Leica has rolled out a new firmware update ‘version 2.005′ for both of its M8 and M8.2 digital rangefinder cameras. The update “fixes the ‘Shutter Fault’ error that can occur when shooting multiple images.” You’ll be able to download the update starting today via Leica’s official website. [dpreview]
Still remember the Leica X1 that we mentioned in September 2009? PhotographyBLOG has a short review of this 12.2-megapixel compact digital camera. As a reminder, the Leica X1 comes equipped with a 36mm fixed lens and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. The camera uses an APS-C sized (23.6mm x 15.8mm) CMOS sensor with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The image-stabilized Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 lens provides a focal length of 36mm in 35mm terms. Additional features include a sensitivity range of ISO 100 – 3200, a maximum shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, JPEG and DNG RAW file support, and a continuous shooting rate of up to 3 frames per second. Here is the conclusion:
The Leica X1 is a camera of extremes, offering a compelling blend of stunning design, fantastic handling and superlative image quality, but ultimately suffering from a pared-back feature set, sluggish responsiveness and a sky-high price-tag. The combination of a fantastic prime lens and large APS-C size sensor result in outstanding image quality that easily beats most other compacts and also most other entry-level DSLRs. Low-light images are excellent too, with the X1′s faster ISO settings delivering low-noise results. Add the ability to shoot DNG RAW files as well as JPGS, and it’s clear that the X1 is a real class-leader.
You can purchase the Leica X1 digital camera for around $1,995 each. [PhotographyBLOG]
Leica today introduced the new Summilux-M 35mm F/1.4 ASPH lens. FYI, the 35mm focal length is already the standard for many Leica photographers. Several features of the lens include high contrast, superb detail rendition across the image field, excellent flatness of field, and very low coma – all at virtually the same quality even at distances to 0.7 meter (28-inch). The lens is perfect for available light photography. [Leica]
We have an unboxing video of the new Leica V-Lux 20 digital camera. In case you didn’t know, the Leica V-Lux 20 comes jam packed with a built-in GPS, an HD movie record, a 3.0-inch LCD screen, and a 25 – 300mm zoom range. Watch the video after the jump. Read more
Leica has finally released a new firmware update for the Leica S2 digital SLR camera. The firmware version 22.214.171.124 enhances the camera’s functionality by providing a new white balance preset, extra viewfinder information, a customization option for the depth-of-field preview button, selectable OLED screen standby time and extended user-defined button programming. [PhotographyBLOG]
The Leica V-Lux 20 digital camera is based on the Panasonic ZS-7. This compact camera features HD video mode, a GPS and a 3-inch LCD display. You can purchase the Leica V-Lux 20 when it is released on April 20th, 2010 for €549 ($743). [CrunchGear]