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Leica M10 Monochrom Rangefinder Camera

BH #LEM10MBL • MFR #20050
Leica M10 Monochrom Rangefinder Camera
Key Features
  • 40MP Full-Frame B&W CMOS Sensor
  • No Color Array or Low Pass Filter
  • Leica Maestro II Image Processor
  • Optical 0.73x-Magnification Viewfinder
With the Leica M10 Monochrom, the difference is black and white. This specialized digital rangefinder camera has been configured with a unique 40MP full-frame monochrome CMOS sensor, which is used for the sole purpose of recording vivid and rich black and white still photographs. Versus a standard CMOS sensor, this specialized monochrome sensor sees the removal of the color filter array to enable recording of just luminance values in order to achieve greater visual depth and clarity, along with improved sensitivity to ISO 100,000 and reduced noise levels to suit working in difficult lighting. The sensor's design also sees the omission of an optical low-pass filter, which helps to produce sharper, higher resolution imagery.
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Leica M10 Monochrom Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Monochrom
  • 340MP Black & White CMOS Sensor and Maestro II Processor
  • 4Optical Viewfinder and Rangefinder
  • 5Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
  • 6Other Camera Features
By B&H Photo's

With the Leica M10 Monochrom, the difference is black and white. This specialized digital rangefinder camera has been configured with a unique 40MP full-frame monochrome CMOS sensor, which is used for the sole purpose of recording vivid and rich black and white still photographs. Versus a standard CMOS sensor, this specialized monochrome sensor sees the removal of the color filter array to enable recording of just luminance values in order to achieve greater visual depth and clarity, along with improved sensitivity to ISO 100,000 and reduced noise levels to suit working in difficult lighting. The sensor's design also sees the omission of an optical low-pass filter, which helps to produce sharper, higher resolution imagery.

Sharing design traits with other M10-series cameras, the M10 Monochrom features a slim body profile reminiscent of M film cameras, and a larger 0.73x-magnification optical viewfinder allows for greater composition and focusing accuracy. The body design also incorporates a dedicated ISO dial for quick adjustment, even when the camera is turned off, and the rear 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD features a Gorilla Glass cover to guard against scratching and light impacts. Also contributing to durability, the top and bottom plates are constructed from brass and the chassis is built from magnesium alloy to realize a robust physical construction for long-lasting use. Additionally, the M10 Monochrom also features an integrated Wi-Fi module for wireless sharing and remote camera control from a linked mobile device via the Leica FOTOS app.

Monochrom

Distinguishing itself from most, the M10 Monochrom is the third-generation model of the innovative series of black & white-only digital rangefinder cameras. Based on the M10-P, the M10 Monochrom takes the coveted design elements of this camera system and adds a 40MP monochrome sensor for solely recording black and white photographs. Beyond the distinct imaging characteristics and unique image quality, the M10 Monochrom also features a monochromatic exterior design, with white and gray engravings on the body and blacked-out shutter and lens release buttons.

40MP Black & White CMOS Sensor and Maestro II Processor

A redeveloped full-frame, monochrome 40.89MP CMOS sensor pairs with the Maestro II image processor to deliver a wide dynamic range with notable tonal rendering, as well as enhanced sensitivity to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions. The sensor's design also omits an optical low-pass filter in order to achieve greater sharpness and resolution. Additionally, differentiating itself from typical sensor designs, the Monochrom sensor omits a color filter array (CFA), which offers the ability to solely record monochromatic imagery using only luminance values for enhanced clarity, depth, and resolution. By removing the CFA, this camera also achieves a higher sensitivity range of ISO 160-100000 than color-enabled M10 cameras, along with reduced noise to suit working in difficult lighting conditions.

Optical Viewfinder and Rangefinder

The optical viewfinder is a large, bright-line 0.73x-magnification rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation and bright-line frame lines, which are set to match the image sensor size at a focusing distance of 6.6'. On the front of the camera, a viewfinder frame selector can also be used to manually change the apparent image field to help visualize the scene with varying focal lengths; options are available in 35mm/135mm, 28mm/90mm, and 50mm/75mm focal length pairs.

