Allendale, NJ—Leica Camera debuted the Leica Q2 Monochrom. The new addition to the Leica Q line, and the greater Leica Monochrom family, is dedicated to black-and-white photography.
The compact camera employs a newly developed, full-frame monochrome sensor, as well as a fast Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 Asph lens. The point-and-shoot model also features protective weather sealing and OLED viewfinder technology.
Leica believes that black-and-white photography is an unrivaled art form. “Memorializing more than just the decisive moment—black-and-white photographs evoke the emotion and the essence of unforgettable and irreplaceable moments,” the company stated. “The new Leica Q2 Monochrom is the newest chapter in the Leica Monochrom story; it offers photographers the experience of making black-and-white photographs through the lens of a full-frame, compact camera.”
Leica Q2 Monochrom Key Specs
The camera features a newly developed 47.3-megapixel full-frame sensor. While based on its sibling model, Leica omitted the color filter array to give this camera added light-gathering potential and increased sharpness in true black and white. Moreover, with a maximum ISO climbing higher—up to 100,000—the Q2 Monochrom captures more detail and tonality in settings with barely enough light for the human eye.
In addition, its autofocus system locks on in less than 0.15 second. Ongoing improvements to the Maestro processor also enable 10-frames-per-second burst shooting at full resolution.
Leica additionally expanded its range of creative options via new 4K video capabilities. The camera can record black-and-white video at 3,840×2,160 resolution and frame rates of 30 or 24 fps. It can also record Full HD 1080p video at 120, 60, 30 or 24 fps. In addition, photographers can capture video with manual creative control at their fingertips.
“The Leica Q2 Monochrom’s ‘Made in Germany’ seal of quality guarantees that only the finest and most resilient materials are used in its construction,” Leica stated. The camera’s textured leatherette complements matte black paint; gray and white engravings; and the “MONOCHROM” lettering on the top. What’s more, the company omitted the red Leica logo for unobtrusive shooting.
In addition, the camera maintains the operating concept of the Leica Q2. However, Leica streamlined the menu and adapted it to the special features of a monochrome camera. All color settings are omitted and only settings for toning black-and-white images (blue, sepia, selenium) are included.
Leica is also offering a range of leather accessories for the Q2 Monochrom. They comprise camera protector cases; carrying straps; bags; as well as wrist straps in a variety of colors.
Other accessories include the Leica SF 40 and SF 60 flash units; the SF C1 remote flash control unit; an additional thumb rest; and a handgrip. In addition, three new E49 color filters in yellow, green and orange, for direct contrast control right from the lens, are available.
Further, the Leica FOTOS app keeps photographers connected to the Q2 Monochrom for mobile sharing and uploading their black-and-white creations.
The Leica Q2 Monochrom retails for $5,995.