Are you looking for a superior black and white shooter to capture life, action and surreal landscape? Check out the edgy, modern Leica M Monochrom Typ 246.
Unmatchable Image Quality
The M Monochrom camera boasts a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor with an increased sensitivity range between ISO 320 and ISO 25,000. Users can choose from DNG or JPEG data formats. File size for images shot in DNG is 34.5MB uncompressed or 20-30MB compressed. All photos are taken without color and low-pass filter, resulting in extremely sharp photos.
“With never-before-seen imaging performance, outstanding low-light capabilities, and richness of detail, the new Leica M Monochrom surpasses the high standards set by its predecessor,” said Roland Wolff, VP of Marketing and Corporate Retail for Leica. “At the same time, it keeps its primary aim sharply in focus: black-and-white images with top quality across the board.”
Leica Maestro Image Processor
Compared to the previous model, the new camera shoots three times faster, thanks to the highly improved 2GB buffer memory. Coupled with the Leica Maestro image processor, individuals are able to take a photo and review the image immediately. The built-in processor is also capable of converting images to JPEG in seconds.
Storage capacity for the camera depends on the type of card inserted in the memory slot. SDHC units offer up to 32GB of storage, while SD cards support a maximum of 2GB.
One of the most anticipated features on the camera is video recording in 1080p full-HD quality at 24/25 fps. Motion JPEG (MJEPG) video compression format is available for seamless, non-linear editing. This feature is essential for users who plan on uploading their recordings for online streaming or website viewing. To maximize sound quality, an optional stereo microphone adapter can be attached to the camera.
Live View Modes
Individuals now have the ability to use a high-resolution (921,600 pixels), 3-inch LCD monitor to capture and review images in addition to the traditional viewfinder.
Live View mode includes two useful features for optimal focus and 10x magnification. In Live View Zoom mode, the subject is the focal point of the viewing selection, allowing photographers to adjust the sharpness of the shot. Live View Focus Peaking mode offers exceptional highlights on the edges of the image.
Adding toning effects to your black and white photos using the camera is incredibly easy. Working with the image in JPEG format, users have the option to experiment with a menu of film-based, analog effects. Post-processing is not required.
Cost and Availability
The M Monochrom (Typ 246) is officially available from May 2015 onwards, with a launching price of $7,450.
For those who are looking for standard color options, yellow, orange, and green filters are on the way and should be available in the coming months, possibly by August 2015. The camera accessory offers versatile greyscale conversion for various filter-specific colors.
Leica is also giving away a free copy of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® for its M Monochrom customers. Downloads will be made available on the website.