Since the M9, all digital Leica M cameras have utilized a similar 18Mp 24x36mm CCD sensor that have produced very similar results in the DxOMark Sensor Scores. With a DxOMark Overall Score of 69, the Leica M-E Type 220 ranks in a lowly 61st place overall for all sensors on the database, just ahead of the Leica M9-P in 64th place with 68 points.
For cameras featuring a large sensor, this is poor and places them virtually at the bottom of our database for full frame sensors – only ahead of the 10-year-old Canon EOS 1Ds with 63 points. Put it into further context of many current full-frame DSLRs scoring well over 80 points and recent Nikon offerings like the D800E boasting a massive 96 points, the M9-P and M-E Type 220 are well off the pace, with the D800E offering almost 2-Stops better image quality overall.
The trend continues in the Portrait (Color Depth) category, where scores of 22.7 bits for the M-E Type 220, and 22.5 bits for the M9-P, ranks them 75th and 77th overall and again second to last for full frame sensors.
Things slightly improve with Landscape (Dynamic Range) Scores, where 11.6Evs and 11.7Evs elevates them slightly to 71st and 73rd place overall, but it’s the Sports (Low-Light ISO) Score where the Leica’s CCD sensor is so disappointing. Scoring 854 ISO for the M9-P and 787 ISO for the M-E Type 220, the Sports Score results rank these Leica cameras the worst 2 full frame sensors on the DxOMark database.