Split or superimposed image rangefinder shown as a bright field in the centre of the viewfinder image

Effective metering basis

50.6mm (mechanical measurement basis 69.31mm x viewfinder magnification 0.73x)

Displays

 

In the viewfinder

Four-digit digital display with dots above and below

LCD monitor (back)

3” colour -TFT LCD monitor with 16 million colours and 1,036,800 pixels, approx. 100% image field

Tough, scratch-resistant Gorilla® glass cover

Colour space: sRGB, for Live-View and review mode, displays

Shutter/shutter release

 

Shutter

Metal blade focal plane shutter with vertical movement

Shutter speeds

For aperture priority: (A) continuous from 125s to 1⁄4000s, for manual adjustment: 8s to 1⁄4000s in half steps, from 8s to 125s in whole steps,

B: for long exposures up to maximum 125s (in conjunction with self-timer T function, i.e. 1st release = shutter opens, 2nd release = shutter closes),

(1⁄180s): Fastest shutter speed for flash synchronisation, HSS linear flash mode possible with all shutter speeds faster than 1⁄180s (with HSS-compatible Leica system flash units)

Continuous shooting

Approx. 5 pictures/s, 30-40 pictures in series

 

Shutter release button

Two-stage, 1st step: Activation of the camera electronics including exposure metering and exposure lock (in aperture priority mode), 2nd step: Shutter release; standard thread for cable release integrated

Self-timer

2s (aperture priority and manual exposure setting) or 12s delay, set in menu, indicated by flashing LED on front of camera and corresponding display in monitor

Turning the camera on/off

Using main switch on top of camera; optional automatic shutdown of camera electronics after approx. 2/5/10 minutes; reactivated by tapping the shutter release

Power supply

1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, nominal voltage 7.4V, capacity 1300mAh.; maximum charging current/voltage: DC 1000mA, 7.4V; Model No.: BP-SCL5; Manufacturer: PT. VARTA Microbattery, Made in Indonesia, Operating conditions (in camera): 0°C - + 40°C

Charger

Inputs: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz, 300mA, automatic switching, or 12V DC, 1.3A; Output: DC 7.4V, 1000mA/max. 8.25V, 1100mA; Model No.: BC-SCL5; Manufacturer: Guangdong PISEN Electronics Co., Ltd., Made in China, Operating conditions: 0°C - + 35°C

GPS

Only with Leica Visoflex viewfinder, available as an accessory

Not available everywhere due to country-specific legislation, i.e. enforced automatic shutdown in those countries

Data are written to EXIF header in picture files

WiFi

Complies with IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard (standard WiFi protocol), channel 1-11, encryption method: WiFi-compatible WPA™/WPA2™ encryption, access method: Infrastructure mode

Camera body

 

Material

All-metal die cast magnesium body, synthetic leather finish. Brass top panel and base, black or silver chrome plated finish

Image field selector

Allows the bright-line pairs to be manually activated at any time (e.g. to compare detail)

Tripod thread

A ¼ (¼”) DIN stainless steel in bottom

Operating conditions

0 - 40°C

Interfaces

ISO accessory shoe with additional contacts for Leica Visoflex viewfinder (optional accessory)

Dimensions W x D x H

Approx. 139 x 38.5 x 80mm

Weight

Approx. 660g (with battery)

Included with camera

Charger 100-240V with 2 mains cables (Euro, USA, varies in some markets) and 1 car charging cable, Lithium-ion battery, carrying strap, body bayonet cover, cover for accessory shoe



M is for Milestone.
 Introducing the Leica M10: slimmest ever digital M delivers enhanced performance, intuitive handling and direct control

Leica Camera has today announced the M10: the latest milestone in the Leica M rangefinder portfolio. This iconic camera system has once again set new standards with a perfect balance of long-established tradition and technical innovation, while embodying the true essence of photography like no other camera.

Although its features have been adapted to meet the precise needs of contemporary photographers, the essential principles of the renowned M-System have been meticulously retained. Every single component and technical detail is focused uncompromisingly on photography. With its compact dimensions, improved performance and intuitive handling, the Leica M10 has established a new landmark in the ongoing history of the legendary Leica M.

The form factor: analogue dimensions enter the digital age

Many photographers working with analogue Leica M cameras have expressed their interest in a digital M with the same ergonomic features and size that fits perfectly in the hands. With the Leica M10, this wish has become a reality, with a top plate depth of just 33.75mm – four millimetres less than its closest relative, the Leica M (Typ 240). The Leica M10 is now the slimmest digital M of all time.

