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Leica M Monochrom
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Leica M Monochrom Digital Camera

PC Mag Editor's Choice
MILC 19MP CCD Jul 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
Taking black and white to the next level Leica proudly presents the new M Monochrom (Typ 246), the first and only digital camera that captures a real black and white image, still or moving.... More
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LEICA M MONOCHROM Video Review
Leica M Monochrom Review_ A $10,000 mirrorless camera
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21 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This digital camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by PC Mag who wrote that this Leica digital camera was marvellous.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on nine expert reviews from sites including Ephotozine, Digital Versus, PC Mag and digitalone.com.sg the average expert rating of this MILC digital camera is 85%. This puts this digital camera in the top 15% of all the cameras of a comparable age and type when ranked by average expert review score.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Based on 56 owner reviews the average owner rating of this MILC digital camera is outstanding.

Good Quality Pictures

Several Leica M Monochrom owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was able to produce good images. Two years ago expert review site Ephotozine.com gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars and mentioned “The Leica M Monochrom introduced in 2012 was the solution provided by Leica for anyone who wanted to shoot true black and white photos with a digital camera”. Ephotozine.com also said “For those that are convinced that black and white photography is their preferred medium, then the Leica M Monochrom will be highly desirable”. Ephotozine.com also wrote “However, for many, even those that are dedicated street photographers, shooting colour gives the option to conve”.

A number of Leica M Monochrom reviewers thought it had a good picture resolution. Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of the Leica M Monochrom on expert review site Ephotozine “Improvements include a high resolution 3 inch screen, op”. Expert review site Reviewed.com wrote “One of the most prominent is true black-and-white shooting” . Digitalcameraworld.com wrote “Impressive resolution and detail” in their review.

One customer said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good ISO range. Digitalcameraworld.com wrote “Good at High ISO sensitivities” in their review of this digital camera.

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Robust

Some people considered that it was well made. Last year expert website Digitalversus.com gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and said in their Leica M Monochrom review “Which naturally means that the camera is well-built”. Digitalcameraworld.com wrote in October last year “Solid build” in their review of the Leica M Monochrom.

Good Brand

Leica has good average ratings for its MILC cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Product Quality

Three Leica M Monochrom owners agreed that it was good quality. Popphoto.com mentioned in their review “Excellent image quality; Leica design”. Digitalcameraworld.com wrote in their review “Flawless picture quality across the entire sensitivity range”. Digitalcameraworld.com also wrote “Impressive build quality”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two people who bought it considered that it had a good viewfinder. Digitalcameraworld.com wrote “Big, bright optical viewfinder”. One person mentioned in their reviews that it had a good screen.

Good Size

Several people mentioned in their reviews that the Leica M Monochrom was a good body shape. Expert review site Digital-Photography-School.com mentioned “It is the new Leica M-Monochrom camera – worth a cool $7990 USD (body only”.

One Leica M Monochrom owner who reviewed it considered that it was a good depth. One Leica M Monochrom reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Digitalcameraworld.com mentioned “Compact for a full-frame camera” .

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Easy to Use

One Leica M Monochrom owner who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it had a good interface. One Leica M Monochrom owner who reviewed the Leica M Monochrom wrote that it was easy to use.

Good Battery Life

One person who reviewed it said that it had a good battery life. In October last year Digitalcameraworld.com mentioned “Excellent battery life 600 shots” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Quality Lens

A few people agreed that it had a good autofocus. Popphoto.com said “No autofocus; slow 2 fps burst rate”. Digitalcameraworld.com said “Insufficient buffer, lowresolution LCD monitor, drains batteries relatively quickly, no autofocus, expensive” in their review.

Good Video Capture

One person thought the Leica M Monochrom was good for video recording. Digitalcameraworld.com wrote “1080p video could be better”.

Nice Design

One Leica M Monochrom owner who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was a good design.

Good Support

One person wrote in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Digitalcameraworld.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Delivers highquality blackandwhite images with depth of information, simple, mostly manual user interface, no lag time, rangefinder viewfinder does not black out during exposure, compatible with some”.

CCD Sensor Type

The M Monochrom has a better sensor type than most MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, whereas most cameras that are a similar age to it have a MOS sensor type. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

A CCD sensor type is in fact the best sensor type amongst all digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the M Monochrom.

A MOS sensor type is the worst sensor type across comparable types of digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago, the M Monochrom has a built-in flash.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on digital cameras that are a similar age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

The battery capacitys of cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 680mAh to 4,400mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,300mAh. With a battery capacity of 1,900 milliampere * hour, the M Monochrom has a fairly big battery capacity compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the M Monochrom.

