LEICA M8 First Professional Digital Camera to be made in Germany
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. The robust top panel and the solid bottom cover of Leica M8 are machined from solid brass blocks using the most modern milling techniques. The enclosed all-metal body is made of a highly stable magnesium alloy for professional use over many years.The rechargeable battery and the SD card slot are well protected from dust and moisture under the bottom cover. This design, proven over decades in the Leica M system, increases the robustness of the camera.The Leica M8 measures approximately 136.6×36.9×80.2mm,weighs approximately 545g and will be available from late November for approximately 577,500 Yen ($4,920) in two body colors- black chrome and chrome.