This Leica camera costs $8300 – but only shoots in black and white

Leica M10 Monochrom
(Image credit: Leica)

A price tag of $8,300 / £7,250 / AU$13,500 is nothing unusual for a Leica. But what makes its latest  launch special is that unlike any other manufacturer's digital camera is that it will only shoot black and white images. If you want to shoot color pictures at any point – or if you hanker after shooting video – the new Leica M10 Monochrom rangefinder camera is not for you.

This camera is built specifically for those who see their images exclusively in monochrome... and is actually the latest in a family of cameras that Leica has produced that do just that. The original 18 megapixel full-frame Leica M Monochrom was launched in 2012, and this was superceded by the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 256) in 2015 which had a 24 megapixel sensor. And along the way, this series of cameras (along with a number of special editions) has established something of a cult following among street photographers and Leica enthusiasts.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.