With the Leica M-Monochrom, Leica Camera AG is presenting a new camera already a few months ahead of photokina. Because of its monochrome CCD sensor, this model only takes photographs in black & white. Compared to the Leica M9, the M Monochrom offers a higher native sensitivity, meaning better results. The noise performance is qualitatively different and finer; in addition, it also has a higher dynamic range. A picture produced by an M-Monochrom set at ISO 320 can be compared to a picture takes with an M9 set at ISO 160. While the M9 reaches its limit at ISO 2500, its monochrome sister continues to offer sharp structures at that setting. Even pictures set at the maximum ISO value of 10000 have an attractive quality.
With its 18 mega-pixels, the M-Monochrom is the ideal partner for Leica's high speed lenses. These lenses combined with the M9 already deliver impressive results, which, according to Leica, will be exceeded once more with the M-Monochrom.
Sensor: Monochrome CCD, 23.9 5 35.8 mm, 18 MP
Sensitivity range: 320–10,000 ISO
Data formats: DNG, Jpeg
Exposure metering: TTL, center-weighted
Shutter speeds: 32–1/4000 s, B
Viewfinder: Bright-line frame, viewfinder with, parallax compensation
Dimensions: (B x H x D) 139 x 80 x 70 mm
Weight: 600 g with battery
Price: 6800 euros
Further information: www.leica-camera.com