Two of the 24MP cameras in the M10 range have been discontinued, according David Farkas of Leica Store Miami, writing on the Red Dot Forum. We have not yet had confirmation from Leica UK, but the move is logical following the introduction of the M10-R. Retaining the M10-P as the camera for those who prefer 24 megapixels (and a lower price) makes a lot of sense.
We anticipated the loss of the M10-D two weeks ago in “What’s next for the digital rangefinder” article and again last Monday in our update feature. Both remaining cameras, colour and monochrome, feature the “silent” shutter mechanism which was absent on the M10 and M10-D. There is no further news on the possibility of a new 24MP camera, whether in the M range or for mirrorless Leicas.
I am sad to see the end of the M10-D. I own this camera and have written about the earlier M-D and its M10-based successor on many occasions. There is just something satisfying about an absolutely stripped-down M body which has the appearance of a film Leica and operates in an identical fashion.
Apparently, though, there has not been enough demand to justify this camera continuing as part of the range and, I presume, the current changes in the wake of the M10-R offer an opportunity to rationalise.
I still hold out a glimmer of hope that we could see an M10-R or M11 version of the screenless body. In any event, I believe the remaining examples of the M10-D will sell out soon and the market for used versions will remain buoyant. This camera stands out as a unique edition of the rangefinder that will become another of Leica’s “digital classics”.
David Farkas also tells us that the price of the M10-P has been reduced by $1,000 to $7,795. The new M10-R retails for $8,295 in the USA while the M10 Monochrom is now the same price as the M10-R at $8,295.