Leica M-Monochrom Review

REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • 18 megapixel monochromatic full frame CCD sensor
  • M-mount
  • Rangefinder
  • 2.5-inch 230,000 dot LCD screen
  • Lithium-ion battery
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  • Final Grade: 83 4.15 Star Rating: Recommended

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Leica M-Monochrom
Leica M-Monochrom
By , Last updated on: 2/24/2017

In the digital age of Photoshop and Instagram, sharing photos wirelessly at the touch of a button or tagging your location through satellite, Leica has released the black-and-white only M-Monochrom. Leica is most likely the only company that could get away with such a release, for the elite Leica enthusiasts are a small and artistically-minded subset of the photography world. There is something strangely appealing in the Monochrom, in a camera that does less in a world of more, limits your artistic choices and therefore makes you work harder. There are real benefits too; the sensor should actually take in more light due to the missing color filter array and, without any demosaicing, images will contain more detail than the M9's. There are three different post-capture toning affects you can apply in-camera - sepia, selenium, and cold - and the camera ships with both Adobe Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex 2 for further processing. It's also priced similarly to the M9, a very cool $7,950, so start saving. Our grade reflects such a high price for so few features, yet the target market probably doesn't give a passing thought to the cost.

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