The rangefinder mechanism displays split or superimposed bright field images within the center of the viewfinder to benefit accurate manual focusing control. The effective rangefinder metering basis is 50.6mm (mechanical metering basis 69.31mm x viewfinder magnification of 0.73x).

Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi

  • Slim body profile is reminiscent of Leica's film cameras for easier handling and manipulation
  • Integrated ISO dial is featured on the top plate to permit simple and direct adjustment of sensitivity values, even when the camera is turned off.
  • The rear of the camera features just three buttons—live view, playback, and menu—for more simplified and intuitive navigation of the camera's control-set.
  • A programmable Favorites menu can be used, which allows you to define your most oft-used settings and select them for easy, one-touch access.
  • 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD provides an intuitive, bright, and large means for image playback as well as live view shooting.
  • Rear LCD monitor has a Corning Gorilla Glass cover to protect it against scratching and impacts.
  • Top and bottom plates are machined from solid blocks of brass and the chassis is built from magnesium alloy for a truly durable, hard-wearing physical construction.
  • Rubber seals are used to prevent the entrance of light rain and dust to enable working in inclement conditions.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi permits sharing imagery directly to a linked smartphone and also enables remote control over the M10 Monochrom to adjust select shooting parameters or to release the shutter via the Leica FOTOS app.

Other Camera Features

  • Integrated 2GB buffer to for recording 4.5 fps bursts of up to 10 consecutive frames.
  • Images can be recorded in either the DNG or JPEG file format.
  • A top hot shoe permits working with an external flash and the top sync speed is 1/180 sec.
  • When working in live view, focus peaking is available to highlight edges of contrast for easier, more precise manual focus adjustment.
  • Designed to accept all M-mount lenses, Leica R-mount lenses are also compatible through the use of an optional R to M adapter.
  • Compatible with the optional Visoflex accessory electronic viewfinder for manually focusing adapted lenses.
  • Compatible with the optional Visoflex 2 viewfinder with firmware update version 4.22.11.52.
  • Language support: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, and Korean.

Leica M10 Monochrom Specs

Imaging
Lens MountLeica M
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 40.89 Megapixel (7864 x 5200)
Sensor Type36 x 24 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image StabilizationNone
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeStill Only
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeMechanical Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 8 Seconds
1/4000 to 960 Seconds in Aperture Priority Mode
Up to 16 Minutes in Bulb Mode
ISO Sensitivity160 to 100,000 in Auto Mode
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual
Metering Range-2 to 19 EV
White BalancePresets: Auto, Color Temperature, Manual
Continuous ShootingUp to 4.5 fps at 40.8 MP for up to 10 Frames
Interval RecordingNo
Self-Timer2/12-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes3:2 DNG
7864 x 5200
3:2 JPEG
7840 x 5184
5472 x 3648
2976 x 1984
Aspect Ratio3:2
Image File FormatDNG, JPEG
External Video Capture
IP StreamingNone
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Video I/ONone
Audio I/ONone
Other I/ONone
Power I/ONone
WirelessWi-Fi
Monitor
Size3.0"
Resolution1,036,800 Dot
Display TypeFixed Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder
TypeOptical
MagnificationApprox. 0.73x
Focus
Focus TypeManual Focus Only
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesFirst-Curtain Sync, Second-Curtain Sync
Maximum Sync Speed1/180 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
General
Battery Type1 x BP-SCL5 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.4 VDC, 1300 mAh
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.47 x 3.15 x 1.52" / 139 x 80 x 38.5 mm
Weight1.45 lb / 660 g (Body with Battery)
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.72 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.9 x 8.7 x 6.6"

Leica M10 Monochrom Reviews

Masterful photo potential

By Brandon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-04

My first Leica M series and it's a wonderment. B&H shipped it and the lens I ordered quickly and securely as well as verifying the order. Excellent service for such an amazing product. My Leica M Monochrom so far is a wonderful camera for street photography. It's fast, quiet, unobtrusive, and flexible.

