Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models from Pro Mirrorless category, introduced by Leica. We are going to take a closer look at the technical and physical characteristics, features, and performance. The models we are going to assess and compare in this review are M Typ 240 and M8. The models we are going to compare in our review have different sensors. Leica M Typ 240 features a CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 24.0 MP. Leica M8, on the contrary, has a different CCD sensor with 24.0 MP resolution.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Leica M Typ 240 and Leica M8.
Leica M Typ 240 Key Features:
Leica M8 Key Features:
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP vs 10.0 MP||58.3% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||864 mm2 vs 486 mm2||43.8% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||3 fps vs No fps||3 fps faster|
|Screen Size||3″ vs 2.5″||0.5" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots vs 230k dots||75% higher resolution screen|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Dxo Color Depth||24 vs 21.1||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||13.3 vs 11.3||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||1860 vs 663||Better High ISO performance|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.68 vs No||0.68 better magnification|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Battery Life||550 shots vs 500 shots||50 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||591 g vs 680 g||89 g lighter|
|Viewfinder||Optical (rangefinder) | Optical (rangefinder)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Battery Life||500 shots | 550 shots||Big number of frames with a single charge|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots | 230k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||No | No||No Face Detection|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Bracketing||No | No||No AE bracketing|
|Continuous Shooting||3.0 fps | fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Built-In Flash||No | No||No built-in flash|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Leica M Typ 240 and Leica M8 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Leica M8 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 89g less than the Leica M Typ 240. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Leica M Typ 240 and Leica M8 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Leica M Typ 240 features a 24.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor . Leica M8, in its turn, comes with a 10.0 MP APS-H sized CCD sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Leica M Typ 240 and Leica M8 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Leica M Typ 240 has a sensor area 0.6x bigger compared to Leica M8. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Leica M Typ 240 and Leica M8 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Leica M Typ 240||Leica M8|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Leica M Typ 240 or Leica M8, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Leica M Typ 240 and Leica M8 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Leica M Typ 240 deserves a higher Total Score than the Leica M8. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Leica M Typ 240||Leica M8|
|Model||M Typ 240||M8|
|Announced||Sep 17, 2012||Jul 31, 2007|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||Full frame||APS-H|
|Sensor Dimensions||36 x 24 mm||27 x 18 mm|
|Sensor Area||864.00 mm2||486.00 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP||10.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5952 x 3976||3936 x 2630|
|Max Native ISO||6,400||2,500|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||160|
|Lens Mount||Leica M||Leica M|
|Number of Lenses||59||59|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1x||1.3x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots||230k dots|
|ViewFinder||Optical (rangefinder)||Optical (rangefinder)|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||8 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||3.0 fps||fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync||Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||84||59|
|DxO Color Depth||24.0||21.1|
|DxO Dynamic Range||13.3||11.3|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1860||663|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 24 fps)||n/a|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||Motion JPEG||n/a|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||680 g||591 g|
|Physical Dimensions||139 x 80 x 42 mm||139 x 80 x 37 mm|
|Battery Life||500 shots||550 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC||SD/SDHC card|