Leica has just released a new firmware update for the Leica T Mirrorless Digital Camera. Available here, update 1.3 introduces many enhancements to improve the functionality of the camera. For improved performance, the update includes a shortened startup time of <0.9 seconds, better digital image processing with new tone curves for JPEG images, and general bug fixes.
In addition to these performance enhancements, the following new features have been added:
- Wi-Fi Setup Menu: After connecting to a network, a menu will now ask whether to use the Leica T app or the “Web Gallery” application and then adjust settings according to that selection.
- Auto Rotate: Images will now rotate when camera is rotated for use of the entire LCD screen. This is also available during auto playback.
- Brightness Simulation: When using Manual exposure, a simulation of the resulting exposure is now shown; this is also available in Program, Aperture Priority, and Shutter Priority modes when using exposure compensation.
- When using the M adapter, the “Focus Aid Function” of 3x and 6x magnification or “Off” is now directly available by using the left soft dial.
- Digiscoping Scene Mode: When in the Digiscoping mode, the shutter speed is no longer limited to a maximum length of 1/250 second.
- When using Touch AF, the last AF position is retained, even when the camera is triggered by the shutter-release button.
- A limited focus distance range settings has been implemented for select lenses, such as the APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH Lens, which limits the autofocus range for improved speed in certain applications.
- AF modes can now be selected in scene modes.
- The graphic layout of the information bars in the Visoflex Typ 020 Electronic Viewfinder has been updated.
To install this update, users must first download the update from the Leica website and copy the unzipped file onto the top level folder of an SD memory card. Users will then place the card into a powered-off Leica T camera and, then, hold the video-release button while turning the camera on. This will bring up the firmware update screen to initiate the update process, which should only take about 90 seconds. Be sure that the battery is sufficiently charged when beginning this process.