Live-view digitial horizon available with M 240 firmware update ..

Discussion in 'Leica M Camera Forum' started by carlb, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. carlb

    carlb Leica Place Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    May 1, 2013
    Most likely very old news to everyone, but among the improvements to M240 firmware is an horizon overlay on liveview. When shooting landscapes, this has been a sorely missed feature.

    I'm trying to assess the applicability of other features to my shooting:

    Improved description of the lens type in Exif-Data
    Live view is now possible with every lens (including older screw lenses via an adapter) using "manual lens detection"
    A "Video off" option is now available in the Set menu (see submenu item "Video recording")
    The M-Button on the Top-cover is deactivated when this option is chosen.
    The Horizon (level) is now visible in Live View, overlaying the live image. This additional infoscreen is enabled using the menu item "Horizon"
    New menu item "Exposure Simulation"
    - Exposure simulation -> Permanent: Live View accurately shows image brightness according to the shutter speed and aperture set in manual exposure (as long as the chosen exposure time is shorter than 1/30s)
    - Exposure simulation -> Release button half-pressed: Image brightness in live view is adjusted for best visibility, regardless of the actual exposure. Half pressing the shutter button shows the actual exposure.
    Extended Auto ISO options
    - All Auto ISO options are now visible using the ISO button
    - Extra options for "Maximum Exposure Time" - 1x, 2 x, or 4x focal length - can be selected to help avoid camera shake when using auto ISO and long lenses.
    - "Auto ISO in M mode" is now offered as an option. This varies ISO sensitivity for correct exposure when shutter speed and aperture are set manually.
    - Alternatively the camera chooses the previous manually chosen ISO speed
    Crop marks
    - In Live View, new crop marks for 3:4 / 6:7 / 1:1 / and 16:9 aspect ratios can be displayed. By pressing the up/down keys, the crop marks are superimposed on the live view screen (without additional information)
    Korean language
    - Korean is now available as a menu language
    During video recording, 1/25s is now used instead of 1/24s. This reduces flicker effects with 50Hz mains voltage
    Exposure bracketing settings are now saved when the camera is switched off
    Direct exposure correction
    - An "EV correction" option in the menu enables direct adjustment.
    - So EV compensation can be altered by turning the thumb wheel, without having to press additional buttons.
    New Light Metering Mode "Classic / LV disabled"
    - In this mode, only Classic light-metering is possible; the LV button is disabled to avoid the activation of live view by accident.
    New menu item "Focus Peaking"
    - For improved visibility, the color of focus peaking can now be set to red, green or blue.
    Better display of GPS location data
    - Position is now shown for JPG files in Adobe Lightroom®
    - Where the GPS signal is weak, the last position is now deleted after 5min instead of 24h as in previous firmware versions.
    Bugfix in Live View at high temperatures
    - Occasional malfunction of Live View at high temperatures has been fixed
    Bugfix in light metering (Live view)
    Bugfix regarding sensor cleaning function
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  2. raid

    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
    Thank you Carl. Now if I only had such a camera! :)
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  3. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    If only the new X Vaio firmware had this.
  4. carlb

    carlb Leica Place Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    May 1, 2013
    *That* is about the only feature I miss on the X Vario. It's such a great landscape camera (among other styles), having a horizon indication would complete the package.

    The M 240 update worked great, btw. I now have horizon indication in live-view. :)
  5. carlb

    carlb Leica Place Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    May 1, 2013
    Did you trade the M 240 for an M9?
  6. raid

    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
    I have never owned or seen such a camera except online, Carl. I own an M8 and an M9.
  7. dante

    dante Leica Place Rookie

    Nov 18, 2015
    The live-view virtual horizon is a feature that gets very little attention, but it is precisely where the M240 and 262 blow the M9/MM out of the water for architecture and landscapes. Having to do a perspective correction degrades the image.