LEICA M MONOCHROM digital camera body

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LEICA M MONOCHROM digital camera body

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Countless iconic black-and-white photographs have been shot with the legendary cameras of the Leica M-System. So it was time for a camera to continue this tradition and finally make it possible to deliver authentic monochrome photography in digital form: the Leica M Monochrom digital camera body. It is the first full-frame, 35 mm format digital camera to be designed exclusively and without any compromises for black-and-white photography. It delivers ‘true' black-and-white images in unrivalled sharpness and dynamic range. This makes the M Monochrom the perfect camera for anyone with a passion for black-and-white photography. Please note that this includes the camera body only, lenses are sold separately.


Incomparably sharp
With a full native resolution of 18 megapixels, the Leica M Monochrom delivers 100% sharper images than with colour sensors. As its sensor does not ‘see' colours, every pixel records true luminance values - as a result, it delivers a ‘true' black-and-white image. The combination of the brilliant imaging qualities of Leica M-Lenses and the image sensor results in images with outstanding sharpness and natural brilliance.

Complete image control
The Leica M Monochrom more than satisfies the expectations of discerning users with a raw data histogram for the precise control of tonal values. The difference from conventional histograms is that it displays unprocessed and unmodified raw data. The combination of this with a configurable clipping display allows precise correction or optimisation of exposures.

At the touch of a button, images captured by the M Monochrom can be converted with characteristic toning effects from black-and-white film photography (sepia, cold or selenium toning). All users need to do is save the image in JPEG format and select the desired toning effect - simply and conveniently, and with no need for post-processing.

Monochrome Workflow
Leica M Monochrom buyers also benefit from a free online download option (available after registration of the camera) for the software packages; Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4, a professional workflow solution and the world's leading black-and-white image processing software Silver Efex Pro™.

Silver Efex Pro 2™ offers an impressive collection of unique and powerful, darkroom-inspired tools for the creation of high quality black-and-white images. Silver Efex Pro 2 emulates over 20 different types of black-and-white film to recreate the glory of classical black-and-white film photography. The emulation of each film type is based on the analysis of many rolls of the respective type and guarantees perfect reproduction of the characteristic look of many popular films from ISO 32 to ISO 3200.

Leica Monochrom prints - an exclusive service for M Monochrom customers
In collaboration with WhiteWall, the premium photo finishers, the Leica M Monochrom print service offers customers an opportunity to have exclusive black-and-white prints made from their images. With this service, digital images from the Leica M Monochrom can be printed on premium-quality baryte photographic papers. Thanks to development in the classical wet-chemical silver halide process, the prints are hardly distinguishable from their analogue counterparts printed from negatives.


  • Camera type: Compact digital rangefinder system camera with a dedicated black-and-white image sensor.
  • Lens mount: Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for six-bit coding.
  • Lens system: Leica M-Lenses from 16 to 135 mm.
  • Image format/image sensor: Active area approx. 23.9 × 35.8 mm, 5212 × 3468 pixels (18 megapixels). Infrared blocking filter for wavelengths longer than 700 nm, no low-pass filter.
  • Resolution: Selectable, DNG™: 5212 × 3468 (18 megapixels), JPEG: 5216 × 3472 (18 megapixels), 3840 × 2592 (10 megapixels),
  • 2592 × 1728 (4.5 megapixels), 1728 × 1152 (2 megapixels), 1280 × 864 (1 megapixel).
  • Data formats: DNG™ (raw data), uncompressed, JPEG with quality-preserving compression.
  • File sizes: DNG™: 36 MB, JPEG: approx. 2–10 MB.
  • Color space: sRGB hardwired.
  • Storage media: SD cards up to 2 GB, SDHC cards up to 32 GB.
  • Menu languages: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Russian.
  • Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL) metering, center-weighted at working aperture.
  • Center-weighted TTL metering for fl ash with system-compatible SCA-3000/2 standard fl ash units.
  • Metering range: At f/1.0/ISO 320/26°: EV 1 to 21. The left triangular LED in the viewfi nder blinks when light levels are outside the lower metering range.
  • Sensitivity range:  ISO 320/26° to ISO 10000/41°, selectable in 1/3 ISO increments, in aperture priority automatic mode (A) and manual exposure setting, optional automatic control or manual selection. ISO 160 also available as a pull function.
  • Exposure modes: Aperture priority (A)/Manual (M).
  • Material: Full-metal housing in die-cast magnesium alloy with synthetic leather trim. Brass top deck and base plate, black chrome finish. Sapphire glass protective cover for the monitor screen.
  • Tripod thread: A 1/4 (1/4") DIN, stainless steel, integrated in base plate.
  • Interfac:  Five-pin, high-speed mini USB 2.0 socket for fast data transfer.
  • Dimensions (L × H × D):  139 × 80 × 37 mm (353 × 203 × 94 in).
  • Weight (with battery) 600 g (21 oz).
  • Software licenses provided: Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®, Nik Silver Efex Pro™, as download versions (high-speed Internet connection required).
  • Compatibility:  Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® Vista® SP2, Windows® XP SP2, Mac® OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or later.
  • Package includes: 100–240 V battery charger with two power cords (EU, USA, may differ in some export markets) and a car charging cable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, USB cable, real leather carrying strap, original Leica Monochrom print of a image from the campaign, instruction manual, information leaflets on registration and software downloads.
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