Leica T Firmware: Update brings performance improvements, better manual focus aid
Leica has announced version 1.3 firmware for the T series cameras. Improvements include fixes for two of the problems I mentioned when I reviewed the camera in August: Startup time, which was sluggish, has been speeded and there is a redesign to the annoying implementation of the focus aid function. Instead of requiring a screen touch to move between x3 and x6 magnification, the new firmware enables all settings to be performed directly by means of the left soft dial. Sadly I see no reference to an improvement in the timelag when bringing the viewfinder to the eye; this was something else I criticised at the time.
In addition to these two important items and general bug fixes, the changes include:
- An improvement of the camera's digital image processing with new tone curves for JPG images.
- An additional wifi set up screen to choose between the Leica T app and a web gallery application.
- Extended function of the auto rotate mode so that the image always uses the full LCD size.
- Brightness simulation for the live view in manual exposure mode.
- Digi Scoping scene mode, improvements to exposure results.
- Improvement to the operation of the Touch AF function.
- New limited AF mode for new lenses such as the 55-135 zoom in order to speed up AF for certain applications.
- Ability to select AF preference in scene modes.
- New graphic layout of the information bars in the Visoflex EVF.