The Leica M Monochrom is a variant of Leica's M9 rangefinder camera. The M Monochrom, as its name suggests, is a true mono shooter with an 18MP full frame sensor that does not feature a Bayer filter array, in order to produce native black-and-white images. Removal of the color filter also increases the camera's sensitivity, and accordingly, the M Monochrom offers a maximum ISO sensitivity of 10,000 (equivalent). Focus is manual using the rangefinder focusing system that has been central to the design of Leica's screw and M-mount cameras since the early 20th century.
Leica M Monochrom Digital Rangefinder Camera, Body Only
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“ The level of detail the camera captures is nothing short of astonishing and, as we found when shooting the M9, there's a real pleasure to be found in having to think harder about the shots you're taking.”
- 18MP full frame CCD monochrome sensor
- 2 frames per second continuous shooting
- Manual-only focusing
- ISO 160-10,000
- Raw-data histogram
- 2.5 inch LCD with 230,000 dots
- Optical rangefinder
- Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
- Flash hot shoe
- In-camera film toning effects
- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom included
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||5212 x 3472|
|Other resolutions||3840 x 2592, 2592 x 1728, 1728 x 1152, 1280 x 846|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||18 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||19 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (36 x 24 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, Pull 160, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000|
|White balance presets||0|
|Custom white balance||No|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Standard|
|Optics & Focus|
|Lens mount||Leica M|
|Focal length multiplier||1×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT color LCD with a sapphire glass LCD cover|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (rangefinder)|
|Minimum shutter speed||32 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||No|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe)|
|Flash modes||Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync|
|Continuous drive||2.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 12 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±2 (3, 5, 7 frames )|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC card|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||600 g (1.32 lb / 21.16 oz)|
|Dimensions||139 x 80 x 37 mm (5.47 x 3.15 x 1.46″)|
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