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.


Has anyone given any thought to the prospect that this is the only black and white Video camera on the market?

I have the previous monochrom.  It is outstanding at any ISO even for a CCD sensor.  Love it to tears as a still photography camera.  Never really took a photo with it that I didn't like.  The Typ 246 though, I am guessing, like the M 240 is heavy and bulky relative to the old camera.  I couldn't put up with the Typ 240's weight over how light the Sony a7 camera's are.  I would put up with it for the black & white video features.

Can B & H think about how to use the black & white video function and do a web presentation on this?

Thanks always for a fanatastic store.

A Leica M Monochrom with all the features of my M-P (Typ 240) that produces unparalleled B&W images?  Order placed!