Leica Issue Statement on Testing of New Sensors
Leica says the development phase of a new generation of imagers, which should fix the corrosion-related issue pertaining to the cover glass of the sensors of the Leica M9 / M9-P / M Monochrom and M-E, has now nearly been completed. The issue, which causes white speckles to appear in photos taken with some of these cameras, was acknowledged by Leica on 10 December 2014. Since then, the company has been working with its sensor supplier on a long-term technical solution. In the next phase, independent users will be testing the new-generation imagers "in practical situations." After completion and evaluation of this testing phase, Leica will begin replacing the corroded sensors as a "goodwill arrangement." Do note that the free sensor replacement service is only offered for cameras actually affected by the corrosion issue.
Leica Press Release
Latest information on the CCD sensors of the Leica M9 / M9-P / M Monochrom and M-E camera models
Since the recognition of a corrosion-related problem on the cover glass of the sensors of the above-mentioned camera models (see information from 10.12.2014), we have been working with our sensor supplier on a long-term technical solution.
The development phase of a new generation of sensors has now nearly been completed. In the next phase, independent users will be testing the new sensor in practical situations to guarantee that the imaging characteristics of the cameras remain unaltered.
After completion and evaluation of this testing phase, we will begin the replacement of corroded sensors by the new-generation sensor.
As the goodwill arrangement for the replacement of affected sensors applies irrespective of the age of the camera, and also to sensors already replaced in the above-mentioned camera models, repairs will continue without interruption until the new sensors are available.
Please understand that sensor replacement can only be offered for cameras affected by the concrete problem and that preventive replacement is not possible.