Discover more in black and white
The Leica M10 Monochrom opens the door to a new dimension of black-and-white photography. Equipped with a newly developed image sensor, the camera delivers an extremely high-quality rendition with breathtaking detail resolution.
The absence of a color filter array and exceedingly high sensor resolution of 40 megapixels result in an unprecedented depiction of even the finest details, along with an exceptionally natural-looking sharpness.
The new M10 Monochrom and its high-resolution sensor represent an uncompromising commitment to classic black-and-white photography, which has now been elevated to an entirely new level of image quality. No other camera consolidates the most fundamental of all photographic practices — the composition of images using only contrast and light — with a recording quality that can only be achieved with state-of-the-art methods of engineering and construction.
Improved detail rendition for greater image quality
The Leica M10 Monochrom occupies a special place within the M-System: its newly developed image sensor is designed exclusively for grayscale recordings and offers exceptional fine-detail rendition thanks to its exceedingly high, 40-megapixel resolution.
The fact that no color filter arrays are required means that there are fewer glass and filter layers to impede the transmission of light or cause deflections.
This is especially advantageous in a traditional rangefinder camera, and results in decreased, finer-grained image noise. In addition, the sensor’s enormous sensitivity range of ISO 160 to ISO 100,000 enables recordings with an extremely broad dynamic range – yielding images whose areas of shadow and illumination are clearly defined, particularly when shooting in uneven, high-contrast light.
Understated and discreet for low-profile shooting
The Leica M10 Monochrom is the epitome of discretion — which is why we chose to omit the familiar, and potentially eye-catching, red dot. In a similar vein, the “Leica M10 Monochrom” inscription on the top plate is considerably more subtle. The strict omission of any color-inlaid engravings further emphasizes the camera’s monochrome character.
The camera shutter is barely audible, enabling recordings in situations in which other cameras would be too obtrusive. Thanks to its understated appearance, the M10 Monochrom allows photographers to blend into the crowd and capture their subjects without drawing attention.
A reliable companion - Made in Germany
The Leica M10 Monochrom is hand-crafted by accomplished specialists using superior-quality materials and elaborate methods of engineering.
For example, the camera’s top and base plates are neither stamped nor molded, but milled from solid blocks of brass.
Due to its robust construction, the Leica M10 Monochrom can weather even the toughest external conditions.
‘Made in Germany’ guarantees the utmost quality, reliability and durability, ensuring long-term value and functionality. After all, a Leica is not just a camera, but represents a worthwhile, life-long investment.
Utilizing the full scope of the camera’s capability
With its high-resolution image sensor and faithful detail rendition, the Leica M10 Monochrom has significantly raised the bar in terms of camera quality and performance. This, in turn, means that only equally high-capacity lenses will be able to utilize all of the camera’s performance reserves.
Leica M-Lenses — globally recognized as the world’s best full-frame lenses — are the perfect match for the Leica M10 Monochrom, giving rise to an exceptionally high-performance combination.
|Compact digital view and rangefinder system camera with a dedicated black-and-white image sensor|
|Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding|
|Leica M lenses, Leica R lenses with an optional adapter (available accessory)|
|B/W CMOS chip, active area approx. 24x36 mm, without color and low-pass filter|
|DNG™: 7864 x 5200 pixels (40,89 MP),|
JPEG: 7840 x 5184 pixels (40,64 MP), 5472 x 3648 pixels (20 MP), 2976 x 1984 pixels (6MP)
|DNG™ (raw data, compressed loss-free), JPEG|
|DNG™: 40-60 MB, JPEG (40MP)10-20 MB: Depending on resolution and picture content|
|2GB / 10 pictures in series|
|SD cards up to 2GB/SDHC cards up to 32GB/SDXC cards up to 2TB|
|German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Korean|
|Exposure metering through the lens (TTL), with working aperture|
|Light reflected by the blades of the 1 shutter curtain onto measuring cell|
|At room temperature and normal humidity for ISO 200, at aperture 1.0 EV-2 to EV19 at aperture 32. Flashing of the left triangular LED in the viewfinder indicates values below the metering range|
|ISO 160 to ISO 100.000, adjustable in 1/3 ISO increments from ISO 160, choice of automatic control or manual setting|
|Choice of automatic shutter speed control with manual aperture preselection - aperture priority A, or manual shutter speed and aperture setting|
|Flash exposure control|
|Flash unit attachment|
|Via accessory shoe with central and control contacts|
|Optionally triggered at the 1st or 2nd shutter curtain|
|Flash sync time|
|1/180 s; slower shutter speeds can be used, if working below sync speed: Automatic changeover to TTL linear flash mode with HSS-compatible Leica system fl ash units|
|Flash exposure metering|
|Using centre-weighted TTL pre-flash metering with Leica flash units (SF40, SF64, SF26), or flash units compatible with the system with SCA3502 M5 adapter|
|Flash measurement cell|
|2 silicon photo diodes with collection lens on the camera base|
|Flash exposure compensation|
|±3EV in1⁄3EV increments|
|Displays in flash mode (in viewfinder only)|
|Using flash symbol LED|
|Large, bright line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation|
|Calibrated to -0.5 dpt.; corrective lenses from -3 to +3 diopter available|
|Image field limiter|
|By activating two bright lines each: For 35 and 135mm, or for 28 and 90mm, or for 50 and 75mm; automatic switching when lens is attached.|
|The horizontal and vertical difference between the viewfinder and the lens is automatically compensated according to the relevant distance setting, i.e. the viewfinder bright-line automatically aligns with the subject detail recorded by the lens|
|Matching viewfinder and actual image|
|At a range setting of 2m, the bright-line frame size corresponds exactly to the sensor size of approx. 23.9 x 35.8mm; at infinity setting, depending on the focal length, approx. 7.3% (28mm) to 18% (135mm) more is recorded by the sensor than indicated by the corresponding bright line frame and slightly less for shorter distance settings than 2m|
|(For all lenses) 0.73 x|
|Split or superimposed image range finder shown as a bright field in the centre of the viewfinder image|
|Effective metering base|
|50.6mm (mechanical measurement basis 69.31mm x viewfinder magnification 0.73x)|
|In the viewfinder|
|Four-digit digital display with exposure alerts above and below|
|3" colour TFT LCD monitor with 16 million colours and 1,036,800 pixels, approx. 100 % image field, glass cover of extremely|
hard, scratch-resistant Gorilla® glass, colour space: sRGB, for Live-View and review mode, displays
|Shutter and shutter release|
Leica BP-SCL5 Lithium- ion battery, 7,4 V, 1100 mAh
2 years manufacturer's warranty
Working / storage temperature
Leica M, Leica R with adapter
optional first or second shutter, flash sync shutter speed: 1 / 180s
digital, rangefinder camera
DNG: 24MP; JPEG: 24MP, 12MP, 6MP
IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard (standard Wifi protokoll), WPA™/ WPA2™
DNG™: 7864 x 5200 pixel (40,89 MP),
JPEG: 7840 x 5184 pixel (40,64 MP), 5472 x 3648 pixel (20 MP), 2976 x 1984 pixel (6MP)
charger, 12v cable, battery, neck strap, bayonet cap, cover for accessory shoe
Shutter speed preselection
magnesium frame, synthetic leatherette, copper