Leica M10

Leica M10 front

Leica M10 summary

Leica M10 is Leica's Pro Mirrorless digital camera first launched on January of 2017. The camera uses a 24MP, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a max resolution of 5952 x 3992.

Leica introduced the more recent Leica M11 (Read Full Comparison) in order to update this model.

The M10 is rated #62 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras and over-all #290 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should test our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your personalized factors.

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Leica M10 history

The Leica M10 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can take a look at all previous and more recent models alongside key specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Leica-M11 front thumbnailLeica M11
M10 vs M11
60MPFull frame4.5 fps2022
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Leica-M10 front thumbnailLeica M1024MPFull frame5.0 fps2017
Leica-M-Typ-262 front thumbnailLeica M Typ 262
M10 vs M Typ 262
24MPFull frame3.0 fps2015
Leica-M-Edition-60 front thumbnailLeica M Edition 60
M10 vs M Edition 60
24MPFull frame3.0 fps2014
Leica-M-E-Typ-220 front thumbnailLeica M-E Typ 220
M10 vs M-E Typ 220
18MPFull frame2.0 fps2012
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Leica-M-Typ-240 front thumbnailLeica M Typ 240
M10 vs M Typ 240
24MPFull frame3.0 fps2012
Leica-M-Monochrom front thumbnailLeica M-Monochrom
M10 vs M-Monochrom
18MPFull frame2.0 fps2012
Leica-M9-P front thumbnailLeica M9-P
M10 vs M9-P
18MPFull frame2.0 fps2011
Leica-M9 front thumbnailLeica M9
M10 vs M9
18MPFull frame2.0 fps2009

Leica M10 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of upsides and downsides of the Leica M10 based on features that are normally considered essential in a digital camera.

great ISO range (50,000)
great minimum ISO (100)
high resolution screen (1,037 thousand dots)
manual focus
screen size is decent (3 inches)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
swap lenses (Leica M mount)
bad battery pack (210 per charge)
can't shoot video
does not have image stabilization
does not offer selfie friendly screen
fixed screen
lack of external mic support
lack of HDMI out
lack of headphone support
no phase detect autofocus
slow frames per second (5.0 fps)
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Leica M10 Sensor specifications

The Leica M10 is run by the Maestro II processor. The specification of the sensor in the Leica M10 is 35.8mm x 23.9mm (Full frame). The 856 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 5952 x 3992 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 100 - 50000. RAW photos are supported so the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture below displays the M10's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The M10 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Leica M10 dimensions

Leica M10 weighs 1.46 lbs (660g / 23.28 ounces) and features outer dimensions of 139mm x 80mm x 39mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5"). The weight of typical Pro Mirrorless camera is 722g so the Leica M10 is very much the same when compared to various rivals.

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The following is a visual of the Leica M10 with a softdrink so you're able to have a sense of its scale.

Leica M10 dimensions scale

The top view below will illustrate the button layout on the M10.

Leica M10 topview buttons dials

Leica M10 Lens specifications

The M10 uses the Leica M mount and has 62 lenses that are available. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the M10.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Voigtlander-50mm-F1.5-Nokton-Leica-M lensVoigtlander 50mm F1.5 Nokton50mmf/1.5 293g
Carl-Zeiss-Planar-T2-50-ZM-Leica-M lensCarl Zeiss Planar T 250 ZM50mmf/2.0 230g
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Leica-Noctilux-M-50mm-f0.95-ASPH lensLeica Noctilux-M 50mm f0.95 ASPH50mmf/0.95 700g
Carl-Zeiss-C-Biogon-T2.8-35-ZM-Leica-M lensCarl Zeiss C Biogon T 2,835 ZM35mmf/2.8 200g
Carl-Zeiss-Distagon-T-1.4-35-ZM-Leica-M lensCarl Zeiss Distagon T1.4 35 ZM35mmf/1.4 381g
Voigtlander-15mm-F4.5-Super-Wide-Heliar-Leica-M lensVoigtlander 15mm F4.5 Super Wide Heliar15mmf/4.5 156g
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7artisans-50mm-F1.1-Leica-M lens7artisans 50mm F1.150mmf/1.1400g
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Leica M10 Connectivity

The M10 has the following connectivity:

  • Wireless Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to send files and in some cases alter camera settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Certain applications even provide a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Leica M10 Video specifications

Leica M10 does not capture video. In case you are looking for a digital camera to take only images, this might not be a concern.

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Leica M10 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing for the Leica M10 so you need to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.

Leica M10 Screen and Viewfinder

The Leica M10 houses a 3 inch fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 1,037 thousand dots.

Please note that the display offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Leica M10 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (rangefinder)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.73x

Viewfinders can be pretty helpful in bright outdoor conditions which will make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.

Leica M10 Shutter specifications

Leica M10 continuous shooting speed is 5.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Leica M10 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Leica M10 boasts external flash support but with no in-built flash.

Leica M10 Autofocusing specifications

Leica M10 has not got Auto focusing. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier & precise compared with Contrast Based focusing.

Leica M10 includes manual focusing if needed in low light conditions or you want more accurate focusing control.

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Leica M10 Battery life

The battery pack for the Leica M10 is built to last for 210 photos as per the CIPA standards making it lesser as compared with its competition. The usual Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X offers the maximum (870) battery life in this type of cameras.

Following is a number of Pro Mirrorless cameras that have the highest battery life:

Leica M10 for various styles of photography

The following graph provides a rundown of the Leica M10 for various styles of photography. To read more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Leica M10 Portrait photography advice

The Leica M10 has a score of 83 which is very high, meaning that it is a fantastic option for portrait photography. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos and flexibility to use off-camera lighting.

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focusing manually
good resolution (24MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
saves RAW files

Leica M10 Street photography factors

Getting a nice points tally of 69, the Leica M10 is a very decent choice for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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great sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW formats
great high ISO (50,000)
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization

Leica M10 as a Sports photography camera

A modest sports photography points total of 53 suggests the Leica M10 is somewhat appropriate for photographing sports. A camera must have great autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
bad battery pack (210 CIPA)
lack of phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with Leica M10

Portability is really crucial in getting a camera for travel. All round, the Leica M10 gets a decent 57 for a travel camera which makes it reasonably acceptable for your holidays.

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good megapixels (24MP)
low battery life (210 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly

Leica M10 Landscape photography info

When you are looking to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Leica M10 at it's very good grade of 75 as a landscape camera is a fine option within the current market.

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you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Leica M mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
good resolution (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
above average high ISO (50,000)
supports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
bad battery pack (210 per charge)

Vlogging with Leica M10

A vlogging camera should posses a moving display screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Leica M10 is not good for vlogging as it delivers a terrible rating of 9.

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Leica M10 Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the M10, below is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall within the class of Pro Mirrorless.

The chart below gives you an overview of the M10 vs it's top scored competitors suggested previously.

Following are additional cameras you might take into account as alternative options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Leica M10
Pro Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Maestro II
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
35.8 x 23.9mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Highest Possible resolution
5952 x 3992
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens mount type
Leica M
Amount of lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3 inches
Resolution of screen
1,037 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Min shutter speed
8 secs
Max shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash modes
no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Maximum video resolution
Mic support
Headphone support
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
660g (1.46 lbs)
Physical dimensions
139 x 80 x 39mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5")
Battery life
210 photographs
Battery style
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
Card slots
Launch pricing