Leica have been creating incremental updates of their digital M cameras for the reason that M8.2 added a sapphire crystal rear show, completely different framelines and a quieter shutter in 2009. Of course, there have additionally been many limited-edition cameras, however they haven’t usually had any technical adjustments.

The M9 existed in four primary fashions:

  • M9 in 2009
  • M9-P in 2011 – this established the ‘P’ model with a sapphire glass LCD, a screw as a alternative for the pink dot and with the Classic Leica emblem on the highest plate.
  • M Monochrom in 2012 which was just like the M9-P however with a revolutionary monochrome sensor
  • M-E was a lowered value mannequin which was lacking the frameline selector and the USB port and a darkish gray physique.

The M(240) added one other variant

  • M sort (240) introduced at Photokina in September 2012 (concurrently the M-E) however not delivered till 2013.
  • M-P sort (240) introduced in 2014 had a bigger screw to exchange the pink dot and a bigger buffer. No sapphire glass display because the gorilla glass of the essential mannequin was enough. Once once more it had the traditional Leica emblem on the highest plate.
  • The M sort (262) arrived in December 2015 and was the lowered value mannequin  (the equal of the M-E). It had a smaller buffer and an aluminium prime plate to scale back the load.
  • M-D sort(262) was impressed by the success of a restricted version digital camera (the M version 60 from 2014) with no rear LCD the digital camera had no rear display (changed by an ISO dial).
  • M Monochrom sort(246) was launched in April 2015 with a black and white sensor with out the Bayer filter array.

The M10 was launched in January 2017 and has proved to be an actual success: In a way it was ‘again to fundamentals’. The digital camera has a physique the identical thickness as an M7 and has deserted video (no one appeared to note) and way more controversially the extent gauge of the M240. 18 months on (as has now change into conventional) it’s time for the primary variant, and right here is the M10-P.

Leica M10-P: Sample Images and Impressions by Jonathan Slack

In the previous I haven’t written in regards to the ‘P’ cameras as they’ve solely amounted to beauty adjustments (and I don’t normally get despatched a digital camera to check). The M10-P is fairly a unique factor, there are some critical adjustments from the M10, a few of that are going to make lots of people very joyful!

Generally talking I’ve a digital camera for a number of months, typically (by coincidence) coinciding with one among our journeys overseas. In this case I’ve solely had a digital camera for every week or two, and we now have been firmly embedded on the Norfolk and Suffolk border. So I made a decision to take photos of the world round me.

Leica M10-P: Sample Images and Impressions by Jonathan Slack
Leica M10-P: Sample Images and Impressions by Jonathan Slack
Leica M10-P: Sample Images and Impressions by Jonathan Slack

My position with Leica is to check the cameras, to not write evaluations of them, and it’s necessary to grasp that this text is just not supposed to be a vital assessment. If I discover one thing mistaken with a digital camera, then I inform Leica. Having mentioned that, this text is my work, no one has recommended what I ought to write, and I actually wouldn’t say something that I don’t consider to be the case or omit something that gave the impression to be a difficulty.

Overview

Although the M10-P has an identical firmware to the M10, and has the identical sensor (with none tweaks or adjustments), there are three radical technical adjustments to the digital camera:

  • The Touch Screen
  • The Return of the Level Gauge
  • A Much (MUCH) quieter shutter.

I’ll take care of every of those completely different options in the remainder of this text.

Body and Design

I’ve solely dealt with the chrome digital camera, however the design adjustments are according to the M9 and M(240) ‘P’ fashions with the traditional Leica emblem on the highest plate and an enlarged screw rather than the pink dot on the entrance of the digital camera. No want for a sapphire glass LCD cowl as the present M10 display is scratch immune to a excessive diploma (mine is unscratched after two years with out safety). As I perceive it Leica have diverted from custom a little bit in that the black digital camera is black chrome fairly than black paint; I think about this can disappoint a couple of purists who like their cameras brassy!

Leica M10-P: Sample Images and Impressions by Jonathan Slack

The Touch Screen

This is a primary for the M cameras and it’s been applied conservatively however actually properly.

Playback

This works simply as you’ll anticipate, Swiping strikes between photos, pinching zooms out and in and the zoomed in level will be moved round as you’ll anticipate. Just just like the M10 it has the helpful capacity to maneuver between pictures when zoomed in (by holding down the play button and turning the thumbwheel.

