The future of connected photography
Leica Camera AG is a global premium manufacturer for cameras and sports optics. Today, Leica products, combined with innovative technologies, continue to fulfill a common mission: the better image wherever perception and visualization are concerned.

Hardware-near SDK

Leica Camera AG and grandcentrix GmbH intensify their strategic collaboration in terms of connecting modern camera technology with a wide-ranging partnership. Leica has been successfully advancing the topic of "connected camera" together with grandcentrix since 2016.

Photos. Everywhere.

As a specialist for integration between electronics, hardware and software for smart products, grandcentrix realizes an universal software development kit for Leica. The complex solution works as a translater between original camera technology and firmware on the one hand, and different application-related protocols on the other hand.

Open app,
choose model,
scan QR code,
done.

One app for everything - that is the vision. Perspectively the app is going to replace all model-specific apps. As a central development component, this new interface, which can be controlled universally, makes Leica products that are already available on the market and those of the future even smarter.
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State of the art

A first solution based on the newly created technology foundation is provided by Leica Camera with the app: Leica FOTOS. The app is a completely new photo app for Leica cameras. With a focus on a best-in-class user experience, the experts at grandcentrix also implemented Leica FOTOS for Android and iOS on behalf of the Wetzlar-based company.
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Technical Highlights

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Leica Camera SDK
The core is a C++ library which communicates with protocols of different camera models.
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Unified Interface
Because of the unified interface it was easier to develop the app on different platforms.
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Bluetooth Low Energy
Many Leica cameras can be connected and controlled through BLE, an option that was integrated additionally.
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Feature extension on the software side
Leica cameras that do not include a GPS or radio clock module can use the platforms via BLE for these functions.

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