Leica Announces a Slimmer M—the M10, But Unfortunately Makes Your Wallet Slim As Well

Leica M10 With Summicron 50mm f/2

Leica announced their new M-series digital rangefinder today, the M10, featuring a slimmer body. I’ve always felt that the other M bodies have been rather thick compared to other cameras, so in a way, we can say that the M’s diet has finally worked. Being no stranger to marketing spiels, Leica dubs the M10 a camera that “embodies the essence of photography like no other camera before,” Leica says. It seems that every Leica body features some sort of essence of photography in one way or another, so I wonder what really is the difference.

Leica M10 Top Plate. ISO dial is on the left.

Being rather outdated in terms of technology by now, Leica brings the M10 slightly more up-to-date with the addition of WiFi—a first in the M series—allowing you to transfer images to your mobile device. An ISO dial has also been added to the top plate, allowing you to adjust your ISO setting without having to go through a menu system.

The rangefinder on the M10 is now improved, with a 30% increase in the field of view and the magnification has been increased to 0.73x (up from 0.68x.) The eyepoint is now 50% farther, making it much easier for specs-wearing shooters.

To be on the same level as their competitors, Leica has incorporated a new 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor with better dynamic range, sharpness, resolution and contrast in the M10. ISO range is now expanded, allowing photographers to shoot from ISO 200 through 50,000.

With a price tag of US$6595, your wallet will definitely be slim! You can pre-order one starting right this moment.

 

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Canon Announces a Trio of Cameras—The PowerShot G9 X, PowerShot G5 X and EOS M10

Canon PowerShot G5 X
Canon PowerShot G5 X

Canon today has announced three new cameras—The PowerShot G9 X, PowerShot G5 X and the EOS M10. The PowerShot G9 X and G5 X are high-end, enthusiast compacts which features 1″ CMOS sensors with a resolution of 20 megapixels. Both uses Canon’s DIGIC 6 image processors, and supports RAW shooting, 1080/60p video recording, pop-up flash, a ND filter and WiFi/NFC.

The G5 X has a 24-100mm equivalent lens with an aperture range of f/1.8-2.8—the same as the G7 X—but adds a 2.36M dot EVF. It also has a fully-articulated 3″ 1.04M touch-screen LCD.

Canon PowerShot G9 X
Canon PowerShot G9 X

Confusingly, the G9 X isn’t higher end than the G5 X or G7 X, but instead sits below the G7 X in the G-series line-up. It features a slim body reminiscent of the PowerShot S series of compact cameras, and has a 24-84mm f/2.0-4.9 zoom lens. Like the S-series, the lens is encircled by a programmable control ring, and only has a fixed 3″ LCD.

Canon EOS M10
Canon EOS M10

The EOS M10 is Canon’s forth attempt at the mirrorless segment, and it continues to disappoint. Again, as with some of Canon’s confusing product model numbers, the EOS M10 is not a replacement of the M3, but instead sits alongside it. Canon markets it to the social media generation, saying that it shoots ”sharp images that are sure to draw ‘Likes’.”

To go along with the camera, there’s a new, retractable EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens. Like the collapsible kit lenses from the likes of Panasonic, it’s able to shorten and lock into a compact form factor to improve portability.

In line with the social media angle, the camera’s LCD is able to tilt up 180º to face the front so that you can take that awesome selfie you’ve always wanted. The EOS M10 has a 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor with an iSO range of 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600). Like the G9 X and G5 X, image processing duties are handled by the DIGIC 6.

Unlike the EOS M3, the M10 uses a lower-end Hybrid CMOS AF II rather than the latest AF III in the M3. From what I’ve read from early hands-on reviews, the AF is understandably not stellar.

Seriously, Canon. Stop thinking that making great mirrorless cameras will cannibalise your DSLR line-up. Make us a proper mirrorless camera that is awesome. The previous few EOS M’s have been pretty lacklustre.

All three cameras will be available from November. The PowerShot G5 X and G9 X will go for US$799 and US$529 respectively, while the EOS M10 will cost US$600 with the EF-M 15-45mm kit lens, which is also available for US$300 separately.

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