Leica rips out the LCD for the new Leica M10-D (but the price is still the same)

Oct 24, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Oct 24, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Leica has today announced the new Leica M10-D. It continues the M10 line by ripping out the LCD, replacing it and much of the camera’s functionality with a smartphone app. An M mount rangefinder with no LCD? Sounds an awful lot like the Pixii, doesn’t it? This one comes with a $7,995 Leica price tag, though.

It’s approximately the same camera as the Leica M10 and M10-P. It features a 24MP full frame sensor, flat black finish, and quiet shutter of the M10-P. Except this one doesn’t have a regular LCD or touchscreen LCD. As mentioned above, it has no LCD at all.

The idea is that you will use the phone in conjunction with the Leica Fotos smartphone app. This basically replaces the LCD on the camera and communication between the two happens over WiFi. This isn’t the first LCDless camera that Leica has released, but it is the first with built-in WiFi.

If you’re used to shooting digital, then this is going to be a big challenge for you. But if you’ve been shooting Leica film rangefinders for years then it’ll just feel like business as usual, really. Except that you’ll be able to whip out your phone and actually have a look at what you’ve shot when you sit down at the local coffee shop for a break.

  • Sensor: Full Frame 24MP CMOS
  • Lens Mount: Leica M Bayonet
  • Compatible Lenses: Leica M, Leica R via adapter
  • Storage: SD Card
  • LCD: NONE
  • ISO: 100-50000
  • Continuous shooting: Up to 5fps
  • Connectivity: Built-in WiFi
  • Video capabilities: None
  • Dimensions: 139 x 80 x 38.5 mm

Leaving WiFi on all the time in your camera with the phone constantly connected can a bit of a battery drain, though. Leica says that they expect the usage to be quite sporadic, rather than regularly monitoring what you shoot with your phone.

It is mighty expensive, though. The regular Leica M10 is $7,295. The added touchscreen LCD and quieter shutter on the M10-P bring that price up to $7,995. But removing the LCD completely doesn’t bring that M10 price down at all. In fact, it’s as high as the M10-P, with the M10-D also sitting at $7,995.

Of course, for some, especially Leica owners, price is no object. They’ll pay whatever they need to pay to get their hands on what they want. And power to them, but it’s definitely not for me.

I’m really curious now to see how the Pixii’s final specs and price will compare to this once they’re announced.

The Leica M10-D is available to pre-order now for $7,995 and shipping starts in a few days.

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4 responses to “Leica rips out the LCD for the new Leica M10-D (but the price is still the same)”

  1. Tj Ó Seamállaigh Avatar
    Tj Ó Seamállaigh

    Not sure this is a good move. Personally, I get as far away as possible from phones and communications when I do photography… needless to say wi-fi as well. Anyway, it’s Leica after all (and I’m in no way gonna own one)

  2. rifki syahputra Avatar
    rifki syahputra

    Leica: “you need this”
    everyone: “take my money…”

  3. Trino Pam Avatar
    Trino Pam

    This could be straight out of the Onion.?

  4. Liam Avatar
    Liam

    Hoping that the WI-Fi connectivity will be capable of working with a Mac as well as an iPhone. I find this is a very compelling camera, particularly for those of us who have shot more film than whats been manufactured in the last decade… Pure digital simplicity !