Leica has announced a new mirrorless camera that captures only black and white photos and videos. The new M Monochrom Typ 246 features a 24-megapixel sensor and it will be released in early May.
The rumor mill has recently said that Leica is working on a new black and white mirrorless camera, which would be announced in the first part of 2015. The device has just been revealed with the promise that it will capture B&W photos with the best possible image quality.
Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 is said to represent a huge step forward from the previous generation introduced in 2012. The mirrorless camera will be compatible with M-mount lenses and it will become available on the market in the first week of May.
Black and white photography at its best: Leica M Monochrom Typ 246
The camera looks pretty good on paper as it employs a 24-megapixel full-frame image sensor without an anti-aliasing filter or a color filter. This way, the photos captured using the Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 will be very sharp even at high sensitivity settings. Speaking of which, the highest ISO stands at 25,000.
This shooter is powered by a Maestro image processor, which enhances the speed of the new M Monochrom. The processor is joined by a buffer with a size of 2GB, so that users can shoot continuously without waiting for the camera to process the shots.
According to the German manufacturer, this rangefinder camera has been designed to offer speed, image quality, and versatility. In addition to stills, videographers can make use of it to shoot full HD back-and-white movies.
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Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 features a 3-inch 921,600-dot LCD screen on the back that is covered by a sapphire glass. In addition to the rangefinder, the LCD can be used for framing photos. Additionally, in Live View mode, users can make use of Focus Peaking technology for quicker focusing.
As stated above, the shooter will be compatible with all M-mount lenses. However, an adapter is available, too, and it can be used for attaching Leica R-mount optics as well.
Leica and Adobe have partnered once again, so all users who buy a M Monochrom Typ 246 will be able to download Lightroom for free from the German company’s website.
The mirrorless camera will be released in a black color as of May 7 for a price of $7,450. A silver version will most likely be released in the distant future, while three color filters are sure to come sometime in August 2015.