Le­ica Gives The M10 an Ana­log Makeover

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The lat­est ver­sion of the M10 dig­i­tal rangefinder cam­era is de­scribed by Le­ica as hav­ing a “dig­i­tal heart, ana­log soul”. The ana­log el­e­ments of the M10-D are all ex­ter­nal, start­ing with re­plac­ing the mon­i­tor screen with a large dial for set­ting ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion. This con­trol also serves as the cam­era’s power switch. More in­ter­est­ing is the pro­vi­sion of a swing-out thum­brest which looks very much like a film ad­vance lever. Oth­er­wise, the M10-D has just a smat­ter­ing of ex­ter­nal con­trols – di­als for set­ting the shut­ter speeds and ISO val­ues, an in­put wheel and a cou­ple of func­tion but­tons.

How­ever, the M10-D also has built-in WiFi, en­abling im­age re­view to be per­formed via a paired smart­phone or tablet run­ning the new Le­ica FOTOS app. This also al­lows for re­mote con­trol of the cam­era and the set­ting of other key cap­ture func­tions such as the file for­mat (JPEG or Adobe DNG RAW) and white bal­ance. Like the M10-P, the M10-D goes with­out the dis­tinc­tive Le­ica ‘red dot’ logo on its front panel, and has the clas­sic “Le­ica” brand­ing script in white on the top plate.

On the in­side, the M10-D is the same as the other M10 vari­ants with a full-35mm for­mat CMOS sen­sor with 24 megapix­els (ef­fec­tive) res­o­lu­tion and mated to Le­ica’s ‘Mae­stro II’ pro­ces­sor. It has a 2.0 GB buf­fer mem­ory and a sin­gle mem­ory card slot for SD for­mat de­vices (up to 2.0 TB SDXC). The sen­si­tiv­ity range is equiv­a­lent to ISO 100 to 50,000, and con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing is pos­si­ble at up to 5.0 fps. The bodyshell com­prises a diecast mag­ne­sium al­loy chas­sis with brass top and bot­tom plates. The viewfinder is, of course, op­ti­cal with bright­line im­age frames and au­to­matic par­al­lax cor­rec­tion. The Le­ica M10-D is avail­able now from the Le­ica Stores in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne, priced at $11,950 body only. For more in­for­ma­tion visit https://au.le­ica-cam­era.com

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