Leica M10 Review

March 30, 2017 | Mark Goldstein |
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Conclusion

The new Leica M10 is the most analog digital M-series camera ever, marrying the classic look and feel of past M film cameras with a select number of modern, digital features. Taking a slower, more considered approach to image composition and lacking any form of video recording, the M10 will remain a niche camera, something that Leica themselves freely admits, but the addition of wi-fi connectivity, faster continuous shooting, a better viewfinder and a dedicated ISO dial also make the M10 the best digital M-series camera ever.

Image quality from the new 24 megapixel sensor and the latest image processor is excellent, with lovely colour rendition, bags of detail thanks to the full-frame sensor and no optical low-pass filter, and good noise performance from ISO100-3200, with the faster ISO settings proving usable too if you don't mind a bit of film-like grain (and who doesn't?).

So while the Leica Q has taken all the recent plaudits, and sales too, the new M10 shouldn't be overlooked if you favour a hands-on, manual approach to your photography, with an added dash of speed, improved handling and connectivity. While it probably won't win over too many new converts to the M-system way of thinking, the new Leica M10 should surely please all of the current Leica M disciples...

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4