The Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) Brings B&W Photography to New Dimensions


Taking black-and-white photography above and beyond, Leica has brought the M Monochrom (Typ 246) Digital Rangefinder to the world, with the company’s signature styling and modern functionality. Improving upon the original, the new Typ 246 stars a higher-resolution 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor that omits the color-filter array, as well as the optical low pass filter, to create stunning black-and-white images with higher clarity, depth, and resolution at sensitivities up to ISO 25000. Operation has been sped up with the Maestro processor and a 2GB buffer for saving up to 30 DNG or JPEG files in a sequence. Also, this sensor and processor pairing enables full HD 1080p video recording at 24 or 25 fps.

Following Leica’s legacy of classic rangefinder design, the M Monochrom utilizes a 0.68x optical viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation and LED-illuminated frame lines, as well as a split or superimposed bright field image in the center for accuracy during manual focusing. Melding with the digital age, it implements a 3.0" 921.6k-dot LCD monitor with a sapphire crystal glass cover for durability, which permits live view along with focus peaking and a 10x zoom feature for assisting in achieving critical focus.

Discreet and demanding photographers will find the M Monochrom (Typ 246) to provide everything they need. Leica engineered the black chrome-plated body from solid brass and a high-strength magnesium alloy while simultaneously eliminating any superfluous obstructions from the design. This model also forgoes colorful branding with a simple Leica engraving on the rear. And, the ergonomics enable fast, intuitive access to all of the most critical camera controls at all times.

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