The M Monochrom Typ 246 is the manufacturer's second model to shoot just black and white, but is it more than an expensive gimmick? Find out in our Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 review

Product Overview

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Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)

Image Quality:95%


  • Brilliant dynamic range; Large range of superb lenses; Basic and traditional controls similar to a film camera; High ISO performance


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


Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) Review


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Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) Review – Image Quality

Leica M Monochrom sample image 4


With no colour filters over the sensor sorting coloured light it’s not possible for the Leica M Monochrom to capture colour information in its files. However, Leica are releasing colour filters which will allow photographers to alter tonal contrast of yellow, orange and green.


Resolving a maximum of 3600l/ph, the 24MP sensor does exceptionally at it’s base ISO of ISO 320. As the ISO is raised the resolution only slightly drops off resolving an impressive 3000 l/ph at the maximum sensitivity of 25000.

Image Noise

With no colour filter the sensor only collects luminescent values and as a result there’s no colour noise only fine-grained luminance noise. Barely any noise is noticeable at from ISO 320-800 while it’s obviously present at ISO 8000 and above it doesn’t blight them image until the 12,800 or 25,000

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