Ongoing Poll: Should Leica bring back the CCD sensor?

Inspiration, Q&A, Teaching point

The longest running CCD poll :), asking whether a brand new CCD sensor should reappear in a future Leica M camera, is still running…

Why am I continuing this?

Because I love the rendering of CCD sensors!  The Leica M9 is like a portable digital mini-medium format camera.

At the very least, CCD sensors offer us photographers an alternative choice.

I’ve noticed a few notable individuals who were initially very enthusiastic about the Leica M240 (CMOS sensor camera) have now changed their tune and are subtly conceding that the M9 image quality at low ISO is superior.

So far, I have just over 400 votes…


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11 thoughts on “Ongoing Poll: Should Leica bring back the CCD sensor?

  1. I was having a little buyers remorse and wrote about it recently on my blog.

    Partially because I didn’t like how bloated the new M had become with features that simply don’t inspire me. And i felt the images just looked different than my trusty M9.

    But i’ve picked up the M240 again for the past week with the latest firmware and I’m feeling a lot better

    I’m hoping this weekend I can really give it a worthy test. Perhaps by then I will know which camera works best for me.

    1. Bijan,

      You are one of the few people out there who are a testament to what the M240 is capable of–don’t give up on it!

      A recent re-visit to your blog has reminded me I should be there daily.

      Best regards,


        1. Bijan,

          Yes, thanks to Peter, I am on a few adventures…film is certainly one of them!

          While time-consuming, it has generally been very rewarding–I think I’ve got the workflow down to a bit of an art.

          Anyway, I appreciate your comments on the site; it is certainly not as breathtaking as yours! I do like the music you have incorporated…it has broadened my interests.

          All the best,

  2. Peter, whether we like it or not, we have to go with time and technology, as much we would love to hold on with the M9, I am afraid the CMOS is the future. I am like you, I love my M9 and I dont see myself buying the M. But I am afraid I will have no choice… Sooner or later

  3. I met with a photographer in NY, who does walking one on one walking tours and discusses street photography. We didn’t take many photos really (because there was two of us:-)), though he showed me different parts of NY. He had the 240 with him and was happy…but not glowing.

    I just noticed on his blog he is going to sell it and go back to the M9!! He was not a happy with the new firmware upgrade.

    for your interest this is his site…

    That said others like Kristian Dowling doing very nicely with it.

    1. His photographs are excellent. But on his last post it seems like he says he’s still trying to get used to it.

      I know that feeling.

  4. if u see medium format cameras like leica S, mamiyadf+ and hasselblad , then they all have CCD sensors intead of cmos. it clearly proves that CCD’s outperform CMOS at low ISO’s.
    also their image quality is better than cmos. cmos are meant for dark performance only .

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