Leica M10 Monochrom Review
Leica is taking digital black-and-white photography to the next level with the launch of the new Leica M10 Monochrom camera. The technical details and the handling of the Leica M10 Monochrom are identical to those of the Leica M10-P.
The Leica M10 Monochrom is available now priced at £7,250 / $8,295.
Leica Press Release
Leica Camera takes black-and-white photography to the next level
Wetzlar, 17 January 2020. Leica Camera is proud to announce the launch of the new Leica M10 Monochrom. Building on the legendary M-system, Leica is taking digital black-and-white photography to the next level with the launch of the new Leica M10 Monochrom, the modern only black-and-white only camera on the market today.
The new M10 Monochrom is the first black-and-white camera of the Leica M-system to offer an exceptionally broad sensitivity range of ISO 160 to ISO 100000, making the extremely high ISO performance and dynamic range even better than all its predecessors. With a newly developed 40-megapixel black-and-white sensor, the best black-and-white sensor Leica have made, the M10 Monochrom delivers images with a natural sharpness and an unrivalled resolution in all lighting conditions.
Similar to the Leica M10-P, the design of the M10 Monochrom is equally as unobtrusive and minimalist. Almost entirely constructed by hand, the Leica M10 Monochrom has no Leica ‘red dot’ logo on the front and only features a discreetly engraved logotype ‘Leica M10 Monochrom’ on the top plate – in black and white, emphasising the character of the camera. The materials and finish are of the highest standards, reflecting the exceptional quality and reliability that Leica has become renowned for.
The technical details and the handling of the Leica M10 Monochrom are identical to those of the Leica M10-P, a particularly discreet version of the Leica M-Camera that focuses entirely on the most essential camera functions. Its features include quietest shutter release Leica has ever built, making it the ideal tool for capturing authentic photographs from the heart of life. As is the case with all Leica M-Cameras, the new black-and-white sensor on the Leica M10 Monochrom will work with all lenses in the Leica M portfolio, offering the photographer greater flexibility whilst upholding the highest imaging quality.
Leica USA Press Release
Leica Camera Advances its Dedication to the Art of Black & White Photography with the Leica M10 Monochrom
The highly anticipated camera enters a new dimension of innovation in the world of monochrome photography
January 17, 2020 – Leica Camera continues to be a trailblazer in the world of black-and-white photography with the announcement of the new Leica M10 Monochrom. Photographers are now able explore their subjects in vivid tones of monochrome due to the omission of a color filter, resulting in an unparalleled black-and-white photography experience. The newly developed 40-megapixel true black-and-white sensor, new Wi-Fi capabilities and expanded ISO range make room for added creativity with light and contrast, bringing photographers back to the basics with the most up-to-date technology.
Black-and-white photography lends itself to establishing emotional connections between the photographer and subject matter being conveyed. With the absence of color, a photograph conveys intense, vulnerable and timeless messages that speak to the foundation of a scene without the distractions of color.
The ultra-high resolution black-and-white sensor of the M10 Monochrom delivers images with impeccable sharpness and unrivalled resolution of details in all lighting conditions. While reaching these new feats of resolving prowess, the new M10 Monochrom is even more versatile than its black-and-white forebears, with a broadened sensitivity range at both extremes, now achieving ISO 160 to ISO 100,000 – ensuring that its unmatched imaging strengths can be used in new avenues, from the brightest of days to uncovering light in the darkest of nights. Images captured at all ISO settings offer fine-grained rendition of details with a more analog look and feel than a typical color camera set to black-and-white mode. As is the case with all Leica M-Cameras, the new black-and-white sensor pairs perfectly with the full breadth of Leica M-Lenses, showcasing their contrast, resolution and rendition of the finest details. With this combination, photographers can rest assured that the exceptional quality of the monochrome images they capture holds true to the luminance of their subject.
Based on the Leica M10-P, the M10 Monochrom now benefits from a bevy of newfound abilities for the Monochrom line, including a slimmer body, dedicated ISO dial, touchscreen controls, the quietest mechanical shutter of all Leica M rangefinders – analog or digital – and built-in Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity to the Leica FOTOS app on iOS, iPadOS and Android. For the first time in the history of Leica M Monochrom cameras, users can utilize a mobile workflow that gives them direct access to authentic black-and-white images straight from the camera to their favored social media platform – no digital filters required. The FOTOS 2.0 app helps bring Leica users from the decisive moment of taking the picture to the creative moment of processing and sharing the finished photo as seamlessly as possible. This new freedom ensures no boundaries when it comes to capturing and sharing photographs with a Leica camera.
The design of the M10 Monochrom camera body is as loyal to the strict adherence to the black-and-white aesthetic as the image sensor that lives within it. The camera has no Leica red dot logo on the front and all of the usual bold red engravings found on most M cameras have been desaturated to a neutral gray, creating a sleek monochromatic contrast against its bright white engraved numbers. A subtle black-on-black logotype of “Leica M10 Monochrom” on the top plate gives the camera the most minimal branding to avoid distractions. The black-and-white design details combined with the newly blacked-out shutter button and lens release make the M10 Monochrom the stealthiest serial production camera yet from Leica, emphasizing its focus on blending into the heart of the action and capturing the decisive moment.
The M10 Monochrom is built to the highest quality standards expected of a Leica M camera, made almost entirely by hand through the passionate labor of experienced specialists in Wetzlar, Germany with the finest materials, ensuring it can bear even the toughest conditions of use in its stride. The new Leica M10 Monochrom promises to be a long-term companion that delivers an unparalleled experience and impeccable image quality, as timeless as the classical black-and-white photos it creates.
The Leica M10 Monochrom is available beginning today for $8,295 at Leica Stores, Boutiques and Dealers.
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