The rangefinder: a precise window on the world

The rangefinder has always played a significant role in the heritage of the Leica M-System. Several key aspects of this legendary focusing technology have been further optimised in the Leica M10. To improve the view of the subject being captured, the field of view has been enlarged by 30 per cent and the magnification factor has been increased to 0.73. For eye-relief, the optimum distance of the eye from the viewfinder eyepiece has also been lengthened considerably. Thanks to a 50 per cent increase in this distance, the viewfinder is much more comfortable to use, particularly for photographers who wear glasses.

The sensor: the digital canvas

The key component of the Leica M10 is the 24 MP, full-frame CMOS sensor developed specifically for this camera, offering significant improvements in all image performance parameters: impressive dynamic range, excellent contrast rendition, exceptional sharpness and fine detail resolution. Its unique pixel and micro-lens architecture enables a particularly large aperture, ensuring rays of light hitting the sensor even from the most oblique angles are precisely captured by its photodiodes – this has been further improved compared to its predecessor. The glass cover plate of the sensor acts as an infrared cut-off filter, therefore avoiding undesirable refraction of incoming light with additional layers of glass. The omission of a low-pass filter also ensures the Leica M10 delivers maximum sharpness, leading to significantly enhanced imaging results, especially in the case of wide-angle and very fast lenses.

Thanks to the new design of the Leica M10 sensor, the ISO sensitivity range has been expanded, allowing exposures at values between ISO 100 and 50,000, with considerably improved noise characteristics at higher ISO settings. The Leica M10 opens up entirely new genres of photography and delivers exceptional imaging performance even in challenging lighting conditions.

Image processing electronics: the next quality level

The latest-generation Maestro II image processor incorporated in the Leica M10 represents state-of-the-art, advanced processor technology. Combined with the new 24 MP sensor, it ensures that all exposures are captured with exceptionally brilliant image quality. Thanks to its 2GB buffer memory and continuous shooting at up to five frames per second at full resolution, photographers will never again miss the decisive moment. The Leica M10 is the fastest M-Camera ever made.

Furthermore, the processor allows the loupe function to be freely positioned for even better sharpness assessment. This new function can be used both on the camera’s monitor screen, and in conjunction with the Visoflex electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 2.4 MP resolution. The viewfinder features a swivel function, enabling shooting from unusual angles, and an integrated GPS module for the geotagging of image files.

Intuitive handling – focused on the essentials

Since the beginning, Leica M-Cameras have always focused on the essentials of photography. This principle has been conscientiously pursued in the Leica M10, setting new standards in intuitive handling and rapid access to the most relevant settings: for example, the controls on the back are limited to a single joystick control and just three buttons for Play, Live View and Menu. Particular settings can be selected according to personal preferences and photographic needs via a freely-configurable Favourites Menu.

One of the most distinctive features of the Leica M10 is the ISO setting dial on the top plate. For the first time in a digital Leica M, all essential shooting parameters such as focusing, aperture, shutter speed and ISO value can be selected manually without using the menu – or even switching on the camera – ensuring even more direct control and greater discretion when shooting.

WLAN module for wireless transfer and sharing

The Leica M10 is the first M-Camera with integrated WLAN connectivity. This enables the fast, wireless transfer of pictures to Apple mobile devices, where they can be edited, posted and shared on social networks, for example. The Leica M-App also allows the direct transfer of RAW data in DNG format to mobile devices for further processing with suitable apps from iOS Version 10.2. The Leica M10 can also be remotely controlled by WLAN from a smartphone or tablet, making it easy to capture pictures from unusual angles or avoid camera shake when shooting with longer shutter speeds.

Leica M10: A further step towards perfection

Oliver Kaltner, CEO Leica Camera AG, explains, “The Leica M is the heart, the backbone and the soul of Leica Camera. The Leica M10 unites state-of-the-art technology and exceptional optical performance with a conscious focus on the traditional advantages of the unique Leica M rangefinder system. In this, the innovative camera and its concentration on the functions essential to photography set new standards, while its exceptionally lean handling concept takes us a further step towards absolute perfection. Made in Germany and made by Leica – the Leica M10 stands as an outstanding brand statement for the finest arts of engineering, highest quality and craftsmanship.”

