Best camera for black and white photography in 2024

When looking for the best camera for black and white photography, you’ve got a fair few decisions to make. Do you want to produce monochrome images in-camera, or are you more comfortable shooting as normal in color and then converting after the fact? Or, indeed, do you want to shoot digitally at all – many monochrome enthusiasts prefer using film cameras, trading away convenience in favor of superb latitude and distinctive character.

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Leica M11 Monochrom
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FeaturesBlack and white only images, 60MP stills, no video features4 / 5
Build & handlingBuilt to the Leica reputation this is a solid camera that lives up to the Leica name5 / 5
PerformanceSimply the best low-light performance from any Leica 5 / 5
ValueRather expensive for a very niche camera4 / 5
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Leica Q2
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Features24MP, 4K video, amazing 28mm fixed f/1.7 lens4 / 5
Build & handlingDust resistant and compact, the Q2 is a great compact camera4.5 / 5
PerformanceDelivers great 24mp still and 4K video if needed, EVF is good but can lag at times3.5 / 5
Valuethe only current Q-series offering Monochrom it can seem a little high - but its worth it!4 / 5
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Pentax K-3 Mark III Monochrome
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FeaturesWith 25MP, UHD 4K video, and the best ISO range available on a monochrome camera4.5 / 5
Build & handlingSolid DSLR handling, and weather sealing make the Pentax K-3 Mark III Monochrome a great option for field work4.5 / 5
PerformanceDelivers stunning 25mp stills and 4K UHD videos in glorious B&W - what's not to love!4 / 5
ValueFor the value its the best around - while is it is a chunky DSLR, there is noy denying it offer amazing value for money5 / 5
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Features6K open-gate video and the latest subject detection★★★★★
DesignSolid build quality although does miss out of weather sealing★★★★★
PerformanceSubject detect autofocus is pinpoint and video quality is excellent★★★★★
ValueArguably the best value APS-C cameras right now★★★★★
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Nikon Z5
Features4K video, 24MP full-frame sensor and monochrome profiles makes this camera true joy for beginners★★★★★
DesignWith a solid build and great ergonomics ★★★★
PerformanceWhile its bust mode might not be the fastest its overall performance is fantastic for beginners★★★★
ValueWith its sleek mirrorless specs, and overall full-frame perfromace makes this camera great value for money★★★★★
Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.

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