Since the 1930s, Leica has been a go-to brand for street photographers. From Henri Cartier-Bresson to Rodney Smith, legendary photographers have sworn by their Leicas for their compact design and quality lenses. Leica’s M range cameras have been particularly popular since the mid-1950s, switching over to digital in 2006. And now, the new Leica M10-P takes things to a new level.
The full-frame mirrorless camera not only has the slim, compact design of the original analog M cameras but is being touted as “the quietest shutter of any M camera ever.” Everything about the M10-P is designed to allow photographers to remain inconspicuous, including the omission of the classic red dot on the front of the camera body. Many photographers taped over this symbol, so Leica removed it altogether, placing the company name discreetly on the top plate.
The M10-P also introduces touch functionality for the first time. The touchscreen allows for a faster, fluid control of focus position in Live View and Playback modes. An internal level also makes it easier to keep compositions in line with the horizon without having to make corrections in post-production. Otherwise, it keeps the same 24-megapixel, ISO 100 to ISO 50000 specs as its predecessor, the M10.
In upgrading the M10, Leica has made minor improvements that will have a big impact on photojournalists and street photographers, giving them the nostalgia of the old analog Leica M with the benefits of new technology.