Leica has just announced three new cameras; they are M-Monochrom, X2 and V-Lux 40. The M-Monochrom is a black-and-white, full-frame rangefinder that according to Leica “enables photographers to capture images in outstanding black-and-white quality, setting entirely new standards.”
M-Monochrom features an 18MP image sensor that does not “see” colors which allows it to deliver better black-and-white images than a a color-sensitive sensor. It ships with a full version of the mono processing software Silver Efex 2. It will be available from Leica dealers in late July 2012.
The X2 is an updated version of the X1 with a 16.2MP CMOS sensor and 24 mm f/2.8 fixed lens. It also features an improved autofocus system and an optional Viso-Flex high-resolution viewfinder with 1.4 megapixels and a 90° swivel function. It’s available now through Leica dealers.
The V-Lux 40 is a 14MP, 20x compact superzoom camera that features improved image quality over its predecessor the Leica V-Lux 30. It’s capable of capturing 1080 video, and it is equipped with an integrated GPS module. The Leica V-Lux 40 is also available now from Leica dealers. It ships with a 4.3–86 mm f/3.3–6.4 lens, and includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Premier Elements 10.