Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)

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Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)

The new Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) is the first and only digital camera that captures a real black and white image, still or moving. Reduced to the essentials for true, authentic and direct black and white photography, the Leica M Monochrom offers unparalleled image performance, outstanding low light capabilities and rich details.

The Leica M Monochrom has a 24-megapixel resolution on a monochrom CMOS sensor similar to the Leica M. As the M Monochrom has no need for color filters, it needs no interpolation for the calculation of luminance values. This results in brilliant images which have 100% more details and contrast than what is possible in color photography.

Up to ISO 25,000
The new Leica M Monochrom opens up new dimensions for available-light photography with its combination of low noise up to ISO 25,000, a bright viewfinder, a low-vibration shutter release and fast lenses.

Full Visual Control with Live View
The high-resolution 3” monitor with 921,600 pixels ensures that photographers have complete control of composition, exposure, focusing and depth of field. The Live View also offers two additional focusing methods. The up to 10x magnification in Live View Zoom mode enables full control of the sharpness of details in the image on the monitor or the closest focusing distance. In Live View Focus Peaking mode, sharply focused edges in the image are highlighted by colored lines.

Full HD Video in Black and White
The new Leica M Monochrom captures high-quality, full-HD video in black and white. With the optional Leica microphone adapter set, one can be assured of perfect sound.

2 GB Buffer Memory
With it’s high-capacity 2GB buffer memory and Leica Maestro processor, the camera captures sequences 3 times faster than its predecessor. In addition, the new processor enables extremely fast display of the captured images in review mode.

Sapphire Crystal Glass
The LC display is made of scratch-resistant and almost unbreakable sapphire crystal which has been treated with an anti-reflective protective coating that ensures that photographers can check their images in any lighting situation.

All current M accessories for the Leica M (Typ 240) can be used with the Leica M Monochrom. These accessories include finger loops, electronic view finder, ever-ready cases, flash and straps. In addition, R-lenses can be used on the Leica M Monochrom with the Leica M-Adapter-R.

The essentials:

  • Compact, digital rangefinder system camera with video function
  • 24MP black and white CMOS sensor in 24 x 36 mm format
  • Leica Maestro image processor
  • Sapphire crystal monitor
  • Full HD 1080p video function
  • ISO 320 - ISO 25000
  • Focus peaking
  • Reduced design without Leica logo on the front
  • 2 GB of RAM


24 MP B&W CMOS sensor

Full HD1080p video function

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  • Camera type:
    Compact digital view and rangefinder system camera with a dedicated black-and-white image sensor
  • Lens mount:
    Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding
  • Lens system:
    Leica M lenses from 16 to 135 mm
  • Material:
    All-metal die cast magnesium body, synthetic leather covering. Brass top panel and base, black chrome plated finish
  • Image Sensor:
    B/W CMOS chip, active area approx. 23.9 × 35.8 mm (corresponds to usable format of analog Leica M models) without color and low-pass filter
  • Filter:
    DNG™: 5976 × 3992 (24 megapixels), JPEG: 5952 × 3968 (24 megapixels), 4256 × 2832 (12 megapixels), 2976× 17984 (6 megapixels), 1600 × 1072 (1.7 megapixels). For video recordings: 720 P, 1080 P
  • Data formats:
    DNG™ (raw data), either uncompressed or compressed (lossless), JPEG.
  • File size:
    DNG™: compressed 20-30 MB, uncompressed 34.5 MB, JPEG: depending on resolution and picture content
  • Video recording format :
    24 fps, 25 fps
  • Buffer memory:
    2 GB/30 pictures in series
  • Sound recording:
    Mono, stereo using microphone adapter, choice of automatic or manual modulation during recording or fixed "concert setting"
  • Storage media:
    SD cards up to 2 GB, SDHC cards up to 32 GB, SDXC cards
  • Burst rate:
  • Self timer:
    2s / 12s
  • Storage Media:
    SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards
  • Compatibility:
    Windows® Vista ®SP2 / 7 ®/ 8 ®; Mac ® OS X (10.5 or higher)
  • Exposure metering:
    Through-the-lens (TTL) metering, with variable aperture, center-weighted TTL metering for flash exposure with system-compliant SCA-3000/2 standard flash units
  • Metering principle/method:
    By metering the light reflected by light blades of the 1st shutter curtain onto a measuring cell: strong center-weighted; for metering on the sensor: spot, center-weighted, multi-field metering
  • Metering range:
    (to ISO 320, room temperature and normal relative humidity:) EV 0 (with aperture 1.0) to EV 20 (with aperture 32). Flashing of the left-hand triangular LED in the viewfinder signals that the exposure meter reading is below the working range
  • Sensitivity range:
    ISO 320 to ISO 25000, adjustable in 1/3 ISO increments, choice of automatic control or manual setting
  • Exposure mode:
    Choice of automatic shutter speed control with manual aperture preselection – aperture priority A, or manual shutter speed and aperture setting
  • Viewfinder principle:
    Large, bright, combined bright-line viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation
  • Image field indication:
    By activating two bright-line frames each: for 35 and 135 mm, or for 28 and 90 mm, or for 50 and 75 mm. Automatic swtiching when lens is attached. Frame color (red/white) selectable in menu
  • Magnification:
    0.68 x (for all lenses)
  • Display
  • In the viewfinder:
    Four-digit digital display with dots above and below, displays
  • On back:
  • Shutter :
    Metal blade focal plane shutter with vertical movement
  • Shutter speeds:
    1/4000 to 60 Seconds in Aperture Priority Mode ; 1/4000 to 8 Seconds in Manual Mode; 0 to 60 Seconds in Time Mode
  • GPS:
    Optional (only with multifunction hand grip attached, not available everywhere due to country-specific legislation
  • Dimensions (L × H × D):
    Approx. 138,6× 42 × 80 mm (5.45 × 1.65 × 3.15 in)
  • Weight (with battery):
    Approx. 680 g (24 oz)

Camera body, Charger 100-240 V with two power cords (EU, USA, deviating in some export markets) and a car charging cable, Lithium-ion battery, Carrying strap, Housing bayonet cover, Cover for accessory shoe

The owner of this camera will receive a three-month subscription of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (which includes the latest versions of Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Photoshop). The Creative Cloud Photography Plan can be activated upon product registration in the Leica Owners' Area.

Limited Warranty:
Leica Camera AG (‘LEICA’) provides a two-year product limited warranty for this LEICA camera valid from the date of purchase from an authorized LEICA dealer, including the accessories contained in the original packaging, which are valid for two years.

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  • 5
    MM 246

    Posted by William Putnam on Oct 19th 2019

    I think that the MM 246 is an excellent B&W camera, and I’m happy with my purchase and enjoying capturing images with it. I am a photography enthusiast not a professional. I would recommend the MM 246 for those interested in B&W photography.