Leica has launched the M10-D, and the brand is aiming at it being the old-school camera of yore. A spiritual successor to the M-D digital rangefinder, the M10-D offers film-like shooting experience, but with a modern twist.
Underneath the all metal body, the M10-D shares many features of the M10-P. This includes the 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor and Maestro II processor. With the image processor, the camera can save images as either DNG or JPG files. It can save images to the 2GB on board storage, or on a SD card. Leica’s M-mount gives flexibility for the camera to accept Leica’s wide range of high-quality lenses.
What makes the camera unique is the lack of an LCD screen at the back. Instead, it features a large selector dial. The inner ring adjusts exposure compensation while the outer switches between off, and two “On” modes: Shooting Mode and Wi-Fi Enabled. ISO, aperture and shutter speed can be adjusted via dials on the M10-D. Other parameters however are controlled instead using Leica’s FOTOS app on the smartphone. The app can also act as a live view display for the camera.
Composing an image on the camera can be done using the optical viewfinder, or the optional Visoflex electronic viewfinder which attaches via the hotshoe. Pairing the camera and a smartphone is also a simple affair – users just need to scan a QR code to pair the phone with the FOTOS app.