The latest offering from German camera manufacturer, Leica, is the new M10-R. This new camera, based on Leica’s legendary rangefinder, boasts a resolution of over 40 megapixels, a significant jump from its processor, the M10, which offered a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor. Well suited to many genres of photography, the new M10-R has an even lower risk of moiré patterns, making it particularly well suited for landscape and architectural photography.
Despite its high resolution, the M10-R offers significantly reduced image noise as well as a wider dynamic range. In terms of setting ISO, the range is now ISO 100 – 50,000, while maximum exposure time has been increased to 16 minutes – a real bonus to those shooting night-time images.
Like the M-10P, the new M10-R is equipped with the same exceptionally quiet shutter, allowing for an unobtrusive way of working, along with minimal vibration, further reducing the risk of the risk of camera shake.
As with all of Leica’s rangefinder cameras, the construction of the M10-R involves a large proportion of manual assembly by highly trained specialists, carried out at the company’s production plant in Wetzlar, Germany. This ensures that the large number of mechanical components – such as the complex rangefinder – not only perform with the utmost precision, but are also particularly robust.
Leica says that the M10-R is best able to reach its full potential when paired with Leica M lenses, but nonetheless has the capacity to fully utilise the newest generation of lenses, such as the APO Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH.
The Leica M10-R will have a recommended retail price of AUD $13,500.00.