Leica M (Typ 240): Firmware

Overview of Firmware Updates | Original Firmware (Version 1.0.1.2) | Firmware Update Version 1.1.0.2 | Firmware Update Version 2.0.0.11 | Firmware Update Version 2.0.1.5 | Firmware Update Version 2.0.1.7 | Firmware Update Version 2.0.2.5 | References

On this page, I collect information on Leica M (Typ 240) firmware updates. Overall, the numbering of the firmware updates looks somewhat odd for the uninitiated ones like me...

Regrettably, Leica does not provide a history of firmware updates. The download page for the Leica M (see below) only lists the most recent version, even worse, the links include the version number so that it is not possible to provide a generic link to the update and its documentation. Whenever Leica publishes a new firmware update, the link will break.

 

Overview of Firmware Updates

At the moment, the following firmware updates have been released (this list may not be complete):

 

Original Firmware (Version 1.0.1.2)

The original firmware for the Leica M (Typ 240) seems to have had version number 1.0.1.2. But other version may have been published as well. It was probably published at the end of 2012.

 

Firmware (Version 1.0.2.0)

This firmware version was used in the DxOMark tests, probably at the end of 2012. The tests were published in March 2013, when already firmware update version 1.1.0.2 was available (at least to DxOMark), and DxOMark mentions some improvements briefly.

 

Firmware Update Version 1.1.0.2

Firmware update number 1.1.0.2 for the M (Typ 240) appeared on February 26, 2013. According to Leica, it includes the following improvements (from Imaging Resource):

DxOMark mentions the following on this update: Since testing the M running firmware version 1.0.2.0 Leica have updated to version 1.1.0.2, which provides a small improvement for video quality, lens support and stability.

Comments

This was a minor firmware update without any functional improvements or bug fixes, except for the vignetting fixes. Owners of the respective lenses will probably be grateful fur this update.

 

Firmware Update Version 2.0.0.11

Firmware update version number 2.0.0.11 for the Leica M (Typ 240) appeared on October 10, 2013. According to Leica, it includes the following improvements (from Jono Slack, with his comments):

Comments

Jono Slack: This firmware update was designed only for bug fixes and colour improvements. Another firmware update is planned which will address enhancements and improvements.
It’s worth noting here that the Auto ISO in Manual Mode issue (mentioned so much in the forums) is not a bug, as it was intentional, and hence will be addressed in the planned update (see update version 2.0.1.5 below).

All in all, this was the first major firmware update, which addressed primarily bug fixes and improvements in color rendition.

 

Firmware Update Version 2.0.1.5

Firmware update version number 2.0.1.5 for the Leica M (Typ 240) appeared on September 15, 2014 (Photokina). According to Leica, it includes the following improvements (from dpreview.com):

Comments

This was a major firmware update with tons of improvements. Read Jono Slack's article Leica M Firmware Update v. 2.0.1.5 about this update for more information and better descriptions of most of the improvements. For me, the following improvements are especially useful:

References

 

Firmware Update Version 2.0.1.7

Firmware update version 2.0.1.7 for the Leica M (Typ 240) appeared on November 6, 2014 and includes the following improvements (from L-camera-forum):

Comments

This was a minor firmware update without any functional improvements or bug fixes.

 

Firmware Update Version 2.0.2.5

Firmware update version number 2.0.1.5 for the Leica M (Typ 240) appeared on July 8, 2015 and, according to Leica, includes the following improvements:

Comments

This seems to be a minor firmware update without, apart from flash exposure compensation for the Leica SF 26 flash unit, any functional improvements.

 

References

 

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