For photography enthusiasts with a love for black and white photography, Leica introduced their latest camera yesterday, the Leica M Monochrom (Type 246). It can take black and white images and HD quality videos without image processing and filtering – only such camera in the world right now. The new camera comes with a blazing fast Leica Maestro processor and a high-capacity 2GB-buffer memory, allowing it to capture series of images faster than its predecessor. The nifty new processor also works fast to display captured images in review mode.
Just like the Leica M, the M Monochrom is capable of taking photographs with 24-megapixel resolution. Equipped with a high-end CMOS sensor with sensitivity settings up to ISO 25000, it allows you to produce exceptionally sharp images. Another plus is all equipment and accessories from Leica M series are compatible with the M Monochrom. With the help of an adapter most lenses from Leica R series can also be used with it.
Making top quality black and white HD videos is also an easy task with M Monochrom. The high resolution 3” monitor with 921,600 pixels is a great tool for photographers, as it gives them full control of composition, exposure, focusing and depth of field. To capture perfect sound for videos, an optional adapter set is available that include an adapter and a stereo microphone.
The camera offers two focusing methods via its Live View function. The Live Zoom mode with a 10x magnification allows full control of the sharpness, while Live View Focus Peaking mode highlights sharply focused edges, in color.
The M Monochrom comes with a sapphire crystal covered LCD monitor. Its body made from magnesium alloy feature a top and baseplate made from solid brass blanks and black chrome finish. Priced $7,450, the Leica M Monochrom will be in stores May 7 2015. Additional filters in colors yellow, orange and green will be released in July.
Source: Leica and Ragnar Axelsson