Leica has announced the new M Monochom type 246 camera.

With a 24-megapixel black-and-white full-frame sensor, Leica's Monochroms claim to fame is being the first and only digital camera that exclusively produces black and white images without any processing. Leica claims that without the hindrance of color, their camera provides images with much greater detail and dynamic range saying, "The result is 100 percent sharper images with brilliance and detail contrast that far exceeds what color photography can do."

The improved processor allows for up to 3 times faster shooting and viewing on a 3-inch LCD screen and the addition of focus peaking, which shows sharply focused edges with color highlights.

As you may expect, the price tag is going to be high, and expected to be in excess of £5,000.

The 246 is expected to be released in mid May 2015. More information can be found on the Leica Website.