The new firmware version 3.0 is available for the Leica SL2-S full-frame mirrorless system camera, enabling the output of a Cine 4K RAW signal at up to 60 frames per second via HDMI to external recorders. This means that it is now possible to record a 12-bit RAW format with recorders such as the Atomos Ninja V, the Atomos Ninja V+, or a Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR.
To be able to record the signal with an Atomos Ninja V / V+, the recorder firmware must first also be updated to AtomOS 10.75. We could not yet discover a corresponding update for the Blackmagic Video Assist.
Other included innovations: The ISO sensitivity of the sensor can now be determined directly via the thumbwheel or the front dial. In addition, it is now possible to set the time until the WLAN connection is automatically switched off (Wi-Fi Sleep mode). Another new feature is the ability to rate pictures and videos using the joystick.
Furthermore, additional functions for lenses of the L-mount alliance are supported, and more functions can be enabled for direct access via FN button. The geotagging functionality via Leica PHOTOS app has been improved, the AF metering method Person Detection now also allows the selection of an eye to be primarily focused, the ISO sensitivity can be set even more finely in half EV or one-third EV steps in the future, and the energy-saving mode can be completely deactivated after a successful firmware update so that the AF system shutdown can be disabled during recording via HDMI.
There are two other innovations in photo mode in particular: For example, a quick change of the AF measuring area between the last used position and the center of the image is possible. There is also a preview function for exposure and depth of field.
The Leica SL2 is also receiving a firmware update to version 4.0, but this does not include the RAW output function; however, it does include all of the other changes mentioned. Both firmware updates are available now on the respective product page.