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Leica M10-P Hands-On Preview

We have a look at the new Leica M10-P with a 3inch touch-screen and a new quiet shutter.

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Leica M10 P Hands On (1) (Custom)

 

The Leica M10-P is the latest update to the Leica M series and is a subtle but interesting update to the M10, offering the first-ever touch-screen on a Leica M camera, but also the quietest shutter on any Leica M camera, ever, including being quieter than the Leica M analogue cameras.

 

Leica M10-P Features

Leica M10 P Silver (3) (Custom)

 

As an update to the M10, the camera features the same 24mp full-frame CMOS sensor, the same image processor, ISO speed, continuous shooting speed and 2GB buffer.

There have been a number of physical changes, including the removal of the red Leica dot from the front of the camera, updated top Leica script, more subtle rear lettering (Made in Germany), as well as a metal top cover to match the camera.

The rear screen is now a 3inch touch-screen, with 1040K dots, and Gorilla Glass is used to protect the screen from scratches. Like all touch-screens you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to, however, there are a number of new ways the screen is designed to make the camera easier to use.

 

Leica M10 P Hands On (3) (Custom)

 

You can use the touch-screen in playback to swipe between photos, pinch to zoom, double tap to zoom and move around the photo using your finger. In live-view, you can tap to choose the magnification point and focus peaking will help you focus. You can also double tap for instant pop-in (magnified view), then touch and move the screen to change the area you are viewing.

There’s also a new built-in electronic spirit level, viewable during live-view.

The optical viewfinder has 0.73x magnification and you can add an optional electronic viewfinder (which includes GPS).

 

Leica M10 P Vs M10 (5) (Custom)

The M10-P is the same weight and size as the M10 and is also available in black or silver.

 

Leica M10-P Key Features

  • 24 megapixel Full-Frame CMOS sensor
  • Leica M Mount
  • 0.73x magnification optical viewfinder
  • 3inch touch-screen, 1036K pixels, with scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass
  • ISO100 (Base ISO) to ISO50,000
  • AdobeDNG raw
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • No video recording
  • Weather-sealed full-metal, magnesium alloy chassis
  • Live-view with Focus peaking 
  • Available in black or silver and black

 

Leica M10-P Handling

Leica M10 P Silver (1) (Custom)

 

Despite the new touch-screen, you can’t use the touch-screen to set menu options or to scroll through the menus. To do this, you still need to use the 4-way controller on the back. The screen uses Corning Gorilla Glass to protect it from scratches, something that seems to be quite rare on cameras but is commonly found on smartphones.

The layout of the controls, dials and buttons on the M10-P is the same as the M10 and the camera has a top left ISO speed dial, a shutter speed dial and shutter release button with on/off switch surrounding it. There are three buttons on the left of the screen - one for LV / Live-view, Playback and Menu. In the menu,s you’ll find a programmable favourite menu to give you quick access to your favourite settings.

The shutter sound is incredibly quiet and with the lens attached to the camera, it is barely audible. This makes it extremely quiet when taking photos and the shutter remains quiet even when shooting in high-speed continuous shooting mode. It is noticeably quieter than the M10 and quieter than any other camera we had to hand. However, it is not as quiet as an electronic shutter, which is completely silent. 

 

Leica M10 P Vs M10 (2) (Custom)

 

The build quality is very good, with a solid magnesium alloy chassis and the camera certainly feels solid, thanks to the hefty 660g weight. The top plate is made of brass and painted in either matt black or silver while the bottom plate needs to be removed to remove the battery and the SD card slot is also found here. There is no USB socket, so you'll need a card reader to transfer photos - or you'll need to use Wi-Fi and rubber seals mean the camera is protected against light rain and dust. Built-in Wi-Fi also means you can use the Leica M-App to transfer images, remotely control the camera, and adjust settings without having to touch the camera.

The optical viewfinder features a rangefinder focus window in the centre of the frame and this can take some time to get used to. With practice, your speed and focusing accuracy should improve. Guidelines inside the viewfinder automatically adjust depending on what lens is attached to the camera, to help you frame your shot.

The Leica M10-P is available from today for £6,500 (including VAT).

Leica M10 P Black (14) (Custom)
 

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Niknut Plus
9 2.3k 78 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2018 7:56PM
6,500 ??????????........GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin !!!

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hobbo Plus
8 1.3k 2 England
22 Aug 2018 11:50AM

Quote:6,500 ??????????........GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin !!!


And that will be without a 2000 lens 😬

Hobbo
lemmy 12 2.8k United Kingdom
22 Aug 2018 5:40PM
I don't see what is wrong with the price. I have ordered 30 of these to use as paperweights and door stops on my superyacht. I never bought any before because the red dot on the top didn't match the lobster I serve to my guests. I did try using one to take pictures of my stable of racehorses but they always moved before I could focus so I either book David Bailey or if he's not available use my phone.
mannypr 8 9 Puerto Rico
23 Aug 2018 3:47AM
With so many people dying of hunger its practically a crime to spend that amount of money on a ordinary camera even if its a leica.
I am sorry but in this day and age NO camera is worth paying 6500 for and certainly not this Leica which is not very inspiring or revolutionary in any way. An Olympus Pen-F or a Fuji X100 has much more style and substance for a lot less money. Just another pretentious trinket for the posh boys and girls to dangle around their necks at exclusive parties!
18 Aug 2019 10:36PM
I like a camera with an optical viewfinders this has.

this also has an optional EVF.

I like this idea ,

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