Leica has launched its new M10-R, marking a high-resolution rendition of the brand’s iconic rangefinder camera.
Photography enthusiasts have a new model to add to their wishlist — the all-new Leica M10-R, which has quickly risen to become the brand’s current flagship rangefinder. While the exterior retains much of the original M10’s beloved look, the inside offers a wholly different story, as this new release comes packed with a surprisingly big jump in pixel count and more optimised sensor. From functionality to the overall feel, here’s what we love most.
More Megapixels, Less Noise
While the original M10 came with a 24MP sensor, the new Leica M10-R takes an impressive step ahead, hiding behind its subtle frame a newly developed 40-megapixel full-frame sensor. What this means for avid photographers is that the model now comes with a significantly wider dynamic range, as well as higher resolution on its colour sensor. This means, of course, that there are now a host of possibilities that are unprecedented within the M range, from clear visibility of fine details to rich contrasts — in a nutshell, incredibly high definition images.
What we particularly love is how this development does not mean more image noise, although that is the general outcome of trying to fit more megapixels onto a sensor. Instead, the brand claims that this new edition to the M line is designed to reduce noise, while also increasing the ISO range and lengthening the shutter speed limit for a maximum exposure time that lasts up to 16 minutes, enabling users to capture extraordinary night-time shots.
A Silent Shutter
If you actually loved the M10 line, don’t fret — among the best characteristics of this new release is how it keeps much of its predecessors iconic strengths, including the quiet shutter of the M10-P. The shutter has also been carefully built in such a way that it operates wit minimal vibration, reducing shake and increasing sharpness.
The Camera Build
True to Leica, the model is very much quintessential of the brand — minimal, understated, but highly durable. What the M10-R offers is a build that has been designed to perform with utmost precision, while also reliable enough to last you years. Much of the camera’s construction involves manual assembly by highly trained specialists, for a final result that is highly functional, and compatible with all Leica M lenses — including later editions, and vintage film lenses.
The Leica M10-R is now available for delivery worldwide. To find out more, visit FB @LeicaCameraThailand.