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Leica M Monochrom

Leica MM vs Nikon D800E (Dolls, Downsampled)

Can a 36-megapixel Nikon D800E compete favorably with the Leica MM when converted to black and white and scaled to the same resolution? After all, the D800E has huge usability advantages (Live View, autofocus, etc) and its dynamic range is similar (possibly even a notch better, but that is unproven as this was written).

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.

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