Leica M8 Review
Leica M8 specifications
|Price|| UK: £2990 (body only)
US: $4795 (body only)
|Type||Compact digital viewfinder system camera for professional use with Leica M lenses. Microprocessor-controlled metal blade slot shutter.|
|Body material||Enclosed all-metal body of highly stable magnesium alloy for professional use over many years. Black synthetic leather coating. Top panel and bottom cover are milled from solid brass and are silver or black chromium plated.|
27 x 18 mm CCD sensor (Kodak KAF-10500)
|Image sizes||• 3936 x 2630
• 2952 x 1972
• 1968 x 1315
• 1312 x 876
|File formats|| DNG (RAW)
JPEG (Fine / Basic)
DNG + JPEG
|Lens mount|| Leica M bayonet
Identification of 6-bit coded lenses
Current 6-bit coded Leica M lenses of 16 - 90 mm focal length
|Lens coding|| 6-bit lens coding system (detection can be disabled)
Reduction of edge shadowing
Identification of lens (recorded in JPEG EXIF / DNG)
Auto slow-sync function in aperture priority mode
|Incompatible lenses|| Hologon 15 mm F8
Summicron 50 mm F2 with close focusing
Elmar 90 mm F4 with collapsible tube
Lenses with retractable tubes can only be used with their tubes extended otherwise you risk damaging the camera
|Focusing|| Manual focus via lens ring
Superimposed focusing system via viewfinder
|Exposure modes|| Heavily center-biased TTL exposure metering with preset aperture
Light reflected from white strip in center of metal blade slot shutter
Silicon photodiode with collection lens
Range: 0 to 20 EV
|Exposure compen.|| +/- 3.0 EV
1/3 EV steps
|Sensitivity|| ISO 160
|Shutter||Microprocessor-controlled metal blade slot shutter with vertical action|
|Shutter action||Shutter activation optimised for minimum noise development. Electric motor drive with friction wheel in the first speed build-up stage and a cam disc for homogeneous torque throughout the activation process.|
|Shutter speed|| In aperture priority mode steplessly adjustable from 32 to 1/8000 sec
Manually selectable from 4 to 1/8000 sec in 1/2 EV steps
|Shutter dial (for manual selection)|| "Wrong way" shutter dial (same as M6 TTL / M7)
Auto shutter speed position
8 - 1/8000 sec in 1/2 EV steps
1/250 sec indicated as flash sync
|Shutter release button|| Three position soft-touch button
1. Initiate metering
2. Lock metered exposure
3. Shutter release
|Aperture||Selected on lens|
|White balance|| Auto
Kelvin color temperature (2000 - 13100 K)
Preset white balance (immediate or from photo)
|Color space|| sRGB
|Image parameters|| Sharpening (5): Off, Low, Standard, Medium High, High
Saturation (6): Low, Medium Low, Standard, Medium High, High, B&W
Contrast (5): Low, Medium Low, Standard, Medium High, High
|User profiles||Three available|
|Viewfinder type|| Large bright-line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation
Viewfinder optics with reduced sensitivity to scattered light and optimum visibility of the bright-line frame in all lighting situations
|Viewfinder specification|| Eyepiece matched to -0.5dpt, correction lenses form -3 to +3dpt available
Enlargement: 0.68x for all lenses
|Viewfinder bright-line frames|| Automatically matched for the lens used
o 24 and 35 mm
o 28 and 90 mm
o 50 and 75 mm
Automatic parallax correction
|Size basis range finder||Combination of split and superimposed image range finder shown as a bright field in the centre of the viewfinder image. Effective measurement basis 47.1 mm (mechanical measurement basis 69.25mm x viewfinder enlargement 0.68 x).|
|Viewfinder information|| LED symbol for flash status
Four-digit LED display with dots above and below
Brightness automatically adjusted depending on ambient brightness
Memory capacity warning when the SD card is full
LED light balance with two triangular and one circular LED for manual exp
Display of: underexposure by at least one aperture stop; underexposure by 1/2 aperture stop; correct exposure; overexposure by 1/2 aperture stop; overexposure by at least one aperture stop
|LCD monitor|| 2.5" TFT LCD
230,000 pixel TFT
|Flash control|| Leica M-TTL flash compatible
Short calibration pre-flash immediately before main exposure
Connection: M-TTL guide number control with pre-flash
Flash sync: 1/250 sec
Manual: Bulb to 1/250 sec
Auto slow sync: 1/focal length in seconds (only 6-bit coded lenses)
Choice of long flash sync times up to 1/8 sec for balanced flash in aperture priority mode
Sync: 1st or 2nd shutter point (front / rear sync)
Compensation: +/- 3.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps
|Shooting modes|| Single picture (one shutter button depression, one picture)
Continuous (2 frames per second up to 10 frames)
Self-timer (2 or 12 second delay)
|Play functions||• Image (simple)
• Image with histogram and information
o Histogram: standard / RGB
o Clipping indication: on / off
o Exposure information
o Can magnify and browse
• Image magnify up to 1:1 (can browse)
• Thumbnail (4 or 9 image index)
• Page by page (9 image index)
|Delete function|| Single image
|Protect / Unprotect function||• Single image
• All images
|Set quick access menu||• User profile
• ISO sensitivity
• Exposure compensation
• White Balance
• Image quality ('compression')
• Image size ('resolution')
|Storage|| Secure Digital / Secure Digital HC
FAT / FAT32
|Connectivity||USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B connector)|
|Provided software||• Capture One LE
• Leica Digital Capture
|Power|| Lithium-Ion battery pack (3.7 V, 1900 mAh)
Charger included (also attaches to car socket)
|Dimensions||139 x 80 x 37 mm (5.5 x 3.1 x 1.5 in)|
|Weight (no battery)||545 g (1.2 lb)|
|Weight (inc. batt)||591 g (1.3 lb)|
|Box contents||M8 camera (10702 silver or 10701 black), anti-slip carrying strap (14 312), camera cover for M bayonet (14 195), lithium ion rechargeable battery (14 464), battery charger incl. car socket adaptor and 3 mains plug adapters (Euro, UK, USA) (14 463), USB connection cable, user manual, software DVD Capture One LE, software CD with LEICA DIGITAL CAPTURE and user manuals in all languages (PDF); printed user manual for LEICA M8; warranty card for LEICA M8|
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