Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Leica Store Am Leitz Platz II  Photo: Marlies Amling

New Leica M10 Firmware: Beta-Testers Wanted

The Leica Forum reports that Leica will release a firmware update for the Leica M10.  It is designed to improve SD card compatibility.  Leica has already done a lot of testing on this in-house, but they don’t have access to all the SD cards in use.

For that reason Leica has asked the Leica Forum to conduct a beta field test by Leica M10 owners; they are looking for 40 testers.  The only requirement is that they own a Leica M10 since Leica does not provide test cameras on that large a scale.

If you are interested, send an email to until Thursday evening with this information:

Forum username
SD cards you are using, and if you experienced any problems

Leica SL (Type 601) Firmware Update v3.0 with many new features and improvements

A new firmware update is available for the Leica SL.  The updates include numerous improvements, new features and bug fixes.

All Improvements

New top features
  • Up to 35% faster writing DNG files to SD card
  • Optimization of the writing process allows to reduce the time needed for saving DNG files up to 35%. This allows to be quicker ready to continue shooting after a burst session.

Optimized Autofocus
  • MF-/AF-control optimized
  • Autofocus reaction time is shortened
  • Improved AF tracking of objects with SL lenses
  • Improved: Zooming while recording video
  • Improved: AF field chances while recording video
  • Improved: AFc while recoding video

New firmware for lenses is included
  • Improved accuracy of the focus position
  • Improved AFc accuracy if an object moves towards the lens
  • New firmware for the VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 24-90 f/2.8-4 ASPH.
  • New firmware for the APO-VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 90-280 f/2.8-4
  • Bugfixes

Additional improvements
  • Store DNG and JPG on separate SD cards
  • Independent exposure control for video and photo mode
  • New video frame rate 24fps for 4k resolution 3840 x 2160 px
  • White balance ‘flash’ improved for use with studio flash system’s modelling light
  • Electronic shutter mode for shutter speeds from 1s – 1/16 000s for silent shutter release (ISO50)
  • Exposure preview in M-Mode improved for continuous preview
  • Improved usability in play mode when zooming to 1:1 (100%) , location gets stored to easy access the same location
  • Improved flash behaviour for AutoISO setting
  • Improved behaviour of flash units in continuous burst shooting mode     

New options for customization
  • Swap the dedicated exposure controls of the front and back dial
  • Current control setup of the front and back dial is shown on the top display
  • Renaming from T-Mode into S-Mode
  • New option for AF Tracking “RESET”: Start position of the AF tracking is fixed on a specific location which can be adjusted by the joystick.
  • Graphical User Interface of the multi selection and delete functions improved
  • AE-/AF-Lock Button can be assigned to magnification for a quick visual check of focus position
  • New option to show the focus distance in feet or meter
  • Automatic detection of Leica M and Leica R lenses can be turned off
  • Video resolution/framerate can be assigned to the personal favorite menu
  • User experience increased: the “OK” button on any keyboard input screens is touch sensitive
  • Audio in/out levels can be controlled directly by left/right joystick on the histogram screen
  • Several minor improvements made on graphical user interface
  • New default behaviour: the function “Access menu in EVF” is enabled by default. This function enables the upper left button while looking through the electronic viewfinder. Either menu access and quick access to custom functions is available now by default. For users experiencing accidental presses of the upper left button by their nose – it is recommended to disable this function in the “Customize Control” menu.

  • Any shutter speed limitation for any manual focus lens is deactivated
  • Improved stability for tethered shooting with Leica Image Shuttle 3.6
  • If an USB connection is detected by the camera, the warning of a missing SD card is hidden. This allows to use Leica Image Shuttle and Adobe® Lightroom® Plugin without an inserted SD card.
  • For Leica M and Leica R lenses the real-time display of the established aperture is hidden

Leica SL APP
  • Support for DNG file download
  • Shutter release by pressing the volume button
  • Vibrate on shutter release

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