Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) Digital Rangefinder Camera


  • 24MP Full-Frame B&W CMOS Sensor
  • No Color Array or Low Pass Filter
  • Leica Maestro Image Processor
  • Rangefinder with Image Field Selector
  • 0.68x Optical Viewfinder Magnification
  • 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot LCD with Sapphire Glass
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 24/25 fps
  • ISO 320-25000, 3 fps with 2GB Buffer
  • Magnesium Alloy Body Construction
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Consistent with Leica’s passion for classic designs mixed with contemporary functionality, the M Monochrom (Typ 246) Digital Rangefinder Camera is a unique digital camera dedicated to producing black and white imagery. Lacking a color filter array, as well as an optical low pass filter, the M Monochrom’s full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor records solely in luminance values, forgoing the need for color interpolation, in order to gain the utmost in sharpness, clarity, and resolution. Complementing the imaging capabilities, the Leica Maestro image processor also affords a sensitivity range from ISO 320-25000 as well as a 3 fps shooting rate with a 2GB buffer for recording up to 30 frames in a sequence. Full HD 1080p video recording is also possible in either 24 or 25 fps frame rates. Unique among digital cameras, the Typ 246 maintains Leica’s preference for a rangefinder design and incorporates a 0.68x optical viewfinder with split and superimposed manual focusing, automatic parallax correction, and manual image field selection. Conversely, the camera also features a 3.0″ 921.6k-dot LCD with sapphire glass covering to maintain the overall durability of the magnesium alloy and brass body.

As with past M-series cameras, the M Monochrom retains the ability to utilize the vast network of M-mount lenses from 16mm to 135mm. When working in live view, and since focusing operation is entirely manual, focus peaking and 10x live view zoom can be utilized to ensure critical focus. An ergonomic body design places all of the necessary camera controls within reach during shooting, including top shutter speed and drive mode dials, as well as rear menu navigation buttons and selection dial located atop the thumb rest.

The DNG files created by the M Monochrom (Typ 246) are not currently compatible with Apple’s Photos and Aperture applications in Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10.3 and 10.10.4) and should not be imported into your Photos or Aperture libraries.

24 MP CMOS Sensor and Maestro Processor
Optical Viewfinder and Rangefinder
3.0" LCD Monitor and Sapphire Crystal Cover
Body Design
Other Camera Features
Package Weight5.9 lbs
Package Dimensions8.8 x 8.5 x 6.6 in
Dimensions (WxHxD)

5.5 x 1.7 x 3.1″ / 138.6 x 42.0 x 80.0 mm

Video Recording


Display Screen

3″ Rear Screen LCD (921,600)


24 Megapixel

Max Resolution

24 MP: 5976 x 3992


1.50 lb / 680 g with battery

Max Sync Speed

1 / 180 seconds

Lens Mount

Leica M

Built-in Flash


Memory Card Type


Flash Modes

1st Curtain Sync Second-curtain Sync

Burst Rate

Up to 3 fps at 24 MP for up to 30 frames

File Formats

Still Images: DNG, JPEG

Self Timer

12 seconds, 2 seconds

Metering Method

Center-weighted average metering

ISO Sensitivity

Auto, 320-25000

Flash Compensation

-3 EV to +1 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)


Not Specified By Manufacturer

Camera Format


Continuous Shooting

Up to 3 fps

Viewfinder Magnification

Approx. 0.68x

Viewfinder Type



Type: Electronic & Mechanical Speed: 60 – 1/4000 second in Aperture Priority Mode Type: Electronic & Mechanical Speed: 8 – 1/4000 second in Manual Mode Type: Electronic & Mechanical Speed: 60 – 0 second in Time Mode

Sensor Type / Size

CMOS, 23.9 x 35.8 mm

Focus Type


Screen Coverage


Box Dimensions (LxWxH)

8.8 x 8.5 x 6.6″

Dedicated Flash System


Aspect Ratio


Exposure Modes

Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual Metering Range: EV 0.0 – EV 20.0


1920 x 1080: 24 fps, 25 fps 1280 x 720: 24 fps, 25 fps

Software System Requirements

Windows: Vista (SP2), 7, 8 Mac: OS X 10.5 or later


1x BP-SCL2 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 7.4 VDC, 1800 mAh

Operating/Storage Temperature

Operating 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)

External Flash Connection

Hot Shoe

Audio Recording

Built-in Mic: With Video, Mono Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo

Package Weight

5.9 lb




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