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Leica M10-R Rangefinder Camera (Black Chrome)

BH #LEM10RB • MFR #20002
Key Features
  • 40MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Leica Maestro II Image Processor
  • Optical 0.73x-Magnification Viewfinder
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Touchscreen LCD
Putting the 'R' in resolution, the Leica M10-R is a digital rangefinder camera with a high-resolution take on the traditional, stills-only design of the acclaimed M10-series. Revolving around an impressive 40MP full-frame CMOS sensor and Maestro II image processor, the M10-R is distinguished by its image quality, dynamic range, and sensitivity, with an ISO 100-50000 range and low noise. Complementing the applications suited to a higher resolution design, the M10-R also features an extended shutter speed range for making long exposures up to 16 minutes-long for nighttime and low-light shooting. The increased resolution and redesigned sensor structure also highlight the unique optical qualities of Leica's extensive lens lineup.
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Leica M10-R Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2M10-R for Resolution
  • 340MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor and Maestro II Processor
  • 4Optical Viewfinder and Rangefinder
  • 5Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
  • 6Other Camera Features
By B&H Photo's

Putting the 'R' in resolution, the Leica M10-R is a digital rangefinder camera with a high-resolution take on the traditional, stills-only design of the acclaimed M10-series. Revolving around an impressive 40MP full-frame CMOS sensor and Maestro II image processor, the M10-R is distinguished by its image quality, dynamic range, and sensitivity, with an ISO 100-50000 range and low noise. Complementing the applications suited to a higher resolution design, the M10-R also features an extended shutter speed range for making long exposures up to 16 minutes-long for nighttime and low-light shooting. The increased resolution and redesigned sensor structure also highlight the unique optical qualities of Leica's extensive lens lineup.

Beyond the updated sensor, the M10-R takes on a familiar form with a slim body profile that is reminiscent of M film cameras, and a large 0.73x-magnification optical viewfinder for notable composition and focusing accuracy. The body design also incorporates a dedicated ISO dial for quick adjustment, even when the camera is turned off, and the rear 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD features a Gorilla Glass cover to guard against scratching and light impacts. Also contributing to durability, the top and bottom plates are constructed from brass and the chassis is built from magnesium alloy to realize a robust physical construction for long-lasting use. Additionally, the M10-R also sports an integrated Wi-Fi module for wireless sharing and remote camera control from a linked mobile device.

M10-R for Resolution
Revolving around a unique 40MP full-frame CMOS sensor, the M-10R distinguishes itself within the M10 family of cameras by its high resolution and longer exposure capabilities. Beyond traditional Leica applications of street and reportage shooting, these capabilities lend themselves to landscape and nature shooters, as well, and also enable photographers to make full use of the exceptional Leica lens lineup. Aside from the revised sensor design, the M10-R retains its slim form factor, ultra quiet operation, and svelte design, which includes a characteristic red dot on the front of the camera, a plain top plate, and an elegant black chrome finish.
40MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor and Maestro II Processor
A redeveloped full-frame color 40.89MP CMOS sensor pairs with the Maestro II image processor to deliver an impressively wide dynamic range with notable color saturation and contrast, as well as enhanced sensitivity from ISO 100-50000 to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions. The sensor's design also omits an optical low-pass filter in order to achieve greater sharpness and resolution.
Optical Viewfinder and Rangefinder
The optical viewfinder is a large, bright-line 0.73x-magnification rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation and bright-line frame lines, which are set to match the image sensor size at a focusing distance of 6.6'. On the front of the camera, a viewfinder frame selector can also be used to manually change the apparent image field to help visualize the scene with varying focal lengths; options are available in 35mm/135mm, 28mm/90mm, and 50mm/75mm focal length pairs.

The rangefinder mechanism displays split or superimposed bright field images within the center of the viewfinder to benefit accurate manual focusing control. The effective rangefinder metering basis is 50.6mm (mechanical metering basis 69.31mm x viewfinder magnification of 0.73x).
Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
  • Slim body profile is reminiscent of Leica's film cameras for easier handling and manipulation
  • Integrated ISO dial is featured on the top plate to permit simple and direct adjustment of sensitivity values, even when the camera is turned off.
  • The rear of the camera features just three buttons—live view, playback, and menu—for more simplified and intuitive navigation of the camera's control-set.
  • A programmable Favorites menu can be used, which allows you to define your most oft-used settings and select them for easy, one-touch access.
  • 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD provides an intuitive, bright, and large means for image playback as well as live view shooting.
  • Rear LCD monitor has a Corning Gorilla Glass cover to protect it against scratching and impacts.
  • Top and bottom plates are machined from solid blocks of brass and the chassis is built from magnesium alloy for a truly durable, hard-wearing physical construction.
  • Rubber seals are used to prevent the entrance of light rain and dust to enable working in inclement conditions.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi permits sharing imagery directly to a linked smartphone and also enables remote control over the camera to adjust select shooting parameters or to release the shutter via the Leica FOTOS app.
Other Camera Features
  • Near-silent mechanical shutter for inconspicuous shooting.
  • Integrated 2GB buffer to for recording 4.5 fps bursts of up to 10 consecutive frames.
  • Images can be recorded in either the 14-bit DNG or 8-bit JPEG file format.
  • A top hot shoe permits working with an external flash and the top sync speed is 1/180 sec.
  • When working in live view, focus peaking is available to highlight edges of contrast for easier, more precise manual focus adjustment.
  • Designed to accept all M-mount lenses, Leica R-mount lenses are also compatible through the use of an optional R to M adapter.
  • Compatible with the optional Visoflex accessory electronic viewfinder for manually focusing adapted lenses.
  • Compatible with the optional Visoflex 2 viewfinder with firmware update version 30.22.11.52.
  • Language support: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, and Korean.

