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Leica M Monochrom Digital Camera

£5,299.00
£4,399.00 £900.00 cheaper than 54 days ago
MILC 24MP CMOS SDHC Nov 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
One industry award
Smooth
Dedicated exposure compensation and sensitivity controls would be nice
90 Reviews + 1 Award
PC Mag Editor's Choice
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Reviews

One Industry Award

The expert at review websites PC Mag concluded that this high megapixel digital camera was marvellous and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on nine expert reviews from sites including Ephotozine, Digital Versus, PC Mag and ljudochbild.se the average expert rating of this camera is 85 out of 100.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Owners have rated this digital camera as superb on average. Over 80% of reviewers gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 98% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others. Most M Monochrom owners think it is one of the very best cameras of this age and type.

Leica Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 751 expert and user reviews (including 131 verified purchases) for Leica cameras and found that on average Leica has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Leica has good ratings specifically within its high megapixel cameras range. 96% of those that bought a Leica digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The M Monochrom supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera also support video recording.

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Design

Smooth

Fifteen people wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. Four years ago Mark the Spot scored it 80 out of 100 and he mentioned “ISO's up to 1250 are pretty good, with a bit of noise”. Mark mentioned in his Leica M Monochrom review on Bhphotovideo.com “Initial images with a 50mm Summilux are gorgeous!”. Sks mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “It actually came pretty close with the appropriate filters”.

Four customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was smooth. Bhphotovideo.com gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned three years ago “Smooth Shutter As ' 6” in their review of this digital camera. Mark wrote “The grayscale gradation is impressive and buttery smooth” in his review of this digital camera. Print Maker wrote in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Better than converting color? Yes! There is a lot more information captured, both in "smooth" areas and in detailed areas”.

Three people agreed that this digital camera was well designed. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag “Classic design”. One owner who purchased the product wrote that it was neat. S2k2473 scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars and said three years ago “Menu options are well organized”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was ergonomic.

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Impressive Build Quality

Fifteen customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was good quality. Two years ago Digital Versus said “Flawless picture quality across the entire sensitivity range” and rated it 80 out of 100. Pc Mag mentioned “Impressive build quality”. Expert website Popphoto.com mentioned four years ago “Excellent image quality; Leica design” in their review of this digital camera.

Solid Build

Eighteen people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was well made. Techradar mentioned “Solid build” in their Leica M Monochrom review. Digital Versus mentioned two years ago “Extremely highquality construction”. Also two years ago Digitalversus.com gave this digital camera a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert review site Digital Versus “Which naturally means that the camera is well-built” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer who bought it considered that it was reliable. Jim wrote on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “You get great pictures and great reliability in a light weight package”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product was strong and durable. Fallbrookian mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “She seems about 30% sharper than the M9 and images have a "sparkle" that comes readily without needing heavy duty post processing” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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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

Nine owners who reviewed it wrote that it was easy to use. Krp wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “It's a minor issue and it's a pleasure to actually control the camera” and gave this digital camera a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Sal mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “It is a fun and exciting camera to use in low light situations when flash photography is unwelcomed by the subjects”. S2k2473 said “I found it very easy to use” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people considered that the Leica M Monochrom was easy to use the menus. Last year Rob L. gave the product a score of a maximum of 5 stars and he mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Simple menus and limited options” in his review of this digital camera. Francesco said “Love the focus and menu -And most important I love the pictures that comes out of it” in his review of this digital camera.

One person who purchased the product wrote that it had a good interface. Ephotozine gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and 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”.

One customer who reviewed the product wrote that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Ciman said “The people like me coming from long SLR background may find it difficult to focus using 2 overlapping images; though I'm comfortable doing it most of the times” in their review of this digital camera.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Five owners wrote in their reviews that the product had good features. Rob L. rated the Leica M Monochrom the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he said on Bhphotovideo.com “No other camera can replicate this camera's defining features (dedicated B&W sensor, full frame, native M-mount, optical rangefinder”. Dj said on Bhphotovideo.com “Menus and features are very simple”. Fallbrookian wrote on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Leica has shown their ability to think like photographers instead of dragging us along with a endless panopoly of features loaded into cameras because the manufacturer "can”.


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Released Over a Year Ago

This high megapixel digital camera was released in April 2017.


