Firmware Friday: Leica T now fulfills 100% of cameraness (say what?)


posted Friday, May 30, 2014 at 2:31 PM EDT


Meet the new firmware, same as the old firmware -- or so it would seem in this week's Firmware Friday roundup, which is rather briefer than the mammoth compendiums we've had in the last couple of weeks. The sole camera updated this week is the Leica T (Typ 701), and its update is accompanied by the most opaque release notes we've ever seen.

It's not that unusual for firmware release notes to make vague references to unspecified improvements, after hitting the high points with mention of the most significant changes. We're speculating here, but it seems likely there are two reasons for this approach: A desire not to lose face by listing all the bugs in an earlier version of firmware, and the hope for a placebo effect that will make users believe their camera to be more responsive after an update.

But with the Leica T (Typ 701) version 1.1 firmware update, the German camera legend takes this to a whole new level, providing precisely no information on what it has changed. The only description of the new release is that:

"The firmware Version 1.1 fulfils 100% the scope of functions and performance of the camera as described in the manual."

From which we can infer that, as shipped, the Leica T fulfilled less than 100% of the functions and performance described in the manual, we suppose. But how much of an improvement is made -- and how urgently you should update -- we have no idea.

Own a Leica T? Sound off in the comments below if you notice any changes from the earlier release, and help your fellow Leica T owners know what to expect!