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Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Full Review - Performance

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Leica M10 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.1secs / 0.125secs (Live view)
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo  1.4secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.28secs
Shot to Shot with Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
5fps (31 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW 5fps (20 shots)

Shutter response is quick whether using the camera in live-view or normal shooting modes. Shot to shot is quick, and continuous shooting is rapid for a digital rangefinder, shooting at 5fps. 


Leica M10 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Bright objects in the frame can quite easily confuse the exposure system. If you are shooting raw, then this can easily be recovered, as the camera is more likely to under-expose rather than over-expose photos. The camera's JPEG images don't have any distortion correction applied to them, and opening the raw images in Adobe Camera Raw, it's possible to automatically correct any lens distortion. Processing the raw files gives sharper images, and I preferred the colour from the processed raw files over the JPEG images straight from the camera. There is no automatic panoramic mode. There is no video mode.


Leica M10 Lens test images

Lens Performance - The Leica lenses are capable of very sharp images, however, the biggest hurdle to sharp focus is most likely going to be your ability to correctly focus the camera on the right subject. Images can show false colour / moire due to the sharpness of images. Lens flare can be an issue when shooting into bright sources of light, but with a lens hood this is much less likely. With a full-frame sensor, and a bright prime lens, it's possible to take photos with impressive bokeh (background blur), and subject separation.


Leica M10 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Noise is very low from ISO100 to ISO800. A little bit of noise becomes visible at ISO1600, and then again more at ISO3200. However, the noise does appear quite like film noise, with a fine grain to it. At ISO6400 noise becomes more noticeable. ISO12500 gives images with quite a lot of noise, and you might not want to use this ISO speed, without further processing, and using the raw image you should still be able to get good results. ISO25000 and ISO50000 show high levels of noise in the JPEG images, and processing of the raw files is recommended if you do end up shooting at these speeds.


Leica M10 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) performs well under tungsten lighting, with the tungsten preset giving a warmer result. AWB gives excellent results under fluorescent lighting, with the fluorescent preset giving a slightly warm colour cast. AWB performs well under mixed lighting. 

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Photographs taken using the Leica M10

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22 Jan 2017 9:24PM
Nice looking piece of engineering....but nearly 6 grand...!! not on my shopping list sadly..
anyway...does it REALLY produce better results than less costly offerings..? good luck to those with "Leica" budgets...
UKMike2013 8 21 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2017 10:43AM
Lovely camera - although the comment about some "photographers" not being able to focus a rangefinder camera shows how automation has removed some of the basic operational skills.
On reflection, I found that something of a sad statement - to some extent I feel that the apparatus shouldn't get in the way of the creativity, but on the other hand it feels a little like going hiking and not knowing how to tie your bootlaces. I must be getting old!
As for the Leica if I could afford one I would buy one without a doubt.
3 Feb 2017 1:06AM
At that price I would hide the red dot for street photos!
But I dream to get that M10!
joshwa Plus
10 927 1 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2017 3:51PM
Full review now live
29 Mar 2017 11:35AM
Its the pleasure that comes from owning such an icon that I guess spurs the desire ... they are beautifully crafted but I wonder if the images produced really are so much better than say an almost identical Panasonic. I still have my Leica D Lux 4 (in Safari Green) and take it everywhere where a larger camera would be too heavy or cumbersome. The images it produces still satisfy but that might well be the placebo effect. .
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4255 Canada
29 Mar 2017 5:30PM
Ridiculously priced niche product for the well heeled. As good or better performance available for much, much less.

BTW, there are no aperture values shown on the sample pics Joshwa?
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2017 5:51PM
You pay for the badge really. Better performing cameras can be found for much less.
pablophotographer 10 1.9k 409
30 Mar 2017 4:21PM
If you have the money and the beloved offspring to pass it on later... go for it.
If your pictures suck though... you won't be able to blame the camera, haha.
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
31 Mar 2017 9:55AM
Just try Fuji any model X10, X100 ,XE1,XE2 XT1/2 all offer fabulous images. It is only a pride of possession. I had M2 set R4 with lenses all are sold to an antique collecter. Passing it on to next GEN is meaningless as digital way is ever changing. Esp in Megapexil war
themak 7 1.0k Scotland
31 Mar 2017 2:03PM
Ah, but you couldn't use a Fuji to drive fenceposts.
oldblokeh 10 1.2k United Kingdom
31 Mar 2017 5:46PM
They're having a laugh, surely. 120 for an extra eyepiece lens to correct for your eyesight, something that other manufacturers build in as standard to their viewfinders. Moreover, I wonder what proportion of these will still be working in 25 years time, compared with their mechanical ancestors. In that respect, I can't see them being a sensble investment from a collector's perspective.
24 Sep 2019 2:16PM
I found the red dots sold separately on eBay. I bought a few to stick on my Sony cameras.
My photos will be a lot sharper from here on and the bokeh will turn cream fraiche.
Hah! They did not expect me to do that!

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