Leica M8

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.


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