Leica M Monochrom

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Leica M MonochromA digital, black & white image-taking camera? Yup. That’s Leica’s new M Monochrom rangefinder camera. Oh, and B&W video, too.

Thanks to a high-capacity 2GB buffer memory and Maestro processor, the new Monochrom captures sequences three times faster than its predecessor. The new processor also enables extremely fast display of the captured images in review mode.

Resolution is 24 megapixels. The monochrome CMOS sensor produces exceptionally sharp pictures at all sensitivity settings up to ISO 25000, says the company. As the Monochrom has no colour filter array over the sensor, it requires no interpolation for the calculation of luminance values. The result is 100 percent sharper images, Leica advises, “with brilliance and detail contrast that far exceeds what colour photography can do.”

Still trying to get your head around B&W video? It’s full-HD, and it will play back on the camera’s 3-inch LCD monitor.

The camera now offers full visual control with its Live View function, which provides two focusing methods: the up to 10x magnification of Live View Zoom mode, enabling full control of the sharpness of details in the image on the monitor or the closest focusing distance; and Live View Focus Peaking mode, where sharply focused edges in the image are highlighted by coloured lines.

Leica M Monochrom topAnother advantage of the new CMOS sensor is that, in addition to the M lenses, almost all lenses of the Leica R series can now be used with an optional adapter on the Monochrom.

All equipment and accessories from the Leica M series are compatible with the Monochrom.

Other new features include: nearly unbreakable sapphire crystal cover glass for the LCD monitor, treated with an anti-reflection protective coating; high-strength magnesium alloy body, with a top- and baseplate made from solid brass blanks and finished in black chrome.

The camera is scheduled to be available this month.

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