Leica M MONOCHROM Camera with Black and White Features-Review and Specs

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Leica, the Monochrom Camera maker have announced a new compact Monochrom camera in Berlin Germany, known as Leica M MONOCHROM. Designed designed with the sole purpose of shooting black and white images, the  M MONOCHROM camera deliver ‘true’ black-and-white images in unrivalled sharpness in digital form that make it perfects for users with a a passion for black-and-white photographs.

Unlike other digital camera, the 18 megapixel image sensor comes without a color filter array, anti-aliasing filter and the CCD sensor makes no compromises and ignores all color data allow user to to take some excellent black and white photos. It’s offer up to 10,000 ISO sensitivity range with center-weighted average metering and a classic design with a die-cast magnesium alloy body with solid brass blanks on top and bottom. Dimensions of the device are 5.5 x 1.5 x 3.1 inch (139 × 37 × 80 mm) and has weighs at 21.16 oz / 600 g. with .

Other specs are 2.5-inch TFT color LCD with a sapphire glass LCD cover with 100% Viewfinder Coverage and Screen Coverage, Orientation sensor, memory card slot that support SD up to 2GB and SDHC up to 32GB, rechargeable 1900mAh Lithium-Ion Battery Pack and compatible with the Leica APO-SUMMICRON-M 50 MM F/2 ASPH lens. $7990 USD / £6,120 (inc VAT) (body only). You can check full specs and features of Leica M MONOCHROM below.

Leica M-Monochrom specifications

Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy with synthetic leather trim. Top deck and baseplate in brass with black chrome finish
Max resolution5212 x 3472
Other resolutions3840 x 2592, 2592 x 1728, 1728 x 1152, 1280 x 846
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels18.0 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors18.5 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
Color spacesRGB hardwired
ISOAuto, Pull 160, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000
White balance presets0
Custom white balanceNo
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Standard
File format
  • DNG (RAW) 14-bit uncompressed (36 MB)
  • JPEG (Fine / Basic)
  • DNG + JPEG
Image parameters
  • Sharpening (5): Off, Low, Standard, Medium High, High
  • Contrast : Low, Medium Low, Standard, Medium High, High
  • Toning: Hue (Sepia, Cool, Selenium), Strength (Off, Weak Strong)
Optics & Focus
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Lens mountLeica M mount
Focal length multiplier1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size2.5
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT color LCD with a sapphire glass LCD cover
Live viewNo
Viewfinder typeOptical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder magnification0.68×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed32 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modesFront Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync
Flash X sync speed1/180 sec
Continuous driveYes (2 fps)
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modes
  • Center-weighted
Exposure compensation±3 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3, 5, 7 frames )
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Storage typesSD/SDHC card
Storage includedNone
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)600 g (1.32 lb / 21.16 oz)
Dimensions139 x 80 x 37 mm (5.47 x 3.15 x 1.46)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo


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