Leica has announced the new Leica M11 Monochrom. As the name suggests, this is a monochrome version of its popular M11 full-frame camera. Leica was the first company in the world to release a camera with a dedicated black & white sensor. Now, the M11 Monochrom, they say, represents their fourth-generation camera with a black and white sensor.
Being dedicated to black and white and lacking the Bayer colour filter array, the results achieved by this camera should be very sharp. Without any colour, they also don’t suffer from chromatic noise and should be able to get better ISO performance than their filtered counterparts.
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The monochrome multi-resolution sensor inside the M11 Monochrom is capable of creating 60, 36 or 18-megapixel images in either DNG raw or JPG formats. The camera has an ISO range of 125 up to 200,000, letting you shoot in some fairly dark scenes, and Leica says you get “extremely low noise even in the high ISO range”. It features 256GB of built-in storage, and images can be pulled off the camera over Bluetooth to the app or over a USB cable from the built-in USB-C socket.