Leica has announced a new variant of its M10 rangefinder. The M10-R is similar to the other M10 models, but offers a full-frame sensor with 40.89-megapixel resolution. The M10-R will be available on July 20 for $ 8,295.
The new Leica M10-R is the fifth variant in the M10 series and mainly has an improved sensor as a new feature. The M10-R has the same sensor as the M10 Monochrom, but the latter only takes black and white photos. The new variant is equipped with a bayer filter and also takes color photos. The other models in the M10 series have a sensor with a resolution of 24 megapixels. Leica further claims that the new sensor produces less noise and has a higher dynamic range compared to the older M10 models.
The maximum exposure time is sixteen minutes, which allows users to take landscape photos with slow shutter speeds in low light, for example. With the M10 and M10-P, the maximum exposure time was four minutes, while with the M10 Monochrom it was also sixteen minutes. The sensor’s ISO range remains the same at 100 to 50,000. Raw photos are saved in dng format with 14-bit colors and a file size from 40 to 60MB. Jpeg photos are stored in 8-bit and take up 10 to 20MB. The M10-R cannot record videos. The processor used is again a Leica Maestro II, reports DPReview .
Like the other M10 models, the new model is a rangefinder camera, with an optical viewfinder on the side of the magnesium housing, which is unchanged on the M10-R. The back houses a touch-sensitive 3 “LCD with a resolution of 1 million pixels. Also the buttons on the housing are the same and at the bottom there is an SD card reader. The camera uses the same batteries as the other M10 models, but Leica does not mention battery life for the M10-R.
Leica will release the M10-R on July 20. The camera can already be pre-ordered. The camera will have a suggested retail price of $ 8295. At some Dutch webshops, the new camera is currently for sale for 8125 euros.