The latest firmware update for Leica’s SL2, version 2.0, introduces a multi-shot mode which uses sensor-shift technology to increase the camera’s resolution to as much as 187 megapixels. The manufacturer claims that this mode will result in extremely detailed images. One image is taken at the normal resolution of 47MP and another at a high resolution of 187MP.
In addition, the firmware includes features that optimise the performance of the SL2, including improvements to the video menu interface and AF-field size setting. The AF-field size can be changed with a long tap without moving the field. The camera now automatically names the SD card as “Leica SL2”.
Before updating, remember to save your profiles to an SD card and then restore them (Manage Profiles) once the update has completed. I have just updated my SL2 and the whole process ran smoothly, including the restoration of profiles. The factory-set profile is now called “STANDARD” and, if you amended the previous basic profile (“Default”) rather than creating named profiles, this will be reinstated as “Default Profile”. [Note: Some readers have experienced problems with profile transfer so I recommend storing a second backup of your profiles on another SD card].
- Detection of M lenses: The 6-bit coded lenses will be recognised at all times with the M-Adapter L.
- Elimination of artefacts on very fast continuous shooting.
- Correction of the focus distance value in feet.
Multi-shot function notes
- Works only with full-frame lenses
- Any aperture between 1 and 16 can be selected
- ISO values from 50 to 3200 are supported
- Use of flash is not possible
- The electronic shutter is always used
- Image stabilisation is automatically switched off
- Supports shutter speeds from 1/40,000s.