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Leica M8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 203 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the lens and portability are on the whole positive. The performance and image quality also get good feedback. The exposure and reliability get critical opinions. The shutter and color get mixed comments.

usability, image quality, performance, portability, lens

value for money, battery, reliability, exposure

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Leica M8 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Leica M8


The Leica M series stretches back to the early 1950s, when they offered 35mm film shooters an extraordinary level of refinement and precision. The Leica M8, introduced at Photokina this week, is the logical successor to those forebears - it accepts...

- Beautiful build quality - Excellent LCD - Apparently excellent image quality - Simple, efficient interface

- Slow burst mode - Slow image save and display - Only center-weighted metering - High cost (even if it's justified)

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Hands On With the Leica M8


Leica fanatics have been arguing over this camera for years...even though it didn't exist until now. Battles raged over which features a digital M-series Leica should sport -- or whether these elegantly simple and decidedly Germanic manual-focus...

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Leica rangefinder M8.2 camera


The new Leica M8.2 is a significant development of Leica Camera AG's German-made digital rangefinder camera for professionals. While important Leica M8 attributes such as discretion, intuitive work and robustness have been further improved, the new...


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Leica to Auction Off First M8 Digital Rangefinder


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Leica M8 Digital Camera Review


Mention the name Leica to a photographer and you are sure to get a reaction. Leica is synonymous with cameras and lenses of uncompromising quality. The Leica M8 is the latest member of Leica's M-series range finder cameras, taking the M-series from...

The front of the camera gives no hint that the M8 is a digital camera. Just like the Leica M7, the front of the M8 contains the lens mount, viewfinder, rangefinder and frame selector lever

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The Leica M8 on Assignment


During a recent six-week trip to Iran, I shot exclusively with a Leica M8. This camera was lent to me by Leica for assessment, but I want to stress that there is no financial deal involved either way

Not withstanding all its technical qualities, the best point of the M8 is that it is a true M Leica. The ability to shoot discreetly in a crowd, to be inconspicuous on a street, and finally to point a small innocent-looking camera in the face of the...

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The Digital M – LEICA M8


While no digital camera can expect to be pre-eminent for decades at a time like the 35mm M Leicas, and the M8 will inevitably be surpassed in five years by the Leica M9 with more megapixels and even better image quality, the Leica M8 is about as good...

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Leica's M8; Does The 10MP Digital Leica Live Up To The Leica M Legend


The moment you take the eagerly anticipated Leica M8 in your hands you know that the design engineers at Leica have gone to great lengths to preserve the look and feel of perhaps the greatest 35mm rangefinder camera of all time, the legendary M-series...

When you fire the M8's shutter, the actual click is pretty quiet but higher pitched than that of a classic Leica M. However, this is quickly followed by a whir that lasts about a second on S and 1/2 sec on the C setting as the motor cocks the shutter....

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Leica M8


Leica Camera is introducing the new Leica M8 at Photokina in Cologne (September 26, 2006 to October 1, 2006). It is the first digital camera to use the Leica viewfinder system. All the key characteristics of the analog Leica reporter's camera such as...

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Leica M8 Solution


There has been much talk about the green ghost problem, but little evidence. Below is an example which clearly shows the problem.

Product Specifications

The dream of many Leica photographers has come true: the Leica M system is now open for professional digital photography. Breaking completely new ground, the LEICA M8 doesn't only look like an M - it utilizes all the benefits of the analog Leica M system for sophisticated and creative digital photography. It is the only digital camera for professionals to incorporate the rangefinder system with its advantages of discreet and quiet operation, speed and precision. And the no-compromise quality criteria of the M system continue to apply to the M8. Full compatibility with nearly all M lenses means that their unique imaging performance is now available for digital photography, too. The low-noise CCD image sensor with a resolution of 10.3 megapixels 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. The proven M concept is complemented by the intelligent extra functions that digital technology has to offer. The LEICA M8 is the first timeless digital camera "Made in Germany". Fascinatingly new and yet still a real Leica M.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Rangefinder
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card/MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Leica

Lens System

Lens for SD:Body only



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:18 x 27mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):18 x 27 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.3Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):2500
Light Sensitivity:ISO 1250 / ISO 160 / ISO 1600 / ISO 2500 / ISO 320 / ISO 640 / ISO auto/ISO 160-2500
Special Effects:Black & White
Still Image Format:DNG (RAW) / JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical