Leica M10 higher ISO tests vs Sony A7RII, Leica SL…Interesting!
So I decided to run a quick higher ISO test today with the new M10. Mine came in and along with the Leica brown leather half case it is a stunner for sure. I posted this pic in the post earlier today from Ashwin, but this case from Leica is the 1st one they have ever made for an M that actually fits correctly!
In any case, a few have asked me to compare ISO performace, from 1600-6400 between the new M10 and Leica SL. I also threw in a camera that I always felt had fantastic high ISO performance, the Sony A7RII.
I was surprised to say the least. Not only at the ISO performance of the M10 but the color and metering of the camera. It 100% has more pop and contrast than the SL and Sony. These are all straight from RAW with no sharpening, editing or ANYTHING. Zero noise reduction on all.
I am finding the M10 puts out punchy color (which I like) but also a nice snap to the images. So much different than the M 240’s output which was more bland (and most complained about it). Seems to me, with the M10 we get some of the fine points of the beloved M9 (for IQ snap) and the M240 (for live view and modern electronics) and now amazing high ISO capability as well.
Take a look the extreme difference in rendering between all three of these cameras.
*AS ALWAYS WITH THESE ISO TESTS, I TEST IN A REAL WORLD WAY. IN OTHER WORDS, I TEST THESE AS THEY WOULD BE USED BY 95% OF THOSE WHO USE THEM. I LET THE CAMERAS EXPOSE THE SCENE WITH THEIR BUILT IN METERS, AWB, AND ALL I DID WAS SET THE ISO. LENSES WERE ALL WIDE OPEN, SO THIS IS A REAL WORLD ISO TEST AND HOW I HAVE DONE THEM FOR EIGHT YEARS. AGAIN, WE DO NOT USE OUR CAMERAS IN A SCIENTIFIC STUDIO SCENE MATCHING EACH CAMERA TO THE OTHER, WE USE IT AS IT IS SO WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET*
ISO 1600 – WOW, LOOK AT THE POP AND SNAP FROM THE M10! Using the 50 Summilux for the M10 and SL at f1.4. The Sony had the Zeiss 55 1.8
CLICK THEM FOR LARGER AND TO SEE FULL CROPS
BTW, the POTATOES ARE A DOLDEN YELLOW IN REAL LIFE. NOT BROWN.
OK, now ISO 3200
and I added in 12,500 for the M and SL and 12,800 for the Sony
For me, the M10 sensor wins as does the metering. The color, ISO performance and overall vibe is what I like to see. The Sony fell flat here for me in color, rendering, etc.
More tests on the way 😉
BTW, the potatoes used here are GOLDEN, not brown…here is a photo on the web that resembles the potatoes I have here, though mine are not glowing quite this much. Also my stool is a blue/teal not a blue/brown.