Leica M10 Monochrom review

The Leica M10 Monochrom is an extraordinary camera at an extraordinary price – is it worth it, and who would buy one?

Leica M10 Monochrom review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

This is a camera that simplifies the picture taking process, and forces you to concentrate on one thing. It may seem like an anachronism, but the Monochrom drives you towards seeing, composing and shooting images in a very different way. It makes no concessions to novices, and it's up to you to make the effort to master it. That alone will divide opinion... though not as much as the price.

Pros

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    Classic Leica design

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    Traditional rangefinder focusing

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    Touchscreen LCD with LiveView

Cons

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    No option for color shooting

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    No autofocus or video

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    Cost

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The Leica M10 Monochrom is remarkable for three reasons. The first is its use of a decades-old manual focus rangefinder design. The second is that it shoots only in black and white. The third is a price tag higher than any other M-series camera except for Leica's prestige special editions. What's going on?

Only Leica could be bold enough to make camera that shoots just in black in white. When the German company first introduced the first Leica M Monochrom in 2012, many imagined that it was just one of Leica's special editions that would fade away as soon as it had arrived. 

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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.