The name already preceded the camera before its official release. It’s the first two digit M, without a ‘Typ’ designation. Consequently, on the one hand, the new camera follows the old counting series from the M3 to the M9; on the other, it should be seen as the successor to the M (Typ 240), which remains in the range as a video-capable M.
With the M10’s 33.3 millimetres, Leica has managed to achieve the construction depth of the analogue M cameras. Further reminiscent of its analogue siblings, is the thumb wheel placed on the left of the top cover, that used to serve to rewind the film. On the M10 it serves to set the ISO sensitivity. In this manner, the number of function buttons on the back could be halved from six to three. So now all the essential camera parameters (ISO, aperture, shutter speed and distance) can be set even when the camera is turned off.
And what’s inside? An improved optical viewfinder with a 0.73 magnification, a new 24-Megapixel CMOS sensor in full 35mm format and ISO range from 100 (basic sensitivity) to 50,000, a 2 GB memory buffer with a burst rate of 5 frames per second at full resolution. And no video function, but a WLAN module instead.
Further information about the Leica M10 in practice and some of the first pictures series will appear in the next issue of LFI that comes out on February 24.