Price

Price Has Gone Down by £900 (17%)

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Pricey

The price range of cameras of this spec and age is from £62 to £4,517. We think that this Leica digital camera looks expensive compared to other cameras of this spec and age.

Reasonably Priced

Eight owners mentioned in their reviews that the Leica M Monochrom was good value for money. Three years ago Nikon Lover wrote “As always B&H is was a pleasure to deal with”. Sks mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “If the consumer is looking for the above improved features, then the typ 246 is a better choice with little price difference” and rated it a maximum of 5 stars. Three years ago Sal wrote “The digital files contain a great deal of information that blooms with manipulation by Silver Effex” in his review of this digital camera and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars.

Five customers agreed that it was expensive. Mark the Spot mentioned “It's expensive” in his review of this digital camera. Steadman_w mentioned “However, if you want a true grayscale camera, this is the best option (the other being a very expensive medium format camera) to create these images” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 80 out of 100. Quister mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com in April last year “Very expensive battery” in their review of this digital camera.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The M Monochrom has a fairly typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera.

If this camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon D5 (£4,997) (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The M Monochrom has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The M Monochrom has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Leica M Monochrom does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Leica M Monochrom has a tripod mountable. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also have a tripod mountable.

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Networking

Does Not Feature Bluetooth

Like most of the other high megapixel cameras that were launched more than a year ago, the Leica M Monochrom does not feature bluetooth.

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Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The M Monochrom has an external flash connector. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera also have an external flash connector.

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Has a Pre-Flash

The M Monochrom has a pre-flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The M Monochrom has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Leica M Monochrom has a battery charger included, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

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Has a Hand Strap

The M Monochrom has a hand strap, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The M Monochrom has a batteries included. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also have a batteries included.

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Memory

Very Big Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of cameras of this age and type is 19MB, the biggest is 2GB, and the average internal memory is 210MB. When compared to other cameras of this type and age, the M Monochrom's internal memory of 2,000 megabytes is one of the biggest.

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Audio

High ISO Noise Performance

Four people who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was noisy. Two years ago Ephotozine mentioned “High ISO noise performance”.

Mark said “Pixel noise was less annoying on this body than the A7II”. Dant mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “You can set the shutter for 'discreet' on the Monochrom and it allows the noisy cocking of the shutter to be done when you release the shutter button” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

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Quiet

Five owners agreed that it was quiet. Three years ago Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera “Quiet Operation”. In the same month Dant said in their review of this digital camera “The Fuji has a quieter shutter than the Leica”.

Four people who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was noisy. Two years ago Ephotozine mentioned “High ISO noise performance”. Mark said “Pixel noise was less annoying on this body than the A7II”. Dant mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “You can set the shutter for 'discreet' on the Monochrom and it allows the noisy cocking of the shutter to be done when you release the shutter button” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

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Viewfinder

Very Low Magnification

With a magnification of only 0.68 times zoom factor, the Leica M Monochrom has a quite low magnification compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than a year. The magnifications of high megapixel cameras that were released one year ago range from 0.24x to 17x, and the average magnification is 1.4x.

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Power

Excellent Battery Life 600 Shots

Nine people who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good battery life. Digital Versus said “Excellent battery life 600 shots” in their review of this digital camera. Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera “Good Battery Life”. Neekon wrote in their review of this digital camera “The rangefinder focusing is also significantly easier and the battery lasts for ages longer”.


Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

The lightest high megapixel digital camera that has been around for a comparable time to this digital camera is 110g , the heaviest is 1.3kg, and the average weight is 410g. The M Monochrom is fairly heavy (680 grams) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Compact for a Full-Frame Camera

Ten people who reviewed the product concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Digitalversus.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on Digital Versus “It's also very heavy— surprisingly so, given its size”. Mark the Spot mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “It feels about 15-20% larger and heavier than film M's” in his review of this digital camera. Papastats mentioned in their Leica M Monochrom review on Bhphotovideo.com “It is heavier than my Vario X.”.

Four owners who reviewed it thought it was compact. Pc Mag wrote “Compact for a full-frame camera” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Small Compact”. Francesco mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Compact, silent, discrete” in his review of this digital camera.

Three customers who reviewed it considered that it was good structurally. Mark wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “CONS - The smooth construction of the body made it difficult to grip, always thought I was going to drop it”. Mark also mentioned “The camera is a small brick, solid construction as one would expect for this price” in his review.

