Leica has just announced the first full-frame digital compact camera to feature a dedicated monochrome sensor, the Q2 Monochrom.
Using a specialised monochrome 47.3 megapixel sensor with no colour filter array and no interpolation required, the sensor can pick up pure light levels and deliver sharp, crisp images. A broad dynamic range (although down on the standard Q2) and low image noise even at ISO 100,000 increases photographic opportunities. When shooting, there’s a 3.68 megapixel OLED viewfinder.
The Summilux 28 f/1.7 ASPH prime lens is claimed to be the fastest in its segment and is constructed with 11 elements and 3 aspherical elements to produce the necessary high quality textures and tones.
You’ll also be able to dabble in film noir with 30 fps 4K and 24fps Cine4K modes. With full-HD those frame rates get up to 60 and 120.
The Q2 Monochrom is also equipped with dust and splash protection (rated IP52).
Price: $8,990.00 AUD (£4,995.00 GBP / $5,995.00 USD)