Menu and Status Screen

When you press the centre button of the rocker change you get the usual standing display, which seems simply the identical as within the M10. Touching a few of the controls brings up the related menu merchandise immediately:

  • Exposure compensation – this brings up the traditional publicity compensation dial which can also be contact enabled
  • ISO – logically and accurately this solely works when M is chosen on the ISO dial on the top-plate. This adjustments the M setting for ISO within the menu. much less persistently the ISO dial is just not contact enabled.
  • White Balance – tapping on the white stability image brings up the WB menu (once more, this isn’t contact enabled)
  • File Format (DNG / jpg / each)- I’m undecided that one would typically wish to change that from right here, however that is additionally contact enabled

Generally talking the Menu itself is just not contact enabled.

Leica M10-P: Sample Images and Impressions by Jonathan Slack
Leica M10-P: Sample Images and Impressions by Jonathan Slack
Leica M10-P: Sample Images and Impressions by Jonathan Slack

When capturing in Live View

When in Live View, you possibly can contact the display at any level, after which when turning the main target ring of any M lenses the digital camera will zoom in at this level. If you may have spot metering enabled then the purpose is represented by a circle, with different metering varieties it’s represented by a cross. Obviously to make this work you should have Focus Aid set to Automatic within the Capture Assistants part of the digital camera menu.

If you don’t need the main target support set to Manual (as I favor) then it’s nonetheless nice to have the ability to transfer the zoom/spot metering mark round together with your finger earlier than zooming in by touching the button on the entrance of the digital camera (or the thumb dial).

Leica M10-P: Sample Images and Impressions by Jonathan Slack

I believe this feature shall be notably fashionable with tripod and panorama photographers, it’s effectively thought out and works fantastically (I want that Leica would implement the handbook model of this performance with the SL and CL operation when utilizing M lenses).

The Return of the Level Gauge

I by no means did see the purpose of a degree gauge, it appears to me that if there’s a horizon you don’t want it, and if there isn’t then what ‘feels proper’ is what you need. However, evidently I’m within the minority right here and plenty of individuals actually missed it within the M10. There was a lot discuss it being applied in firmware, however the truth is that isn’t doable because the {hardware} is just not current.

Leica have listened to the complaints and the {hardware} has been added to the M10-P and the extent gauge is again. I’m certain that many individuals shall be very joyful (and I can flip it off!).

Leica M10-P: Sample Images and Impressions by Jonathan Slack
Leica M10-P: Sample Images and Impressions by Jonathan Slack
Leica M10-P: Sample Images and Impressions by Jonathan Slack

The Quieter Shutter

The shutter on the M10 could be very quiet – and a few may need thought that no enchancment was wanted. The shutter on the M10-P nevertheless is an actual revelation, though the essential sound is similar, it’s been damped to make it sound a lot quieter. When I first heard it I felt as if I had ear plugs in! The proven fact that the sequence of sound is similar means that this actually is a damping train fairly than a brand new shutter, however nevertheless they’ve managed it this shall be a recreation changer for some Leica customers.

I’ve connected a recording with the M10 and M10-P at 1/15th 1/60th 1/250th and 1/1000th second. The cameras have been positioned subsequent to one another, equidistant from the microphone. I believe it speaks for itself!

Conclusion

As you possibly can see, the M10-P is not only a reasonably face; along with the anticipated M10-P beauty adjustments it represents some actual benefits over the M10.

At the time of writing I’m undecided how large the worth differential between the 2 cameras shall be, however I think about that for these photographers who’ve been ready for the ‘P’ model earlier than changing their M(240) cameras it will likely be value each penny.

Leica M10-P: Sample Images and Impressions by Jonathan Slack
Leica M10-P: Sample Images and Impressions by Jonathan Slack
Leica M10-P: Sample Images and Impressions by Jonathan Slack

For the remainder of us who’ve already purchased their M10 the query of whether or not or to not improve is just not so easy. I’ve actually loved utilizing the contact display and the quieter shutter makes one really feel a terrific deal much less obtrusive when capturing in quiet environments (not that I ever felt the M10 shutter noise was disturbing topics!).

Many individuals thought that the M10 was the last word M digital camera, and that Leica would discover it exhausting to enhance on it with out compromising its core values. I believe they need to be congratulated on enhancing the digital camera considerably on three completely different ranges with out compromising it in any sense.

Leica M10-P: Sample Images and Impressions by Jonathan Slack