With the Leica M10 Monochrom, the difference is black and white. This specialized digital rangefinder camera has been configured with a unique 40MP full-frame monochrome CMOS sensor, which is used for the sole purpose of recording vivid and rich black and white still photographs. Versus a standard CMOS sensor, this specialized monochrome sensor sees the removal of the color filter array to enable recording of just luminance values in order to achieve greater visual depth and clarity, along with improved sensitivity to ISO 100,000 and reduced noise levels to suit working in difficult lighting. The sensor's design also sees the omission of an optical low-pass filter, which helps to produce sharper, higher resolution imagery.
Sharing design traits with other M10-series cameras, the M10 Monochrom features a slim body profile reminiscent of M film cameras, and a larger 0.73x-magnification optical viewfinder allows for greater composition and focusing accuracy. The body design also incorporates a dedicated ISO dial for quick adjustment, even when the camera is turned off, and the rear 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD features a Gorilla Glass cover to guard against scratching and light impacts. Also contributing to durability, the top and bottom plates are constructed from brass and the chassis is built from magnesium alloy to realize a robust physical construction for long-lasting use. Additionally, the M10 Monochrom also features an integrated Wi-Fi module for wireless sharing and remote camera control from a linked mobile device via the Leica FOTOS app.
Distinguishing itself from most, the M10 Monochrom is the third-generation model of the innovative series of black & white-only digital rangefinder cameras. Based on the M10-P, the M10 Monochrom takes the coveted design elements of this camera system and adds a 40MP monochrome sensor for solely recording black and white photographs. Beyond the distinct imaging characteristics and unique image quality, the M10 Monochrom also features a monochromatic exterior design, with white and gray engravings on the body and blacked-out shutter and lens release buttons.
A redeveloped full-frame, monochrome 40.89MP CMOS sensor pairs with the Maestro II image processor to deliver a wide dynamic range with notable tonal rendering, as well as enhanced sensitivity to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions. The sensor's design also omits an optical low-pass filter in order to achieve greater sharpness and resolution. Additionally, differentiating itself from typical sensor designs, the Monochrom sensor omits a color filter array (CFA), which offers the ability to solely record monochromatic imagery using only luminance values for enhanced clarity, depth, and resolution. By removing the CFA, this camera also achieves a higher sensitivity range of ISO 160-100000 than color-enabled M10 cameras, along with reduced noise to suit working in difficult lighting conditions.
The optical viewfinder is a large, bright-line 0.73x-magnification rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation and bright-line frame lines, which are set to match the image sensor size at a focusing distance of 6.6'. On the front of the camera, a viewfinder frame selector can also be used to manually change the apparent image field to help visualize the scene with varying focal lengths; options are available in 35mm/135mm, 28mm/90mm, and 50mm/75mm focal length pairs.
The rangefinder mechanism displays split or superimposed bright field images within the center of the viewfinder to benefit accurate manual focusing control. The effective rangefinder metering basis is 50.6mm (mechanical metering basis 69.31mm x viewfinder magnification of 0.73x).
|Lens Mount||Leica M|
|Camera Format||Full-Frame (1x Crop Factor)|
|Pixels||Effective: 40.89 Megapixel|
|Maximum Resolution||7864 x 5200|
|Sensor Size||36 x 24 mm|
|Image File Format||DNG, JPEG|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto, 160 to 100000|
|Shutter Speed||Mechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 8 Seconds
1/4000 to 960 Seconds in Aperture Priority Mode
0 to 16 Minutes in Bulb Mode
|Metering Method||Center-Weighted Average|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture Priority, Manual|
|Metering Range||-2 to 19 EV|
|White Balance||Auto, Color Temperature, Manual|
|Continuous Shooting||Up to 4.5 fps at 40.8 MP for up to 10 Frames|
|Focus Type||Manual Focus Only|
Viewfinder and Monitor
|Viewfinder Magnification||Approx. 0.73x|
|Monitor Resolution||1,036,800 Dot|
|Monitor Type||Fixed Touchscreen LCD|
|Flash Modes||First-Curtain Sync, Second-Curtain Sync|
|Maximum Sync Speed||1/180 Second|
|Flash Compensation||-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)|
|Dedicated Flash System||TTL|
|External Flash Connection||Hot Shoe|
|Memory Card Slot||Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Battery||1 x BP-SCL5 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.4 VDC, 1300 mAh|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||5.47 x 3.15 x 1.52" / 139 x 80 x 38.5 mm|
|Weight||1.45 lb / 660 g (Body with Battery)|
|Package Weight||4.72 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||8.9 x 8.7 x 6.6"|