Leica X1 firmware update v2.0 is now official

Allendale, NJ (March 28, 2011) - Leica Camera Inc. is pleased to announce a firmware update for its high-performance digital compact camera, the LEICA X1. Users wishing to benefit from the new offerings can download the firmware update from the Leica website and take advantage of new, improved features beginning Tuesday March 29, 2011.

The new X1 firmware offers the following features and benefits:

· Improved manual focusing, with the focus screen showing the image based on an open aperture
· More accurate manual focusing with finer steps, when scrolling slowly with the click wheel
· Two manual focusing speeds for more accurate and faster manual focus operation
· Manual focusing lock now available
· Enlarged manual focusing scale display
· Depth of field scale displayed in manual focusing mode
· Manual focus settings retained in memory when camera is switched off
· Improved autofocus speed in low light conditions and with low contrast subjects, in particular when shooting multiple images of the same subject
· ISO setting displayed in Auto ISO mode
· Improved JPEG image quality

For more information, please visit: http://us.leica-camera.com/photography/compact_cameras/x1.

About the Leica X1
The Leica X1 delivers the best picture quality among compact cameras. This elegant camera features a 12.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor in APS-C format, identical in size to those used in semi-professional DSLR cameras. Each individual pixel has a generous surface area and collects more light, therefore ensuring low noise levels, high dynamic range and accurate color differentiation. Expressed in terms of 35mm film format, the X1’s Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH lens has the same coverage as the legendary 35 mm focal length. While its numerous automatic functions make the X1 extremely fast and intuitive to use, its manual control options enable the photographer to maintain concentration on the creative aspects of the composition.

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  • http://leicarumors.com LR admin

    as I said already – the new X1 firmware will be announced once the Fuji X100 starts shipping :)

    • Chad

      You called it!

  • http://www.istockphoto.com/huntedduck David

    I owned the X1 for two months. Yes, it did take good images. Yes, the AF was pathetic. I saw no reason for owning the camera when I had an M9 for image quality, and a Canon S95 for a fast compact. The X1 makes sense for some people, but not me . . .

    • miguelito

      Makes sense for people who can’t reach an M9 body at $7,000 or those who think it doesn’t worth it!

      • Greg

        People who think M9 doesn’t worth the $7,000 will think the same of X1. To them it will be equally overpriced.

        Cheers,
        Greg

    • Calvin

      Have to wonder why you “bought” it in the first place.

      • http://www.istockphoto.com/huntedduck David

        The primary reason I purchased it was because I saw a too good to pass up buy-itnow deal on eBay so I grabbed it (for $1,200). I thought it being such a light camera it would be a good AF alternative to the larger M9 or my DSLR without sacrificing IQ. I found the AF to be too slow for snapshot purposes and there was always a purpleish tint on skin color, so I decided to sell it rather than waiting for the firmware upgrade that had no specific release date. I ended up selling it on eBay for more than what I paid so I guess I can’t complain about the experience as a whole. If there is consensus that the AF is indeed much faster with the new firmware, I may consider buying it again (used) after the X100 is released and reviews for that camera comes in.

  • Leicaiste

    Or simply makes sense for people who want both very good image quality and small body. I have installed the V2 upgrade on my X1 and the AF is indeed much faster. The JPG quality seems improved too, with better colors.

    • tomasz

      HeHe , I’ve installed it too. Can’t wait too try it out at lunch. : ) JPEG’s are already very good or so I thought.

  • Oliver

    Leicaiste, please expend on your experience with the v2 firmware. Do you think the af can now be used for moving subjects eg people walking along the street? How about something a little quicker like a school sports day, or to photograph a local fun run?

    • Leicaiste

      I find the AF very snapy outdoors, and definitely usable on moving subjects because it seems to memorize much better where the subject is and therefore subsequent shots are easier to lock. The improved manual focus is also to be considered for street shooting as it can be very precise and works nearly like a little M and remembers the focus even after it is switched off and on again.

  • skb

    and i have lost my MF after update…..

    • tomasz

      you might have to reload the software that should work.

  • Dougie

    Firmware has made a great improvment to the X1, thanks Leica

  • aadb

    I’m very happy with the new firmware… :) MF is even fun now.

  • Dan

    Dear all,

    I have downloaded the V2.0 but I got a .upd file

    Do you how to unzip or use this upd file ? I cannot open it.

    Thank you !!!

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