Leica M Monochrom Type 246 camera takes black-and-white photos

Leica has announced a new camera, the Leica M Monochrom camera for taking black-and-white photos. This is the followup to the first-ever digital camera specializing in black-and-white photography, and it includes the expected improvements over the last model. The camera won't be available until May 7, but we've got all the details ahead of time, counted among them being the inclusion of a 24-megapixel sensor and three new color filters. To properly show it off, Leica has already revealed a gallery of sample photos.

The Leica M Monochrom features a 3-inch LCD display, live view and focus peaking, and the ability to shoot 1080p high-definition video in black-and-white. The higher 24-megapixel rating means larger photos can be taken, and they're complemented with a 2GB buffer and sapphire glass to make the camera update particularly notable.

The camera's body, meanwhile, is made from a high strength magnesium alloy with top and base plates made of solid brass. The finish itself is black — there won't be a silver version available, unfortunately. The ISO rating goes up to 25,000, and there are a trio of new color filters.

There are a host of other features, some of the more notable ones including an option for recording stereo audio, support for SDHC cards up to 32GB, optional GPS when using a multi-function hand grip attachment, a burst image mode, tripod threading, level indicator, and more. The price sits at $7,450 USD.

SOURCE: Leica Rumors