Leica M10-P Review

September 17, 2018 | Amy Davies |

Conclusion

The Leica M10-P is a beautiful camera, crafted with precision to be incredibly well made. The images it’s capable of taking are equally beautiful. But it also costs £6,500 (body only) – it’s clearly not going to be for everybody, making it a relatively niche proposition.

Upgrades have been made to the M10-P, but it’s more of an incremental evolution rather than complete overhaul of the previous model. The most visible difference is the removal of the classic red dot, while the addition of the quieter shutter is an advantage for street and discreet photographers. That said, it’s not silent, and with the invention of modern electronic shutters which make absolutely zero noise, it’s perhaps not quite the plus point it once might have been.

Using a rangefinder takes quite a lot of getting used to, and again, it’s not for everybody. Once you get the hang of it, getting shots accurately in focus becomes easier – although of course it will never be as easy as using autofocus. For this reason, if you don’t quite know what you’re doing, it’s easy to miss shots and become frustrated with the process. Pre-focusing the lens before you want to take the shot can help that, but it’s a pretty old-fashioned way to work.

Being able to shoot via Live View with the M10-P, especially with the new touchscreen controls – makes the whole proposition a little more straightforward though, so it’s nice to see Leica mixing modern technologies with older ideologies.

Whether or not you’re tempted to buy a Leica M10-P very likely has little to do with whether you actually need one or not. As the sensor and processor has been brought over from the original M10, making image quality identical, if you’re not bothered about the quieter shutter or the touch-sensitive screen, you could save yourself some money by going for that model instead. But it seems unlikely that anyone contemplating any sort of Leica is on a tight budget.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 3.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 3