Leica promises improved image quality and better handling of the SL with manual lenses, via a new firmware update.

Billed features of Leica SL firmware update 1.2 include optimisation of picture quality at ISO 50-400. Leica says it has also boosted image quality of the EVF. For full details visit https://owners.leica-camera.com/en/login

Press release

Leica Camera has announced a new firmware update – version 1.2 – for the Leica SL. Available to download now, registered owners can log in to the Leica owners’ area at https://owners.leica-camera.com to obtain the firmware, or bring their camera to a Leica Store or Leica Customer Service for a free update service.

The new firmware update 1.2 offers several fundamental improvements in picture quality and handling of the camera. These include, for instance, optimisation 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 using Leica M and R lenses, the new firmware 1.2 enables the activation of a loupe (magnifying) function with the auto exposure lock button (AE Lock) to allow fast manual focusing. The firmware update also guarantees the correct indication of the R-Adapter-M and the R-Lens used in the EXIF data of image files.

In addition, the Leica Log Gamma curve (L-Log) for video has been improved to enable its use for in-camera 8-bit recording. The reduction of the offset now lets recordings appear considerably darker. Videos recorded with L-Log must be subsequently corrected with a gamma correction in an external video editing programme. The use of L-Log enables the greatest possible leeway for post-production colour grading of video recordings.

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

Additional information can be found at https://owners.leica-camera.com/en/login

  • entoman

    Most modern Leica cameras are stylish, and seem to be aimed at those who want fashion accessories rather than cameras.

    This one is different. Definitely NOT stylish! It looks very well specified and might work well on a tripod in a studio environment, but looks like it would be very uncomfortable to handhold for more than a few minutes.

    No doubt it will sell by the hundred, but to investors, not photographers.