Visually similar to the previous M10, in terms of interface and design, the M10-R may not look like a giant leap from its predecessor but you need to peek a little closer beneath the surface.
For something this size (39 x 80 x 38.5 mm), Leica's M10-R camera houses an impressive 40-megapixel CMOS sensor—think of it as a V12 engine in a handsome trunk of a Volkswagen Type 1. This supercharged chip delivers that crispness in details, that brilliance in hues; something that only a Leica rangefinder can add to your picture.
But this is a camera that won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. It has only one SD card slot; you’ll need to get the hang of having to shoot without autofocus; there still isn’t any video recording function and the price… Oh Lordy, the price for the Leica M10-R will leave a sizeable lump in your throat that you’re trying to swallow. This isn’t something that you rush into with abandon. But for a camera that shoots like a dream, maybe—and it’s a sliver, a minuscule of a maybe—it’s something to consider investing in.
The Leica M10-R retails for SGD12,470 (lens not included) and is available at all Leica outlets.