Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) Digital Rangefinder Camera

Model #10930

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Specifications

Viewfinder/Display

Display Screen 3" Rear Screen   LCD (921,600)
Screen Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Type Optical
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.68x

Power

Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Battery 1x BP-SCL2 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 7.4 VDC, 1800 mAh

Physical

Weight 1.50 lb / 680 g with battery
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.5 x 1.7 x 3.1" / 138.6 x 42.0 x 80.0 mm

Performance

Self Timer 12 seconds, 2 seconds
Connectivity Not Specified By Manufacturer
Software System Requirements Windows: Vista (SP2), 7, 8
Mac: OS X 10.5 or later
Continuous Shooting Up to 3 fps

Imaging

Lens Mount Leica M
Camera Format Full-Frame
Pixels 24 Megapixel
Max Resolution 24 MP: 5976 x 3992
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.9 x 35.8 mm
File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC

Focus Control

Focus Type Manual

Flash

Flash Modes 1st Curtain Sync
Second-curtain Sync
Built-in Flash No
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +1 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System TTL
Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 seconds

Exposure Control

Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 20.0
Burst Rate Up to 3 fps at 24 MP for up to 30 frames
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 60 - 1/4000 second in  Aperture Priority Mode
Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 8 - 1/4000 second in  Manual Mode
Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 60 - 0 second in  Time Mode
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 320-25000

AV Recording

Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Mono
Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 24 fps, 25 fps
1280 x 720: 24 fps, 25 fps
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
12 August 2015
9.0/10

The manual focus, black and white-only Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) rangefinder camera isn't for everyone. But if it's for you, you'll love it.

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    True black and white image sensor. Live View with focus peaking. ISO 25000 support. Sharp rear LCD with sapphire glass cover. Bright optical viewfinder with rangefinder patch. Brass and magnesium construction. Dust and moisture resistant. Includes Adobe Lightroom license.

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    Expensive. Video features could be better. A little slow to start. High base ISO can be an issue in bright light.

Reviewed.34355474
28 August 2015

Can you put a price on nostalgia? Leica starts the bidding at $7,500.

Ephotozine.34750887
18 June 2015
8.0/10

The Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) will be a welcome update to those who want to shoot in black and white, and uses the Typ 240 camera body to bring all the latest features to the monochrome camera.

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    Full-frame 24megapixel black and white CMOS sensor, Live view and focus peaking, Monochrome FullHD video recording, Impressive resolution and detail, Unique black and white digital rangefinder, High ISO noise performance, Adobe Lightroom included, AdobeDNG raw images, Excellent build quality, 2 year...

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    Cost - although could be justified, Rangefinder with manual focus and aperture

Techradar uk.32817471
17 June 2015
8.0/10

The Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) is specialized and expensive, and its manual rangefinder focusing won't suit everyone. But the quality of the results justifies Leica's brave decision to use a monochrome sensor.

Amateur photographer.32822919
27 May 2015
10/10

In May 2012, Leica announced its first M Monochrom rangefinder. Modelled on the Leica M9 , it boasted an 18-million-pixel CCD sensor with the unique feature that it shot only black & white images.

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    Brilliant dynamic range, Leica M-mount has a large range of superb lenses, Basic and traditional photography controls similar to a film camera, Good at High ISO sensitivities

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    Viewfinder frame lines are only an approximation, Limited to monochrome, Prone to Highlight clipping

Trusted reviews.33834858
25 May 2015
8.0/10

A black-and-white specialist camera that creates stunning photos, but the majority will find that it imposes too many restrictions.

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    Excellent build quality, Stunning photos and good high ISO performance, Great handling

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    No autofocus, Feature-poor, High base ISO

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
22 March 2017
10/10

This was a big purchase, and one I didn't take lightly. Previous models, from what I read, had a few issues. I can report that whatever those might have been, slow processing, etc., this version is free of any troubles or limitations.

B h photo.32817553
9 November 2016
10/10

Most of my work is black and white, tried several cameras even pentax 645z. This is by far the best resultAmazing detail and image tonesIf you are serious about your shots you will be very pleasedTried it with several lenses and my favorite so far is the 35mm summicron

B h photo.32817553
27 September 2016
10/10

I needed to count up the number of color images that I converted to B&W, to realize just how often I chose to "see" B&W. More than 50%; which surprised me. I decided that I would get much use out of a mono only camera. I'm very happy that I bought this camera. What you see as B&W is what you get.

B h photo.32817553
5 September 2016
10/10

Have had the 246 for a few weeks now, I am very impressed. The build is a clear step up from my M9, but it is the high ISO capability that I love. Did some night shooting in Boston, great quality files. Love converting them to tri X via silver effects pro.A keeper

B h photo.32817553
3 August 2016
8.0/10

After owning a couple of Leica lenses for a couple of years now, as odd as it may seem, they have only been mounted on Sony A7 bodies. The performance of the Leica lenses on those A7 bodies is a bit of a mixed bag and I wanted to see what their full capability was.

B h photo.32817553
31 July 2016
10/10

The camera isn't perfect, but it's close. No other camera can replicate this camera's defining features (dedicated B&W sensor, full frame, native M-mount, optical rangefinder).It feels refined and mature. Battery life is awesome. Simple menus and limited options.

B h photo.32817553
9 July 2016
8.0/10

I bought this as a gift for my wife who had largely stopped using her beloved M7 in lieu of a Fuji X100T due to the convenience of digital. The strictly black and white sensor is obviously a bit of a niche, but it's a wonderful niche.

B h photo.32817553
24 February 2016
8.0/10

I owned the original Leica Monochrome for a couple of years and liked the images that it produced. The new camera takes pictures as good or better as the first generation (it does have about 25% more pixels).I do wish that Leica would equip these with a high resolution electronic viewfinder.

B h photo.32817553
21 October 2015
10/10

I have owned both cameras and personally find the 246 files much easier to work with. Little if any post processing required. No complaints.

B h photo.32817553
10 June 2015
10/10

I am a street photographer. I shoot digital and film, mostly in black and white. I've owned the original CCD sensor Leica M Monochrom since it was first released. And although it could not simulate B & W film, it actually came pretty close with the appropriate filters.

Product Highlights
  • 24MP Full-Frame B&W CMOS Sensor
  • No Color Array or Low Pass Filter
  • Leica Maestro Image Processor
  • Rangefinder with Image Field Selector
  • 0.68x Optical Viewfinder Magnification
  • 3.0" 921.6k-Dot LCD with Sapphire Glass
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 24/25 fps
  • ISO 320-25000, 3 fps with 2GB Buffer
  • Magnesium Alloy Body Construction
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Download
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Average Expert Score
9.3/10
Average User Score
In The Box
  • Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) Digital Rangefinder Camera
  • BP-SCL2 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1800 mAh)
  • BC-SCL2 Battery Charger for BP-SCL2 Li-Ion Battery
  • European Mains Cable
  • Car Charging Cable
  • Carrying Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Accessory Shoe Cover
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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