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Inside Leica’s new top-end rangefinder camera, the M10

The latest iteration of the M line is two steps forward in functionality and an intentional step back in design.

Oftentimes losing identity can be the price of progress. Revered cameramakers Leica made provisions for that with the M series – a line of digital rangefinder cameras that’ve been lauded for staying true to the design DNA of Leica, while packing as many advanced features as possible in the thin frames of their analogue predecessors.

The M10 makes huge leaps on both criteria, and seems poised to be the one that wins back the hearts of many fans for which the rangefinder’s form is as important as its function.

On top of a sensor upgrade which increases sensitivity (although resolution remains at 24MP), M10 owners will now have the convenience of uploading photos straight to a connected iPhone or iPad via the new wi-fi function, and can even control the camera remotely through the same interface.

A larger viewfinder means less peering and more shooting. An analogue ISO dial has also been added, solving the problem of the somewhat unwieldy menu navigation that plagued its predecessors. In spite of these upgrades, the M10’s actually shed a few millimeters and is down to 33.7 – a hark back to the slim dimensions of its original film counterparts.

Purists and enthusiasts alike have plenty of reason to be happy with this iteration, even with a daunting S$9950 price tag.

To showcase the camera’s abilities, Leica’s put up photos taken on the M10. (Photographer: Mike Scharfscheer for Leica)

  • Shot on the Leica M10, by photographer Maik Scharfscheer.
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