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Leica M Monochrom

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 reviews of Leica M Monochrom. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Opinions about the image quality and durability are overall positive. The portability and sensor are also mentioned favorably, but views are divided on the viewfinder. The price and focus get less positive comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Leica M Monochrom is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Leica M Monochrom from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2020

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

Leica M Monochrom


The Leica M Monochrom is a niche version of a niche camera, but well-heeled photographers who see in black and white are sure to fall in love.

Compact. Full-frame CCD sensor. Digital black-and-white image capture. Top ISO of 10000. Bright optical viewfinder. Classic design. Includes Adobe Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex Pro software.

Expensive. Outdated LCD. No video support. High base ISO. Manual focus only.

You may also want to consider dusting off the yellow, red, or orange filters you may have used when shooting black-and-white film. If you're converting color photos to monochrome you can simulate the effects of these filters in software. Yellow,...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : Richard Butler (

Leica M-Monochrom Hands-on Preview


Leica has long been a manufacturer happy to exploit niche markets - its M9 may be a fascinating camera to shoot with, but the company's adherence to the near-obsolete, manual focus rangefinder design, coupled with its distinctly exclusive pricing...

May, 2012

Expert review by (

Camera Review: Leica M Monochrom


It's the outstanding image quality that makes a color-blind, nearly $8,000 camera downright appealing.

Delivers high-quality black-and-white images with depth of information; simple, mostly manual user interface; no lag time; rangefinder viewfinder does not black out during exposure; compatible with some of the best prime lenses in the universe

Insufficient buffer; low-resolution LCD monitor; drains batteries relatively quickly; no autofocus; expensive

Jun, 2013

Expert review by : TJ Donegan (

Leica M Monochrom


The Leica M Monochrom: an $8,000 nod to the heyday of black-and-white film.

The Leica M Monochrom is one of the more fascinating cameras we've ever reviewed. It has an impressively well-built body that is designed for a very small niche of shooters who want a camera that does one thing extremely well at the expense of nearly...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : Philip Ryan (

Camera Test: Leica M Monochrom


As this issue was being prepared for publication, the Guggenheim Museum in New York was showing an excellent special exhibit called “Picasso Black and White.” Last year, the silent black-and-white film The Artist won the Oscar for Best Picture. And now...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : Digital Camera-HQ (

Leica M-Monochrom


In the digital age of Photoshop and Instagram, sharing photos wirelessly at the touch of a button or tagging your location through satellite, Leica has released the black-and-white only M-Monochrom. Leica is most likely the only company that could get...

May, 2012

Expert review by : Darren Rowse (

Introducing Leica’s M Monochrom Camera


Today Leica have announced a range of cameras as well as a lens at an event in Berlin Germany – one of which is causing quite the stir.

It is the new Leica M-Monochrom camera – worth a cool $7990 USD (body only).

Expert review by : Libby Plummer (

Hands on: Leica M Monochrom review: Hands-on


The Leica M Monochrom is the world's first black and white-only digital camera

May, 2012

Expert review by : Damien Demolder (

Leica M Monochrom review


Superb black and white images from a pared down body with fantastic build quality

Excellent resolution ; Highly flexible raw files ; Attractive grain patterning

Inadequate viewfinder information ; Slow processing ; Lowest ISO at 320

The Monochrom is an awkward beast to handle and essentially it offers little in the way of flexibility. However, the images it produces are extremely good, and even the noise is attractive, but the tonal characteristics are dark and moody.

Jul, 2014

Expert review by : Amateur Photographer (

Leica M Monochrom review


With no colour filter array, the 18-million-pixel sensor in Leica's new M Monochrom rangefinder captures highly detailed black & white images. Richard Sibley considers the advantages of using the Monochrom and finds out if it really is like shooting on...

Apr, 2014

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