Leica Releases Firmware v1.196 for M9/M9-P

Today Leica has released the latest firmware for the M9 and M9-P, v1.196. You can download it here, along with the instructions and a list of the improvements. There's actually a little something for everyone in this release and recommended.

1. Performanceimprovements:

  • Further improvements of SD-Card compatibility.
  • Implementation of the Lens detection of the new APO-Summicron-M 1:2/50mm ASPH.
  • Improved power management.

The camera is now measuring battery stability internally. In case of weak battery stability, the camera switches off automatically.

Using old batteries could have lead to camera crashes and banding stripes under certain conditions with the previous firmware versions. Especially the usage of nearly 6 years old M8 batteries proved to be critical.

It is the nature of Li-ion batteries that the capacity weakens after a certain time.

We recommend replacing the batteries for the M8 and the M9 after 3 years at the latest. Heavy usage can even accelerate the aging process, and then batteries should be replaced earlier.

In case that the total amount of pictures, that can be taken with a certain battery, is significantly lower than before with Firmware 1.196, we recommend replacing this battery. New batteries can be ordered at all Leica Dealers (Order Number 14464).

Please be aware that your settings and your user profiles can be deleted after the firmware update. Please make a note of your settings and user profiles before you run the firmware update.