Leica Camera AG have announced a user downloadable firmware upgrade for the D Lux 5 camera. I like the ability for the user to do such things as and when improvements in performance and or new features become available. Here are the official details:

Leica announces firmware update 2.0 for Leica D-Lux 5

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16 December 2011: Leica Camera AG has announced the release of a new firmware update (version 2.0) for the Leica D-Lux 5. The firmware update can be downloaded, with an installation guide, from the Downloads area of the Leica D-Lux 5 page on the Leica Camera web site.

This new firmware offers D-Lux 5 users the following updates:

Improved autofocus speed within the wide-angle range
Simpler operation of fine adjustments in manual focusing mode
Improved automatic white-balance precision in low light conditions
High-ISO noise reduction at ISO 1600 and ISO 3200
Incorporation of an ‘Active mode’, which reduces blur in movie recording when in motion
A new ‘Miniature effect’ in the ‘My Colour Mode’ (available in photo and video modes)
Improved AF/AE Lock with shutter button half depressed
Long exposure time increased in manual mode from 60 to 250 seconds
Addition of manual adjustment of the LCD monitor and external viewfinder to the camera settings menu

About the Leica D-Lux 5
The Leica D-Lux 5 (UK SRP £644 including VAT) is a high-performance compact digital camera with full creative control, offering a fast Leica DC Vario-Summicron 5.1 – 19.2mm f/2 – 3.3 ASPH. lens with a range of focal lengths equivalent to 24 to 90mm in 35mm format. Together with its comprehensive range of features and manual settings, the versatile D-Lux 5 offers a broad spectrum of photographic options – from macro and wide-angle architecture and landscape photography to reportage and portrait photography. Featuring a particularly large CCD for a compact camera, the D-Lux 5’s 1/1.63” sensor is finely tuned to produce the highest quality images from the Leica lens. Combined with the camera’s electronics and firmware, it guarantees brilliant high-contrast images with natural colour rendition and superb sharpness. Furthermore, the camera’s 1,280 x 720 pixel HD video function in memory-saving AVCHD-Lite format, and a full range of optional accessories, open up a world of photographic opportunities for the discerning photographer.

End. (16/12/11).