Leica, creators of some of the world’s most visually attractive cameras, has announced its newest model: the M10. Designed to blend vintage styling with new technology, this digital camera offers full manual controls and a new 24 megapixel sensor. Leica is also offering Wi-Fi and GPS radios in the M10 with eyes on attracting travelers that transfer photos on-the-go to a compatible iOS device (Android coming soon). The magnesium-alloy chassis houses a large display on the back that visually communicates the changes made via the manual controls.
Upgrades abound throughout this model in comparison to its predecessor, perhaps none more than the impressive 100 to 50,000 ISO range. The updated image processor can capture five frames per second and spits out 30 RAW or 100 JPEG images in that time. Additionally, a refreshed viewfinder has a 30% larger field of view that Leica claims will offer increased relief of eye-strain. In typical fashion, this blend of technology and vintage looks will not come cheap. Leica will sell the new M10 for $6,495 at authorized retailers.
Since the release of the Leica M3 at Photokina in 1954, every single M-System camera has represented the pinnacle of innovation for its day. Defined by what is essential for photography. Leica embodies this passion for quality, craftsmanship and its philosophy of photography to this day. More than 60 years of rangefinder expertise, 11 years of digital M-Camera development and invaluable feedback from dedicated M-Photographers have inspired Leica engineers to create the slimmest digital M of all time: the Leica M10. Its unique balance of heritage and technical innovation embodies the essence of everything that is truly important for photography. Compact dimensions, improved performance and the new ISO setting dial on the top plate offer M-Photographers what they wish for from an M-Camera.