Leica M9 firmware update to be released on March 15, 2010

This is an official letter from Leica (I have the actual PDF file, so it is real):

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

We would like to inform you that you we will put a new Firmware-Update 1.116 for the LEICA M9 onto our homepage. The free of charge download is expected to be available by Monday, March 15, 2010. All new LEICA M9 are being shipped with the new firmware as well.

The improvements in the Firmware Version 1.116 are:

1. Camera Performance:

  • Faster zooming into the last picture taken.
  • Speed of SD-card formatting enhanced.
  • Image quality of “thumbnail” pictures improved.
  • SD- Card compatibility improved*
  • Magenta colour shift correction for the following wide angle lenses improved:
    • M 18mm/f3.8 ASPH (11649)
    • M 21mm/f2.8 ASPH. (11135)
    • M 24mm/f3.8 ASPH. (11648)
    • M 28mm/f2 ASPH. (11604)
    • M 28mm/f2.8 ASPH (11606)
  • New ISO setting-related vignetting correction: strong correction at ISO 160, lowest ISO correction at 2500, interpolated for intermediate ISO steps.

2. Bug fixes:

  • Transfer of large data amounts to a Mac in USB-Mass storage mode.
  • Sensor cleaning mode with battery capacity <50%.
  • Function “Deleting all images” while zoomed picture is shown on screen.
  • Function “Deleting all images” from a SD card with non-M9 pictures on it.
  • Interrupting a long exposure by switching off the camera.
  • Zooming into pictures with “Vintage B+W” setting.
  • “Max aperture value” in EXIF data corrected for the following lenses:
    • M 35mm/f1.4 (11869, 11870, 11860)
    • M 50mm/f0.95 ASPH (11602)
    • M 50mm/f1.2(11820)
    • M 135mm/f3.4 APO (11889)
    • M 135mm/f4 (11851, 11861)
  • Wording issues in English, Japanese and traditional Chinese menus.
  • Various other minor bug fixes.

3. *SDHC card compatibility

The choice of SD and SDHC cards in the market is very large and is constantly growing. Therefore, Leica Camera AG is not able to do comprehensive compatibility- and quality testing with all available cards in the market. We do recommend the card types in the list below. Using other card types, will not damage camera or card, but as especially “no name” cards do often not respect the full SD or SDHC standards, Leica Camera AG cannot warranty full function with other cards than in the list.

Continue after the break (list of compatible SD-cards):

  • Extrememory 4GB SDHC
  • hama SDHC 4 GB
  • Kingston SDHC 4GB class2
  • Lexar Professional SDHC 4GB 133x class6
  • Lexar Professional SDHC 8GB 133x class6
  • Panasonic SDHC 8GB class6
  • PNY SDHC 8GB
  • SanDisk Video HD 16GB class4
  • SanDisk Extreme III SD 2 GB
  • SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 4 GB
  • SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 4GB 30 MB/s
  • SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 8GB 30MB/s
  • SanDisk SDHC 4GB class2
  • SanDisk SDHC 8GB class2
  • SanDisk Ultra II 16GB class4
  • SanDisk Ultra II SDHC 2GB 15 MB/s
  • SanDisk Ultra II SDHC 32GB class4
  • Toshiba 16GB SDHC class4
  • Toshiba 4GB SDHC class6
  • Transcend SDHC 16GB class6
  • Transcend SDHC 1GB
  • Transcend SDHC 32GB class6
  • ultron High Speed SD 512MB

We are convinced that the new firmware version will have a positive effect to the great popularity of the LEICA M9 and we are looking forward to your cooperation.

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