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Leica M Monochrom

Leica MM vs Leica M9P (Dolls)

A monochrome sensor has an inherent resolution advantage over a conventional Bayer-matrix color sensor, see Resolution with Color Sensor vs Monochrome Sensor in Making Sharp Images.

This comparison shows and confirms the monochrome sensor advantage, but how far superior it harder to quantify.

Since the Leica M Monochrom and Leica M9/M9P share the same sensor design (resolution, bit depth, etc), the only difference between them is the GGRB Bayer in the M9P versus the straight monochrome MM. Neither has an anti-aliasing filter, so that is not a factor. Thus, the situation is ideal to address the question of whether the monochrome sensor really can deliver more resolution on a real-world image.

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