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    New Leica X1 v2.0 Firmware is Official

    New Leica X1 v2.0 is now official. Available starting tomorrow, Tuesday March 29. I have full details on my blog at David Farkas Photography Blog.

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    Re: New Leica X1 v2.0 Firmware is Official

    Finally.
    I had hoped for better AF as well-lets see how much it has improved.
    The MF things are nice, however I guess I prefer AF for such a camera.
    Anyways, I am looking forward to any improvement because I like the x1, even though it has some flaws.

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    Re: New Leica X1 v2.0 Firmware is Official

    Excellent! Thanks for the great news that lot of people have been waiting for. Can't wait to try it out.

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    Re: New Leica X1 v2.0 Firmware is Official

    Sorry was delayed in getting this up.




    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NEW: LEICA ANNOUNCES FIRMWARE UPDATE FOR LEICA X1

    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/photograp...act_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.

    Pricing and availability
    The LEICA X1 (in steel grey or black) is available from Leica dealers for $1,995.00. For a list of Leica dealers, please visit http://us.leica-camera.com.
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    Re: New Leica X1 v2.0 Firmware is Official

    At last!
    I think the most significant issue really is the manual focus lock - with the memory - allowing you to set a hyperfocal distance and have it come on by default.

    I'll look forward to getting it tomorrow - now it's off to bed!

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    Re: New Leica X1 v2.0 Firmware is Official

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    At last!
    I think the most significant issue really is the manual focus lock - with the memory - allowing you to set a hyperfocal distance and have it come on by default.

    I'll look forward to getting it tomorrow - now it's off to bed!
    So, an early night for you?

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    Re: New Leica X1 v2.0 Firmware is Official

    Just installed it.
    Initial impressions:
    - the manual focus options are nice - I still think AF is how I would prefer to use this camera

    - I feel the AF improvement is there for me. Most important the fact that once the AF has adjusted to a certain distance it doesnt have to go back and forth when you focus again. This means I can first focus on the subject and when I wait for the right moment and the subject only moves slightly the AF speed is much faster than with old firmware.

    -what I totally do not understand: auto iso setting, longest exp time: still 1/30 as shortest option. Why not 1/60,1/125,1/250 ???? (like in other Leica cameras) This makes auto iso in A mode unusable for everything where moving people are in the image. I see absolutly no reason why this is the case, I tol it to Leica 6 months ago, and they didnt do anything about it.
    Can anybody here explain me the reason or if there is any sense behind this ???

    -I still believe the x1 is the best compromise between size, weight, functionality and IQ for a portable camera (for me)

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    Re: New Leica X1 v2.0 Firmware is Official

    Loaded 2.0 on my x1, seems to be working well. I only shoot at base ISO and use "A" mode
    I can't really tell if AF is any faster, but for my use pocket camera, it still rocks and even with the X100 shiping soon, I am happy with my x1 nice and small and excellent IQ
    X100 is a bigger camera, not as pocketable as X1 and I always use the external leica vf

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    Re: New Leica X1 v2.0 Firmware is Official

    I have loaded it and the AF is marginally better while the MF is significantly better. Might actually induce me to start using MF more. Before the upgrade, MF on this camera was an utter mess.
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    Re: New Leica X1 v2.0 Firmware is Official

    Elvis' testing indicates that low-light focusing is 10% faster with the firmware upgrade. See here;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhH1zF3MeRU
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