Leica M10-R.


July 16, 2020 @ 04:04:14

(From information accidentally posted on a retailer’s website, prior to Leica’s official announcement later today.)

Product information M10-R.


The essentials:

  • Compact digital view and rangefinder system camera
  • 40 Megapixel CMOS M-Sensor
  • ISO 100 to ISO 50000
  • Exposure times up to 16min.
  • Touchscreen
  • Ultra-silent shutter
  • Made in Germany

Product description:

A high-res upgrade to the most legendary M

At the birth of the first Leica M in 1954, simplicity, timelessness and engineering were at the core of the design. Nearly 70 years later, the M10 family is still rooted in the same visionary excellence. With the latest addition of the M10-R, we welcome a new icon into the world of photography.

More detail in every image

40.89 million pixels. The innovative, newly developed colour sensor brings even more megapixels to every capture, enhancing the cropping ability to ground-breaking new possibilities. Finest details come to life.

This ultra-high resolution gives you the opportunity to re-compose every image anew. Discover new details in every shot and explore your new creative freedom, while maintaining exceptional print potential.

The new 40-megapixel sensor was developed and optimised especially for the compact M10-R body and the full range of M lenses.

Optimised for all lighting conditions

With a base sensitivity of ISO 100 and a maximum of ISO 50,000, the M10-R is equipped to tackle all lighting conditions.

Extreme ingenuity was taken to ensure that the increased megapixel value does not result in a sacrifice in ISO performance. Through the use of “Dual Gain Technology,” the M10-R provides low noise performance even at the highest ISO settings.

Improved dynamic range ability ensures that incredible details are captured in highlights and shadows.

Further opportunity for low-light experimentation is made possible thought new and improved exposure times. The M10-R now offers exposures from 1/4000 of a second to a total of 960 seconds (16 minutes). This makes the camera equipped to capture scenes requiring the longest exposures, such as star trails.

Silent shutter

To further enhance the camera’s long exposure abilities, the M10-R was designed with the same ultra-silent shutter that the M10-P is known for. The shutter operates with minimal vibration when engaged, reducing the risk of camera shake and ensuring the sharpest imagery.

The silent shutter has a long-standing tradition in the M range, first designed to ensure complete silence when capturing actors on film sets. The concept today remains the same – discreet operation for unobtrusive captures of special moments.

Legendary design

Following in the footsteps of the rest of the M10 family, the M10-R features the slimmest digital body in the M lineup, finest German craftsmanship and an intuitive interface, made to allow you to focus on only the essentials.

As with all Leica M cameras, the M10-R is made almost entirely by hand by experienced specialists in an elaborate construction and assembly process and is robust enough to take on even the toughest of conditions.

The whole portfolio of lenses

The brand-new sensor in the M10-R was created in perfect harmony with the full range of M-lenses in mind. Like all M models, the M10-R is compatible with an ever-growing portfolio of lenses, covering a wide spectrum of focal lengths. Each lens demonstrates unique characteristics that have made M lenses world-renowned marvels of craftsmanship.

Yet it is with the newest generation of handcrafted APO lenses that the M10-R truly demonstrates its full potential. Combining unparalleled sharpness and true-to-life colour rendition, the Leica M10-R achieves previously unattainable detail performance.

Connect and share

Seamlessly connect your M10-R with the Leica FOTOS App and share your images with friends and family in an instant. With the use of the designated App on your smartphone, remotely controlling your camera can be done with ease.

Scope of delivery:

Leica M10-R | Carrying strap | Battery | Charger & Cables | Quick start guide | 3 months trial Adobe Lightroom

On a related note, my prediction 17 months ago of the megapixels in the “M11” (now confirmed to be the M10-R).


5 thoughts on “Leica M10-R.

  1. It’s a glass half full for Leica, some will admire them for getting on with it others will believe very incentive to release a camera for the wealthy at this time especially in the US.

    1. I think products like these are rightfully always prone to that sort of scrutiny.

      Having said that, over the last few years Leica has — more than ever — priced many of us out. Myself included.

      I don’t begrudge those that are doing well (financially and health-wise) who can afford this without thinking twice, but I question whether this camera is worth the listed price. Objectively, it’s unlikely that it is, but that’s ultimately up to each of us to decide.

  2. I have one on order with the Noctilux 75mm. A week ago I was at a workshop where I could play with the M10 Monochrom and I loved this camera instantly. Even a tiny, seemingly unrelevant detail such as the shutter sound contributes to the experience.


  3. Eventually there will be no need for a physical shutter. Red now has a sensor with a global shutter. The A9 (and coming A7sIII) have fast read-out, but it’s not quite the same thing.

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