First, this is a real M. Virtually the same size and weight as the M7, with a magnesium-alloy body and milled-brass top and bottom. In fact, to get at the SD memory card and lithium-ion battery (550-shot estimate), you have to remove the bottom plate -- just like loading film into an M7. The shutter button and dial haven't moved, and, like its 35mm sister, the M8 has 460 parts in the rangefinder mechanism alone. About all that's missing is the film-winding lever. And in typical Leica fashion, the engineers obsessed over the details. Example: making the sound of the shutter not just quiet, but uniform throughout the click.