In this paper we investigate important issues in the design of the logarithmic CMOS pixel. In particular, much attention is paid to the optimization of pixel performance in terms of output gain, dynamic range, and fill-factor. In order to increase the gain-bandwidth product, we propose to use the native transistor as source follower. The performance of such a pixel is compared with that of conventional logarithmic pixels. It is shown that the native source follower yields a significant increase in the gain-bandwidth product. In addition, we propose a layout floor-planning strategy which allows us to achieve a 46% fill-factor. In order to compare the performance of the proposed pixel with the conventional NMOS and PMOS logarithmic pixels, a VLSI prototype has been realized using 0.7 ��m CMOS technology.