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40.8mp Leica M10-R Digital RangeFinder Announced - Sample Photos

Leica has announced the new 40.8mp Leica M10-R, the highest-resolution colour Leica M camera, with a new 40.8mp CMOS sensor, and they've shared full-size sample photos with us.

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Leica has announced the new 40mp full-frame M10-R digital rangefinder. The camera features a 40mp CMOS sensor, with colour Bayer filter, and no low-pass filter (for increased resolution). The ISO range is ISO100 to ISO50,000, and the camera shoots Raw (DNG), JPEG and has a 2GB buffer for up to 10 pictures in series, which can be taken at 4.5 frames per second. The maximum exposure time has been increased to 16 minutes, like the M10 Monochrom.

The large bright-line frame viewfinder gives a 0.73x magnification (for all lenses), and has automatic parallax compensation. There is also dioptre adjustment. There’s a 3inch screen on the back, with 1036K pixels, and a scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass construction. The camera uses the Leica M Bayonet, with 6-bit coding, and you’ll find an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot underneath the camera, under the bottom plate.

Dynamic range and noise performance is said to be improved, with reduced banding at the higher ISO speeds.

It will be available in black chrome, and silver chrome, with a price of £7100 (including VAT), from the 20 July 2020. It can also be seen, in person, in the Leica Mayfair store in London.

Leica M10-R Key Features

  • 40.89mp full-frame colour sensor, w/o low-pass filter
  • 3inch touch-screen, 1036K pixels
  • ISO100 to ISO50,000
  • Long exposure up to 16 minutes (960s)
  • Raw (DNG), JPEG shooting
  • Thin M10 body design
  • Very quiet shutter (from M10-P)
  • Top left ISO dial
  • Leica FOTOs connectivity


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From Leica: The Leica M10-R: Leica Camera presents its legendary rangefinder camera upgraded to 40-megapixels

Wetzlar, 16 July 2020. Leica Camera is delighted to introduce a new addition to its legendary M10 family, the Leica M10-R. 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 – and the M10-R is no exception. The camera’s newly developed sensor offers an impressive resolution of over 40 megapixels, a considerable increase on the classic M10. As a result, the new Leica M10-R captures flawless images with significantly sharper detail, reduced image noise and a wider dynamic range. The M10-R completes the Leica M10 family, which includes the M10, M10-P, M10-D and M10 Monochrom.

As with all Leica rangefinder cameras, the M10-R is made in Germany by our highly qualified specialists at the Leica factory in Wetzlar. Renowned for their passion for quality, precision and perfection, this ensures that the large number of mechanical components, such as the complex rangefinder, perform with the utmost precision whilst remaining robust enough for all types of adventures.

The new sensor of the M10-R opens up a host of possibilities that were previously impossible with the M10 range. Along with the clear visibility of the finest details, the sensor provides extensive performance reserves for both cropping and larger formats – for example, architectural and landscape photography are particularly well-suited for the M10-R. In addition, the contrast-rich rendition of subtle structures leads to an even lower risk of moiré patterns. The M10-R’s base sensitivity of ISO 100 and goes up to ISO 50000, and the maximum exposure time has been increased to 16 minutes, enabling extraordinary night-time and low-light shots. The camera is equipped with the same shutter as the Leica M10-P, which is exceptionally quiet and operates with minimal vibration to reduce the risk of camera shake.

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The full potential of the Leica M10-R is reached when paired with Leica M lenses - particularly in combination with the newest generation, such as the APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH., this combination delivers photographs of truly exceptional quality. At the same time, the camera emphasises the distinctive characteristics of older M lenses cherished by photography enthusiasts all over the world.

The Leica M10-R will be available online and in-store on 20 July 2020 for £7,100 (incl. VAT)


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sherlob Plus
14 3.1k 129 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2020 3:59PM
Just remember that the 40.8MP does not refer to megapixels in the case of this camera, but rather its "monetary price" e.g. RRP 40800 Wink Now I wouldn't say no if anyone wants to give me this, but...

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