The new 2.0 firmware update for Leica’s mirroless SL camera system is designed to offer faster performance and handling. Some of these include faster focusing, increasing the number of AF focusing points available and new direct exposure compensation. By going to the Leica Owners website, you can download the update now. For more details on all the changes, please read the press release below. —Scott Younker
April 14, 2016 – Leica Camera today released the newest firmware update 2.0 for the mirrorless Leica SL camera system. Registered camera users can log in to the Leica Owner’s Area to download the new firmware, or take advantage of the opportunity to have their camera updated by the free update installation service offered in all Leica Stores.
The new firmware update 2.0 includes numerous new features to further improve the performance of the Leica SL and enable a faster photographic workflow. The autofocus function has been revised and optimized, offering even faster focusing, higher precision and optimized subject tracking. A further improvement increases the number of AF focusing points available for the single point AF setting to 529. The update also features a new direct exposure compensation controlled by the top dial and the click wheel on the back of the camera in the three automatic exposure modes: P, T and A, as well as an extended range of shutter speeds. As of now, time exposures of up to 30 minutes can be captured automatically without extra aids and, thanks to the fast, electronically controlled aperture of the lenses, exposures can be made with a shutter speed of 1/16000s.
Further improvements include updates to the JPG quality, white balance, the video menu, Auto ISO options and the focus peaking function, while images in DNG format can now be magnified for better evaluation. The camera is also compatible with all Leica flash units and an update to the app allows the use of the optimized functions. Three noise reduction settings round off the improvements provided by this latest firmware update.