Leica has unveiled a new black and white camera – the Leica M Monochrom (Type 246). It features a 24MP full frame CMOS sensor and can also capture 1080p video (also black and white).
According to Leica, it is the first and only digital camera to create an authentic black and white image without ANY sort of processing or filtering.
To do that, the M Monochrom has no color filter array over the sensor and requires no interpolation for the calculation of luminance values. Leica says the result is 100% sharper images over what it could produce if it had a color filter array.
The M Monochrom has a 2GB-buffer that allows it to capture sequences three times faster than its predecessor and provides faster image review times.
The camera has a max sensitivity setting of ISO 25,000. It features a 3″ LCD at 921,600-dot resolution and offers live view mode as well.
The Leica M Monochrom (Type 246) retails for $7,450 and should ship in May 2015. Check it out here at B&H Photo.