Leica SL Firmware v1.2 Announced

Leica Camera has today released firmware v1.2 for the Leica SL (Type 601) camera. It promises improved image quality as well as that of the viewfinder, along with a handful of other updates. Well worth checking out.

You can grab the firmware (112.77MB) as well as the instructions (English) (525KB). The improvements include:

  • Improved handling for MF lenses: AE/AF Lock button now zooms into 100% instead of AE Lock function to
  • Improved of overall image quality for ISO 50 - ISO 400
  • Improved L-Log curve for use for internal 8bit video recordings
  • Improved overall image quality of the viewfinder
  • Bug fix: correct EXIF Data for use of R-lenses
  • Bug fix: length of Wi-Fi passwords extended

Leica Camera Announces New Firmware Update for SL Users

Leica Firmware Update 1.2 Optimizes Picture Quality and Improves Handling

December 14, 2015 – Leica Camera today announced a new firmware update 1.2 for the Leica SL, which includes several fundamental improvements in the camera’s picture quality and handling. To access the firmware update, registered camera users can log into the Leica owner’s area of the Leica website and download the firmware version at: https://owners.leica-camera.com. Leica users can also take their camera to a Leica store and take advantage of the free update installation service.

The new firmware update 1.2 includes optimization of picture quality at ISO values from 50 to 400, improvements to the image in the electronic viewfinder and greater flexibility when entering WLAN passwords.

When shooting with Leica M and R lenses, camera users will find that the new firmware update 1.2 activates a loupe (magnifying) function with the auto exposure lock button (AE Lock) to allow fast manual focusing. Additionally, the firmware update guarantees the correct indication of the R-Adapter-M and the R-Lens used in the EXIF data of image files.

Finally, the firmware update offers an improvement in the Leica Log Gamma curve (L-Log) for video, enabling its use for in-camera 8-bit recording. The reduction of the offset will now allow recordings to appear considerably darker. Subsequently, videos recorded with L-Log must be corrected with a gamma correction in an external video editing program. The use of L-Log enables greater leeway for post-production color grading of videos recorded on the Leica SL.

Leica SL owners can also find a regularly updated and expanded overview of all SD cards compatible for use with their camera at sl.leica-camera.com.