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Leica goes old-school with the M10-D

Leica's M line of rangefinder cameras are all about simplicity and precision. A few months back Leica launched the M10-P, a stripped-down version of its flagship M10 camera, but now the company has taken things even further with the announcement of the M10-D. 

It's taken the unusual step of removing the rear LCD display from the M10-D, so the new camera really does look and handle like a throwback to the company's classic range of film cameras loved by reportage photographers. 

In place of the rear display is a large dial, with the inner ring set to adjust exposure compensation, while the outer dial has three settings – off, on (shooting mode) and on (Wi-Fi enabled). 

That last setting is going to prove incredibly useful, as pretty much the rest of the M10-D's set-up is controlled entirely using Leica's FOTOS app.

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So, with the exception of dedicated exterior controls for exposure compensation, ISO, aperture and shutter speed, everything else is set and controlled via the app. It's also possible to get a live feed of what the camera is seeing beamed to your smartphone, while images (both DNG and JPEG) can be transferred to your phone. 

Like the M10-P, the M10-D does away with Leica's famous red dot badge on the front of the camera, while there's also the same 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor at the heart of the camera. As it's a Leica M-series camera, there's a rangefinder optical viewfinder, but the M10-D also supports Leica's Visoflex electronic viewfinder. 

The M10-P isn't the only rangefinder camera doing away with a rear LCD screen – French startup Pixii is developing a camera that also relies on your smartphone for reviewing images.

The Leica M10-D is available now for $7,995 / £6,500, with Australian pricing still to be confirmed.