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Leica launches black-and-white-only camera Q2 Monochrom

“Black and white are the colours of photography,” declared the pivotal Robert Frank. “To me, they symbolise the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected”. The purity of black and white photography and a desire for ‘das Wesentliche’ – the essential – has inspired Leica Camera to produce the world’s only full-frame compact camera with a dedicated monochrome sensor, the black-and-white-only Leica Q2 Monochrom.

It’s said that when you remove the colours from an image you are left with the soul. The Leica Q2 Monochrom embraces this philosophy. It applies state-of-the-art digital technology to the rich spirit of authentic image-making established by the likes of Frank during the past century.

Based on the Leica Q2, a cult favourite with a never ending waiting list, the addition of a dedicated monochromatic sensor takes this camera’s black and white capabilities to levels never seen before. Whether you are a street photographer capturing life’s unique moments, or architecture’s shades and shadows, the Q2 Monochrom captures shades, textures and emotions like no other compact camera.

The newly-developed full-frame 47.3 megapixel monochrome sensor works with a fast 28mm prime lens, precise autofocus and OLED viewfinder technology with improved contrast and image depth to deliver new standards in black and white photography. This is complemented by a unique, intuitive operating concept, with a specially-adapted menu for monochrome pictures.

A new 4K mode means brilliant black and white video can be made with 3840 x 2160 pixels and frame rates of 30 or 24 frames-per-second, as well as regular full HD format of up to 120 fps. Fast aperture enables superb picture quality in even the most difficult lighting situations.

Remotely taking, sharing and transferring images and video couldn’t be easier, thanks to the camera’s integrated Wi-Fi and low-energy Bluetooth and Leica’s FOTOS App.

The Q2 Monochrom’s small size, light-weight and easy to grip resilient materials make it the perfect travel companion. The minimalist matte-black design, incorporating a black Leica roundel and grey and white engravings, is elegant and discrete. Made in Germany to the most precise, high-quality standard, fine aesthetics are combined with robustness to ensure protection from dust and water spray.

The Leica Q2 Monochrom - £4,995 RRP


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