Leica Camera AG has announced a new M-series camera to complement the existing M9 and and M9-P models. The new camera, the M-M (Mononchrom) boasts a 18-MP full-frame CCD sensor for black and white photos only. The sensor is devoid of the conventional Bayer colored array and is said to have improved detail, sensitivity and lower noise than a comparable color sensor.
In addition to the M-M, Leica has also introduced the Leica X2, and updated version of the X1 featuring a 16MP CMOS and 35mm f/2.8 equivalent lens. The X2 is said to have improved AF operation over the original and has a accessory socket for an optionally available 1.44m dot electronic viewfinder, or 'Visoflex' finder, in Leica speak (but looks remarkably similar to the Epson made unit for the Olympus PENs, see below).
The Leica X2 is available immediately at $1,995, while the Leica M Monochrom in black chrome will be available from Leica dealers in late July 2012 at a retail price of $7,950 / £6120 / 6.800 Eur (inc VAT).
Pre-order the Leica X2 (silver) at Adorama
Pre-order the Leica X2 (black) at Adorama
Leica Visoflex EVF at Adorama ($524.95)
More information can be found at www.leica-camera.com.