The rangefinder camera uses a newly designed 18 million pixel sensor. With this new sensor there is no Bayer Pattern filter (colour filter array), which means it never separates the light into colours.
As the sensor does not ‘see’ colours, every pixel records true luminance values. As a result, it delivers ‘true’ black & white images that are significantly sharper than comparable exposures from a camera with a colour-sensitive sensor, and images that require very little or no further image processing.
The Leica M Monochrom camera costs £6,120 (body only) but you could win one by entering the Black+White Photographer of the Year competition run by Black+White Photography magazine in association with Leica.
This fantastic prize comes with a Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH lens worth £2,160.