Leica has announced the M10-D, their first digital rangefinder camera to feature a mechanical exposure compensation dial.

Leica say they want to bring photography back to its essential aspects like composition, aperture, shutter speed and the ISO sensitivity. They want to re-create the analogue experience through a digital camera. If you want to use Wi-Fi you can use live-view on your smartphone, or you can add an optional electronic viewfinder.

The M10-D has a 24 megapixel CMOS sensor, and a large, bright-line viewfinder/rangefinder automatic parallax compensation. The camera is on sale now for £6500. It’s available online at the Leica Store.

Leica M10-D: Digital heart, analogue soul.
Leica is delighted to announce the launch of the Leica M10-D: the newest addition to the iconic Leica M-system range, which offers a unique combination of analogue and digital shooting. The Leica M10-D transports the analogue experience into the world of digital photography.

Available in black chrome finish, the M10-D is the first digital M-Camera to feature a mechanical dial rather than a monitor screen for exposure compensation, which is reminiscent of the film sensitivity setting dial familiar of analogue M-systems. Coupled with the integrated fold-out thumb rest, the classic look & feel is further enhanced whilst allowing for solid handling especially for when shooting onehanded.

The photography experience with the Leica M10-D is focused solely on the essential aspects such as composition, aperture, shutter speed and the ISO sensitivity value. It encourages and enables photographers to slow down, take their time and consciously experience a moment with their fullest attention, without sacrificing the convenience of digital processing – an experience which is further enhanced by the quietest shutter ever of an M camera. In addition, the M10-D features the new Leica FOTOS app, providing the ease and functionality offered by a modern, high performance digital camera.

When shooting with the Leica M10-D, it is up to the photographer to decide how digital their individual photography experience should be. Using the WLAN function, one can easily connect to an iOS or android phone, turning it into the monitor screen without distracting the photographer from creating the shot. Further key functions of a digital camera are made available by the new Leica FOTOS app. As well as allowing the user to view and assess the images on the app, it offers remote control of the camera in Live View, set exposure and can activate the shutter release. All chosen settings on the app are saved and stored on the camera, which enables photographers to configure the Leica M10-D to meet their specific needs.

Additionally, the Leica FOTOS app can also be used to transfer pictures to iOS and Android devices for sharing on social media and saving to a personal photo stream. Thanks to the use of DNG format, even RAW image files can be seamlessly transferred to suitable image processing apps.

For greater flexibility and control, the optional Visoflex electronic viewfinder can also be used with the Leica M10-D. This is particularly useful when shooting with wide angle or telephoto lenses, or when capturing complex subjects or scenes in which precise positioning of the focus plane is essential. The Visoflex has a tilt function that enables photography from various angles, displays the most recent exposure for up to five seconds and has an integrated, satellite-controlled GPS module for geotagging image files.