My 35mm digital camera of the year for 2016 is:
After experimenting with the Nikon D810 (and other cameras) for more than seven months, I continue to prefer the Leica M9/M-E for image quality, at base ISO.
It is clear to me that the D810 has the better performing sensor by all objective metrics and has more malleable files, but somehow the M9 images look better.
(The runner up camera is once again the Leica M8.)
But, am I being premature with my selection? What will the second half of 2016 bring?
Leica may finally improve on the disappointing M240 with the release of a new M in the fall, but realistically most of us won’t be able to get a hold of it until 2017.
Either way, don’t expect it to be a CCD camera like many of us have asked for in My Open a Letter to Leica.
I’ll be interested in it anyway, if the image quality is better than the M240.
Previous Camera of the Year Winners:
2015: No camera selected (it should have been the M9/M-E).
2014: Leica M9/M-E
2013: Leica M9/M-E
2012: Leica M9/M-E
2011: Leica M9
2010: Leica M9
2009: Leica M9
2008: Leica M8
2007: Leica M8
2006: Leica M8