Incredible Low Light Performance

By Jeffrey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-16

I rented this camera for 5 days and used it extensively, especially at night. I love low light photography (more than B&W), and I've never seen any camera handle high-ISO like the M10M. I shot a friend's wedding and rehearsal dinner. I was able to take action shots at ISO 12,500 in nearly no light with very little noise--100% usable at 12500, and I never pushed it above that. I'm not as much of a B&W shooter as I am low-light. I always find that when I shoot in low light, especially indoors, you lose the color anyway, so with most of my night shots, I end up converting them to B&W anyway. The camera handles like any other M. It has an almost silent shutter. Coming from an M240, you will notice it's thinner and the screen and menus look much better. It's truly a work of art. If there was one thing I would complain about, it would be the ISO dial--not a fan. It's clunky and tougher to operate than I thought it would be. If you love shooting B&W or you need ISO 12500 and love shooting at night in low light, this is the camera to get.

Leica M10 Monochrome Digital Rangefinder

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-06

If you like B&W, nothing comes close. Very pricey.

Expensive. Outstanding.

By Cliff
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-27

If you're a Leica/rangefinder fan AND you love black & white photography AND your pockets are deep enough to be able to pull the trigger on this purchase, you won't be sorry. There are many color cameras from which you can pull a good black & white image. But this is the best camera available for black & white photography. Period. It's also the kind of camera that you won't feel compelled to upgrade in a couple of years. At 60 years old, this pre-retirement purchase should keep me busy and happy for a long time. Expose for the highlights. Once you burn out the highlights, they are gone forever. The good news is that this camera has shadow detail for days! The photo I've uploaded is a good example of this. I didn't use any lens filters. I exposed for the sky and raised the shadow slider in Lightroom. This JPG doesn't do justice to the DNG. If you can swing/justify the price, go for it. If you're unsure, you can rent one for a week from lensrentals. You're going to be impressed.

A major upgrade

By Philip
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-08

This camera represents a major upgrade/improvement over its predecessor even though it doesn’t do video (a feature I rarely used anyway). Incredible range and depth to the images. I mostly do contact printing using alternative techniques and I am looking forward to the first batch with this camera. My only complaint is that I couldn’t use my extra batteries from the Typ 246.

Two months later, and I am besotted with this camera

By Sean
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-26

I really didn't know what to make of a camera that was so expensive. And that was just the body. I still had to buy the lens (a 28 mm Summilux) and other accessories (the Visoflex is a must-have). But getting back to the camera itself, I wasn't ready to get on board for quite a few months. I thought my Sony A7R III did a pretty good job. I was going to give up all of that lovely autofocus for something that was manual focus, manual everything (barring the auto ISO, which I use a lot). At one point I even thought of getting the Sony A7R III converted by having the Bayer filter removed. However, one of my good friends as well as my wife were furiously shaking their heads. You'll end up converting the camera and buying the Leica, anyway, they said to me. Deep sigh. I decided to buy it, and it's safe to say that in the past two (almost three months) the camera has been with me for all but two occasions. I still like the Sony A7R III and take it with me from time to time. But the Leica goes with me everywhere. Note: When the q2 Monochrom was released, I felt a bit cheated. It's half the price, and it has a ton of features. I think it took about a week and then when I thought about it, I'd still buy the Leica M10 Monochrom, because it is still superior. But more so, it has taught me the world of manual, which I was blissfully unaware of. However, let me not write more. Let the photos do the talking.

Capture the Past

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-16

For anyone whose photography beginnings included using one shot developer on fine grained B&W film this is a digital near equivalent. The tonal range and quality sometimes remind me of the finest examples of old wet plate photography.

Everything I'd hoped for.

By Morgan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-04

I've been saving my pennies to upgrade from my Leica M-D, and the time has come! The M-10 Monochrom is smaller and lighter, and the 40 megapixel sensor is totally awesome. I try to compose in the viewfinder, but when I do have to crop there are no worries. And it all works like a Leica. It's so cool. The only stupid thing is that you have to download the full manual.

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