Panasonic DMC-G1 Firmware Update

Panasonic has released an firmware update (Version 1.2) for the DMC-G1.  The update addresses the following issues:

1. Performances in the Auto White Balance and the color reproduction were improved.

2. A reliability on the flash operation in low temperature environments were improved.

3. File write back from PC to the camera was enabled also for the models shipped for Europe.

You can find instructions on downloading and installing the firmware on this page.

For more news and reviews, visit Photography Bay’s Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Reviews and Resources.

Nikon SB-900 Firmware Update 5.02

Nikon has released a firmware update for the Nikon SB-900 flash.  The following improvements have been made in version 5.02

  • With uninterrupted shooting with the SB-900 set to i-TTL mode, images captured just before the flash ceased firing were sometimes overexposed. This issue has been resolved. By resolving this issue, metering precision has been further increased and the number of times the flash fires has also been increased.
  • When the SB-900, set to TTL auto flash mode, is used with a camera supporting the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS), flash mode automatically changes to A mode according to camera communication status. That flash mode was previously maintained, but it has been modified so that TTL auto flash mode is restored once the SB-900 again recognizes the camera as a CLS-compatible camera.

Additional details and downloads can be found via the following links to Nikon:

SB-900 Firmware Update 5.02 – Windows

SB-900 Firmware Update 5.02 – Macintosh

Olympus Updates E-520 and E-420 Firmware

Olympus released a firmware update for the E-520 and E-420 DSLR cameras. This firmware update is version 1.1. The update improves the brightness level of optical viewfinder AF target points — a relatively minor update, but one that can be quite useful. The update comes after requests from users, who have found the brightness level lacking in some of the more extreme situations to which the E-520 lends itself.

If you have an E-520 or E-420, you’ll need to hook it up to your computer and use the provided installation program to update your camera. More information is available through the Olympus website.

Nikon Updates D80 Firmware

Nikon has released version 1.11 of the firmware for the D80. The firmware update resolves an issue with the battery indicator: in certain circumstances, the battery indicator light blinks regardless of the actual battery charge. If you did not update to version 1.10, that firmware update is included in the new version.

You can download the update from the following pages if you are in the U.S:

If you are located in the E.U, updates are available on the following pages:

Canon Releases Firmware

Canon announced a firmware update for the EOS Rebel XSi / 450 digital SLR camera. Update version 1.0.9 fixes several problems that have been reported to Canon with Auto Exposure Bracketing, Live View and Playback. The exact fixes are:

Fixes a phenomenon in which AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) shooting does not operate normally under specific conditions.
Fixes a phenomenon in which the Live View exposure simulation warning indication does not properly display during Live View shooting.
Fixes a phenomenon in which images cannot be played back after continuous shooting when a printer is connected to the camera or a video output terminal is used.

The previous firmware version is 1.0.4 — if your camera uses this version, updating is recommended.

Further information about the update is available on Canon’s update page.

Firmware Update for the EX-F1

The Casio EX-F1 is getting a firmware update that allows photographers to prerecord movies. We’ve all missed a few seconds of that perfect moment, but with this update, the EX-F1 will start capturing video five seconds before you fully press down the movie button. If you get your finger in the general area, you’ll still be able to catch those great videos.

Firmware Version 1.10 for the EX-F1 will be available as a download on Casio’s website. It will be free. This firmware update is a follow up to April’s Firmware Version 1.02, speeding up start-ups and enabling high speed zooming when fecording video.

Nikon Updates D3 and D300 Firmware

Nikon D300 DX 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)Nikon just released the D700, but they seem to want to keep their name in the headlines. They just released new firmware for the D3 DSLR . The biggest improvements were made to the autofocus and the white balance. The D300 also received a firmware update — this one fixes incorrect battery indicators.

If you want to update your Nikon, firmware updates are available for download on Nikon’s website. While it would be nice to get your hands on one of those nice shiny new D700s, these firmware updates will enable your older D3s and D300s to keep up with those young whippersnappers.

Canon EOS-1D Mark III Firmware Update Version 1.2.3

Canon has updated the firmware for the 1D Mark III to Version 1.2.3.

This firmware update (Version 1.2.3) incorporates the following improvements.

  1. Includes the following new features that were frequently requested by customers to the new firmware.
    1. Direct selection of AF points by the Multi-controller is added to C.Fn III-9.
    2. Alternate access to Exposure compensation is added to C.Fn IV-3.
    3. With the camera’s External Speedlite control menu, Flash function settings can be used to set the Wireless setting and Zoom.
  2. Improves the stability of AF accuracy in AI servo AF when shooting extremely low-contrast subjects.

The Version 1.2.3 firmware being released this time is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.1.3. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.2.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

To download this latest firmware update, go to Canon’s official site here.

For more resources on the Canon 1D Mark III, visit Photography Bay’s Canon 1D Mark III Reviews and Resources.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Firmware Update Version 1.1.2

Canon has updated the firmware for the 1Ds Mark III to Version 1.1.2.

This firmware update (Version 1.1.2) incorporates the following improvements.

  1. Includes the following new features that were frequently requested by customers to the new firmware.
    1. Direct selection of AF points by the Multi-controller is added to C.Fn III-9.
    2. Alternate access to Exposure compensation is added to C.Fn IV-3.
  2. Improves the stability of AF accuracy in AI servo AF when shooting extremely low-contrast subjects.

The Version 1.1.2 firmware being released this time is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.6. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.1.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

To download the updated firmware visit the official Canon site here.