Leica’s Upcoming M-Series Camera May Have a B&W Sensor

Here’s a crazy rumor floating around: an upcoming M-series camera by Leica may feature a sensor that can only capture black and white photographs. According to a tip received by Leica Rumors, the camera will offer B&W digital photography with no LCD display on the back — a unique toy for nostalgic film photographers who have deep pockets. Phase One offers a similar B&W medium format back that captures monochrome images by eschewing the traditional color filters found on cameras.

(via Leica Rumors)

Image credit: M8 by Mattebox in B&W, January 28, 2012 by Maggie Osterberg

  • Andrew Tobin

    Call that news? Some facts would be useful.

  • Anthony Burokas

    Like the original Palm Pilot… honing down to a core function can be quite good. 

  • jdm8

    That might be good for infrared photography too, with the right filters.

    Some people have gotten used to having colors to control how the image is converted to black and white in post.  It’s a good technique to have.

  • Mantis

    Maybe if it had some sort of excellent B & W engine built-in, maybe powered by Nik Silver Efex Pro?

  • Dean W. Thompson

    WHAT?! Does this mean that if they make a lets say 16mp sensor… IT WILL BE A 16MP SENCOR?! I am so pumped for this camera! 

  • None

    Not only B&W – IR!  Check this out:

    Leica M10 to Have IR Sensor

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  • Through Painted Eyes

    I suppose the error made here is your thinking Petapixel is exclusively a news source.

  • Guest

    Looks like it’ll not only be B&W but IR…

  • Henning Nilsen

    Seeing as all digital images are initially black and white, I doubt it.

    What makes it color is when the light goes through the Bayer filter.

  • mythbuster

    Next step for Leica: making a b&w digital camera without electronic metering so you need an external lightmeter as I had in my M2… what a bunch of snobs!

  • Bike Motor

    Completly agreed. When they will make a camera with an optional shutter button? Or may be you can then buy another device to take color photos then. I dont see the point.

  • Felipe Manga

    There’s no Bayer array in a black-and-white sensor. That means no interpolation. With this you get as much detail as a color sensor that has 4 times as many pixels (and probably a bit more). I’ve been waiting for a B&W sensor camera to come out for years, but in a non-leica price tag. :(

  • camera

    That could set a new trend in photography, while bringing back the old days.

  • Dean W. Thompson

    So true. The price rang is way out there, but now that it’s out there another company will follow suit (hope) at a consumer level!

  • Dean W. Thompson

    oh wow… Just realized this opens a door for digital trifield photography!