Some thoughts on the Leica M10 rumors

So in the last few weeks some rumors about the Leica M10 came up, which might be presented at Photokina next month. At the moment I don’t plan to go to Cologone, but this camera is making it a hard decision. I’d love to have a look at and through the finder of this camera.

The last part is especially interesting, because the Leica M10 is rumored to sport an electronic viewfinder. As you might know I don’t like EVFs. My distaste for these kind of viewfinders has lessen in the last year but I still have a problem with them.
But my personal preference aside, I don’t think this is going to happen and if, I think this will hurt Leica and the sales of the M10 in a big way. I can’t imagine how an EVF will fit into the Leica philosophy of simple and robust products.
But maybe they revolutionized the EVF, who knows…

Since I tested the M9 last year I want to have one. I’m sure I’m not the only one and a lot of people are looking forward to the release of the M10, not because of the M10 itself, but because they hope the used prices drop. If the M10 has an EVF I predict that this won’t happen because it’s the last true (digital) Leica M camera. Sorry guys.

The M10 could be available in March next year. I’m really curious to see what Leica has in store for us in September at Photokina.

RE: Bandwidth Media Queries

Florian Eckerstorfer:

First of all, JavaScript is not really a solution for serving different image sizes. Any solution that I currently know of needs at to download at least the smallest version in addition to the appropriate image. A very clever solution which nearly worked is described by Mat Marquis.

As far as I know „Adaptive Images“ serves only one image and is therefore the best solution at the moment. I will try it myself in the near future but couldn’t get around to it, yet.

My problem with bandwidth detection is that it will never be really accurate. In its simplest case the browser would just send the speed of the network the user is currently on. However, I can be on 3G but since I am also currently updating a dozen of iPhone Apps, I don’t really can surf using 3G speed. If the browser wants to detect the real bandwidth I currently have, it would need to download some Megabytes and measure how long it takes.

I would be perfectly happy if I could easily detect if the user is on a mobile network or on wifi. The point for me is not so much to serve a small image if the user has little bandwith left for browsing. I want to serve small images to mobile devices if they are not on wifi so my site doesn’t mess with their data limit.
So I could show a small image on an iPad 3 which is on LTE, but a big double sized image on an iPad which is on wifi.

But I can not see how this is ever going to happen. There is now way a browser can detect it. The solution in my opinion has to be on the other side. The device should send some information which the browser then could detect. Or something like that.

All that could be solved if we had super duper fast internet connection everywhere we go. So no one had to worry. Maybe out grand children can have this luxury.