Classic design mixed with contemporary functionality makes the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) Digital Rangefinder Camera a unique offering. It is a digital camera specially designed to produce black and white imagery. The camera’s sensor records solely on luminance values to provide excellent sharpness, clarity, and resolution. It flaunts an ergonomic body design that places all of the essential camera controls within reach while shooting. The shutter speed, drive mode dials, and rear menu navigation buttons and selection dials are located atop the thumb rest.
Optics and Focus
As with previous M-series cameras from Leica, the M Monochrom retains the ability to utilize a vast network of M-mount lenses ranging from 16mm to 135mm. When operating in live view, focus peaking and 10x live view zoom can be used to ensure critical focus. The optical viewfinder is a bright-line 0.68x-magnification rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation. The LED-illuminated frame lines are set to match the image sensor size at a focusing distance of 6.6 feet. The viewfinder frame selector can also be used to change the apparent image field manually and help visualize the scene with differing focal lengths.
Sensor and Display
The camera features a full-frame 24MP black and white CMOS sensor that provides improved shooting speeds and versatility. It has a continuous shooting rate of 3 fps, and a 2GB buffer allows recording of up to 30 JPEG or DNG files in a sequence with an instant review. Complementing the optical viewfinder is the 3-inch 921.6k-dot LCD display. The display is equipped with a scratch-resistant protective cover made from sapphire crystal glass to assure longevity.
Image and Video
The M Monochrom camera features a Leica Maestro image processor that provides a sensitivity range from ISO 320 - 25000 along with the capability of continuous shooting at three frames per second. It is capable of capturing images at a maximum resolution of 5976 x 3992 pixels. The camera can also film full HD videos at 1080p with a frame rate of either 24 or 25 frames per second. It also includes an onboard monaural microphone to record audio. The microphone has three modulation settings - auto, manual, and concert.
After purchasing the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) Digital Rangefinder Camera, you can download the Adobe Lightroom software, which is ideal for processing the camera’s DNG raw image files. It also has in-camera toning effects to replicate the look of film-based black and white processes. The camera supports the following languages - English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, traditional Chinese, simplified Chines, Korean, and Russian.