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September 15, 2006

Leica's One-Two Punch: M8 Digital and Digilux 3

Leica's latest announcements deliver a one-two punch that lands very solidly, just in time for the last week of pre-show disclosure frenzy leading to the opening of Photokina 2006. The previews are courtesy of our colleagues at Imaging-Resource.

Leading with a jab is the Leica Digilux 3, a copy of Panasonic's Lumix L-1 which features the Four-Thirds mount system and a Live-View MOS secondary CCD that enables live previewing through the rear LCD like most compact digital cameras.

But the real devastation is wreaked from the right - yes, Leica Rangefinder lovers, your ship has finally come in. The Leica M8 digital rangefinder features a 10.3MP CCD, 2.5" LCD and in absolute keeping with the product line's leadership in ambient-light shooting, an astounding ISO2500 rating (unboosted). The focal length conversion is a much more generous 1.33, so wide-angle traditionalists will not be impacted too much. Also in keeping with the Leica line is the price, a very steep USD4800. Nonetheless, this may be the camera that converts the many Leica film holdouts to digital.

Posted by covey22 at September 15, 2006 4:32 PM