Leica's latest Q2 camera only shoots in black-and-white

The Q2 Monochrom is built for specialist photographers.

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Jon Fingas
November 10, 2020 9:00 AM
Leica Q2 Monochrom camera

Leica is extending its fondness for black-and-white photography to the Q2, one of its most important cameras. The company has unveiled a Q2 Monochrom model that switches from a conventional 47-megapixel full-frame sensor to a black-and-white variant without color and low-pass filtering. The move produce more analog-looking monochrome shots than you’d get through software, and leads to a much higher sensitivity of ISO 100,000 (up from 50,000), albeit at the expense of the ISO 50 from the regular Q2.

The Monochrom variant is appropriately stealthier, without the signature red dot to remind everyone you’re using a Leica.

Beyond that, you’ll see some very familiar elements. You’ll still see a 28mm f/1.7 prime lens (with digital zoom to replicate 35mm, 50mm and 75mm), a 3.68-megapixel OLED viewfinder and a 3-inch touchscreen. You can still capture 4K video at up to 30 frames per second if you’re eager to produce moody footage.

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The Q2 Monochrom is available now. We’re still waiting on official pricing as we write this, although B&H lists it at $5,995, a full $1,000 over the regular Q2. As with other Monochrom models, you’re most likely to buy this if you’re either a professional with a penchant for black-and-white photos or a well-off enthusiast who insists on that vintage look.

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Leica's latest Q2 camera only shoots in black-and-white