So by now everybody knows Leica released more official photos taken with the upcoming M (240). I write “more” because they had previously released sample images on their website.
Looking at the new sample images, it seems that what I wrote months ago still applies:
The M9… image quality — again, at base ISO — [is] superior to anything being produced by CMOS-based cameras. This was true in 2006 (M8) and 2009 (M9), and it is true even today, despite the release of a new generation of CMOS cameras…
I see people are being careful — as I have been up until now — to not draw any premature conclusions about the new M‘s image quality. Essentially, many are pointing out that the newly-released images, as images, are not very inspiring and this, in turn, may be adversely biasing perceptions of image quality.
Yet when I look at M9 (or M8) images, even at web sizes, they have a crispness and vitality to them that the new sample images from the M (240) seem to lack.
This is undeniable.