Leica M8.2

Released September, 2008
  • 10.4 MP
  • APS-C 27 x 18 mm CCD
  • 2.5" LCD
Shooting Raw provides greater latitude, but workflow overhead ay not be suitable for everyone.
by Photography Blog (Sep, 2009)

Features Key features of the Leica M8.2

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Leica M8.2
10.4 MP
24 MP
24 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Leica M8.2
2,500 ISO
102,400 ISO
25,600 ISO

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Leica M8.2

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Leica M8.2
46.9 microns
15.3 microns
15.3 microns

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Leica M8.2

As you might expect picture quality was a real highlight, especially at ISOs up to including ISO 640, easily matching more modern rivals with resolutions of around 15MP.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


As the Kodak made sensor is smaller than a single 35mm frame, the M8.2 has the inevitable field view crop - in this instance though the crop factor is less than the ubiquitous APS-C size sensors at 1.33x. Principal differences then between the M8 and M8.2 include a quieter, less vibration-prone shutter mechanism with charging delay, scratch-proof sapphire crystal LCD cover, viewfinder frame lines aligned to cover the sensor at 2m rather 0.7m and some cosmetic changes.
by Photography Blog (Sep, 2009)
Colour saturation drops quite markedly above ISO 640 too, but as much of the noticeable noise is chroma, and detail is well preserved right up to ISO 2500.
by Photography Blog (Sep, 2009)
What’s more, with the introduction of the new full-frame 18-megapixel M9 at a not unreasonable £4850 (by comparison), claiming lower noise and improved IR filtering, the M8.2 now looks a lot less attractive than it did before 09/09/09..
by Photography Blog (Sep, 2009)


Display selection automatically matches the lens in use.
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Low-noise CCD sensor specially optimized for the requirements of the M lens system.
by Photography Blog (Sep, 2009)
Be that as it may, the M8.2 is a welcome upgrade to the M8, and M-mount lens users continue to get a digital camera that can deliver the return on their investment.
by Photography Blog (Sep, 2009)

Image quality

Above that sensitivity and the dynamic range drops behind that of the best pro DSLRs, such as the Nikon D3, meaning some care is needed with exposure to get the best from the files.
by Photography Blog (Sep, 2009)
Still we can't help but feel it's a shame Leica couldn't have added in-camera noise reduction for out-of-camera Jpegs.
by Photography Blog (Sep, 2009)


You've really got to want to buy one of these, and indeed if you're making a living from the kind of photography that the M-series CRFs are aimed at, then you'll at least be very curious as to whether the M8.2 can 'cut-it.
by Photography Blog (Sep, 2009)
And it’s an investment that newcomers can benefit from too (though you may have to ask whether the M9 would be a better option), so for those reasons then, the M8.2 now narrowly misses out on the coveted Photography BLOG Highly Recommended award for the bestowing of a Recommended award instead.
by Photography Blog (Sep, 2009)


Instead of a full-frame - 35mm form factor sensor, the M8.2 like the original M8, features what’s sometimes referred to as APS-H sized sensor, much like that used by the Canon EOS 1D-without-the-s series cameras.
by Photography Blog (Sep, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Type CCD
Megapixels 10.4 MP
Resolution 3936 x 2630
Size APS-C
Area 27 x 18 mm
Crop factor 1.3x
Pixel size 46.9 microns
Light sensitivity 160 ISO to 2,500 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG


Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view No

form factor

Size 139 x 80 x 37 mm
Thickness 37 mm
Weight 591 g
Is weather sealed No


Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None


Video None


Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Rangefinder


Min 8 s
Max 1/4000 s


Max continuous shooting None
Continuous shooting None
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