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The Leica M Monochrom has a greater number of ISO speeds than most similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 200, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Leica digital camera. The ISO sensitivitys 320, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and 10000 are also supported by this camera.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The M Monochrom has a greater number of power sources than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by cameras of this spec and age.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The M Monochrom does not support Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the M Monochrom do support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Leica M Monochrom does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the M Monochrom also do not support wi-Fi.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other digital cameras of this type and age, the Leica M Monochrom does not support video capability.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the M Monochrom, the M Monochrom is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the M Monochrom do not have a GPS (satellite). The M Monochrom is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

The M Monochrom is not waterproof. Most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the M Monochrom are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Leica M Monochrom does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the M Monochrom also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

At only 2.5 inches, the M Monochrom has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the M Monochrom. Comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the M Monochrom have display diagonals of between 2.5" and 4.8".

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Only 1728 X 1152 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Leica M Monochrom has a 1728 x 1152 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. Most cameras of this age and type have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Leica camera has a still image resolution(s) of 2592 x 1728. Across all MILC cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the M Monochrom the still image resolution ranges from 1024 x 768 to 6000 x 4000.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the M Monochrom is 730,000 pixels, and the display resolution (numeric)s range from 33 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. The Leica M Monochrom has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) (only 230,000 pixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the M Monochrom.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the M Monochrom is more than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Leica camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The image formats supported "DNG" is also supported by this digital camera.

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Very Heavy

The lightest similar spec digital camera that came out more than two years ago is 70g and the heaviest is 680g. With a weight of 600 grams, the M Monochrom is one of the heavier MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the M Monochrom amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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Very Small Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of only 32 gigabytes, the M Monochrom has a fairly small maximum memory card size compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the M Monochrom. The smallest maximum memory card size of MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the M Monochrom is 8GB and the largest is 130GB.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Leica M Monochrom

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Leica released the M Monochrom.

Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 19 megapixels, the Leica M Monochrom has a relatively average megapixel compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the M Monochrom.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Shoe Mounting Point
Shoe Mounting Point Type
Video
HD Type
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Magnification
Camera
Self-Timer Delay
Tripod Mountable
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Quick Start Guide
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Technical Features
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity

1 Award

PC Mag Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

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5 things you need to know about the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246). In this video, Angela Nicholson takes a quick look at what the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) has to offer photographers, and includes... Read more…

Brilliant dynamic range
Leica M-mount has a large range of superb lenses
Basic and traditional photography controls similar to a film camera
Good at High ISO sensitivities
Extremely highquality construction
Viewfinder frame lines are only an approximation
Limited to monochrome
Prone to Highlight clipping
Considerable overall weight
No USB port

In May 2012, Leica announced its first M Monochrom rangefinder. Modelled on the Leica M9, it boasted an 18-million-pixel CCD sensor with the unique feature that it shot only black & white... Read more…

26 May 2015

The Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) will certainly divide opinion; it's a radical camera, somewhere between production tool and creative aid. Ignoring the clear limitations (manual focus, bulk and...

Leica rangefinder cameras were beloved of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and other legends of photojournalism who documented the historic events of the 20th century. They shot almost... Read more…

1 May 2015

Unlike the sensors inside the vast majority of digital cameras, the sensor inside Leica's Monochrom doesn't have a 'traditional' RGGB Bayer pattern filter. This means that it can't produce colour... Read more…

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 17 December 2012 by Joe
Joe would recommend the Leica M-Monochrom (Verified Purchase)

I am a very active and serious amateur photographer. I am a long-time user and (in general) a lover of Leica products. For years I have used the M6 and M7, and now the M9;almost all my work is in... Read more…

Reviewed 18 June 2013 by Mark the Spot
Mark the Spot would recommend the Leica M-Monochrom

Contemporary-level high ISO performance plus a few new features make this camera a versatile performer, and it could be the only camera a lot of photographers need. It's still an M at heart, with... Read more…

Reviewed 3 June 2013 by Amudgarden
Amudgarden would recommend the Leica M-Monochrom (Verified Purchase)

I was hesitant at first to throw down the cost of the Monochrom, since it only shoots in black and white. The heck with that...as soon as I began shooting with it, and seeing the results, I felt... Read more…

Reviewed 28 November 2012 by JPenland
JPenland would recommend the Leica M-Monochrom (Verified Purchase)

I bought this camera for I now find 99 percent of all color photography boring. In my opinion black and white photography is photography in it's purest form. Composition, shape, and texture are... Read more…

Reviewed 12 November 2013 by M
M would recommend the Leica M-Monochrom

This is a considerable improvement over the M9. I've had M camera's since my film days. The most improved elements of the M are; incorporation of Maestro processor, battery, ISO range, usable... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers leica 6536175687, leica 6517278407
Barcodes 00006517278407, 00006536175687, 00799429107604, 04022243107601, 04022243109308

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