Front Runners August 2015: Gray Areas
Leica’s new monochrome camera.
The German optical company known for its sleek designs and technical superiority has launched a new black-and-white digital camera. The Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) (leica.com) is a significant upgrade to the world’s first black-and-white digital range-finder camera, which Leica invented in 2012. Priced at $7,450 (for the camera body only), it brings a more robust lineup of features, including a 24-megapixel full-format CMOS sensor with a maximum ISO of 25,000, a live-view mode, and high-definition video recording. The absence of a color filter array produces the fortuitous side effect of unprecedented sharpness, even in low-light conditions.