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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