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The Leica M10 Zagato Camera is the Perfect Mashup of German Engineering and Italian Design

Legendary German camera maker Leica has collaborated with equally iconic Italian design house Zagato on a new $21,000 limited edition camera that's destined for museum collections someday. The Leica M10 "Edition Zagato," limited to just 250 examples worldwide, pays tribute to legendary Zagato-built cars like the Aston Martin DB4 GT, Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ and the Zagato Maserati Mostro.

Equipped with a Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens, the camera is finished in aluminum, the material used in some of Zagato's most iconic coachbuilt cars. This makes it 70 grams lighter than the standard M10 camera and easier to maneuver on shoots where speed is of the essence.

The body of the camera features precisely cut grooves, which, together with accents like a curved integrated handgrip and red shutter release button give the M10 Zagato a custom look. The M10 is Leica's slimmest digital M model, with a 24-megapixel sensor, 2 GB buffer memory and sequential shooting at up to five frames per second at full resolution.

“Photography plays an essential role in our work," notes the design house's owner Dr. Andrea Zagato. "Without the possibilities offered by photography, we would never have had the invaluable pictures and the ability to reconstruct vehicle models, and would not be able to present our work from the past decades in such an impressive way."