Leica has just announced a new digital rangefinder camera. It’s a new and improved version of the Leica M10-R, featuring a 40 MP full-frame color sensor and increased low-light capabilities. Let’s dive in and see what the new camera offers and what you get for the money.
The Leica M10-R is a sibling of the Leica M10 Monochrom, and they both match in resolution. However, the new model promises improved performance, especially when it comes to ISO and dynamic range. The sensor pairs with the Maestro II image processor to deliver a wider dynamic range than the predecessors. The M10-R features an ISO 100-50000 range, promising low noise even at high ISO values. It also features an extended shutter speed range for making long exposures up to 16 minutes.
Leica promises a near-silent mechanical shutter “for inconspicuous shooting.” the camera is also slim and compact, durable, and weather-sealed, so I believe that it would be ideal for street photographers. On the minus side (but standard for this line), it only has manual focus and it doesn’t shoot video, only stills.
Take a look at the full specs and more photos:
|Lens Mount||Leica M|
|Camera Format||Full-Frame (1x Crop Factor)|
|Pixels||Effective: 40.89 Megapixel|
|Maximum Resolution||7864 x 5200|
|Aspect Ratio||1970-01-01 03:02:00|
|Sensor Size||24 x 36 mm|
|Image File Format||DNG, JPEG|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto, 100 to 50000|
|Shutter Speed||Mechanical Shutter|
|1/4000 to 960 Seconds|
|0 to 16 Minutes in Bulb Mode|
|Metering Method||Center-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture Priority, Manual|
|Metering Range||-2 to 19 EV|
|White Balance||Auto, Color Temperature, Manual|
|Continuous Shooting||Up to 4.5 fps at 40 MP for up to 10 Frames|
|Focus Type||Manual Focus Only|
|Viewfinder and Monitor|
|Viewfinder Magnification||Approx. 0.73x|
|Monitor Resolution||1,036,800 Dot|
|Monitor Type||Fixed Touchscreen LCD|
|Flash Modes||TTL Auto|
|Maximum Sync Speed||1/180 Second|
|Flash Compensation||-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)|
|Dedicated Flash System||TTL|
|External Flash Connection||Hot Shoe|
|Memory Card Slot||Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Operating Temperature||32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C|
|Battery||1 x BP-SCL5 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.4 VDC, 1300 mAh|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||5.5 x 3.1 x 1.5" / 139 x 80 x 38.5 mm|
|Weight||1.45 lb / 660 g (Body with Battery)|
The Leica M10-R is available for preorders in two color variants: black chrome and silver chrome; and the price is $8,295.
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