Le­ica’s Dig­i­tal RF Cam­era Gets A Makeover

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Le­ica has re­worked its dig­i­tal rangefinder M to cre­ate the M10 which is not only the most com­pact ver­sion of the cam­era so far, but also re­turns to a con­ven­tional model num­ber­ing sys­tem. Af­ter the M9 model, Le­ica adopted its fac­tory codes to des­ig­nate new dig­i­tal M mod­els, but the ‘Typ’ cod­ing hasn’t al­ways been easy for con­sumers to un­der­stand.

Although the tra­di­tional M styling is re­tained, the M10 has an all-new mag­ne­sium al­loy bodyshell which is slim­mer than the previous M Typ 240 model. The top and bot­tom plates re­main brass com­po­nents.

A dial for set­ting the ISO now ac­com­pa­nies the one for se­lect­ing shut­ter speeds. The clas­si­cal op­ti­cal rangefinder is re­tained, but with a larger field-of-view (in­creased by 30 per­cent) and a higher mag­ni­fi­ca­tion (now at 0.73x). Ad­di­tion­ally, the eye­piece’s eye­point has been in­creased by 50 per­cent, mak­ing the viewfinder eas­ier to use for spec­ta­cle wear­ers.

On the in­side is a full-35mm for­mat CMOS sen­sor Le­ica says has been “de­vel­oped es­pe­cially for this cam­era” and which has a “unique pix­els and mi­crolens ar­chi­tec­ture”. It has an ef­fec­tive pixel count of 24 mil­lion and a sen­si­tiv­ity range equiv­a­lent to ISO 100 to 50,000. There isn’t a low­pass op­ti­cal fil­ter to help op­ti­mise the res­o­lu­tion and Le­ica’s ‘Mae­stro II’ pro­ces­sor en­ables con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing at 5.0 fps for a burst of 100 JPEGs or 30 RAW files. Th­ese long bursts are pos­si­ble thanks to a 2.0 GB buf­fer mem­ory. The M10 cap­tures JPEGs in one of three im­age sizes and RAW files in the Adobe DNG for­mat, but it has no video record­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties (although live view is avail­able). There’s a sin­gle mem­ory card slot for the SD for­mat. The LCD mon­i­tor screen is fixed and has a res­o­lu­tion of 1.04 megadots. It’s pro­tected by a scratch-re­sis­tant ‘Go­rilla’ glass face­plate. A first for a dig­i­tal M body is the in­clu­sion of a WiFi mod­ule, en­abling wire­less file trans­fer and re­mote cam­era con­trol via the Le­ica M-App (for iOS de­vices).

The rest of the M10 is es­sen­tially pure Le­ica M – man­ual fo­cus­ing via a split-im­age rangefinder, cen­treweighted av­er­age me­ter­ing, aper­ture-pri­or­ity auto or man­ual ex­po­sure modes, and a top shut­ter speed of 1/4000 sec­ond. Multi-zone and spot me­ter­ing op­tions are avail­able us­ing the imag­ing sen­sor. The Le­ica M10 is avail­able with black or sil­ver chrome fin­ishes and is priced at $9700 (body only). It is avail­able in Aus­tralia now.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit https://au.le­ica-cam­era.com

The M10 has an all-new mag­ne­sium al­loy bodyshell which is slim­mer than the previous M Typ 240 model.

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