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


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

The M9 existed in four primary fashions:

Leica M10-P: All Infos

  • M9 in 2009
  • M9-P in 2011 – this established the ‘P’ model with a sapphire glass LCD, a screw as a alternative for the crimson dot and with the Basic 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 decreased 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 kind (240) introduced at Photokina in September 2012 (similtaneously the M-E) however not delivered till 2013.
  • M-P kind (240) introduced in 2014 had a bigger screw to switch the crimson dot and a bigger buffer. No sapphire glass display because the gorilla glass of the essential mannequin was enough. As soon as once more it had the basic Leica emblem on the highest plate.
  • The M kind (262) arrived in December 2015 and was the decreased value mannequin  (the equal of the M-E). It had a smaller buffer and an aluminium prime plate to cut back the burden.
  • M-D kind(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 kind(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 rather more controversially the extent gauge of the M240. 18 months on (as has now turn out to be 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

Previously 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 quite a distinct factor, there are some critical adjustments from the M10, a few of that are going to make lots of people very comfortable!

Usually talking I’ve a digital camera for a number of months, typically (by coincidence) coinciding with one in every of our journeys overseas. On this case I’ve solely had a digital camera for every week or two, and we’ve 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 vital to grasp that this text is just not supposed to be a important overview. If I discover one thing mistaken with a digital camera, then I inform Leica. Having stated that, this text is my work, no one has prompt what I ought to write, and I definitely wouldn’t say something that I don’t imagine to be the case or omit something that gave the impression to be a difficulty.


Though the M10-P has equivalent 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 Contact Display screen
  • The Return of the Degree Gauge
  • A A lot (MUCH) quieter shutter.

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

Physique and Design

I’ve solely dealt with the chrome digital camera, however the design adjustments are per the M9 and M(240) ‘P’ fashions with the basic Leica emblem on the highest plate and an enlarged screw instead of the crimson dot on the entrance of the digital camera. No want for a sapphire glass LCD cowl as the prevailing 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 just a little in that the black digital camera is black chrome quite than black paint; I think about it will disappoint just a few purists who like their cameras brassy!

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

The Contact Display screen

This can be a first for the M cameras and it’s been applied conservatively however actually properly.


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

Menu and Standing Display screen

If you press the centre button of the rocker swap you get the usual standing display, which appears simply the identical as within the M10. Touching among the controls brings up the related menu merchandise instantly:

  • Publicity 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 Steadiness – 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 unsure that one would typically need to change that from right here, however that is additionally contact enabled

Usually 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 taking pictures in Stay View

When in Stay 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. In case you have spot metering enabled then the purpose is represented by a circle, with different metering varieties it’s represented by a cross. Clearly to make this work you need to have Focus Support set to Computerized within the Seize Assistants part of the digital camera menu.

In the event you don’t need the main target assist set to Handbook (as I desire) then it’s nonetheless nice to have the ability to transfer the zoom/spot metering mark round along 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 feel this selection will probably be notably well-liked with tripod and panorama photographers, it’s nicely thought out and works fantastically (I want that Leica would implement the guide model of this performance with the SL and CL operation when utilizing M lenses).

The Return of the Degree Gauge

I by no means did see the purpose of a stage 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. Nonetheless, plainly I’m within the minority right here and many folks actually missed it within the M10. There was a lot speak about it being applied in firmware, however in reality that isn’t potential 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 will probably be very comfortable (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 may 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. Once I first heard it I felt as if I had ear plugs in! The truth that the sequence of sound is similar means that this actually is a damping train quite than a brand new shutter, however nevertheless they’ve managed it this will probably be a sport 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 had been positioned subsequent to one another, equidistant from the microphone. I feel it speaks for itself!


As you possibly can see, the M10-P isn’t just a reasonably face; along with the anticipated M10-P beauty adjustments it represents some actual benefits over the M10.

On the time of writing I’m unsure how huge the worth differential between the 2 cameras will probably be, however I think about that for these photographers who’ve been ready for the ‘P’ model earlier than changing their M(240) cameras will probably 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 an amazing deal much less obtrusive when taking pictures 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 onerous to enhance on it with out compromising its core values. I feel 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