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Leica M Monochrom — Intro

The Leica M Monochrom is a groundbreaking camera. While there have been a few ill-fated monochrome cameras made (e.g. by Kodak), this is the first time that a high resolution monochrome sensor will be available as a mainstream product. Yes, there are monochrome (and expensive) medium format cameras, but those are hugely costly (even compared to the Leica M Monochrom), and not readily available.

The image quality of a black and white sensor is unperturbed by the demosaicing process required for an RGB sensor with a Bayer matrix. With no Bayer matrix and no anti-aliasing filter, the 18MP resolution exhibits higher resolution than a 18-megapixel color senor, and avoids any digital artifacts from the RGB demosaicing process.

The main disappointment I see with the Leica M Monochrom is its ultra-low-resolution 230K pixel color screen. This hardly seems fitting for a groundbreaking camera.

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