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

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:

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 substitute for the pink dot and with the Classic Leica emblem on the highest plate.
  • M Monochrom in 2012 which was much like the M9-P however with a revolutionary monochrome sensor
  • M-E was a diminished price 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 interchange 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 basic Leica emblem on the highest plate.
  • The M kind (262) arrived in December 2015 and was the diminished price mannequin  (the equal of the M-E). It had a smaller buffer and an aluminium prime plate to scale back the burden.
  • M-D kind(262) was impressed by the success of a restricted version digicam (the M version 60 from 2014) and not using a rear LCD the digicam 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 digicam has a physique the identical thickness as an M7 and has deserted video (no person appeared to note) and far more controversially the extent gauge of the M240. 18 months on (as has now develop 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 concerning the ‘P’ cameras as they’ve solely amounted to beauty adjustments (and I don’t normally get despatched a digicam to check). The M10-P is slightly a special factor, there are some severe adjustments from the M10, a few of that are going to make lots of people very completely satisfied!

Generally talking I’ve a digicam for a number of months, usually (by coincidence) coinciding with one in all our journeys overseas. In this case I’ve solely had a digicam 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 essential to know that this text isn’t meant to be a vital evaluate. If I discover one thing unsuitable with a digicam, then I inform Leica. Having stated that, this text is my work, no person has prompt what I ought to write, and I actually wouldn’t say something that I don’t imagine to be the case or omit something that appeared to be a problem.


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 digicam:

  • 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 digicam, however the design adjustments are in step with the M9 and M(240) ‘P’ fashions with the basic Leica emblem on the highest plate and an enlarged screw instead of the pink dot on the entrance of the digicam. No want for a sapphire glass LCD cowl as the prevailing M10 display is scratch proof against a excessive diploma (mine is unscratched after two years with out safety). As I perceive it Leica have diverted from custom somewhat in that the black digicam is black chrome slightly than black paint; I think about this may disappoint a number 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.


This works simply as you’ll count on, Swiping strikes between photos, pinching zooms out and in and the zoomed in level might be moved round as you’ll count on. Just just like the M10 it has the helpful potential 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 appears to be like simply the identical as within the M10. Touching a few of the controls brings up the related menu merchandise instantly:

  • 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 constantly the ISO dial isn’t 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 usually wish to change that from right here, however that is additionally contact enabled

Generally talking the Menu itself isn’t 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 Live View

When in Live View, you’ll be able to contact the display at any level, after which when turning the main focus ring of any M lenses the digicam 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 need to have Focus Aid set to Automatic within the Capture Assistants part of the digicam menu.

If you don’t need the main focus assist set to Manual (as I want) 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 digicam (or the thumb dial).

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

I feel this selection shall be notably standard with tripod and panorama photographers, it’s nicely thought out and works superbly (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, plainly 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 actually that isn’t attainable because the {hardware} isn’t 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 completely satisfied (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. When I first heard it I felt as if I had ear plugs in! The incontrovertible fact that the sequence of sound is similar means that this actually is a damping train slightly than a brand new shutter, however nevertheless they’ve managed it this shall be a sport changer for some Leica customers.

I’ve hooked up 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 feel it speaks for itself!


As you’ll be able to 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.

At the time of writing I’m undecided how huge the value 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 price 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 isn’t so easy. I’ve actually loved utilizing the contact display and the quieter shutter makes one really feel a fantastic 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 final word M digicam, 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 digicam considerably on three completely different ranges with out compromising it in any sense.

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


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