- Format an SD memory card in your LEICA M.
- Turn off the camera and insert the card into an SD card reader – either integrated or connected to your computer. (A reader is required for Firmware updates).
- Download the Firmware file from the Leica M site using the “UPDATES” link.
- Save the file FW_M240_1_1_0_2.FW at the top level of the card’s folder structure.
- Remove the card properly from your card reader, insert the card into the camera and close the bottom cover.
- Press the “INFO” button and hold it, simultaneously turn on the camera using the main switch.
- The update process takes several 2-4 minutes. “Loading file…” appears on the screen.
- When the update is done, a corresponding message appears on the screen. The Message disappears after some seconds.
- If the battery does not have sufficient charge, you will see a corresponding warning message.
This is a software bug in Windows XP. Windows is not able to identify the DNG format. Microsoft
has been informed by Leica about this fact. If DNG files are downloaded via a card reader, the files
are identified properly. Nevertheless, even the “wrong” Tiff files can be opened normally in Capture
one and Photoshop Programs.
This effect can be avoided by formatting the card in “FAT” standard instead of in “FAT32” standard.
Windows users can proceed as follows:
- Insert the card into a card reader
- Click on the respective drive in the Windows Explorer
- Click the right mouse button on the respective drive letter to select the item
- Select “FAT” instead of “FAT32” under “File System”
- Click on “Start”
The LEICA M8 is equipped with a nearly loss-free compression of the image data in the case of files in DNG format. This doubles storage speed while requiring only half of the storage capacity. During the prototype phase, tests were performed with a 16 bit version, but they did not reveal any image quality advantages. As a result, Leica opted for the 8 bit technology.
The choice of SD and SDHC cards in the market is already very big and is constantly growing. Therefore, Leica Camera AG is not able to do comprehensive compatibility- and quality testing with all available cards in the market. We recommend “Extreme III” or “Professional” from the leading brands such as “SanDisk” or “Lexar”. Using other card types, will not damage camera or card, but as especially “no name” cards do not respect the full SD or SDHC standards, Leica Camera AG cannot warranty full function with those cards.
Tests with these batteries have revealed that they sometimes have considerably less capacity than the original Leica battery 14 464 (e.g. 1400mAh instead of1900mAh as in the case of the original). The other make battery is not equipped with the charging circuitry dedicated to the camera electronics, therefore malfunctions may occur, such as a false indication of the remaining capacity,
or the camera may switch itself off suddenly and unexpectedly. Above all, the camera’s warranty expires if malfunctioning is caused by the use of none-dedicated accessories (see warranty conditions in the Warranty Card). The mandatory protective measures for Li-ion batteries may be different from the original and
therefore insufficient in the case of these other make products. As a result, Leica will not accept any liability concerning any damage caused by using these batteries, including damage occurring during charging and transportation.