If you intend to do B/W photography with your Leica M8, the camera’s increased infrared sensitivity does not come into effect. Only synthetic black fabrics are rendered slightly brighter than they appear to the eye. This phenomenon was not considered to be important in any of the investigated cases.
The LEICA M8 takes approx. 1 second to power up. It takes approx. 3-4 seconds to read the SD card completely. If the shutter is released before the card is read completely, information on the card is not accessible. In such cases the automatically replayed image will be referred to as number 0/0, but, when the camera is switched to permanent reviewing, the camera will show the correct image number.
From firmware version 1.201, greatly improved algorithms for the automatic white balance have been integrated. This improvement allows colour-neutral images under almost all lighting conditions. In comparison to former firmware versions, the writing time will be slightly longer (approx. +1.3 seconds with „fast“ cards), if JPG or DNG+JPG was chosen as the output format. If images are taken in the DNG format, the writing time will remain unchanged.
The monitor offers substantially more room for a clear and exact display of the data and permits additional information such as card size, shutter speed and lens type. In contrast to the display on the M8, the information can be easily seen in low light situations. For this reason we decided to remove the display in the top plate.