Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) review | Digital Camera World

A digital camera that shoots only in black and white might seem mad, but Leica has embraced the idea and introduced an updated version of its Monochrom rangefinder. The most obvious upgrade is the move from an 18-million-pixel CCD sensor to a 24-megapixel CMOS unit. Not only does this improve resolution, but the use of CMOS technology means the Monochrom (Typ 246) gets live view display and the ability to shoot 1080p Full HD video. The new 3-inch 921,600-dot LCD monitor is also a great improvement over the previous 2.5-inch 230k-dot screen and is protected by a sheet of super-hard, scratch-resistant sapphire glass. There’s also a faster processor that can push DNG raw files and JPEGs to the memory card a lot quicker than before, as well as being able to display captured images with less delay. As the camera shoots only in black and white, the Monochrom has no need for the coloured filters that usually cover pixels on digital sensors. Without these filters more light reaches the photodiodes, hence the base sensor sensitivity has been upped to ISO 320, with the range extending to ISO 25,000. As with most other modern Leica M cameras, you can choose between manual exposure or aperture priority, but focussing is an entirely manual affair……

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Leica M Monochrom

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