Leica M10-R review

The Leica M10-R has a new 40MP sensor to take on the latest and best full frame mirrorless cameras you can buy today

Leica M10-R
(Image: © Rod Lawton / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Leica M cameras are an acquired taste. They are fiendishly expensive – of course – and resolutely old fashioned in their design and operation. They don’t suffer fools gladly. The M10-R also happens to feature some of the latest digital technology to produce image quality to challenge any other full frame camera, and a shooting experience that remains unique.


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    Compact and beautifully made

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    Beautiful, retro-feel optics

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    Utterly fuss-free controls


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    Challenging rangefinder focusing

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    Manual or aperture-priority only

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    Expensive, as are the lenses

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The Leica M10-R is the latest in a line of Leica M-series cameras that truly are an anachronism. In age when we rely on split-second multi-point eye-detecting animal AF and more exposure modes than we know what to do with, the Leica M offers manual focus only, and manual exposure controls, with just one aperture-priority auto option.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com