Here’s the latest firmware update ‘version 1.116’ for Leica M9 digital rangefinder camera. The update “brings in a host of improvements including enhanced magenta color shift correction for listed wide-angle lenses and a new, ISO setting-related, vignetting correction.” The update is now available for immediate download via Leica’s official website for registered M9 users. [dpreview]
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Leica today launched the firmware update version 2.2 for the D-LUX 4 digital camera. This major update offers the following improvements:
1. Auto Focus speed-up
2. Improved auto white balance
3. Aspect ratio of 1:1 added
4. A white balance bracket function has been added
5. [LENS RESUME] added to the [SETUP] menu.
6. [HIGH DYNAMIC] added to scene mode
7. [MENU RESUME] added to the [SETUP] menu.
8. The exposure compensation and the auto bracket compensation can now be set up to ±3EV.
The Leica M9 is now available for pre-order at B&H. In case you didn’t know, the Leica M9 packs an 18-megapixel, full frame 24 x 36mm CCD sensor, a SDHC card slot, a 2.5-inch rear LCD, and supports a sensitivity range from ISO 80 to 2500. The best part of this camera is that it is supplied with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as its RAW processing software. Purchasers of the Leica M9 can download the software free of charge. The Leica M9 also uses Adobe’s DNG standard as its RAW format. [B&H via CrunchGear]
According to rumors, Leica will launch the limited edition Leica M7 Hermes digital camera on Monday, November 16th, 2009. Priced at a hefty $14,000, the camera will be available only 100 units. In case you didn’t know, Leica has showcased this camera in Tokyo two weeks ago. Sadly, there is no confirmation from the company so far. We will keep you posted. Read more
Leica has recently introduced another compact camera with a large APS-C sensor called the X1. The camera offers a 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor (APS-C size), a fixed 36mm equivalent field-of-view F2.8 autofocus lens and a 2.7-inch LCD. It also comes with several advanced features including analogue-style shutter speed and aperture dials, 11-point high speed contrast detect AF system, Face Detection, ISO up to 3200 and RAW image format support. The Leica X1 will ship in early 2010 for around $2,000. [DCresource]
Leica has unveiled the specifications including release date of their upcoming DSLR system ‘S2’ which is targeted towards professional users. This medium-format camera features a 37.5 megapixel CCD sensor (45 x 30mm), a 3-inch TFT display and a weatherproof body. It also sports several advanced features including dual shutter system, high-speed autofocus, ISO up to 1250, three metering modes, four exposure modes, an integral metal shutter provides 32 to 1/4000 sec and a flash sync of 1/125 sec. The Leica S2 DSLR will start shipping in October for $22,995. [dpreview]