Leica Monochrom (TYP 246) DNG Files Currently Incompatible with Apple ‘Photos’ App

Leica Camera has issued an advisory warning that the new Leica Monochrom (Typ 246)’s DNG files are currently incompatible with Apple’s ‘Photos’ App in Mac OS X Yosemite causing the library to crash and potentially lose all existing image files in the Apple Photos library. With the new Apple ‘Photos’ App, when loading Monochrom DNG files from the new Monochrom, the library will crash continuously on loading. This may cause the Apple Photos library to be destroyed. This means that pictures previously taken with any other camera will be lost. As such, Leica Camera does not recommend using the Apple ‘Photos’ App for DNG files from the new Monochrom (Typ 246) until further notice.

Leica and Apple are collaborating to resolve this issue and develop a solution so that the DNG files from the new Monochrom can be used with the ‘Photos’ App without any issues in the near future. It is anticipated that Apple will have this resolved in the next update for ‘Photos’. Leica recommends all users of the new Leica Monochrom to use Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® CC/6 for DNG files of the new Monochrom.

The latest version of Adobe Photoshop is fully compatible with Mac and Windows PC. The JPG files from the new Leica Monochrom work with all Apple applications.


Leica Camera proudly presents the new Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246), the first and only digital camera that captures raw black and white images in both stills and video. Reduced to the essentials for true, authentic and direct black and white photography, the Leica M Monochrom provides images with extremely low noise at even the highest sensitivities, with per-pixel sharpness that cannot be duplicated with standard color sensors. The Leica M Monochrom is truly an unique camera.

Features :

  • 24 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Outstanding imaging performance with low noise up to ISO 25,000
  • Live-View and focus peaking
Large buffer memory with the Leica Maestro processor
High quality full-HD video function
  • Body made of high-strength magnesium alloy and solid brass top and base plates finished in black chrome to match the black chrome lenses announced earlier this year
  • Sapphire crystal glass cover plate and 3” LCD
  • Access to Leica’s legendary range of M lenses from 16 – 135 mm
New filters solely for the Leica M Monochrom widening your creative possibilities
Compatible with all the accessories for the Leica M (Typ 240) including the EVF 2
Access to R lenses with Leica M-Adapter-R for both stills and video
A free download to Adobe Lightroom

Pre-order yours today at the Leica Boutique Rancho Mirage and the Leica Boutique Walnut Creek. Available mid-May for $7,450.00.