LEICA M – SYSTEM

Closer to the moment

When you take a photograph with a camera from the Leica M-System, you experience a different kind of photography. The quick and discreet rangefinder cameras are extremely quiet and very compact, allowing you to get closer to the action. The Leica M features intuitive controls and is simple to use without superfluous functions or overcomplicated menus. All in all, the M-System grants photographers the opportunity to concentrate on what’s essential: the images.

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LEICA M10

As slimly built as an analogue M

Many photographers wished for a return to the dimensions and ideal ergonomics of analogue M models. Leica has taken note of these wishes: the dimensions of the M10 are now identical to those of analogue M-Cameras. The Leica M10 is the slimmest digital M of all time.

ISO setting range extended from 100 to 50,000

The new sensor design of the Leica M10 has made it possible to extend the ISO sensitivity range to values between 100 and 50,000 and also brings significantly improved noise characteristics in exposures captured at higher ISO values. The Leica M10 opens up entirely new areas of photography and delivers exceptional imaging performance even in difficult lighting conditions.

ISO setting dial for better control

One of the most striking changes in the case of the Leica M10 is the ISO setting dial on the top plate. For the first time in a digital M, the M10 allows all essential shooting parameters such as distance, aperture, exposure time and ISO values to be preselected without using the menu – or even switching on the camera. For even better control and even more discreet photography.

Leaner handling concept

With a handling concept reduced to the currently achievable minimum, the Leica M10 takes a further step in the direction of absolute perfection. Every single component and every technical solution in the Leica M10 concentrates uncompromisingly on photography. For instance, there are only three buttons on the back of the camera: Review, Live-View and Menu.

The improved viewfinder lets you see more

From the very beginning, the ‘Messsucher’ (combined rangefinder/viewfinder) of the Leica M played an essential role. So essential that it gave the system its name; the ‘M‘ stands for ‘Messsucher’. For the Leica M10, several important aspects of this legendary combined viewfinder and rangefinder system have now been further improved. To improve the view of the subject, the field of view has been enlarged by 30% and the magnification factor has been increased 0.73. In addition to this, the eye-relief distance has also been significantly increased. Thanks to a 50% increase in this distance, the viewfinder is much more convenient to use, particularly for photographers who wear glasses.

Fast continuous shooting Up to 5 frames per second

Thanks to a 2 GB buffer memory and sequential shooting at up to five frames per second at full resolution, photographers will never again miss the decisive moment.

The new Maestro-II processor takes the M10 to the next quality level

The latest-generation Leica Maestro-II image processor of the Leica M10 reflects the state-of-the-art of advanced processor technology. In combination with the new 24 MP sensor, this ensures that all exposures fulfil the promise made by Leica: pictures that captivate with exceptional quality and brilliance. As a result, the Leica M10 delivers images with low digital noise levels and true-to-life detail, even at ISO values as high as 50,000.

Superior imaging performance thanks to a new 24 MP sensor

The key component of the Leica M10 is the 24 MP, full-frame CMOS sensor developed especially for the camera. It features new technologies that lead to significant improvements in all parameters relevant to imaging performance: impressive dynamic range, excellent contrast rendition, exceptional sharpness and finest resolution of details.

Perfectly equipped  to withstand light showers, dust & Co.

Thanks to components machined from solid brass, the high strength of the M-10’s full-metal, magnesium alloy chassis and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass, is built to effortlessly resist the adversities of everyday life guaranteeing enduring pleasure to  the photographers. Further protection against light showers, dust and bad weather is provided by special rubber seals.

As you like it: the ‘Favourites’ menu

The importance of particular settings varies according to personal preferences and photographic needs. To cater for these, the Leica M10 offers a programmable ‘Favourites’ menu. In this menu, the photographer defines personal preferences for the relevant parameters and can later access them at the press of a button. The settings can be easily changed

Wireless communication with the M-App and WLAN connectivity

The Leica M10 is the first M-Camera with an integrated WLAN module. This allows pictures to be sent conveniently to iOS devices wireless and shared online. It also enables remote control of the Leica M10 by WLAN with a smartphone and the Leica M-App. If required, important parameters like the shutter speed or functions like releasing the shutter can also be controlled from the smartphone. This makes it easy to shoot from unusual angles and avoid camera shake when shooting with longer shutter speeds.

