Bottom Controls


Leica M10 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Bottom Controls

Let's look towards the bottom of the camera. We have our standard tripod socket. And that's got the standard settings so you can hook monopods and tripods of all sorts onto that. We have a little different way of getting into the battery and memory card compartment compared to most cameras. We have a Locking Toggle and then we have an entire metal cover that comes off that allows us to get into the battery compartment and memory card slot. And so it uses the BP-SLSCL5 battery, which is a little bit smaller battery than on previous cameras, so that they can make the camera a little bit thinner. And that is something that you should fully discharge every 25 cycles. Comes with a battery charger, which has a number of lights on it. The green one indicates that it is charging. The yellow one will come on when it is 80% full, and it will do so very quickly in that regard. And then when they are both solid, they will both become steady. Now the camera comes with a BC-SCL5 charger, and it come...

s with these long charging cables, which can be a little bit of a hassle to travel with, or to plug in. And so there is something that is not supplied with the camera that I have found very handy, and that is these right angle adapters. And I brought a couple of these, let me go over and grab those to show you what these look like. So this is the battery charger, let me just set this right out here for ya. And there's a couple of different options out there. There's a lot of Apple products out in the world, and so they have this little Duck Head adapter that you can get, and it's got this little flip piece right here. And so this will plug in and then you can plug this right into the wall and save yourself a whole lot of space from that big, long cord that is out there. Let me hold it up here so you can see it a little bit more easily. And so these are available, and for anyone who has a lot of Apple products, they're gonna be pretty common. The other one that you can go out, and you can go onto any sort of website that sells a lot of electronics and so forth, and get this. This is a right-angle adapter and you can see that it's pretty simple. It uses the standard, common plug-in for the electronics right here. Plug that in, and now you don't have to carry that big cord with you all over the place. Now, I knew that I would use lose a lot of these, so I went online and I bought, I think, four of 'em for about $12, and so they're pretty cheap, pretty easy and that simplifies the whole charging process without needing that big cable in there. So either one, the Duck Head that's not a duck face, that's something else, folks, either one of these will give you a nice little right-angle adapter on that so take a look for those if you want to simply the charging process. If you have removed the bottom cover, then there will be a warning on your camera that it is removed, and its not going to want to shoot at that time. One of the other options to improve the grip on the camera is the M10 Hand Grip, which is gonna give the camera a little more height, but it's a lot more finger grip on it. Now I do have one of those here as well, so let me grab that real quickly. And I do like having a good grip on the camera, and this does add a nice grip and I'm gonna take it off of the stand here 'cause I want to show you what this looks like on here. And so the way that I often work with the battery, memory card, and other accessories, is I set the lens down front first, that way it allows me access to the back of the camera. So then I'm going to un-release the back of the camera, so I have the bottom plate off here. And then I'm gonna take the grip here, and get this piece locked in around the corner. And then I will just tighten it up right here. And so now, I've got this extra little grip on the front, so that my fingers are in here. And I still have my grip on the back of the camera, so you can see my thumb's got a great grip back here, my finger's have a grip, and that camera really stays locked in there. A nice little place to put my forefinger right there when I'm not shooting photos. And so this is a really handy grip that doesn't want to fall out of your hands at all. It's got a good grip to it, and so it's a very nice feel to it. It does bulk the camera up a little bit, but it's really not that much in size. And so very handy device. Now the other little thing is this little screw hole right here, and let's go back to the key note, and what that is for is that, that is for a finger loop. And there is a special little, they have three different sizes you can get on this a small, medium, and large, and what happens is two of your fingers go through that and then it leaves your index finger for shooting, and your pinky finger for either going underneath or wherever you like to keep it for a grip. And it gives you just a little bit more of a secure grip on there. And so it's a nice option, I don't have one here to show you but it's a good option that I've seen a number of people use. Alright, we do have our memory card as an SD memory card, and then there's a number of options on this. If you don't have a memory card in there, the camera will give you a little warning on the back of the camera that there's no memory card in there, which is good, you want to know about that. It uses the secured digital system. Those cards have a little locking switch on the side, if it gets locked, you won't be able to write or read images from the camera, so be aware of that. There's different sizes. The SD, the HC, and XC are just indicating different size versions of the card. The speed of the card can be important in some cases, where you are shooting photos very quickly. How quickly can the camera record images to them. It doesn't make a huge difference from what I've seen in the different memory cards that I have. But it can make a difference in downloading your images and they can be downloaded a little bit more quickly. The minimum speed is also a rating that you will see on it. And it's not that critical in this particular camera, 'cause it doesn't shoot video where that factor tends to become more of an important one to look at. I highly recommend using a card reader, because you can't download from this camera, there is no USB ports on the camera, so you will want to get a card reader. Some of your computers may have a place to download directly through the memory card option. Whenever I'm traveling, I like to have both options just in case something went wrong. One of the things you'll want to do is you'll want to format any card that is new to the camera. So if you have other camera systems, if you buy a new memory card, one of the first things you should do before you start using it is to format it. It deletes the photos, cleans off the data directories, and basically gets the card back to new standards so that it has clean communications with your camera. And so as I say recommend doing that anytime you get a new card, or a card coming from a different manufactured camera.

Class Description

The Leica M10 appears to be a simple camera, but it’s a modern digital camera with unlimited capabilities. Join expert photographer John Greengo as he gives you all the information you need to understand this unique camera's capabilities.

John will discuss:

  • The all new menu system with a customizable favorites menu.
  • Recommended settings.
  • The camera’s traditional viewfinder and how it provides full exposure and focus information.
  • How to work with the Leica lenses.

The simple controls of the Leica M10 disguise many of the camera’s special capabilities. John will explain all of the highlights of this camera so that you’ll be able to capture the images you love. 


Guy Neal

I am migrating from the Leica Q to the Leica M10. Though I know my way around a Leica digital camera, the Leica M10 is my first rangefinder. I wanted someone to quickly walk me through the front/back/top/bottom of the M10. John Greengo was the perfect guide. This class is "as advertised - a "fast start" for those who prefer not to page through a fairly dense owner's manual. I especially appreciated that the lessons were broken into small chunks - so I could skip the lesson on the wifi setup, for example. And kudos to the person who prepares the amazing slide decks. While there are two dozen free Youtube videos that review the M10, they do not convey the helpful information you get in this excellent class.

Simon Johnson

John does a great job of going through every aspect of using the M10. There's not a dial, stitch button or menu item that isn't comprehensively covered. He uses simple, but effective graphics to explain what's happening. He also touches on the fundamentals of photography and throws in some tips and secrets. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job than John. I'm a Leica Q owner, that's just about to upgrade to an M10 so this course has been very useful indeed.