Leica has introduced a new high-resolution version of the company’s rangefinder camera. With a 40 megapixel colour sensor, the new flagship expands the M10 family, which includes the M10, M10-P, M10-D and M10 Monochrome.
The sensitivity range of this new sensor ranges from ISO 100 to 50,000. The base ISO of 100 allows bright light photos where the aperture can be kept wide-open for better background blur and bokeh, while on the other side of the spectrum, the maximum exposure time has been increased to 16 minutes for more creative freedom with long exposures in the dark light. The M10-R comes with a quiet mechanical shutter, inherited from the M10-P. The construction of the M10-R reportedly involves a large amount of hand assembling, utilising quality materials by highly trained specialists, carried out at the company’s production plant in Wetzlar, Germany. This ensures that the large number of components, such as the complex rangefinder mechanism, perform with precision and are long-lasting. According to Leica, the M10-R works best with Leica M lenses such as the APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH to capture photographs of ‘exceptional’ quality. The M10-R will be available for purchase at Leica stores, boutiques and dealers at a price of US $8,295 in black chrome and silver chrome finishes.