Leica was one of the early entrants in the mirrorless camera race (2006), as they simply transitioned their existing M-mount film camera to digital. These are a bit different than most later mirrorless cameras in that the Leicas use an optical rangefinder (manual focusing) and don't rely upon Live View on the rear LCD to compose (except the new M).
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The M8 (and a slightly revised version, the M8.2) are rangefinder-type cameras, and use the Leica M mount.
- Sensor: 10.3mp CCD sensor, 18 x 27mm (1.33x crop, APS-H), Bayer color filtration, no AA filter
- Mount: Leica M
- Images: 3936 x 2630 JPEG or 12-bit DNG raw, 2 fps max
- Video: none
- Shutter: mechanical 8 sec to 1/8,000 sec, bulb
- Exposure: center-weighted, -3 to +3EV exposure compensation, 6 white balance settings (plus Custom), ISO 160-2500 (plus Pull 80)
- Focus: manual focus
- Display: 2.5" 230k dot fixed LCD, optical viewfinder (.68x magnification) framelines for 24, 28, 35, 50, 75, 90mm lenses (M8.2 adds better glass protection on LCD)
- Flash: hot shoe, 1/250 flash sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync, rear sync
- Remote: no
- Other Notable Features: lens correction, comes with Capture One LE
- Cards: SD, SDHC
- Battery: LEBM8
- Size: 5.5 x 3.2 x 1.5" (139 x 80 x 37mm) wide, tall, deep
- Weight: 20.9 ounces (591g)
- Colors: Black
- Price: US$4795 body only
- Announced: September 14, 2006, M8.2 Sept 15, 2008
Note: lack of effective UV/IR suppression on the M8 means that you normally have to use lens filters on this camera to get accurate color.
M8.2 differs with minor updates to shutter (quieter, but loses 1/8000), sapphire glass over LCD, and the rangefinder is optimized to focus at 2m, no 0.7m. Logo is black instead of red.