Twice now I’ve written about my preference for CCD sensor rendering at base ISO, and about my concern that Leica’s switch to a CMOS sensor for the upcoming Leica M camera may represent a step backwards for image quality:
The M9 has a CCD sensor, and the M8 before it had one too. In both cases, the image quality — again, at base ISO — was 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 from Nikon, Canon, and Sony.
So here we are, very close to the release of the new Leica M, and Leica continues to be curiously quiet… no full-size sample images have been made available.
They’ve either figured out a way to do what no other manufacturer has done before (and are quietly ecstatic), or they are worried.
I’m betting they’re worried.
The new Leica M will bring many advancements and improvements over the outgoing M9, just don’t expect image quality to be one of them.