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Can the 14.75-megapixel Sigma DP1 Merrill point-and-shoot with its Foveon true-color sensor compete favorably with the Leica MM when converted to black and white? (The DP1 Merrill is reviewed in more detail in Guide to Mirrorless).
A monochrome sensor has an inherent resolution advantage over a conventional Bayer-matrix color sensor, but the Sigma SD1 Merrill sensor is a “true color” sensor with a stacked design that in a spatial sense acts similarlhy to a monochrome sensor, because there is no demosaicing step involved.
- Sigma DP1 Merrill 14.75 X 3 megapixel point and shoot, ISO 100 with its built-in 19mm f/2.8 (28mm equivalent).
- Leica M Monochrom + Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M ASPH, ISO 320.
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Diglloyd Guide to LEICA contains in-depth coverage of Leica M system cameras and lenses, with additional coverage of Leica M Monochrom, Leica Q, Leica SL and Leica S.
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