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.”

Key Features

  • 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

Product Description

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.


Body type
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)
Sensor type CCD
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
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard
Optics & Focus
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Lens mount Leica M
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.5
Screen dots 230,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT color LCD with a sapphire glass LCD cover
Live view No
Viewfinder type Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder magnification 0.68×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 32 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority No
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash 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)
Metering modes
  • Center-weighted
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±2 (3, 5, 7 frames )
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Microphone None
Speaker None
Storage types SD/SDHC card
Storage included None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Remote control No
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
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)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None


User Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
  • stevesphotoart, Oct 18, 2013 GMT:

    Well, as perfect as the M-system is or can be! This said, in many comparisons I find that the files are better than the outcome from a D800E, and match the results of a Leica S2. Only in b&w, of course. So the concept offers you outstanding resolution and dynamic range in a relatively small b&w rangefinder camera, and may substitute b&w film if you want to. And not only one b&w film, but all from 200 to 3600 ISO and more. So if you are in b&w, and have enough money to spend on that, don't ...

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  • dale thorn, Oct 22, 2013 GMT:
    Leica M-Monochrom B&W Digital Camera Review

    Notes: This review covers my use of the Leica M-Monochrom ('MM') camera for general-purpose black and white photography, shooting JPEG format images only. The MM camera is made by Leica in-house as are the other 'M' camera bodies, unlike some of the compact camera series that are made by Leica's partner manufacturers. Many 'M' camera owners use non-Leica lenses on their cameras, in some cases using adapters to match the lens with the Leica mount. I've had experience with two 'M' film cameras ...

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  • denniscar, Nov 18, 2014 GMT:
    The Review I had to bore you with...Leica MM

    This is my first review and probably my last. It has been locked up inside and I had to spill my guts. Without a doubt, the finest camera I have ever had the pleasure of using. The files are clean to 3200 then begin tp aquire a film -like grain to about 8000. After that they become very noisy and sometimes unusable. The blacks are black, make no mistake about it. You must choose your subject well, not a great landscape camera but used selectively,quite lovely. More suited for the ...

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Questions & Answers


Question about Leica M-Monochrome

Dear Leica folks, I am new to this forum, just peeking over from Sigma, where I usually belong. I just have a question out of curiosity to which I could not find a quick answer right away. So please forgive me if I repeat it. The question is the following: Is it possible to achieve all of the possible b&w results of the Leica MMonochrome with another Leica (say M9 with colours) by postprocessing the images? Or to put it differently. Is there something one would miss out on (apart from convenience) having "only" an ordinary Leica compared to the Monochrome edition? Thanks in advance, Mattanja

Mattanja asked
2 years ago


additionally, if you wish to photograph under conditions requiring ISO above 1250, the consensus is that the MM will provide better B&W results no matter what the format (web/print/poster). Continue Reading

photomeme answered
2 years ago

and has greater resolution conversion from a color file offers greater options in post, which may be important for some photographers Continue Reading

Artichoke answered
2 years ago

The MM is not just an M9 without color. If you wanted to understand the difference from a technology, I am not the right person, so I am not going to try. Although I am a B&W aficionado, mere tech specs alone have not been compelling enough for me to get the MM when it was introduced. However GAS got the better of me while waiting for the new M to arrive and decided to get it. And I have not been happier. Some interesting points for me: _Making your slow or less used lenses sing. Because of the high ISO capabilities, I am now routinely using much slower lenses and really enjoying them, in way that would have been quite frustration on the M9. The M9 forces you to invest and use much faster lenses when the lighting becomes less than ideal. I now use the 28-35-50 Tri-elmar as my daily lens with the 90mm Macro Elmar as a telephoto, whereas it was the 35 f/2, the 50 f/1.4 and the 90 f/2.5 with the M9. I have also recently bought an LTM 35mm Summaron from the 50's, and the MM has produced ... Continue Reading

gerigo answered
1 year ago


Leica M9 and Fujifilm EF-X20 auto TTL?

Anybody tried the Fuji EF-X20 flash (gn20) unit on a Leica M?

vpetkov asked
10 months ago


Would be interesting to know if it works Continue Reading

Gunston Gun answered
9 months ago

m9+EX-20 It sure would look great though wouldn't it?! Continue Reading

plainwhite answered
9 months ago
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