Leica SL2-S Firmware Update 2.0 Adds 10-bit HEVC(H.265) Recording, Improved Autofocus, and More

Content creators predominantly using the Leica SL2-S for video shooting can now record internal 4K 10-bit while opting for the more efficient HEVC(H.265) codec which provides the same level of quality at about half the file size. The flagship full-frame camera is already capable of shooting both DCI and UHD 4K recording at up to 60p using H.264 codec in either full-frame or APS-C/Super 35mm crop mode.

Until now, internal 10-bit 4:2:2 recording was supported for up to 30 frame rates along with 8-bit 4:2:0 for 60p. With the latest camera firmware v2.0, however, 4K 10-bit 4:2:0 HEVC recording up to 60fps is also possible. Additionally, you can choose Long-GOP as an option when recording 10-bit video, including the internal 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 H.264 mode, which previously only offered 400MB/s All-Intra.

Image Credit: Leica

Other noteworthy enhancements that Leica SL2-S Firmware Version 2.0 brings include improved autofocus performance in all different areas (real-time eye, face, and body recognition and tracking), importing LUTs via an SD card, better shadow and highlight control, and more.

Waveform monitor, color bars, and a tally mode on the LCD have also been included as well as a feature that allows you to control one-minute segmented videos to avoid data loss.

Leica SL2-S Highlights

  • 24.6MP Full-Frame BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Maestro III Image Processor
  • DCI 4K Video; HLG & 10-Bit Recording
  • ISO 50-100000, Up to 25 fps Shooting
  • 5.76m-Dot 0.78x-Mag. EyeRes OLED EVF
  • 3.2″ 2.1m-Dot Touchscreen LCD
  • Contrast-Detect 225-Area AF System
  • 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
  • 96MP Multishot, Dual SD UHS-II Slots

To download the camera software, head over to Leica SL2-S’ support page here.

[source: Leica]

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