Cameras


If You Own a Leica Camera, There May Be New Firmware For You

July 2, 2018

Leica has just released firmware updates for five of its cameras, offering a range of new functions to its models. The updated cameras include the M10, Q, the CL, TL2 and T/TL.

Here’s what’s in store after your update your camera:

Leica M10 (firmware version 2.4.5.0)

  • The graphic user interface for the deletion of pictures has been revised.
  • Exposure times of up to four minutes are now possible at base ISO.
  • An additional continuous shooting mode is now available (Continuous Low Speed, three frames per second).
  • ‘Load profile’ is now available in the favourites menu.
  • The camera compares the brightness measured through the lens with the measured ambient brightness to estimate the aperture used. This value is then written to the EXIF data. In some cases, the interpretation of the subject or scene may lead to incorrect estimation of the aperture value, for instance when shooting subjects or scenes with high contrast and black or white objects.
  • The red LED on the back of the camera can now be deactivated in the control elements menu.
  • Auto-ISO for base ISO is set to the default value of ISO 200 to optimise dynamic range.

Leica Q (v3.0)

  • Users can now enter and save up to 15 settings for faster access in a Favourites Menu.
  • If required, the camera can now be set to switch to Stand-By Mode after 10 seconds.
  • Extended functions for the Fn button: Even more options can now be selected for programming the multi-function button.
  • UserProfiles can now be imported from and exported to a memory card.
  • OIS – optional ‘Auto’ setting: This setting enables automatic activation of optical image stabilisation at shutter speeds of 1/60 s and slower.
  • EVF/LCD setting options: This menu item can now be assigned to the Fn button.
  • The electronic shutter can now be set to permanently active.
  • The processing speed of DNG files in the camera has been increased.
  • The last AF field used is now memorised and recalled when switching the camera off and on again.
  • Self-timer: The setting is now memorised and recalled when switching the camera off and on again.
  • Exposure preview can now be deactivated in manual mode (especially useful when shooting in the studio with flash systems, underexposed settings or in dark environments).
  • Automatic image review remains active as long as the shutter release button is pressed.

Leica CL (v2.0)

  • The programming of the two setting dials can now be swapped from one to the other.
  • Pressing and holding the left-hand setting dial activates button lock (this does not lock the on/off switch, the shutter release or the left-hand setting dial).
  • If required, the camera can now be set to switch to Stand-By Mode after 10 seconds.
  • The AF metering points can now also be shifted with the joystick control in Touch AF mode when using the electronic viewfinder.

Leica TL2 (v1.4)

  • Selection of LCD / viewfinder settings: It is now possible to select when and where the content is displayed (up until now, display was simultaneous).
  • Customisable left function menu: The items of the left function menu can now be customised by the assignment of up to six of a total of thirteen functions.
  • Extended functions for the Fn button: Now, one of a total of six different functions can be assigned to the Fn button.
  • The electronic shutter can be deactivated, permanently activated or set to complement the mechanical shutter.
  • Manual focus corrections can now be applied in AF Mode with the MF-ring. In the meantime, Focus Peaking is available from FW 1.4.
  • Focus Peaking is now also available when using M- R-Lenses with the M-Adapter L.
  • The left-hand setting dial can now be used to apply exposure correction during video recording.
  • Zoom-in when reviewing images in the EVF: The right-hand setting dial allows users to zoom in while viewing images in the EVF.

Leica T/TL (v1.8/v2.3)

  • Simpler connection between the camera and a smartphone by app
  • Reduction of chromatic aberration for all TL-Lenses
  • Support and auto-update for the Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH.
To update, visit the Leica website.