Fujifilm releases new firmware update for the X-Pro1 and X-E1, promises improved AF performance?

With the annoucement of the new XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS telephoto zoom lens, Fuji film releases the new firmware in order to improve AF speed when used with XF 55-200mm.

Versions 2.04 for the X-Pro1 and  1.05 for the X-E1 can be downloaded from . . . read more

Panasonic releases a new firmware Update for the Lumix DMC-GH3

A new firmware update for the Panasonic GH3 is now available for download from the Panasonic.jp. The new firmware (Ver.1.1) enhances the camera performance in the following areas:

  • Connecting to PC via Wi-Fi by inputting the computer name (the NetBIOS name for Apple Mac computers) is enabled.
  • 1920 x 1080, 60p[NTSC]/50p[PAL], 28Mbps mode is added in the video recording option of [MP4].
  • Speed of AF, consecutive shooting performance of AFC is enhanced in use with H-PS14042 and H-PS45175.
  • *Please update the firmware of the lens to its latest version.
  • The monitor continues to display images during HDMI output even while [Auto LVF/Monitor OFF] is set.
  • Instability of shutter interval during interval shooting is improved.
  • When [Shutter AF] is OFF, operation is changed not to enlarge the image while using [Pinpoint AF] when even if shutter button is half-pressed.
  • Performance of image signal processing is enhanced during video file playback.

Olympus releases OM-D/EM-5 firmware version 1.6, doesn't fix much, and adds nothing new.

To be fair, most of the shortcomings of the E-M5 cannot be fixed with a firmware upgrade, except maybe for the custom user settings implementation.  Firmware version 1.6 only addresses these issues:

1.The highlight and shadow control function was modified so the exposure settings are applied correctly at ISO 2000 or higher.
2.The issue that occasionally prevented operations during long exposures was resolved.

You need the Olympus Camera Updater in order to upgrade your firmware to version 1.6

Fujifilm finally posts firmware updates for the X-E1, X-Pro1 cameras and the XF 35mm lens, hiccups reported by users.

Some quick notes on user reactions: Apparently the XF 35mm firmware upgrade makes the lens noisier in operation, at least that's what many people report.
The X-E1 update does not result in as dramatic AF speed improvements as the earlier X-Pro1 update did. The camera DOES focus more accurately now, especially with the 18-55mm kit lens, but many users claim it does so at the expense of speed. And finally, one big issue Fujifilm did not resolve is the much wanted minimum shutter speed at auto Iso setting. Finally, Rico Pfirstinger has posted some nice tips about firmware upgrading on Fujifilm bodies: . . . read more

Pentax issues new firmware updates for for the K-5II/s, K-30, K-01, K-5 and K-r Dslr Cameras.

Not as sweeping update, here's what's new:

Optimized contrast AF when using [HD PENTAX-DA 560mmF5.6ED AW] lens.
Improved stability for general performance.

Get the update for your camera at the Pentax global software download page.

Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Version 1.2.1 now available for download

From Canon:

Canon has announced that a firmware update for its flagship EOS-1D X DSLR (Version 1.2.1) is now available for download. See below for details of the exact firmware fixes and improvements. Firmware Version 1.2.1 for the EOS-1D X incorporates the following improvements and fixes: 

1.The function to disable the Image size selection button has been added.
2.Fixes a phenomenon in which Err 70 and Err 80 may occur in very rare  instances depending on the camera settings or shooting scene.

Canon develops feature upgrade for the EOS-1D C, adds 25p recording at 4k resolution.

Canon Press Release

Canon develops feature upgrade for the world’s first 4K DSLR, the EOS-1D C

London, UK, 30 January 2013 – Canon today announces the development of a new feature upgrade for the ground-breaking EOS-1D C. The upgrade has been developed taking into account feedback from the European professional video community, and adds support for 25p recording at the camera’s maximum 4K resolution.  . . . read more

Fujifilm to release firmware updates for the X-E1, X-Pro1 cameras and the Fujinon XF 35mm lens tomorrow.

Download links provided at bottom of page, but they will become alive tomorrow, because right now we're in the future :) (Via Fuji Rumors) From Fujifilm:

Fujifilm X-Pro1, X-E1 and XF35mm firmware updates available. New firmware versions for the X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras and the XF35mm lens are now available to download.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 - firmware version: 2.03


* Allows compatibility with the new “XF14mmF2.8R” lens.
* Improved performance of Auto Focus under various shooting conditions. . . . read more

Pentax releases firmware version 1.01 for the K-5II and K-5IIs, adds contrast adjustment on rear lcd and improved stability.

"Thank you for using a PENTAX K-5II/K-5IIs digital camera.
PENTAX wishes to announce the release of Firmware Update Software Version 1.01 for K-5II/K-5IIs.
Firmware in this document is the software that runs inside digital cameras.
Changes to V1.01
Enabled contrast adjustment on Monitor.
(Added [contrast ]on [LCD setting ]menu)
Improved stability for general performance.

. . . read more

Fujifilm issues firmware ver. 1.1 for the Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 lens.

This is the only fix provided in this release: "mitigate any high frequency noise from the optical image stabilization module which can very occasionally occur when the lens is used at extremely low temperatures"

Olympus releases new firmware for the pen E-PL5 and E-PM2 cameras, adds just a tiny little fix.

This is it: "Unstable exposure, while using lenses that cannot communicate with cameras (such as OM or body cap lenses), has been improved." Let's hope E-M5 owners eagerly awaiting the next 'stuffed with goodies' firmware update promised to be delivered soon, will get a bit more than this. . . . read more

Canon DPP 3.12.52, EOS Utility 2.12.3, RAW Codec 1.11.1 and Picture Style Editor 1.12.2 Released: Support added for all the latest Canon cameras, and new features.

Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.12.52 Updater:

- Supports images taken with EOS 6D.
- Supports new lens (EF24-70mm F4L IS USM).
- Supports read-in of Picture Style files (.pf3) created in Picture Style Editor 1.12.2 and later.
- Corrects shooting date error in other manufacturer`s image files when sent to Easy-PhotoPrintEX from Digital Photo Professional via plug-in print.

Changes in Canon RAW Codec 1.11.0: . . . read more

What has the world come to? Canon issues service notice about EOS 6D compatibility issues with...Youtube.

It will become more interesting in the near future with cameras sporting full Android interfaces and whatnots. TDP has the story:

"From Canon USA:
Thank you for using Canon products.

We have identified a phenomenon which prevents movie files shot using Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR Cameras from being . . . read more

Canon issues firmware upgrade advisory for the EOS 1Dx, addresses issues with version 1.1.1

Source: TDP

From Canon USA:

It has been confirmed that auto-focusing may not function at f/8 aperture on some Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Cameras with firmware Ver. 1.1.1. We offer our most sincere apologies to customers using this product who have been inconvenienced by this issue. The support measures for this phenomenon are described below.

. . . read more

Pentax issues firmware update for the K-30, fixes AF and general performance issues.

Thank you for using a PENTAX K-30 digital camera.
PENTAX wishes to announce the release of Firmware Update Software Version 1.01 for PENTAX K-30.
Firmware in this document is the software that runs inside digital cameras.
Changes to V1.01
. . . read more

Sluggish sales? New Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware to add uncompressed HDMI output & AF Upgrades

Still, this being Canon wanting to tie down buyers once again, will have the new firmware ready by April 2013:

Canon (US) Press Release


. . . read more

Olympus releases new firmware for the OM-D/E-M5, still no fix for the Panasonic 20mm lens high iso banding issue.

And here's the changelog, it seems they fixed the IS noise issue among other things:

(Oct. 2, 2012) Operating sounds in the photo ready mode were decreased. . . . read more

Prepare for a Canon 7D 'Mark III', Magic Lantern finally ported after 3 years of trials and errors.

7D owners al over the world, rejoice! If you think the major firmware update brought forth by Canon this summer was a big thing, wait until you see what Magic Lantern has in store for you. Just to mention a few of its highlights: HDR bracketing (up to 9 frames, intervalometer, bulb ramping, focus peaking (and other focus assist tools) adjustable spot meter, stack focus, and much, much more.  . . . read more

Canon releases EOS 7D Firmware Update version 2.0.3

Firmware version 2.0.3 incorporates the following fixes.

1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera stops working when the auto power off setting takes effect.

2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the maximum number of images that can be captured in a burst may be less than the actual number displayed in the viewfinder. . . . read more

Magic Lantern moves out of beta, supercharges your EOS camera for the price of a pizza or two.

While the ferature set has been wildly expanded since the early days, the compatibility list has unfortunatelly not followed. As of now, only 5 EOS camera models are compatible (5Dmk2 2.1.2, 50D 1.0.9, 60D 1.1.1, 500D 1.1.1, 550D 1.0.9, 600D 1.0.2)

Magic Lantern is still freeware, sort of. A donation is required for instant download, ottherwise the download will be free for all after August the 13th. . . . read more

Canon releases Firmware 1.1.2 for the 5D Mark III

Lots of fixes added, some will make dudes and dudettes from the Samoan Islands and Finland especially happy:

Firmware Version 1.1.2 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

1. Supports a new accessory, GPS receiver GP-E2. . . . read more

Olympus issues minor firmware update for the E-M5

The camera may not be on the shelves yet (in most of the world, anyway), but here's the first (minor) firmware upgrade, with the following fixes: 

the focal length display for powerzoom lenses has been improved and operation with SDXC cards larger than 48Gb is now more stable.

That's it.

Canon releases new firmware for EOS 1D Mark IV Dslr

Update version 1.1.1 contains just one small fix:

" Optimizes the camera’s exposure accuracy when using EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM lenses, which are scheduled for release in June 2012.
   If these lenses are used with an EOS-1D Mark IV camera that has not been updated with the new firmware, the image may be
. . . read more

Olympus issues new firmware for M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ lens

Here's what's fixed:

Performance of image stabilizer in macro mode when used with E-M5 in the OM-D series has been improved.
The Zoom Resume (similar to Olympus' RESET LENS OFF) function for electric zoom lenses when used with Panasonic cameras is now supported.

Sony issues firmware updates for SLT A65 and 77,

The firmware updates fixes the same things on both cameras

"Improvements over version 1.04:
Provides support for the following automatic compensation compliant lenses:
. . . read more

Olympus issues firmware updates for the PEN E-PM1, E-PL2, E-PL3 and E-P3 and E-5

Olympus has just released firmware updates for the PEN E-PM1, E-PL2, E-PL3 and E-P3 as well as for the veteran E-5. The updates improves compatibility with SDXC cards of 48GB capacity and higher, and  wireless flash control using RC capable Olympus flashes has been enhanced for the E-PM1 and E-PL3. . . . read more

Sony releases new firmware for NEX-5n

This utility updates the NEX-5N Camera Firmware to version 1.01 and provides the following benefits:

Improves the AF response for situations where the distance of the subject changes considerably
Improves stability when operating the camera using the [Lens Compensation: Distortion] "Auto" and [Picture Effect] "Miniature" settings at the same time
Improves camera operations when using the [Exposure Compensation] and [Intelligent AF] settings . . . read more

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