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What is the pixel pitch of the Leica M8?

The Leica M8 provides 10.4 megapixels from an APS-H sensor. This pixel density gives rise to a size of the individual pixel of 6.84µm.

The pixel size or pixel pitch can be calculated by dividing the sensor area by the pixel count and then taking the square root. In particular, the sensor in the Leica M8 measures 27.0mm in width and 18.0mm in height, so that the total imaging area of the sensor amounts to 486 mm2. Moreover, the M8 has 3 936 horizontal pixels and 2 630 vertical pixels, for a total of 10.4 megapixels. Then, the size (height or width) of each individual pixel can be calculated as the square root of the ratio of the sensor area (486 mm2) to the MP count (10 351 680).

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Larger pixels provide advantages with respect to gathering light, particularly in low-light situations. Large pixels notably have a better signal to noise ratio, meaning that they can better differentiate between incoming photons and the noisy signals that the internal processes of the camera create. As a result, big pixels are particularly helpful to the photographer when shooting with high ISO settings.

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Sensor specs and performance

The table below compares the sensor specs of the Leica M8 to those of several similar cameras. The reported DXO values are indicators of the sensor's imaging quality (higher is better), covering color depth (DXO Portrait), dynamic range (DXO Landscape), and high-ISO noise (DXO Sports). Larger sensor cameras tend to outperform cameras of the same generation that are equipped with a smaller imager. On the other hand, larger sensors are more expensive and require bigger and heavier lenses than smaller light receptors.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Leica M8 APS-H 10.4 3936 2630none21.111.366359
2.
 
Canon T3 APS-C 12.2 4272 2848720/30p21.911.075562
3.
 
Canon XTi APS-C 10.1 3888 2592none22.111.066462
4.
 
Leica M Typ 262 Full Frame 23.7 5952 3976none24.813.7247890
5.
 
Leica M9 Full Frame 18.1 5212 3472none22.511.788469
6.
 
Leica M10 Full Frame 23.8 5952 3992none24.413.2213386
7.
 
Nikon D40X APS-C 10.0 3872 2592none22.411.451663
8.
 
Nikon D80 APS-C 10.0 3872 2592none22.111.252461
9.
 
Nikon D3000 APS-C 10.0 3872 2592none22.311.156362
10.
 
Nikon D5000 APS-C 12.2 4288 2848720/24p22.712.586872
11.
 
Panasonic L10 Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736none21.310.842955
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.

Further information on the sensor in the Leica M8 and the camera's operation can be found in the camera manual.

In the United States, the M8 was initially launched in September 2006 at a price of $5,499.

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Camera to camera comparisons

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Leica M8
    Camera Type Rangefinder camera
    Camera Lens Leica M mount lenses
    Launch Date September 2006
    Launch Price USD 5 499
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CCD
    Sensor Format APS-H Sensor
    Sensor Size 27.0 x 18.0 mm
    Sensor Area 486 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 32.4 mm
    Crop Factor 1.3x
    Sensor Resolution 10.4 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 3 936 x 2 630 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 6.84 μm
    Pixel Density 2.13 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter
    Movie Capability no Video
    ISO Setting 160 - 2 500 ISO
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 59
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 21.1
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 11.3
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 663
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Top-Level Screen no Top Display
    LCD Size 2.5 inch
    LCD Resolution 230k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen
    Touch Input No touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System Manual Focus
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking Feature
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000s
    Continuous Shooting 2 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations
    Silent Shootingno E-Shutter
    Time Lapse Photographyno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards
    Single or Dual Card Slots Single card slot
    UHS card support no
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi
    Body Specs
    Battery Type Leica BLI-312 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)550 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 139 x 80 x 37 mm
    (5.5 x 3.1 x 1.5 in)
    Camera Weight 591 g (20.8 oz)

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