Three customers considered that it was a good body shape. Five years ago Digital-Photography-School.com said in their review of this digital camera “It is the new Leica M-Monochrom camera – worth a cool $7990 USD (body only”. Ben S, wrote “The physical design and construction of the camera body have been improved, making for a solid, weather resistant body that feels like a (slightly) larger version of my MP” in his review of this digital camera.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was lightweight. Ciman said “Leica is in rescue - giving an absolute capable lightweight small camera without getting noticed much or better only get noticed by knowledgeable folks” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 80 out of 100.

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Support

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

Seven people who purchased it considered that it had good technical guidance. Three years ago Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Manual controls”. Sartorig wrote on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Life View help to a certain point”. Flash wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Using a Leica definitely makes you think about technique since the camera is completely manual”.


Dedicated Exposure Compensation and Sensitivity Controls Would Be Nice

One person concluded that it did not have good exposure controls. Techradar mentioned “Dedicated exposure compensation and sensitivity controls would be nice” in their review of this digital camera.

Monochrome FullHD Video Recording

Six people said in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. Two years ago Ephotozine mentioned “Monochrome FullHD video recording”. Four years ago Pavlosx said on Bhphotovideo.com “As far as video, its a great new option to have” and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Sartorig said on Bhphotovideo.com “Video is better than expected” in their review of this digital camera.

Bright Optical Viewfinder

Seven owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good viewfinder. Pc Mag wrote in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag “Bright optical viewfinder” and scored it 4 stars out of 5. Bhphotovideo.com rated the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned three years ago “Awesome Viewfinder”. Two years ago Sks said on Bhphotovideo.com “I viewfinder is so good, I hardly ever used live view” in their review of this digital camera.

Five people mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good screen. Expert website Ephotozine.com mentioned “Improvements include a high resolution 3 inch screen, op” in their review of this digital camera. Mark the Spot said “A good review screen or video capability like you did with the M9” . Sks mentioned two years ago “I eventually decided on the typ 246 because of the purported CCD corrosion problem, live view mode, better screen, better shutter, supposed better ISO performance”.

One customer who reviewed it said that it was mirrorless. Steadman_w gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said on Bhphotovideo.com “I use a mirrorless full format camera with my Leica M lenses”.

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Detailed Images At Every ISO

Sixty customers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Pc Mag wrote in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag “Detailed images at every ISO”. Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “Basic and traditional photography controls similar to a film camera” and rated it a maximum of 5 stars. Pc Mag also mentioned “Digital black-and-white image capture” in their review.

Fifteen people wrote in their reviews that the product had a good picture resolution. Techradar said two years ago “Dedicated to monochrome shooting” in their review of the Leica M Monochrom. Ephotozine wrote in their review of this digital camera “Impressive resolution and detail”. Expert website Reviewed.com wrote “One of the most prominent is true black-and-white shooting”.

Twelve people who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good ISO range. Amateurphotographer.co.uk gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Good at High ISO sensitivities”. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag “Top ISO of 10000”. Mark gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and he mentioned “ISO performance was good as might be expected from the removal of the Bayer filter”.

Six people said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Techradar mentioned “No filters over the sensor or interpolation to reduce detail”. Four years ago Pc Mag said “Full-frame CCD sensor”. Ephotozine wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Fullframe 24megapixel black and white CMOS sensor”.

Five owners who purchased it thought it was good in low light. Bhphotovideo.com rated it a maximum of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “Good in Low Light”. Doug wrote in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Color is great, focusing is pretty easy except in low light.”. Fruchstuck said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Rangefinder is excellent, new sensor is top notch, has very good High ISO/Low Light performance”.

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Live View and Focus Peaking

Thirteen people who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Large, high-contrast rangefinder focusing patch” and gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Pc Mag also wrote “Live view with focus peaking” in their review. Expert review site Popphoto.com mentioned “No autofocus; slow 2 fps burst rate”.

Seven people who purchased it considered that it had a good lens. Bhphotovideo.com gave this digital camera a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “Great Lens Choices”. Sartorig said “Voigtlander lens are almost as good as original Leica”. Ciman mentioned “I am using this all the time as a general purpose lens which is extremely capable” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people who bought it concluded that it had a good zoom. Bhphotovideo.com gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Great Zoom”. Dant mentioned “They removed the focus scale from their new super wide zoom” in their review of this digital camera.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00799429107604, 04022243107601, 04022243109308

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