http://m8raw2dng.de/?page_id=31 Too Cool For Words... A website set up to support Raw mode on the Leica M8. Firmware for the M8 supports compressed DNG only, meaning the 14-bit data (0:16383) is compressed to 8-bits (0:255) using a square root function. A lot of quantization goes on. The M9 has compressed and uncompressed DNG, the M Monochrom has uncompressed only. Check the above site on how to unlock uncompressed raw mode on the M8, and download utilities to convert the Raw format to DNG. I have not done an extensive side-by-side test of the uncompressed vs compressed DNG files, but a quick look at the Histograms show a smooth intensity distribution.