Leica M10-R Specs

Imaging
Lens MountLeica M
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 40.89 Megapixel (7864 x 5200)
Sensor Type24 x 36 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image StabilizationNone
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeStill Only
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeMechanical Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 960 Seconds
Up to 16 Minutes in Bulb Mode
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode, Time Mode
ISO Sensitivity100 to 50,000 in Auto Mode
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual
Metering Range-2 to 19 EV
White BalancePresets: Auto, Color Temperature, Manual
Continuous ShootingUp to 4.5 fps at 40 MP for up to 10 Frames
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/12-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes3:2 DNG
7864 x 5200
3:2 JPEG
7840 x 5184
5472 x 3648
2976 x 1984
Aspect Ratio3:2
Image File FormatDNG, JPEG
Bit Depth14-Bit
External Video Capture
IP StreamingNone
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Video I/ONone
Audio I/ONone
Other I/ONone
Power I/ONone
WirelessWi-Fi
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Monitor
Size3.0"
Resolution1,036,800 Dot
Display TypeFixed Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder
TypeOptical
MagnificationApprox. 0.73x
Focus
Focus TypeManual Focus Only
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesTTL Auto
Maximum Sync Speed1/180 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
General
Battery Type1 x BP-SCL5 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.4 VDC, 1300 mAh
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.5 x 3.1 x 1.5" / 139 x 80 x 38.5 mm
Weight1.45 lb / 660 g (With Battery)
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.76 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.8 x 8.5 x 6.6"

Leica M10-R Reviews

too early to tell but hope this will be my last Leica M

By Vincent
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-22

Although M11 was out already, for many reasons I chose M10R. Especially when the black paint edition became available I just had to buy this one. I wish this would be my last M.

The best digital M yet

By Chad
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-01

The M10-R sensor is significantly better than the older 24MP in the M10 and M10-P. This sensor has fantastic highlight recovery and you can skip ND filters when using F1.4 lenses. The resolution increase is nice, but I really think the highlight recovery is the best feature of this camera when comparing it to the older models.

Leica M10-R digital rangefinder camera

By Ngan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-29

I got my Leica M10-R from B&H in two days. Put on the Summarit 50mm f2.5. Both camera and images taken live up with Leica brand reputation. The body is very compact with solid metal. One has to get use of the old fashion way of manual focusing which might please lots of street photographers our there. One hic though: pricy as all Leica brand...The sound of the clicks is so sweet to me ears.

Leica M10-R

By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-05

Part of the Big 3, what a wonderful trifecta!

Beautiful Classic

By Theodore
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-22

I've owned the M6, M7, M8, M9, M240, Leica Q, Leica Digilux, and various other Leica compact cameras. Not to mention all the various hand grip, EV2, accessories. The M10-R feels and handles like an old friend. But, I am still learning the power of this camera. Likely will take me a few months before I bond with it. The one disappointing item is the shoulder strap. I will replace this with a quality leather or other material, with quick release. I wish Leica would redesign the strap connector. Wonderful service by B&H, my camera arrived faster than promised, a good sign of great service. I have been using B&H for over 20 years. Dismayed however, that shipping box did not have more protection or bubble wrap.

The Holy Grail M Camera

By Alexander
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-09

I have been working as a professional photographer for the past 10+ years and I am finally the proud owner of a Leica M camera. My commercial workhorse camera is still a Canon 5D IV, but this M10-R is my holy grail camera. My daily/travel/street/artistic tool. What a beauty. The images that come off this sensor paired with Leica glass are incredible. The feeling of shooting this camera is pure bliss to me. It brings me back to when I first discovered my passion for photography.

love camera but disappointed with service

By Emilia
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-13

I called B&H about the different Leica Rangefinder Cameras and they pointed me to M10_R. They didn't tell me that Leica M11 is coming out in mere days! I should have been told that!

Still looking for the reminiscent Leica characteristics

By ShihYang
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-07

Finally have the camera in hand and shoot with it. First image, it is much compact and lighter than my M240 which is a thumb-up. But it also comes with trade-offs which are shorter battery life and the hotter body. However, those are not big issues to me. The major impact or surprise for me is weaker Leica characteristics I feel in this camera as compared to M240. I love the Leica characteristics and mainly take the JPEG images then do some simple adjustments from Lightroom. Almost every shot from M240 can be easily distinguished from other Japanese brands. For M-10R, it is not the case. I am still trying to figure out how to find those Leica feelings back. Hope there will be a firmware update in the future to enhance this or at least give user a chance to find the reminiscent Leica characteristics. :)

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Date published: 2022-07-19

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Date published: 2021-07-29

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Asked by: Gregory
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When this Leica M10R was launched

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Asked by: JZE
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