Sony has just released an update to the firmware for the RX100 V camera, to Version 1.01. This is not a major upgrade in terms of adding any new features, but Sony says that it improves the overall “stability of the camera” and makes improvements to correct a situation whereby the camera sometimes would not power on “after making certain setting changes.” I had not experienced any problems with my camera, but I went ahead and installed the firmware upgrade, because it sounds like a good idea to do so. The upgrade did not cause me any problems. Here is a link to a page where Sony provides the downloadable file for the upgrade as well as instructions: https://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-home.pl?mdl=DSCRX100M5&template_id=1®ion_id=1&tab=download#/downloadTab. (You have to select your computer’s operating system, and the Sony website will then provide you with the appropriate download links.)
I just learned that Sony has released a firmware upgrade to Version 1.20 for both the RX100 IV and RX10 II camera models, which are quite similar in their menu options and operation. The upgrade provides the same change for both cameras. According to Sony, the purpose of the new firmware version is to “improve a focus shift condition with HFR (High Frame Rate) recording.” That problem evidently is the one discussed in this thread at the dpreview.com forums.
That is all the upgrade is designed to do, so, if you don’t use HFR recording (super-slow-motion video recording), you may not need the new firmware. However, I always install new firmware versions as they become available, and it probably is a good idea to install this one as well.
To get the new version for the RX100 IV, you can go to this link at Sony’s support site. You then have to select your computer’s operating system to get to the page with the file to download and the instructions for installing the update. Here is a link to the similar page for the RX10 II.
Today I learned that Nikon has released an upgrade to version 1.2 of the firmware for the Coolpix P900 camera. This is not a major upgrade; according to Nikon, it fixes a couple of bugs concerning the ways the optional ML-L3 infrared remote control operates. I never experienced any problems with that remote, but it is probably a good idea to download and install the upgrade, if only to keep your camera’s operating system up to date.
Here is a link to the page with download instructions and the file to be downloaded: http://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com/en/download/fw/150.html. I installed the upgrade in just a few minutes, with no problems. Basically, you just have to download a file, copy it to a memory card that has been formatted in the P900, then turn on the camera with the card in it, go to the Firmware Version item on the Setup menu, and follow the instructions to complete the upgrade.
Nikon has just released an update to the firmware for the Coolpix P610 camera. This update does not provide any new features; according to Nikon, it addresses problems that can arise with the P610 in two situations.
First, in “rare circumstances,” when you use the eye sensor to switch between using the LCD screen and using the electronic viewfinder, images would not be displayed or saved properly, or the camera would freeze up and need to be rebooted.
Second, the update addresses an issue with manual focus, whereby the focus position would change from one shot to the next when you use the interval timer function of the Continuous menu option.
I had not experienced either of these issues with my camera, but I went ahead and installed the firmware update, because I believe it is a good idea to have the latest version. It installed and worked with no problem.
Here is a link to the page where you can select your computer operating system and download the update. Instructions for installing the update are also included at that page.
For general information about the Coolpix P610 camera, see the White Knight Press guide for that model, Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P610.
Sony recently released un updated version of the firmware for the DSC-RX100 camera. According to Sony, the new firmware, Version 1.10, improves the operation of the autofocus mechanism to reduce noise and vibration during focusing. Here is a link to a page where the updated firmware can be downloaded; instructions for installing it are provided there also.
I have not used this update myself, because I no longer have my RX100 camera. It sounds like a worthwhile upgrade, though.
For general information about the RX100, see the guide book available through this site and from other sellers.
Within the past few days, Sony released an upgrade to the firmware of its DSC-RX100 III camera, sometimes referred to as the RX100M3. This new firmware update, Version 1.20, addresses a problem that caused the camera to take an unusually long time to start up from being powered off, after the Smart Remote Control app was downloaded to the camera. The update does not add any new features, but this correction for the startup-time issue is a welcome one. The improvement in the time for the camera to start up with the new firmware version was dramatic for my camera.
Here is a link to a page at Sony’s support site, where you have to choose the operating system of the computer you will use for installing the update:
The procedure is explained at Sony’s site. Basically, you have to download and install on your computer a firmware-updating program, then, when prompted, connect the RX100 III camera to the computer using the camera’s USB cable, and follow the instructions on the computer and camera screens. The update will take several minutes to install. I initially was not able to install the updater program using my Macintosh running the new Yosemite operating system, which was not compatible with the first release of the update. I eventually succeeded using a computer running Windows 8.1. However, Sony later added a “driver loader” to help with the installation. Look for this message on the firmware download page for the Mac:
” IMPORTANT: For OS X version 10.10, please ensure the Mac OS X 10.10 Driver Loader has been installed before continuing to update your firmware.”