Focusing with Focus Peaking

Focusing made easy: The Live View function of the Leica M10 offers two convenient focusing method. Focus Peaking automatically marks sharply focused edges as coloured lines and Live View offers the ability to magnify the subject on the monitor screen. In the Leica M10, the visibility of these contrasting lines has been improved against the previous generation and now enables even more convenient focusing assessment to ensure images with outstanding sharpness.

Sustainability always in focus

Leica has been making history for decades – with cameras that have always been ahead of their times. Throughout all these years, Leica has always kept a tight focus on sustainability. In the 1950s, Leica created a timeless and enduring standard – the Leica M-Bayonet: almost all M-Lenses produced ever since can be mounted and used on today’s Leica M10. Our optical instruments are timeless and faithful companions with enduring reliability and an exceptionally long life.

Compatibility with the Leica Visoflex and R-Lenses

The combination of the Leica R-Adapter and the Leica Visoflex 2.4 MP electronic accessory viewfinder makes it possible to use almost all Leica R-Lenses on the M10. In addition to this, the advanced loupe function enabled by the processor can now be freely positioned on any part of the viewfinder image for even better assessment of sharpness when shooting with Leica R-Lenses.
  • Lens mount:

    Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding
  • Lens System

    Leica M lenses, R lenses can be used with optional adapter
  • Material

    All-metal die cast magnesium body, synthetic leather covering. Brass top panel and base, black or silver chrome plated finish
  • Image Sensor

    New 24MP CMOS Sensor, active surface 24x36mm
  • ISO Range

    100 - 50,000
  • Exposure Modes

    Choice of automatic shutter speed control with manual aperture preselection - aperture priority A, or manual shutter speed and aperture setting
  • Exposure Metering

    Exposure metering through the lens (TTL), with working aperture
  • Metering Range

    At room temperature and normal humidity for ISO 100, at aperture 1.0 EV-1 to EV20 at aperture 32. Flashing of the left triangular LED in the viewfinder indicates values below the metering range
  • Shutter Speed

    For aperture priority: (A) continuous from 125s to 1/4000s. For manual adjustment: 8s to 1⁄4000s in half steps, from 8s to 125s in whole steps, B: For long exposures up to maximum 125s (in conjunction with self-timer T function, i.e. 1st release = shutter
  • Self-Timer

    Delay 2s (aperture priority and manual exposure setting) or 12s, set in menu, indicated by flashing LED on front of camera and corresponding display in monitor.
  • Synchronization

    Optionally triggered at the 1st or 2nd Shutter curtain
  • Flash Synch Time

    1/180s; slower shutter speeds can be used, if working below sync speed: Automatic changeover to TTL linear flash mode with HSS compatible Leica system flash units
  • Flash Measurement Cell

    2 silicon photo diodes with collection lens on the camera base
  • Flash Exposure Compensation

    ±3EV in1⁄3 EV increments
  • Displays in Flash Mode

    Using flash symbol LED
  • Electronic Viewfinder

    Visoflex
  • Resolutions

    DNG: 5976x3992 pixels (24MP), JPEG: 5952x3968 pixels (24MP)
  • Data Formats

    DNG (raw data, lossless compression), JPEG
  • File Sizes

    DNG: 20-30 MB, JPEG depending on resolution and picture content
  • White Balance

    Automatic, manual, 8 presets, color temperature input
  • Storage Media

    SD cards up to 2GB, SDHC cards up to 32GB, SDXC cards up to 2TB
  • Buffer Memory

    2GB / 16 pictures in series
  • Menu Languages

    German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Korean
  • Image Field Limiter

    By activating two bright lines each: For 35 and 135mm, for 28 and 90mm, or for 50 and 75mm; automatic switching when lens is attached
  • Image Field Selector

    Allows the bright-line pairs to be manually activated at any time (e.g. to compare detail)
  • Parallax Compensation

