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Leica M10 Monochrom | Hands-on First Look

Simon Skinner - 3 years ago

Adding the list of Leica M10 cameras comes the new Leica M10 Monochrom. Featuring an all-new 40-megapixel black and white sensor, it quite simply means that users will not be able to shoot colourful images with this camera. Ever. Specifically designed for monochrome, the M10 Monochrom has made for people who want to realise their artform exclusively in black and white.

the new Leica M10 Monochrom front angle

The all-new 40-megapixel black and white sensor that sits within the new Leica M10 Monochrom camera, not only improves its resolution, but also helps improve ISO and dynamic range. The ISO reaches from 160 to 100,000 giving the camera an incredible range in all lighting situations. The best thing about shooting at high ISO with a black and white sensor is the fact that any noise you get from the image can just be passed off as grain [not a bad thing]. Because of improved sensor technology’s the new sensors has a dynamic range close to 15 which means getting detail out of highlights and shadows just got even easier.

Taking it to the streets for a short test during this morning’s press event in London, we saw that the body is exactly the same in terms of tech and physical spec as the Leica M-10P we tested a short while ago. The only minor differences would be the ‘greying’ out of the Auto labels to make it fit with the Monochrome name. Most of the changes have been made internally.

We’re expecting to get a sample sent over to PhotoBite HQ in the near future, so we’ll be back out to do a real-world test with the camera as soon as we can. We’re looking forward to demonstrating all the reasons why shooting black and white, I mean, ‘monochrome’, is a style everyone should try.

Head over to our news piece on the Leica M10 Monochrom HERE.

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.