If you install that extra file before upgrading the firmware, my understanding is that the firmware will now work with a Mac running the Yosemite OS.
To determine whether you need this update, you can go to the Setup menu and select the Version item; if the Version is 1.00 or 1.10, then you need the update, which changes the Version to 1.20.
Nikon has recently released an upgrade to the firmware of the Coolpix P600 camera, to version 1.2. This is not a major upgrade, and does not provide any new features. Its only stated purpose is to correct a problem that prevented recharging of the camera’s battery when it had been fully depleted. So, if you have not had problems with charging your camera’s battery, you can probably skip this update with no problem. But if you like to have the latest version of the firmware, just in case it could help with this or some other issue, it is now available. Here is a link to the site where Nikon makes the download available.
Sony has released an update to firmware version 2.00 for the DSC-RX10 camera, giving the camera a new video format. With this release, as seen in the screenshot below, the File Format item on screen 2 of the Shooting menu has a new entry, XAVC S, at the top, in addition to the existing AVCHD and MP4 formats.
The XAVC S format is a consumer version of the XAVC format, which is used for recording 4K video. The 4K standard has a higher resolution than normal HD (high-definition) video, having roughly 4,000 pixels in each horizontal line, instead of the 1,920 pixels in HD video.
The RX10 does not shoot 4K video with the new format, but the XAVC S format does provide a higher bit-rate than the other formats, of 50 megabits per second. In addition, if you select XAVC S for File Format, the Record Setting option, just below File Format on the menu screen, offers choices of 60p, 30p, 24p, and 120p, meaning the camera can shoot progressive video with 24, 30, 60, or 120 full frames per second, as shown on the next screenshot. (These choices are different with cameras sold in countries that use the PAL/50i video standard, which have options of 50p, 100p, and 25p.)
With the 60p or 120p setting, you can record at the fast frame rate and then slow the footage down in your video editing software to produce high-quality slow-motion footage.
So, if high-quality video is important to you, this firmware update is well worth getting.
One important note: If you want to use the XAVC S format for video, you have to use an SDXC card with a speed of at least class 10 and a capacity of at least 64 gigabytes. This is not just a strong recommendation; if you use a card that does not meet those specifications, the camera will display an error message and will not record video using that format.
There is a good discussion of the update along with links to various sites for obtaining the update at the dpreview.com website.
Sony has just released an update of the firmware for the DSC-RX100 III camera, also referred to as the DSC-RX100M3. This update, which is numbered Version 1.10, does not add any new features or make any major changes to the way the camera operates; according to Sony, the update “resolves an issue where the camera may not power on in certain situations.”
Also, the update appears to address an issue with the use of the Soft Skin Effect option when recording video. With the original firmware release, when recording video in Intelligent Auto mode with Face Detection turned on, the camera activated the Soft Skin Effect setting and you could not turn it off. Many users found it undesirable to have that effect turned on, and they found it difficult to achieve good autofocus on faces with Face Detection turned off. With the firmware update, it is now possible to have Face Detection turned on but Soft Skin Effect turned off, when recording video in Intelligent Auto mode. I have not found a huge difference in the actual appearance of videos shot after this update, but that may just be because of the particular conditions I was shooting under. In any event, you now have the option of turning Soft Skin Effect off, which gives you more flexibility in your settings for recording video.
I installed the update using my Macintosh computer; the process took about 15 minutes. When the process was finished, I checked the Version item on screen 6 of the Setup menu, which confirmed that the camera now had Version 1.10 installed, instead of the original Version 1.00. I have not noticed any changes in the operation of the camera, but I’m always glad to have the latest version of the firmware installed.
You need to be careful to follow the instructions carefully, by, for example, having a fully-charged battery in the camera, removing the memory card, and connecting the camera to the computer using the Sony USB cable when prompted by the firmware updating software.
For general information about the RX100 III camera, see my book, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 III, available through this site and various online sellers.
Today I learned that Nikon recently released a firmware upgrade for the Coolpix P520 camera. This upgrade updates the firmware to Version 1.1 to address a couple of bugs in the camera’s operation. One issue involves a situation in which the camera could not be turned on after it was used with GPS data recording enabled. The other issue involves a problem with the monitor display and camera controls after shooting images with subject tracking enabled for autofocus.
These errors both seem to involve fairly rare occurrences, and I never experienced either problem with my camera. It’s probably not a bad idea to install the upgrade, though, just to have the latest firmware. The instructions and download link are at Nikon’s support web site.