The new Leica M10-D just surfaced this week and it’s a stunning new rangefinder with an incredibly minimalist design. Most notably, the M10-D has no rear LCD for chimping your shots. Instead, you get a ring on the back of the camera to adjust exposure compensation.
This isn’t the first Leica digital rangefinder to eschew the LCD in favor of a barebones design. In 2014, Leica introduced the limited run Leica M Edition 60, which only saw 600 units produced at a cost of $18,500. Then in 2016, Leica launched its first production digital rangefinder with no LCD – the Leica M-D.
The Leica M10-D, however, adds built-in Wi-Fi for connecting the minimalist camera to modern smartphones using the Leica Fotos app. From there, you can gain instant access to images on the M10-D if you just can’t wait to get them downloaded to your computer for processing.
Leida M10-D Key Features
- 24MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
- Leica Maestro II Image Processor
- Minimalist Design; No Rear LCD Screen
- Optical 0.73x-Magnification Viewfinder
- ISO 100-50000, up to 5 fps Shooting
- Stills-Only Operation
- Integrated Fold-Out Thumb Rest
- Weather-Resistant Brass Construction
At its core, the Leica M10-D channels the analog roots as a very stealthy digital camera. Casual observers would be hard-pressed to identify the M-10D as digital in any way. The subtleties of the design will be reason enough for the patient Leica fan to buy a camera that’s a little less digital than everything else. An optional EVF is also available.
The Leica M10-D retails for $7995 and is available for pre-order here at B&H Photo.