The fascination of black-and-white photography lives on – today more than ever before and therefore the time is right for the Leica M Monochrom – the first 35 mm digital camera conceived exclusively for black-and-white photography. Its full-format sensor delivers ‘true’ black-and-white images of unrivalled sharpness and dynamic range.

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The Leica M Monochrom

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.

  • Full Frame from a Compact Size
  • Sharp 18MP Sensor
  • Iconic Design
  • Complete Image Control
  • True Black and White Pixel Luminance
  • Perfect Black and White Tones In a True Digital Format

The Monochrom is currently on backorder, please contact us to receive an estimated time of delivery.

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Leica M Monochrom Specs

Full M Monochrom Tech. Specs
M Monochrom 320 ISO Image Proof
M Monochrom 2500 ISO Image Proof 

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. 23.9X35.8 mm, 5212X 3468 pixels (18 megapixels). Infrared blocking filter for wavelengths longer than 700 nm, no low-pass filter.
Resolution: Selectable, DNG: 5212X 3468 (18 megapixels), JPEG: 5216 X 3472 (18 megapixels), 3840 X 2592 (10 megapixels), 2592 x1728 (4.5 megapixels), 1728 x 1152 (2 megapixels), 1280 x864 (1 megapixel).
Data formats DNG (raw data), uncompressed, JPEG with quality-preserving compression. File sizes DNG: 18 MB (compressed), 36 MB (uncompressed),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 flash with system-compatible SCA-3000/ 2 standard flash units.
Metering range: At f/1.0/ ISO 320/26°: EV 1 to 21.The left triangular LED in the viewfinder 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).
Flash exposure control
Flash unit connection: Hot shoe with center and control contacts.
Synchronization: Choice of first or second curtain sync.
Flash sync speed: 1 – 1/180 s, longer shutter speeds may be used.
Flash exposure metering: Control by center-weighted, TTL preflash metering (with SCA-3501/3502 adapters or SCA-3000 standard flash units, e.g. Leica SF 24D/Leica SF 58).
Flash metering cell: Two silicon photodiodes with condenser lens in camera base.
Flash exposure correction: +-3 1/3 EV in 1/3 EV increments, adjustable on SCA-3501/3502 adapter. Settings in computer mode for Leica SF 24D, +-3 EV in 1/3 EV increments, or from O to -3 EV in 1 EV increments, with Leica SF 58, +-3 EV in 1/3 EV increments may be set in all modes.
Displays when using flash: Flash ready: constant illumination of flash symbol LED in the viewfinder, flash confirmation: constant illumination or temporary rapid flashing of LED after exposure, underexposure indicated by temporary extinguishing of LED.


Viewfinder principle: Large, bright, combined bright-line viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation.
Parallax compensation: The horizontal and vertical differences between the viewfinder and the lens are automatically compensated for in accordance with the focusing distance set, i.e. the bright-line frame of the viewfinder automatically moves to match the subject field covered by the respective lens.
Image field framing: By projection of two bright-line frames with each lens attached: for 35 and 135 mm, for 28 and 90 mm, orfor 50 and 75 mm. Automatically displayed when lens bayonet locks into the lens mount. Any of the pairs of bright-line frames can be displayed by moving the frame selection lever. Eyepiece Set to -0.5 diopters. Correction lenses for -3 to +3 diopters available.
Correspondence between the viewfinder and the actual image: At a focusing distance of 1 meter, the size of the bright-line frame corresponds precisely to the sensor size of approx. 23.9>< 35.8 mm. At infinity, and depending on the focal length of the lens in use, more of the sensor is covered than the bright-line frame actually shows; the opposite is the case for focusing distances of less than 1 meter, i. e. somewhat less.
Magnification: 0.68x (for all lenses).
Long base rangefinder: Bright rectangular spot (RF spot) with coincident and superimposed image rangefinder in the center of the viewfinder.
Effective rangefinder base: 47.1 mm (mechanical rangefinder base 69.25 mm >= viewfinder magnification 0.68 x).


Viewfinder: LED symbol for flash status (on lower edge). Four-digit, seven-segment digital LED display, display brightness adapts to ambient light conditions, for: exposure compensation activation waming, display of automatically determined shutter speeds in aperture priority mode, reminder of activated exposure value lock. LED light balance with two triangular outer and one round central LED for manual exposure setting.
Camera back: 2.5″ monitor (colorTFl-LCD) with 230,000 pixels.

Shutter/shutter release

Shutter: Microprocessor-controlled, extremely low-noise, metal-leaf, vertical focal-plane shutter.
Shutter speeds: In aperture priority mode (A), continuous from 32s to 1/4000 s. In manual mode, 8 s to 1 /4000s in half increments, B for time exposures up to max. 240 s, (1 / 180 s) shortest flash sync speed.
Continuous shooting: Approx. 2 fps, s B frames in sequence.
Shutter release: Three steps: activation of metering – store metering values (in aperture priority mode) – shutter release. Standard internal threading for remote release.
Self-timer: 2s (in aperture priority or manual exposure modes) or 12s delay menu setting option, countdown is indicated by a flashing LED on the front of the camera and a corresponding display on the monitor.
Camera power on/power off: With main switch located on the top deck, optional sleep mode for camera electronics after 2/5/10 minutes, reactivation by tapping shutter release button.
Power supply: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, nominal voltage 3.7V, capacity 1900 mAh. Charge level displayed on monitor screen, when shutter locked in open position (for sensor cleaning), additional acoustic waming signal for insufficient capacity.
Battery charger: Inputs: 100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, automatic adaptation, or 12/24 V DC; output: 4.2 V DC, B00 mA.

Camera body

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.
Operating temperature range: 0 to +40°C.
Interface: Five-pin, high-speed mini USB 2.0 socket for fast data transfer.
Dimensions: (L X H X D) Approx. 139 X 80 X 37mm (353 X 203 X 94 in).
Weight (with battery): 600 g (21 oz).
Software licenses: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Nik Silver Efex Pro, as download versions (high-speed Internet connection required).provided
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 an image from the campaign, instruction manual, information leaflets on registration and software downloads.

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