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Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M10

Portability
78
Imaging
65
Features
23
Overall
48
Leica M-Monochrom front
 
Leica M10 front
Portability
75
Imaging
73
Features
45
Overall
61

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M10 Key Specs

Leica M-Monochrom
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 10000
  • No Video
  • Leica M Mount
  • 600g - 139 x 80 x 37mm
  • Revealed May 2012
Leica M10
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 50000
  • No Video
  • Leica M Mount
  • 660g - 139 x 80 x 39mm
  • Introduced January 2017
  • Replacement is Leica M11
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Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M10 Overview

Here, we will be looking at the Leica M-Monochrom and Leica M10, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras and they are both offered by Leica. There is a noticeable difference between the resolutions of the M-Monochrom (18MP) and M10 (24MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor size (Full frame).

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The M-Monochrom was launched 5 years before the M10 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before diving straight to a thorough comparison, here is a short summary of how the M-Monochrom matches up vs the M10 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Leica M-Monochrom over the Leica M10

 M-Monochrom M10 

Reasons to pick Leica M10 over the Leica M-Monochrom

 M10 M-Monochrom 
IntroducedJanuary 2017May 2012Fresher by 57 months
Screen size3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution1037k230kClearer screen (+807k dot)

Common features in the Leica M-Monochrom and Leica M10

 M-Monochrom M10 
Manual focus Very accurate focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M10 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera often, you will have to factor its weight and measurements. The Leica M-Monochrom comes with external dimensions of 139mm x 80mm x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") with a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs) while the Leica M10 has proportions of 139mm x 80mm x 39mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 660 grams (1.46 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you use at that moment. Below is a front view measurement comparison of the M-Monochrom and the M10.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M10 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the M-Monochrom and M10 is 78 and 75 respectively.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M10 top view buttons comparison

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M10 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very tough to envision the gap between sensor sizing simply by reading through technical specs. The photograph below might give you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the M-Monochrom and M10.

As you can tell, both the cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit not the same megapixels. You can count on the Leica M10 to give you greater detail utilizing its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The older M-Monochrom is going to be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M10 sensor size comparison

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M10 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom as a Portrait photography camera
Leica M10 as a Portrait photography camera
71
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (18MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
83
manual focus
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Street photography details
Leica M10 Street photography details
65
sensor size is large (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
69
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
above average ISO range (50,000)
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Leica M-Monochrom
Sports photography with Leica M10
45
decent sensor resolution (18 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
doesn't have liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
not so great battery life (350 shots)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
53
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
max frames per second very slow (5.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
low battery pack (210 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Travel photography info
Leica M10 Travel photography info
54
decent sensor resolution (18 megapixels)
no Timelapse recording
not so great battery life (350 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
57
good MP (24MP)
low battery pack (210 shots)
does not posses selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Landscape photography details
Leica M10 Landscape photography details
58
manual focus
change lenses (Leica M mount)
decent sensor resolution (18MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
small screen (2.5 inch)
doesn't have liveview
does not have image stabilization
not so great battery life (350 shots)
no Timelapse recording
75
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Leica M mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
above average ISO range (50,000)
supports RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
low battery pack (210 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica M-Monochrom Vlogging advice
Leica M10 Vlogging advice
9
lack of video recording
9
can't shoot video
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Leica M-Monochrom vs Leica M10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica M-Monochrom and Leica M10
 Leica M-MonochromLeica M10
General Information
Brand Leica Leica
Model type Leica M-Monochrom Leica M10
Category Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Revealed 2012-05-10 2017-01-18
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - Maestro II
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 35.8 x 23.9mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 855.6mm²
Sensor resolution 18MP 24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Max resolution 5212 x 3472 5952 x 3992
Max native ISO 10000 50000
Lowest native ISO 160 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens
Lens support Leica M Leica M
Available lenses 59 59
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.5 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 1,037 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology TFT color LCD with a sapphire glass LCD cover -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (rangefinder) Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.68x 0.73x
Features
Min shutter speed 32 secs 8 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames per sec 5.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash modes Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/180 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Max video resolution None None
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) none
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 600 grams (1.32 lbs) 660 grams (1.46 lbs)
Physical dimensions 139 x 80 x 37mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5") 139 x 80 x 39mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 86
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 24.4
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 13.3
DXO Low light rating not tested 2133
Other
Battery life 350 shots 210 shots
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $7,950 $7,595