It may sound crazy to release a digital camera in 2012 that only shoots in black & white, but that's exactly what Leica has done with the $8,000 M-Monochrom rangefinder. But in PopPhoto's hands-on test, the Monochrom's stunning ability to capture detail shows that there's a bit more to the story. Check out the full report here.
The Leica M-Monochrom is in a lot of ways much like the Leica M9. It's beautiful, compact, exceedingly expensive, with great image quality--a Maserati of a camera. The M-Monochrom, though, costs $1,000 more than the already expensive M9, and, by some definitions, you get less. The M-Monochrom, you see, only shoots in black and white. No color. Ever. The lack of a color filter in front of the sensor apparently lets more light in, which results in less noise in low light and a better dynamic range. Also, it's badass, in a kind of White Stripesian working-within-limitations kind of way. PopPhoto is out in Germany playing with it--head over there to see more. [PopPhoto]
If a Hummer died and came back as a camera, it would be a Leica -- for many reasons. First, they're built like tanks. Second, even the "small" ones are still huge. And, the most affordable ones are expensive. The just-announced M9 rangefinder and X1 compact are true to Leica form: they're both masterfully constructed cameras that are built to last. But at $7,000, the M9 should have a solid 24K gold shutter at the very least.
The newest pocket cams use stabilization to save you from your shaky hands
By Dan HavlikPosted 06.29.2006 at 2:00 am 1 Comment
The smaller your camera, the more susceptible it is to even the slightest tremble, which can leave your photos looking like Impressionist paintings. Fortunately, optical image stabilization has trickled down from pro cams to the shake-prone pocket models. The cameras use motion sensors to detect any quiver and move a piece of the lens to compensate for it. I tested three in the most blur-inducing scenarios: in low light without a flash-the slow shutter speed gives you more time to twitch-and at full zoom, which magnifies shake.