Leica X1 Firmware Updates is Focused on Focusing

The $2,000 compact gets upgrades for improved focusing in both manual and AF modes.

Leica X1 Top

Leica X1 Top

Fans of high-end compacts with big sensors and fixed lenses have had quite a bit of news to digest lately. First, Fujifilm starts shipping the X100. Then Sigma prices the DP2x for the end of April and now Leica's $2,000 X1 compact gets new firmware.

Some firmware updates can be about as exciting as unwrapping a package of socks on Christmas, the X1's version 2.0 is actually a worthy upgrade. Included are dual manual focusing speeds for increased accuracy, manual focus lock, a DoF scale display and the ability to remember manual focus settings even after the camera is switched off.

They also claim to have improved low-light AF performance and now offer "improved JPEG image quality."

You can download the firmware at the Leica site. Or, just stop over and drool over how sexy it is.