With firmware version 2.0 for its full-frame DSLM SL2-S, Leica has made a whole range of important video features available. Among the most important should be an improved video AF algorithm, which should improve focus tracking as well as the camera's eye, face, head and body detection. In addition, 4K 10-bit with max. 50/60p is now also available in Leica L-Log (4K 10-bit 4:2:0 HEVC). Leica did not reveal whether this is a full-sensor readout in the firmware update - our guess is an S35 crop.
Video users will also be interested in the newly available waveform monitoring and the new LUT upload function. Other new features in firmware version 2.0 for the Leica SL2-S include: 1-minute segmentation of the video recording to prevent data loss, a new image overlay function, a tally mode (red frame in the display) and colour bars.
We suspect that the video AF update of the Leica SL2-S will bring the autofocus video performance of the Leica SL2-S to about the same level as the current Panasonic S1 / S1H (more on this soon on slashCAM). The technical specifications of both cameras are (also) quite similar in terms of video functions: both rely on contrast-based AF with 225 AF points at 24 MP Sensor-resolution.
Firmware version 2.0 for the Leica SL2-S is available as a free update for download.