1st impressions - Much lighter than my MP, or at least it feels like it. My MP feels much better built. Like the bottom plate and keeps with the M tradition, like the clean design and lines but wish they had an external ISO dial. Shutter release not as smooth as my MP and shutter sound is not bad at all. Below is a link to a pbase page where I will put all of my M8 test shots and 1st shots, so keep an eye out. The very 1st shot out of the cam is there as well w/ a 100% crop. Detail is there, gobs of it over my film scans at 100%. Color is so so, but I have not even read the manual yet so no settings were changed.