Leica has released a major firmware update (v3.0) for the Leica Q (Type 116) which was introduced three years ago.

Leica Forum members were involved as beta testers to provide you the best possible result!

Download the update from the Leica website:

Leica Q Firmware Update v.3.0 Download

All improvements at a glance

  • Favourites Menu: Users can now enter and save up to 15 settings for faster access in a Favourites Menu.
  • Power Saving Mode: If required, the camera can now be set to switch to Stand-By Mode after 10 seconds.
  • Extended functions for the Fn button: Even more options can now be selected for programming the multi-function button.
  • User Profiles: Profiles can now be imported from and exported to a memory card.
  • OIS – optional ‘Auto’ setting: This setting enables automatic activation of optical image stabilisation at shutter speeds of 1/60 s and slower.
  • EVF/LCD setting options: This menu item can now be assigned to the Fn button.
  • Settings for the electronic shutter: The electronic shutter can now be set to permanently active.
  • DNG files: The processing speed of DNG files in the camera has been increased.
  • Autofocus fields: The last AF field used is now memorised and recalled when switching the camera off and on again.
  • Self-timer: The setting is now memorised and recalled when switching the camera off and on again.
  • Exposure preview deactivation option: Exposure preview can now be deactivated in manual mode (especially useful when shooting in the studio with flash systems, underexposed settings or in dark environments).
  • Image review: Automatic image review remains active as long as the shutter release button is pressed.

To install the update you should consider the following steps:

  1. Download the updated version of the firmware.
  2. Copy the firmware file onto a SD Memory Card in its top level folder.
  3. Make sure to turn off the power switch on the camera.
  4. Insert the fully charged battery to the body. If the battery is not fully charged, the update process screen will not appear.
  5. Insert the SD Memory Card into the camera.
  6. Turn the camera – while simultaneously pressing the video release button – on.
  7. The firmware update screen will appear. Press OK.
  8. The LEICA Q will start the update process. The firmware update will take about 90 seconds.
  9. After the update process please restart the camera (if necessary remove and reinsert the battery).

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