Leica’s M10 Rangefinder Camera Puts Image Quality First With 24MP Image Sensor And Svelte Retro Frame

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If you’re a fan of Leica’s M series of rangefinder cameras, we’ve got a treat for you. The company today announced the high anticipated M10, which is the logical successor to the M240.

The M10 brings a lot to the table including a 24MP full-frame image sensor that is paired with the new Maestro II image processor. You’ll find a large 2GB buffer which allows the cameras to shoot at 5 frames per second at its maximum 24MP resolution. The M10 has ISO sensitivity that ranges from ISO 100 to 50,000 and also along for the ride is an integrated GPS module for geotagging.

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While the M10 doesn’t have video-shooting capabilities, Leica has added Wi-Fi support, which allows you to use your iPhone or iPad as a remote shutter. You can also transfer images directly in RAW format from your M10 to your iOS-based device. The viewfinder has a 30 percent larger field of view along with better support for photographers that wear glasses. It also features a swivel function “for shooting from unusual angles.”

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Size wise, Leica has pared down the dimensions of the M10 compared to its predecessor, and it now more closely mirrors the film-based M7. However, the weight of the M10 remains about the same compared to the M240 due to its sturdy brass and magnesium-alloy construction.

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“The new M, the M10! Not a camera for everyone – but increasingly a camera for people who love a system that is built for the future while maintaining consistent compatibility with its past,” wrote Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, chairman of the supervisory board for Leica Camera AG. “The rangefinder system lets me frame and compose my pictures. The rangefinder system lets me tread in the footsteps of the world’s greatest photographers. The rangefinder system lets me create photographs with my own visual style.”

The Leica M10 will be available starting tomorrow for $6,495, which is a small price to pay for photographers that care most about quality craftsmanship and top-notch image quality.