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Leica raises the bar again on its upgrade policies

In keeping with their proud traditions, Leica introduces its perpetual update program which makes their Leica M8 a digital camera in which the latest refinements and developments in technology will be incorporated. The first update package entails the fitting of a scratch-resistant sapphire glass LCD screen cover as well as a shutter that is quieter; one that is closer to a well-tuned classic analog Leica M. The new electronically controlled metal-blade slotted shutter offers the benefits of a more discreet sound...

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Listen to the Leica M8 shutter upgradeAll Leica photographers know what they can always rely on: superb picture quality, a special handling experience and a camera they can use for many years - even spanning generations. In keeping with these proud traditions, but now in the age of digital technology, Leica introduces it's perpetual update program which makes the LEICA M8 a digital camera in which, uniquely, owners will be able to incorporate the latest refinements and developments in technology. While other digital cameras quickly become outdated and are replaced by new models, Leica's new concept allows it's customers to invest in the photographic equipment they need sure in the knowledge that they will not miss out on improvements and technological developments in the future.
 
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 new 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 raw data converter Capture One LE, acknowledged as the best. It is this combination of high-quality individual components that ensures maximum image quality.

Concentration on the exposure. Not on the controls.

A lot of care, many years of experience and extensive knowledge about how photographers work have gone into the operational concept of the M8. Concentrating on the essentials, operation is therefore 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.

Even closer to perfection

The first update package entails the fitting of a scratch-resistant sapphire glass LCD screen cover as well as a shutter that is quieter; one that is closer to a well-tuned classic analog Leica M.

Only diamond is harder than the sapphire glass used by Leica and Leica is the only camera manufacturer who has succeeded in using this material for the coverglass of their LCD screen. The advantage of a surface immune to scratches from contact with metal, stone or sand speak for themselves: an undisturbed, brilliant view on an LCD screen that looks new even after years of use.

The new electronically controlled metal-blade slotted shutter offers the benefits of a more discreet sound. We recorded and compared the sound of a standard camera and that of an upgraded M8 in real life situations and these files are available as a download on this page for you to compare. The new shutter involves less kinetic force, especially during the opening of the shutter, which results in even more sharply defined hand-held exposures at slow shutter speeds.

How can I take part?

An upgrade certificate will be available for M8 owners fom March 2008 on the Leica website. These certificates will be uniquely numbered and used to schedule the timing of your upgrade on a first come first served basis from August 2008 on. All M8 ever built are suitable for this upgrade. We will take care about collecting the cameras and will also inspect and adjust all camera functions when carrying out the update, As a consequence, each LEICA M8 is given a two-years warranty after the upgrade as if for a brand new camera. For more information see the PDF document "FAQ M8 Upgrade Concept" under "Know-how" in our download section.

Additional information: Listen to the Leica M8 shutter upgrade
February 6, 2008
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