New Camera!! Leica M10 vs M240 review
Qu. Are you a Leica M8, M9, M240 owner? Like me are you very tempted by the new slim Leica M10 specs or even the super quiet Leica M10-P?!
>> In this article I summarise 9 major differences between the Leica M10 vs Leica M240, 3 extras features the Leica M10-P offers & explain my new camera decision!
The Leica M10 vs M240 debate!
As a Leica M240 owner currently, I have had my eye on a potential camera upgrade to for a little while now. I was immediately tempted by the Leica M10 camera when it was first released back in January 2017 and now the new Leica M10-P is here! I tried to compose a meaningful argument as to why I needed yet another camera. In particular, why I needed another digital Leica that was arguably quite similar to the M240 I already have.
Here is my Leica M10 review / Leica M10-P review vs the Leica M240 when looking to upgrade. (*When I write “Leica M10” below this also relates to the M10-P. The Leica M10-P specs then includes a few extra new features, 3 of which I listed separately).
Leica M240 vs Leica M10 review
Leica M10 Specs vs M240 Advantages (to me)
1) Leica M10 High ISO – The number one reason I would upgrade is the Leica M10 high ISO for low light photography, espeically wedding photography but also for model photography when I find myself in a dark hotel or apartment overseas. The high ISO of the M240 goes up to ISO 6400 but the Leica M10 high ISO is 50000! In real terms the M10 has 2-3 stops more usuable high ISO depending on taste and conditions vs the M240. This would be gratefully received!
2) Leica M10 Buffering – Another issue I have had with the M240 during wedding photography is buffering / camera lock up while buffering. The M240 could take 12 JPEGS during continous shooting before buffering / stopping but the new Leica M10 can take 40 JPEG photos before needing to buffer. I will never need more than that! (It is worth noting the buffering on the M240 camera is lightningly fast compared to my Leica M8!) 🙂
3) Leica M10 Viewfinder – The new Leica M10 viewfinder is 30% larger so can see more when composing AND it is more magnified making it easier for critical focus (great for when I use the Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 for example). Viewfinder magnification of the M10 is 0.73x vs 0.68x for the M240 (vs 0.91x on the Leica M3 film camera). The new M10 viewfinder design is also better for any Leica photographer wearing glasses as less of the viewfinder view is blocked. I wear glasses for driving but not for photography so I have no problems using my Leica M240 viewfinder.
4) Leica M10 Wifi – The Leica M10 spec includes built-in WiFi. This means I can transfer photos straight from my camera to my phone to share images to Instagram / social media without needing a laptop. When I organise my overseas model photography photo shoots in Poland and Hungary for example, I travel light and without a laptop so this would be a great feature to have. WiFi would also work well for sharing wedding photos after destination weddings where I am without a computer.
Leica M10 specs vs M240 Disadvantages (to me)
1) Leica M10 Battery – I find the Leica M240 battery life very good and never a concern. I use two M240 batteries and I have never ran out whether a full day of model photoshoots or an all day Leica wedding. Sadly the new Leica M10 battery is smaller meaning less photos/ capacity per battery. This would mean I would need to carry two spare batteries instead of one. The smaller Leica M10 battery size also means I cannot use my existing spare Leica M240 battery.
2) Larger viewfinder – The new Leica M10 spec sees a viewfinder 30% larger than the Leica M 240 viewfinder. This is great except if you use a Leica M magnifier accessory for the viewfinder like me. I use a 1.4x viewfinder magnifier on my M240 but this will not fit the Leica M10. I would need to buy a new larger diameter Leica M10 viewfinder magnifier meaning more cost.
3) No video – Unlike the Leica M240 the new Leica M10 now has no video option. I used video extremely rarely on the M240 but it never hurt me to have it in the camera. Occasionally it could be fun to have but now on the M10 this is not an option.
A few more differences – Leica M10 vs Leica M240
1) Slimmer – The M10 has a slimmer camera body than the M240, similar to the Leica film cameras such as a Leica M6. The M10 is also very slightly lighter than the M240. The wider width of the M240 has never bothered me but the new M10 does look good a little slimmed down.
2) ISo Dial – The M10 now has a dedicated ISo dial on the top plate means rather than scrolling through menus on the M240. It looks good and woudl be well received but it wouldn’t make me buy the camera based on just that.
The new Leica M10-P vs Leica M10 compared
1) Leica M10-P Quieter Shutter – The M10-P has the new quietest Leica M shutter. Great for my Leica wedding photography!
2) Touch Screen – The M10-P now has a touch screen like a smart phone. I think we are all so used to swiping on our phones I think the M10P touchscreen is a nice addition
3) Leica Dot – The Leica M10-P now has a bare screw head showing on the front of the camera (normally covered by the famous Leica red dot). I think I prefer it covered up by the Leica logo but I can see why they did it.
Leica M240 vs Leica M10 vs Leica M10-P Price
(Camera body price at date of writing: 25th August 2018, Leica Mayfair London)
- Used Leica M240 price: £2,850 (My camera value)
- New Leica M240 price: £5,550
- Leica M10 price: £5,850 (+£3,000 to upgrade to a M10)
- Leica M10-P price: £6,500 (+£3,650 to upgrade to a M10-P)
New Camera purchase!
So after much debating and what seems like ages since the Leica M10 camera was first announced, I just bought myself a new digital camera! I always feel a lot happier buying film cameras as I think I will lose less money if I ever sell them. That said, the film cameras are generally bought for fun and paid work is normally mostly digital photography. A new digital camera for me is bought as a tool to get the job done in the best way possible. I liked the idea of the Leica M10 / M10-P high ISO ability as I found that can be a little limiting with the M240 for Leica weddings. That was my main wish for my upgrade, better low light capability.
Leica M10 Review – Conclusion
After considering my above mini Leica M10 review, the problem have is I didn’t find the list of Leica M10 improvements over the Leica M240 worthy of the £3,000-£3,650 price tag. (Price based on upgrading from my M240 and the used price of my Leica M240). It was time to look elsewhere for possible new camera options. I did buy a new camera this week but it wasn’t the camera I expected to buy or had ever considered! Scary really when I thought of myself as only ever a rangefinder guy. It’s funny how we can adapt so quickly.
I will get a few more new camera test shots together and share the details soon. Hopefully tomorrow night or Monday (a public holiday in the UK so I should have more time for blogging).
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