Leica’s Latest Goes Back To Black (And White)

The Leica Q2 Monochrom arrives in a sleek black trim.

By Terry Christodoulou 11/11/2020

Leica has long been a brand that embraces the past, but its latest offering is one filled with firsts.

The Leica Q2 Monochrom is the first black-and-white camera from the company to use autofocus as well as the only full-frame compact camera with a dedicated monochrome sensor.

Building on the success of the standard Q2, the model shares the same design, handling, viewfinder, battery, software and more. The fixed 28mm f.1.7 lens and IP52 weather resistance rating also remains.

The point of difference lies in its black-and-white 47-megapixel full-frame sensor that arrives with a bolstered capacity for wider dynamic range and greater low-light sensitivity than its colour sensing sibling. It also shoots black-and-white 4K videos.

While the black-and-white camera is not new to Leica – previously available as the M Monochrom in rangefinder form – the extension of the Monochrom family to the autofocusing Q line opens the camera up to new segment of modern photographers.

Echoing its monochromatic capabilities, the camera arrives with a leather covering, matte black paint, and grey and white engravings. Even the iconic red dot was omitted as to not disrupt the Q2’s sleek, minimal aesthetic.

The Leica Q2 Monochrom is one sale from today at authorised Leica dealers, priced at $8990.



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