Meet Leica’s New Black & White Monochrome Camera

Joanna Estrada
January 19, 2020

The Leica M10 Monochrom is available now priced at £7,250 / $8,295.

But for another, Leica has a digital camera specifically for black and whites. The new Leica M10 Monochrom sees the camera-making masters promise to take digital B&W photography to the next level.

In terms of design and aesthetic, Leica named the M10 Monochrom the "black chrome" because it is basically an M10-P with a matte finish. Nearly completely assembled by hand, the Leica M10 Monochrom is missing the Leica "red dot" logo on the front and only has a modest engraved logotype "Leica M10 Monochrom" on the top plate, which fittingly appears in black and white. It's clear to see the label "Leica M10-R" on the camera's top edge along with its knob configuration.

Leica says that the camera benefits from the quietest shutter release of any M-system camera so far, which should help when capturing retro-stylish stills at function gigs like weddings.

Built the way old cameras were, the Leica M10 Monochrom is something a little bit different from your standard camera fare.

January 17, 2020 - Leica Camera continues to be a trailblazer in the world of black-and-white photography with the announcement of the new Leica M10 Monochrom. A good 40 megapixels in pure black and white?

Black-and-white photography lends itself to establishing emotional connections between the photographer and subject matter being conveyed.

Of course, the excellent photos are not just about the sharpness and details, and Leica has increased the dynamic range of the M10 Monochrom compared to the Typ 246, with a sensitivity range that now ranges from ISO 160 to 100,000. With this combination, photographers can rest assured that the exceptional quality of the monochrome images they capture holds true to the luminance of their subject. You'll find Leica FOTOS app connectivity via Wi-Fi, making this the first Leica Monochrom camera to roll with Wi-fi.

The design of this camera's hardware is also monochromatic.

NOTE: Leica uses the word spelling "MONOCHROM" for branding, for the title of this camera line. While it will work the same way and appeals to old camera lovers based on that vintage design, there's a newly developed 40 megapixel camera sensor that captures only in black and white, none of that colour you might be used to.

This writer is one of those, and for the longest time, he would set his cameras to capture in black and white from the get go, snapping images only in monochrome with a specific filter over the top.

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