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Leica’s $10,000 Black-And-White-only Camera Was So Popular They Built A Third Version

In 2012, Leica’s inaugural Monochrom turned heads all around with its “limited” black-and-white functionality and astronomic price point. For a digital camera that was limited to black-and-white shooting, the Monochrom cost an astronomical USD 10,000.

The Leica M10 Monochrom. Image: Leica

This year, the Monochrom gets a redo based on the winning design of the M10. With a slimness that approaches that of Leica’s film bodies, along with a new 40-megapixel monochrome sensor and modern conveniences like wireless connectivity, the M10 Monochrom costs USD 8,295.

The purpose-built black-and-white full frame sensor on the Leica M10 Monochrom is touted to deliver greater dynamic range and detail than conventional, comparable colour sensors. Image: Alan Schaller

That’s a big deal: in its previous two iterations, the Leica Monochrom cameras had utilised modified colour sensors used on the company’s other cameras.

Leica boasts that the unique, purpose-built monochromatic 40-megapixel sensor offers greater detail and dynamic range when compared to colour images converted into black-and-white. The new full-frame sensor offers an ISO range of 160 to 100,000, wider than previous Monochrom cameras.

In place of the characteristic Leica “red dot” on the face plate, the top plate features a subtle, engraved “Monochrom”. The shutter button, chrome on the M10-P, is blacked out. Image: Leica.

In addition to the brand-new sensor, slimmer body and Wi-Fi connectivity, the new M10 Monochrom also offers a touch screen and a quieter shutter.

Classic Monochrom trimmings abound. The M10 Monochrom is fully blacked-out – the shutter release and lens release buttons, usually chrome, decked out in black. Perfect for stealthy street photographers, the camera also eschews the trademark Leica “red dot” logo.

On the front, the M10 Monochrom lacks the Leica “red dot” insignia, and features a blacked-out lens release button. Image: Leica.

The Leica M10 Monochrom retails at USD 8,295 (~SGD 11,172).

Ian Ling
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Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

7 thoughts on “Leica’s $10,000 Black-And-White-only Camera Was So Popular They Built A Third Version

  1. It is so popular because the photos are like an art.

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  4. Ayse Brown

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  6. I’ve heard a lot of good reviews with this camera and I think it’s worth the price as well. Thanks for sharing!

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