Leica Q update firmware

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Paul_B Midlands UK
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Leica Q update firmware
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Seems to be on the cards, when and what exactly I have no idea but this email and reply is today's date. So it seems Q is not being left as is, there is one more update to come for its product life-cycle. I think it could be great news, this camera is already superb, so it just will be a bit more polished and I with some of those small fixes we users would like, so we wait and see. Pity it won't fix the lens cap that falls off, the power on switch that all too easy goes to 'C' not 'S' mode, but I can live with those quirks. I blanked out the contact name as I don't think it fair to release that. ANYWAY its legit info'.

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Re: Leica Q update firmware

Paul_B Midlands UK wrote:

Seems to be on the cards, when and what exactly I have no idea but this email and reply is today's date. So it seems Q is not being left as is, there is one more update to come for its product life-cycle. I think it could be great news, this camera is already superb, so it just will be a bit more polished and I with some of those small fixes we users would like, so we wait and see. Pity it won't fix the lens cap that falls off, the power on switch that all too easy goes to 'C' not 'S' mode, but I can live with those quirks. I blanked out the contact name as I don't think it fair to release that. ANYWAY its legit info'.

Wo that is awesome news then, cannot wait

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I thought I am the only one that cannot properly switch to S or C... good to know about the upcoming firmware.

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Paul_B Midlands UK
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IF the switch was 'C' first then 'S', NO problem! But it isn't!!

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zstekar Regular Member • Posts: 213
Re: Weird but...

On my friend's black Q, the switch does indeed fo to 'C' too soon/fast, whereas on my silver Q i have yet to experience such annoyance. Maybe it needs more on/off operations, dunno...

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Re: Weird but...

I know there is no fix unless magically they swap it in firmware !
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drummercam Senior Member • Posts: 1,513
Re: Leica Q update firmware

That memo could equally refer to firmware for a new Q, since the firmware developed to date will not be dispensed with but rather "updated" to go into a Q2.

Rates of development and improvement are so swift in the camera industry that manufacturers hold everything close to the vest so as not to kill sales of already existing products when people stop shopping in anticipation of "newer & better."   And they seem to control "leaks" better than the U.S. White House.

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Paul_B Midlands UK
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I read it again Im sure he means the existing Q because the question to him was about Q.

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drummercam Senior Member • Posts: 1,513
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Paul_B Midlands UK wrote:

I read it again Im sure he means the existing Q because the question to him was about Q.

I hope so very much, because I have a silver Q reserved for me, to be picked up tomorrow at the store.

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Robgo2 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,205
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Very interesting, though I cannot think of very many features that need improving. The most important, I think, would be reducing the shadow banding at high ISOs. They have already done it once with firmware, so maybe there is room for further improvement.

The skeptic in me says not to believe it until I see it, as manufacturers rarely update firmware so long after a camera's release. By doing so, Leica would demonstrate their long-term commitment to their cameras and their customers.

Rob

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Don't worry about it too much. Your camera will (or should) be on VERSION 2 software, which is really really good! But there are improvements, niceties of course we would like and you will discover what they might be. BUT as it is, this camera is fantastic right now as is. So I talking 95% excellent camera firmware, just a few percent to make it perfect!  I rapidly bought the hand grip for the body, as I had the feeling I might drop Q in its standard form ('bar of soap factor'). With the 'L' grip / battery door locker - much more assured handling.  You will see if you need that. This camera is such a joy to use.

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Re: Leica Q update firmware

I’d be thrilled if they included a way to disable eyepiece turning off rear screen. I can’t tell you how many time I’ll hold the camera low using rear screen to focus on my subject and accidentally turn off the rear screen because a finger or strap passed the viewfinder. #frustrating

I’d also be thrilled if we could make the focus point even smaller.

And speaking of focus points I would love it if there were color option while using the rear screen. It’s often hard to see the white focus point during the day.

Lastly, it would be magical if there was a way to fire the SF 40 (or another flash) off camera with TTL.

progo Regular Member • Posts: 215
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Robgo2 wrote:

Very interesting, though I cannot think of very many features that need improving.

That's what I am thinking. Not much to perfect on this camera, based on 10 months of dedicated ownership.

The only thing that could be done is slight improvements on autofocus accuracy. I've had 1-2 "clear cases" where the camera should have AF'd on an instant but failed to lock. And 1-2 cases where it focused on the background instead of foreground.

Does anyone use the face detection? It's sure one area that faces constant development. Although it'd be highly unusual to publish a big FW update just to make sure FD stays current. Same goes for all the scene modes that I didn't even know they exist until last month or so when it came up in discussion.

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zstekar Regular Member • Posts: 213
Re: My two asks...

Ability to remap the ISO button because auto ISO is fantastic. Even better, make it like the Fn button.

For those of us who mapped the top button to exposure lock, would be useful to provide the option to toggle or hold. I prefer the former, easier to carry out Operations this way.

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David H Dennis Regular Member • Posts: 295
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BBard wrote:

And speaking of focus points I would love it if there were color option while using the rear screen. It’s often hard to see the white focus point during the day.

Maybe I'm misunderstanding you but if you go to the focus menu and change the focus color it works just fine on the rear screen.  I find myself doing that frequently due to different dominant colors in my subjects.

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Paul_B Midlands UK
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He doesnt focus peaking but the colour of the focusing confirmation rectangle...  I think

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drummercam Senior Member • Posts: 1,513
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Paul_B Midlands UK wrote:

I read it again Im sure he means the existing Q because the question to him was about Q.

Thanks. I understand. My belief remains, though, that Leica might tease an firmware update for Q to keep selling out stocks of it before a Q2.

It's entirely possible that 300 existing silver Q's -- not moving on new orders -- were stripped of the black wrap and given the new white "snow" leather just to get them out the door. A v3.0 firmware update would still be a fair statement -- it's just a version that will be native to Q2.

Please pardon me for being a cynic.:-)

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robertdc Forum Member • Posts: 63
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I’d be happy to see a fully selectable electronic shutter that can be utilised with shutter speeds below 1/2500. I believe the Leica SL has that capability as do my Sony and Fuji cameras. Apart from that, I can’t think of much else to improve. Would like to see some weather sealing in any new version though.

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Re: My two asks...

Id like a faster way to get to Focus Mode. Time is passing come on Leica give the Q a shot in the arm make it truely perfect thats all it needs then its current again. Come on. Do it.

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drummercam Senior Member • Posts: 1,513
Re: My two asks...

Paul_B Midlands UK wrote:

Id like a faster way to get to Focus Mode. Time is passing come on Leica give the Q a shot in the arm make it truely perfect thats all it needs then its current again. Come on. Do it.

It's highly customer-unfriendly to not have a new Q firmware update by now.  Very disappointing.

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