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Fol­low­ing on from the M10-P an­nounced in Au­gust, Le­ica has re­leased an­other vari­a­tion of its

M10 dig­i­tal rangefinder, the M10-D, which is on sale now for £6,500/$7,995. De­signed for peo­ple who love film cam­eras, the M10-D has no screen on its back, to help pho­tog­ra­phers fo­cus on the mo­ment and on cap­tur­ing the im­age rather than re­view­ing it.

In place of the screen, there’s a con­trol ring to power up the cam­era and ac­ti­vate the Wi-Fi sys­tem with one move­ment. Once con­nected to an iOS or An­droid de­vice, the M10-D’s core set­tings can be con­trolled via the free Le­ica FOTOS app and im­ages can be viewed and shared. The app also en­ables the phone to be used as a re­mote viewfinder in Live View mode, so in a sense it re­places the miss­ing screen on the cam­era. Fur­ther­more, any cus­tomi­sa­tion set­tings made in the app are saved to the cam­era.

In ad­di­tion to the lens aper­ture ring, shut­ter speed dial and sen­si­tiv­ity dial for con­trol­ling ex­po­sure, the M10-D has an ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion dial within the con­trol ring on its back. Like the M10-P, the M10-D has a near­si­lent me­chan­i­cal shut­ter, the script logo on the top plate and no red dot on its front.

On a sim­i­lar theme, Le­ica has also in­tro­duced a new ver­sion of the Q, its full- frame com­pact cam­era. Dubbed the Q-P, the new cam­era lacks the fa­mil­iar red dot on its front and has the clas­sic Le­ica script on the top plate. The shut­ter but­ton and power switch/drive have also changed to re­sem­ble those of the M and CL cam­eras. In an­other sub­tler change, Le­ica has given the Q-P a matte fin­ish that is said to im­prove the er­gonomics and tac­til­ity, pre­sum­ably by giv­ing a lit­tle more pur­chase.

In other re­spects the Q-P is just like the orig­i­nal Q, re­tain­ing the Le­ica Sum­milux 1:1.7/28mm ASPH lens, in­te­grated 3.68MP elec­tronic viewfinder and tra­di­tional ex­po­sure con­trols. It’s on sale now for £4,100/$4,995.

The M10-D is the first dig­i­tal M cam­era to fea­ture an ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion dialon its rear

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