Leica M10 Review

Overall 55
Imaging 30
Features 29
Size 79
Price 0

Main Features

  • 24.0 MP Full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 50000
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 139 x 39 x 80 mm
  • Weight: 660 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: Yes

Leica M10 Summary

This review is devoted to M10 that Leica has first introduced to the public in Jan 18, 2017. This model is a Pro Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 24.0 MP and a Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Pro Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #11 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 55/100 and it takes a rank of #23 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Leica M10 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Leica M10 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 13.3
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes

CONs

  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Battery Life: 210 shots
  • Storage Slots: 1

Complete Comparison of Leica M10 With Other Cameras in Pro Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Leica M10. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Leica M10

Leica M10 has the following external dimensions 139 x 139 x 80 mm (54.72 x 15.35 x 31.5″) with the weight of 660 g.

The typical weight for average Pro Mirrorless type cameras is 672g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Leica M10, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Leica M10 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 80mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Leica M10 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Leica M10 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Leica M10 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Leica M10 — 210 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 432 shots
Max: 870 shots

Thickness

Leica M10 — 80 mm
Min: 37 mm
Average: 63 mm
Max: 97 mm

Weight

Leica M10 — 660 g
Min: 465 g
Average: 672 g
Max: 1320 g

Unfortunately, Leica M10 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Leica M10 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Leica M10 Photo and Sensor Features

Leica M10 comes with Maestro II processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 24.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Leica M10 has the following ISO range 100 - 50000 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Leica M10 features a 24.0 MP sensor. In the Pro Mirrorless class, there is a high-resolution camera.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Leica M10, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 86 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Leica M10’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Leica M10 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Leica M10 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Leica M10

LCD and ViewFinder

Leica M10 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,037k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (rangefinder) ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Leica M10 are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, M10 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Leica M10 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Leica M10 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, M10 is equipped with USB none port. that make it possible to connect M10 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Leica M10 provides a shooting life of 210, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 432 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Leica M10 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Leica M10 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Leica M10’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Leica M10’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the M10 to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Leica M10 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica M10 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica M10 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Leica M10 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica M10 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 85. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica M10 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large Full frame(35.8 x 23.9 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (139 x 39 x 80 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Leica M10 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica M10 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 90. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica M10 can be called a 90 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Nice Low Light ISO (2133)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Small battery life (210 shots)

Leica M10 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica M10 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 94. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica M10 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Wireless Connectivity

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (660 g)
  • Big size (139 x 39 x 80 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash
  • Video is not available

Leica M10 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica M10 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica M10 can be called a 96 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Good Dynamic Range (13.3)
  • RAW Support
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2133)

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing

Leica M10 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Leica
Model M10
Announced Jan 18, 2017
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Leica M
Number of Lenses 59
Focal Length Multiplier 1x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,037k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (rangefinder)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.73
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 8 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes no built-in flash
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 86
DxO Color Depth 24.4
DxO Dynamic Range 13.3
DxO Low Light ISO 2133
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 35.8 x 23.9 mm
Sensor Area 855.62 mm2
Sensor Resolution 24.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5952 x 3992
Max Native ISO 50,000
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single No
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI No
USB USB none
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 660 g
Physical Dimensions 139 x 39 x 80 mm
Battery Life 210 shots
Battery Type 210 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS Optional
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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