Yesterday, Leica announced their first digital rangefinder camera for black and white photography only : the Leica M-Monochrom. To put it in a nutshell, the Leica M-Monochrom is a M9 that can not see colors. It gets the same Full Frame 18MP sensor but has no optical low-pass filter nor any Bayer Matrix. This should result in outstanding sharpness.
Today, dpreview published a Leica M-Monochrom image gallery where you can check the M Monochrom image quality out by yourself. You can download full resolution images. At 100%, the impression of sharpness is a bit disappointing and these images are to be interpreted with caution. They are aimed to be printed, not pixel peeped. Also note that these images were taken with a preproduction camera which firmware is not final. The camera is due early July and I’d bet Leica engineers still have a lot to do on the in-camera image processing.
Here is the link to dpreview Leica M Monochrom image gallery.