Leica M10-R Review

August 10, 2020 | Gavin Stoker |

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 40 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 16Mb.

Whopping 40 megapixel resolutions have become the norm, reasons Leica, making the M10-R a camera that has possibilities far beyond the street photography that its maker intends it to be used for.

As we mentioned in our intro, the shots we managed to get out of the Leica M10-R’s sensor, when combined with our 35mm f/2 maximum aperture prime lens, we felt were very impressive in terms of detail and richness, with the maximum aperture delivering particularly shallow depth of field effects. The price and the build here had our expectations (and imaginations) raised, but we were able to achieve images with this camera, even handheld in low light the likes of which we don’t often see.

Upon launch, Leica had claimed that the M10-R delivers less noise at higher settings, while dynamic range had also been improved to somewhere around the equivalent of 13.5 stops. Wanting to test its mettle, we of course shot at night with the M10-R and, as long as there was a steady surface to hand, were almost able to drag more detail out of the darkness than even our eyes could deliver. Even at top whack ISO50000 equivalent setting on this camera, we got results that, while admittedly soft around the edges and grainy, displayed fine grain, rather than big painterly blobs destroying the outline of objects, while colour fidelity was also faithfully retained.

If you’re looking for a camera and lens line up that puts quality above all else, then, provided you’re prepared to put hand fairly deeply into pocket, then you can’t go far wrong with the Leica M10-R.

Noise

ISO sensitivity can be set between ISO 100 and ISO 50000 in full-stop increments. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting, with JPEG on the left and RAW on the right.

JPEG RAW

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12500 (100% Crop)

ISO 12500 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25000 (100% Crop)

ISO 25000 (100% Crop)

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ISO 50000 (100% Crop)

ISO 50000 (100% Crop)

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Night

The Leica M10-R's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's a Bulb mode for even longer exposures (up to 16 minutes), which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in low light photography.

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