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Leica M Monochrom Digital Camera

PC Mag Editor's Choice
MILC 19MP CCD Jul 2013
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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
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21 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The expert at PC Mag concluded that this digital camera was excellent and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

Good Expert Reviews

This camera has an average expert rating of 85 out of 100 based on nine expert reviews from sites including Ephotozine, Digital Versus, PC Mag and digitalone.com.sg.

Excellent User Reviews

Based on 56 user reviews the average user rating of this MILC camera is outstanding. This camera in the top 6% of all the cameras of a comparable type and age when ranked by user rating.

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 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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Leica Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 224 expert and owner reviews, Leica has good ratings for its digital cameras. Leica also has good ratings specifically for its MILC digital cameras compared to other brands.

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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”.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The M Monochrom has a built-in flash, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age do not have a built-in flash.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Very Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

At 60 seconds, the Leica M Monochrom has a very long maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the M Monochrom. The average maximum camera shutter speed of digital cameras that are a comparable age to the M Monochrom is 39s, and the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 0.25s to 60s.

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5976 X 3992 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The M Monochrom has a 5976 x 3992 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. Digital cameras that have been available for more than a year maximum image resolutions range from 1280 x 1024 pixels (worst) to 8688 x 5792 pixels (best).

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Supports Two ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the M Monochrom is more than most cameras of this age and type. This Leica camera supports a 320 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by cameras of this type and age. The ISO speed "25000" is also supported by this digital camera.

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LCD Display

This digital camera has an LCD display, which is the most commonly found display on cameras of this type and age. LCD is the most common display type used in digital cameras. LCD displays are relatively cheap to manufacture but their limitations lie in narrow viewing angles and the displays do not perform well in direct sunlight.

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14 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

A few Leica M Monochrom owners wrote in their reviews that the Leica M Monochrom was not a bargain for the price. Pcmag.com wrote on PC Mag “It doesn't come cheap” yet they still rated the product 5 stars. Digitalcameraworld.com mentioned “Leica cameras don't come cheap”.

One Leica M Monochrom owner said that the product was not cheap. Digitalcameraworld.com mentioned in their review of the Leica M Monochrom last year “Very expensive” .

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Recent Price Increase of £598.00

The M Monochrom has increased in price by £598.00 in the last 35 days.

Pricey

After checking the price of 19 cameras of this type and age they range in price from £127 to £5,000. We think that this Leica camera looks expensive compared to other cameras of this type and age.

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The M Monochrom does not support WiFi connectivity, unlike most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for more than a year which support WiFi connectivity.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The M Monochrom does not support video recording, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other MILC digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago also do not support video recording.

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Not Waterproof

The M Monochrom is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the M Monochrom are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other digital cameras of this type and age, the Leica M Monochrom does not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most cameras of this age and type are not 3D compatible. The Leica M Monochrom is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The M Monochrom does not have a GPS, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the M Monochrom also do not have a GPS.

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Very Low JPEG Frame Rate

With a JPEG frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the Leica M Monochrom has a fairly low JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than a year. Across all the digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the M Monochrom the JPEG frame rates range from 24fps to 60fps, and the average JPEG frame rate is 41fps.

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Quite Small Maximum Memory Card Size

The average maximum memory card size of digital cameras of this spec and age is 49GB. The Leica M Monochrom has a fairly small maximum memory card size (only 32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the M Monochrom.

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Very Heavy

Across all the digital cameras of this age and spec the weights range from 180g to 680g. The Leica M Monochrom is one of the heaviest MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the M Monochrom (680 grams) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

Digital cameras of this age and spec have maximum ISO speeds of between 6,400 and 410,000. With a maximum ISO speed of only 25,000, the M Monochrom has one of the lower maximum ISO speeds amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Quite Big Minimum ISO Speed

With a minimum ISO speed of 320, the M Monochrom has one of the bigger minimum ISO speed amongst digital cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the M Monochrom the minimum ISO speed range from 50 to 1,600, and the average minimum ISO speed is 190.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Leica M Monochrom

Released Over a Year Ago

Leica released the M Monochrom over a year ago.

Average Screen Size

The Leica M Monochrom has a fairly average screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the M Monochrom.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 24 megapixels, the Leica M Monochrom has a pretty standard megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC memory card, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that were launched more than a year ago. 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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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Shoe Mounting Point
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
Camera
Self-Timer
Tripod Mount
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Quick Start Guide
Technical Details
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Certificates
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Technical Feature
USB 2.0 Port
Special Features

1 Award

PC Mag Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(26)

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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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers leica 10930
Barcodes 00799429107604, 00799429109301, 04022243107601, 04022243109308

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