The Leica M10-R

Jul 20, 2020  By Jonathan Slack


The life cycle of Leica M cameras has led us to expect a Monochrom at the end of the line, and we have had it – the surprising and wonderful M10M which was released in January this year. So, we’ve had the wonderful M10, the premium M10-P, the minimalist M10-D, and the 40mp M10-M. Now we have to wait for the announcement of the M11, right?

It doesn’t require a sixth sense to realise that if Leica can make a 40MP Monochrom sensor, then they can make a colour sensor at that resolution as well, and of course they have, so let’s welcome the M10-R, or should we welcome it? Let’s face it, the 24 mp of the Leica M10 is really quite enough for almost any photographic project, be it a brochure or a billboard.

I’m going to have a look at whether or not the extra resolution is worth it, and also at the differences in character and performance between the existing M10 sensor (in all the other colour M10 variant cameras) and the new sensor, if there really are differences.

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