    The horizontal and vertical difference between the viewfinder and the lens is automatically compensated according to the relevant distance setting, i.e. the viewfinder bright-line automatically aligns with the subject detail recorded by the lens.
  • Magnification

    0.73x
  • Large Basis Range Finder

    Split or superimposed image range finder shown as a bright field in the center of the viewfinder image
  • Effective Measurement Basis

    50.6mm (mechanical measurement basis 69.31mm x viewfinder magnification 0.73x)
  • Tripod Thread

    A ¼" DIN stainless steel in bottom
  • Turning the camera on/off

    Using main switch on top of camera; optional automatic shutdown of camera electronics after approx. 2/5/10 minutes; reactivated by tapping the shutter release
  • Battery Charger

    Inputs: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz, 300mA, automatic switching, or 12V DC, 1.3A; Output: DC 7.4V, 1000mA/max. 8.25V, 1100mA; Model No.: BC-SCL5; Manufacturer: Guangdong PISEN Electronics Co., Ltd., Made in China, Operating conditions: 0°C - + 35°C
  • Operating Conditions

    0-40°C
  • Interface

    ISO accessory shoe with additional contacts for Leica Visoflex viewfinder (available as an accessory)
  • GPS

    Only with Leica Visoflex viewfinder attached, available as an accessory
  • Dimensions

    (width x depth x height): approx. 139 x 38.5 x 80mm
  • Weight

    approx. 660g (with battery)
  • Package Contents

    Charger 100-240V with 2 mains cables and 1 car charging cable, lithium ion battery, carrying strap, body bayonet cover, cover for accessory shoe
  • Camera Type

    Leica M10, compact digital rangefinder system camera
  • Sensitivity Range

    ISO 100 to ISO 50000, adjustable in 1/3 ISO increments from ISO 200, choice of automatic control or manual setting
  • Metering Modes

    For metering the light reflected by light blades of the 1st shutter curtain onto a measuring cell: Strong center-weighted; for metering on the sensor: Spot, center-weighted, multi-field metering
  • Shutter

    Metal blade focal plane shutter with vertical movement
  • Release Button

    Two-stage, 1st step: Activation of the camera electronics including exposure metering and exposure lock (in aperture priority mode), 2nd step: Shutter release; standard thread for cable release integrated.
  • Power Supply On/off

    1 lithium ion rechargeable battery, nominal voltage 7.4V, capacity 1300mAh.; maximum charging current/voltage: DC 1000mA, 7.4V; Model No.: BP-SCL5; Manufacturer: PT. VARTA Microbattery, Made in Indonesia, Operating conditions (in camera): 0°C - + 40°C
  • Display in the Viewfinder

    Four-digit digital display with dots above and below
  • Flash Exposure Metering

    Using center-weighted TTL pre-flash metering with Leica flash units (SF40, SF64, SF26), or flash units compatible with the system with SCA3502 M5 adapter
  • Monitor

    3"-TFT monitor (1.04 million pixels) with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Processor

    Leica Maestro II
  • Video

    No
  • Live-View

    Yes
  • GPS

    Only with Leica Visoflex viewfinder attached, available as an accessory
  • WLAN

    Yes
  • DCin

    No
  • Studioflash Connection

    No
  • Frame Selector

    Yes
  • Viewfinder: Construction Principle

    Large, bright line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation
  • Viewfinder: Eyepiece

    Calibrated to -0.5 diopter; corrective lenses from -3 to +3 diopter available
  • Matching Viewfinder & Actual Image

    At a range setting of 2m, the bright-line frame size corresponds exactly to the sensor size of approx. 23.9 x 35.8mm; at infinity setting, depending on the focal length, approx. 7.3% (28mm) to 18% (135mm) more is recorded by the sensor than indicated by t
  • Display On Back

    3” color TFT LCD with 16 million colors and 1,036,800 pixels, approx. 100% image field, glass cover of extremely hard, scratch resistant Gorilla glass, color space: sRGB, for Live-View and review mode, displays
  • Picture Series

    approx. 5 pictures per second, 30-40 pictures in series