Last Updated on November 1, 2021
A couple of decades ago, black and white photography was the standard for everybody. The lack of advanced technology back then deprived most avid photographers of old the opportunity to capture still images in full color. However, as the brilliant minds of humanity progressed towards the future, the practice of taking pictures in pure black and white has become but a rare occurrence which is not seen that often anymore.
However, the black and white style continues to thrive among passionate art communities all over the world, there is just something about the lack of colors in an image which tickles the imagination of curious and artistic minds. Some even go to the lengths of investing in editing services which can cost up to the thousands just to get the authentic black and white filters onto their content (ex. The Lighthouse starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe).
Leica, the luxurious German camera company, has caught up to this growing trend with the release of the Q2 Monochrom – a camera which, in typical Leica fashion, breaks the boundaries of the camera industry. In fact, the Leica Q2 Monochrom is the only full-frame compact camera in the market to have a dedicated monochrome sensor as of date.
Although less demanding when it comes to hardware due to its black and white limitations, there was no expense spared in ensuring that the Q2 Monochrom was built with the most powerful components available. The Leica Q2 Monochrom comes with a 47.3-megapixel full frame monochrome sensor which is capable of capturing videos in 4K resolution, Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH.
lens paired with an ISO range of 100 to 100,000 which enables the camera to capture crisp images in any situation, and a 3.68 MP OLED Electronic Viewfinder which promises superior quality and crystal-clear resolution with each shot you take with the Q2 Monochrom.
Ahead of its Time
Although based on an old style of photography, there is nothing outdated about the advanced capabilities of the Leica Q2 Monochrom.
Several features the black and white dedicated camera boasts include a contrast-detect autofocus system which can lock into your subject in just 0.15 seconds – making it one of the fastest focusing cameras on the market, and built-in WiFi and Bluetooth LE support that smoothly collaborates with the downloadable Leica FOTOS app – enabling you to upload and share your freshly taken photos in your social media accounts in an instant.
The Leica Q2 Monochrom is definitely ahead of its time, combining the old and the new to deliver one of the most capable black and white cameras currently for sale.