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There May be a Sony Black and White Sensor Coming

by Julius Motal on 07/02/2014

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This nifty diagram shows how the Leica M Monochrom can deliver greater sharpness than other cameras that shoot in color, and Sony may have a stronger answer to Leica’s $8,000 monochromatic wunderkind. According to a level 3 rumor on Sony Alpha Rumors, Sony may be working on a full-frame black and white sensor for the RX line of compact cameras. Think RX1, but in black-and-white.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony RX1R product photos first impressions (1 of 5)ISO 32001-40 sec at f - 3.5

Unfortunately, we need to take this with a sizable grain of salt because Sony Alpha Rumor’s gives any rumor labeled SR3 a 50/50 chance of it being correct. So, while a compact black & white full-frame option may excite some, it has to be said that there’s a good chance it could all be hogwash.

Now, if it is true, it will probably go for far less than the Leica M Monochrom. The RX1 is still one of the most expensive cameras in Sony’s lineup at around $3,000, and a monochromatic option is likely to come within the ballpark of that price point, maybe a little less or maybe a little more.

And if Sony keeps on doing what it’s doing, its b&w RX titan would likely best the Leica M Monochrom in terms of image quality. While it is an impressive camera, the Monochrom is a boutique option for those with money to spare. Sony would likely have greater appeal with a lower price point, but who’s to say?

The likelihood of this being at all true is up to, quite literally, a coin toss.

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