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Leica Launched M10 With 24-Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS Sensor


The German camera maker Leica has officially announced its new camera - M10 to add to its M series of digital cameras. The new M10 has its compact design as its USP, and Leica is emphasising that this new camera will set a new milestone to the 'ongoing history of Leica M photography'. The Leica M10 is available for purchase at $6,495 (roughly Rs. 4,42,500) starting Thursday but in limited quantities.

Unlike the recent M-D, the update in which Leica stripped almost every digital convenience from its full-frame rangefinder, Leica targets photography purists. It does so by removing selected low-priority capabilities, simplifying its operation and updating the design, as well as making improvements where needed or where the fans have demanded. So, for example, while the M10 lacks video, Leica adds Wi-Fi. And where it moved the drive modes off the top, the continuous shooting speed increases to 5 frames per second and with doubled buffer size of 2GB, can burst a decent number of images, even in raw + JPEG.

The much-talked feature of Leica M10 is its ergonomic design that makes it quite handy. A depth of only 33.75 millimetres, a whole four millimetres less than that of its predecessor, the Leica M240, makes Leica M10 the slimmest camera of the M series. Following the compact design on M10, Leica has engineered its rangefinder as well. It has been updated to improve the view of the subject, wherein the field of view has been enlarged by 30 percent and the magnification factor has been increased to 0.73. The Eye-relief, the optimum distance you should have from the viewfinder eyepiece, has also been increased, so well that even people with glasses won't feel uncomfortable using the camera.

Coming to the image processing technology inside, the Leica M10 has the latest-generation Maestro II image processor, which in combination with new 24-megapixel sensor give better photography results. There is also a 2GB buffer memory and a burst mode to shoot photos at five frames per second. In addition to this, the loupe function given in the camera allows free positioning for better assessment of sharpness. This new function can be additionally used in conjunction with the Visoflex electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 2.4-megapixel resolution, apart from the camera's monitor. The viewfinder is turnable with swivel functionality and there's also a GPS module inside.