Leica has released a firmware update for its Q2 that adds and improves a number of features for the prime lens compact camera. Firmware version 2.0 for the Leica Q2 addresses nearly every facet of the camera, from shooting modes to mobile transfer speeds.
The Leica Q2 is a fixed-lens, full-frame camera sporting a new 47.3MP sensor and a sharp, stabilized 28mm F1.7 Summilux lens.
The US price for Leica Q2 is $4,995.00. Check availability at B&H Photo/Adorama.
Here is the list of performance improvements:
- AF field size selectable
Choose between three AF field sizes (small, medium, large) by a long tap on the camera display while touch AF is activated.
- DNG writing speed improved
The DNG and DNG+JPEG writing speed is now improved by the factor 2x.
- Deleting user profiles
The user now can delete individual/single user profiles.
- Touch AF + Release
Touch AF + Release is now implemented and works in all AF modes.
- Status screen for photo and video implemented
Complete overview of the preferred settings, easy access and operation by touch. The video mode can be deactivated or activated via the status screen.
- Exposure parameters for video
Extended opportunities for capturing video files including the ability to switch between PASM by aperture- and shutter speed dial.
- Auto ISO behavior
The auto-ISO behavior was changed and the priority is now set to “correct exposure”.
- Manual Focus behavior
In MF mode the preselected AF frame will appear and can be used to start the magnification, the frame can be moved by using the cursor keys.
In AF-Multi: the magnification will start from the center and
the last position is saved until the camera is switched off.
- Face Detection behavior
If the face detection is not successful, the AF-Mode now switches to AF field instead of AF multi field.
- Leica FOTOS transfer speed
Downloading photos from the Leica Q2 to Leica FOTOS is now up to 50% faster.
(The Leica Q2 needs to be paired again with Leica FOTOS after this firmware update)
- Variable EVF frame rate
A menu was added to choose between 60fps or 120 fps. For fast moving subjects set 120 fps for a more fluid display of movement (with lower resolution) or choose 60 fps for full resolution.
- AF-L / AE – added to Zoom button
The AF and AE lock function allows you to lock your focus or exposure settings separately as you recompose your shot.
- Improvement of Tracking AF
Precision and overall performance of Tracking AF is improved.
- Touch in EVF
Touch functionality during EVF mode is now available.
You can read more details and download firmware version 2.0 for the Leica Q2 on Leica’s download page.
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