LEICA M8 – The First Classic of Digital Photography
The LEICA M8 doesn’t only look like an M – it utilises all the benefits of the analog Leica M system for sophisticated and creative digital photography. It is the only digital camera for enthusiasts and professionals alike to incorporate the rangefinder system with its advantages of discreet and quiet operation, speed and precision. Full compatibility with nearly all M lenses means that their unique imaging performance is available for digital photography, too. The CCD image sensor has been specifically matched to the compact lens design to guarantee superlative photographic quality. The controls and functions of the digital M still concentrate on the essentials.
Exceptional performance in every detail
For Leica, image quality is not only a byword, but a value attained by optimising all the links in the performance chain: Leica’s high performance M lenses, now performing even better in the digital system with the 6-bit coding. The low-noise CCD sensor with a resolution of 10.3 megapixels, which is specifically matched to the extreme requirements of the high-resolution M lenses. The future-guaranteed raw data format (DNG) and the new raw data converter Capture One4, acknowledged as the best. It is this combination of these high-quality individual components that ensures the best image quality.
Concentration on the exposure. Not on the controls
By concentrating on the essentials, the camera’s operation is simple and intuitive. The LEICA M8 deliberately dispenses with multifunction keys and nested menus. All the main settings are in clearly structured menus on the bright 2.5" display. For detailed quality control whilst “on location”, RGB histogram and clipping warning can be used on even the finest details of the subject.