Dr Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the supervisory board of Leica Camera AG, emphasised, “The new M, the M10! Not a camera for everyone – but increasingly a camera for people who love a system that is built for the future while maintaining consistent compatibility with its past. The rangefinder system lets me frame and compose my pictures. The rangefinder system lets me tread in the footsteps of the world’s greatest photographers. The rangefinder system lets me create photographs with my own visual style. The new M10 and the wealth of present and past Leica M-Lenses – products that awaken and fulfil the desires of every photographer.”

Pricing and availability

The Leica M10 is scheduled to be available from 19 January 2017, at a suggested retail price of £5,600 including VAT.

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  • soundimageplus

    Any chance of posting a link to some raw files when you pick yours up?

  • tjholowaychuk

    Wahoo. I’m almost impressed by how bad most of the photos in the gallery https://us.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-M/0815/Images.

    • soundimageplus

      They are pretty mediocre. Proves yet again it’s not the camera etc……..

  • David V. Kutaliya

    We are waiting for photos, dear admin 🙂

  • I’m wondering, once there is a new SL, it should come with the GH5’s video feats. I’m not sure if 4K60p and 1080p120+fps since that would depend on the sensor’s readout, but 10-bit 422 should be possible, it would become the only FF to have internal 10-bit 422 recording and possibly with the 400Mbps codec already since I don’t a new SL coming anytime soon. That will be interesting.

    • abortabort

      Because everything else will be standing still?

  • br0xibear
  • Les

    I love that it has fewer “checkbox” features than the previous M. That should further confuse the people who love to deride the brand, but it makes perfect sense to me.
    It’s a beautiful, purposeful camera that does only one thing well: take pictures with M lenses.
    My only slight regret is that they could not fit the larger battery from the M-240. This would have made it easier when you have both in the same bag.

  • Ric Ricard

    The ONE thing I really want is a better buffer. According to one review linked above, “The number of pictures in one burst depends on several settings and when using DNG files, the buffer is quickly filled up. More than ten to fifteen pictures are not possible within a timespan of several seconds.” So I guess once you set the ISO to a high number, the buffer slows down like it does on the M240 and M-P. Why can I get the same buffer that I have on my Nikon D3s which was released in 2009?

    • CHD

      Shhhh….we’re not supposed to criticize the beloved Red Dot M10. We’re not supposed to expect more then incremental upgrades from the M240 which is already 4 yrs old. We’re supposed to just accept it for what it is lest we be crucified for not drinking the KoolAid

      • Chito

        They could probably hard code a 36 exposure limit.. You’d have to open the bottom plate and turn a dial or something before you could start shooting again.. it be even purer.

        • CHD

          Don’t laugh….many people here would eat that $hit up. After all….they bought an $8k M with no LCD.

          • Chito

            I know.. it’s stupid.. The thing IS a digital camera, I don’t get the point of pretending it’s not..

            It’s as if we tried to get cars to poop on the street like horses, like somehow that’s better.

    • Bo Dez

      Not only the buffer but the EVF blackout – some are saying it’s more than 1 second per shot. Well at least that will help people shoot so the buffer can keep up.

  • YourFace

    I can never understand why The Verge continues to be invited to camera releases and given cameras for review. They’re always mediocre at best/

  • eric

    so its m10 has a different sensor than the Q? its got to be similar though right? or are they putting new sensors each seperate line.

  • Kevin

    Nice! Thanks!

  • MGJ

    I assume this doesn’t have a fully electronic shutter? That would be the one feature that would make it completely silent. Oh well, maybe on the M11.

    • Les

      The Ms don’t need an electronic shutter. The mechanical shutter doesn’t create much vibration and noise, unlike some other brands. It would be a solution to a problem that the camera doesn’t have.
      Let’s not forget that ES has problems of its own, at least on Sony-sourced sensors: lower dynamic range, colour artifacts at very high shutter speeds. Some of those can be addressed through software correction, but why bother if the mechanical shutter isn’t causing issues in the first place?

  • John

    Can anyone explain “the field of view has been increased by 30%”?
    The viewfinder still maxes out with a 28mm lens. We know the
    magnification has been increased, we know the eye relief has been
    increased but what does Leica mean when it says that we have a wider
    field of view? Can we now use 24mm lenses and see all that will be
    captured?

  • Bo Dez

    This could be the most disappointing release ever and it looks like it’s the end of the road for the M System.

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