CAREY ROSE, DPREVIEW:
Released early this year, the M10 is Leica's latest digital rangefinder, offering a slimmer design and refined controls. We've just been given a reviewable sample unit, and set it up in front of our studio scene to see what it can do.
Of particular note is a newly developed 24MP full-frame sensor. It's claimed to be unique to the M10, and has not been developed by Sony, as with many of its 24MP competitors. In our own shooting and preliminary testing, we can see that the M10 is a good performer: with the right lens and proper focus, it is capable of incredibly sharp results when shooting Raw. Be aware that when paired with a sharp lens, the M10's combination of a fairly modest (for full frame) pixel count and no AA filter can lead to moiré in your images.
Also, particularly enthusiastic viewers will note a slight reduction in sharpness with shutter speeds of 1/60 - 1/125 sec., indicating a smidgen of shutter shock. But due to the inherent tolerances of rangefinder focusing mechanisms among other factors, this is unlikely to ever be the most significant source of softness in real world images.
In terms of JPEG quality, we continue to find that colors (skin tones in particular) could use some attention, with yellowish greens and blue-tinged reds. Sharpening could be more sophisticated too, considering the crispness of the Raw output. In terms of high ISO quality, the M10 performs very well indeed, but it is still slightly outmatched by the best of the competition above ISO 6400.
But don't just take our words for all this – check out the M10 in our studio comparison tool for yourself.
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