Leica M Monochrom Camera Price, Specs, Release Date, Where to Buy

Leica M Monochrom, the world’s first digital camera exclusively for full-frame, 35 mm black-and-white photography. The M-Monochrom has no color filter array in front of the sensor, meaning it captures more of the available light but cannot perceive color. It also means there is no need for demosaicing (the process of combining color information from adjacent pixels), so higher levels of detail are retained. In most other respects, the M-Monochrom shares its hardware with the M9.

Price | Specs | Release Date | Where to Buy


Leica M Monochrom Price

The price for Leica M Monochrom is $7,950.00

Leica M Monochrom Specifications

Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Body material Magnesium alloy with synthetic leather trim. Top deck and baseplate in brass with black chrome finish
Max resolution 5212 x 3472
Other resolutions 3840 x 2592, 2592 x 1728, 1728 x 1152, 1280 x 846
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 18.0 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 18.5 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CCD
Color space sRGB hardwired
ISO Auto, Pull 160, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard
File format
  • DNG (RAW) 14-bit uncompressed (36 MB) / 8-bit compressed (18 MB)
  • JPEG (Fine / Basic)
  • DNG + JPEG
Image parameters
  • Sharpening (5): Off, Low, Standard, Medium High, High
  • Contrast : Low, Medium Low, Standard, Medium High, High
  • Toning: Hue (Sepia, Cool, Selenium), Strength (Off, Weak Strong)
Optics & Focus
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Lens mount Leica M mount
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.5″
Screen dots 230,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT color LCD with a sapphire glass LCD cover
Live view No
Viewfinder type Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder magnification 0.68×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 32 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modes Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync
Flash X sync speed 1/180 sec
Continuous drive Yes (2 fps)
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modes
  • Center-weighted
Exposure compensation ±3 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±2 (3, 5, 7 frames )
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Microphone None
Speaker None
Storage types SD/SDHC card
Storage included None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Wireless None
Remote control No
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 600 g (1.32 lb / 21.16 oz)
Dimensions 139 x 80 x 37 mm (5.47 x 3.15 x 1.46″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None


Leica M Monochrom Release Date

The Leica M Monochrom will be available in late July, 2012.

Where to Buy Leica M Monochrom

Today, you can pre-order Leica M Monochrom from Adorama.com now.