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Leica Combines Classic And Modern In New M10 Camera

If you’re looking for a camera that blends the old and the new, Leica’s M10 might just be the camera for you… If you happen to have almost $10,000 lying around.

The M10 is the latest high-end camera from Leica to combine classic features and design with modern functionality. What do you get for the premium price? Not video capabilities, or even autofocus.

Instead, the M10 features a classic rangefinder focusing system, with manual adjustments made with the help of an optical viewfinder. Leica increased the field of view by 30 per cent for an improved view of the subject, and an improvement to eye relief (“the optimum distance of the eye from the viewfinder eyepiece“) makes the viewfinder more comfortable to use, especially for glasses wearers.

The camera has a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor that is able to capture images at up to 5fps. It also features 3-inch screen that can be used to adjust focus, along with WLAN connectivity for remote controlling and connection. Everything is packaged into a small camera body that measures 33.75mm at the top plate.

Leica isn’t intending to compete with most other camera makers, which continue to blur the line between photo and video with the addition of 4K, HDR and other video-centric features. The old-school focus on photography is a feature the company uses to differentiate its M10.

“Not a camera for everyone – but increasingly a camera for people who love a system that is built for the future while maintaining consistent compatibility with its past,” said Dr Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder of Leica Camera AG and chairman of its supervisory board.

While not featuring all the bells and whistles of other cameras, the M10 is expected to deliver high image quality in situations where slower manual focusing isn’t an issue. Building upon previous M-Cameras, Leica have also added an ISO adjustment dial to the M10 alongside the usual shutter speed dial, with ISO expandable to up to 50,000.

Leica’s M10 is available for pre-order now for $9,700 for the body only, with M-Lenses available starting from RRP $2,400.

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