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Leica has issued a firmware update for the Leica M9 digital rangefinder camera. Version 1.174 addresses a compatibility issue related to select types of new memory cards, which has caused some users to lose photos captured with the camera. Note that Leica still warns against using San Disk Extreme Pro SDHC I UHS-I and San Disk Extreme HD Video SDHC I memory cards in the M9, as “some misbehaviour occurred in the test phase” and “100% freedom from errors cannot yet be guaranteed with them”. The company stresses that other SanDisk cards have been found to work fine in cameras equipped with the latest firmware, which you can download from the website below.
Website: Leica Camera
Leica Compatibility Update
A new firmware version that includes an update of the SD card driver has now been tested. A broad-based field test has been carried out in association with a large number of beta testers. We would like to thank all customers who expressed a willingness to help with this.
As a result, considerably more stable general performance has been identified with all SD card types. In order to make this improvement available to all customers immediately, the firmware version 1.174 is now available for download on the Leica homepage.
However, we must advise against using the following card types, as 100% freedom from errors cannot yet be guaranteed with them.
- San Disk Extreme Pro SDHC I UHS-1 (all card sizes)
- San Disk Extreme HD Video SDHC I (all card sizes)
Support for these memory cards is still in development and we will provide a further firmware update for download after successfully testing compatibility.
Thank you for your valued understanding.