Firmware Friday: Pentax K-7, Panasonic LX3, TZ7/ZS3, TZ6/ZS1

Camera  Firmware Update

Below you will find this week’s firmware updates.  Hit the manufacturer website links for more details and download instructions for the firmware.

Pentax K-7 firmware version 1.10 – “Added Movie editing function on playback mode palette. You can divide a movie into multiple segments and erase unwanted segments from the movie. Added Electronic Level indication on the Monitor. When Mode dial is set M or X and Electronic Level is set to display, exposure meter is indicated both of them in the LCD panel and in the Viewfinder. Added [Reversal Film] mode on Custom Image function [PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4] have been updated. When using Live View, auto focus activate by pressing shutter release button halfway. Also improved focus speed [Pentax website]

Panasonic LX3 firmware version 2.2 – “Optimization of software processing.” [Panasonic website]

Panasonic TZ7/ZS3 firmware version 1.3 – “Optimization of software processing.” [Panasonic website]

Panasonic TZ6/ZS1 firmware version 1.3 – “Optimization of software processing.” [Panasonic website]

Pentax K-7 Hands-On Preview at OK Pentax

OK Pentax has posted a hands-on preview of the Pentax K-7.

I’m happy to say that to my satisfaction the new SAFOX VIII Plus auto focusing system is now more accurate and speedy, especially indoors and with artificial light. And yes, the Face Detection feature works just as you’ve come to expect it on point-and-shoots.

For more news and reviews, see Photography Bay’s Pentax K-7 Reviews and Resources.

Pentax K-7 Hands-On Review at Demystifying Digital

Demystifying Digital has posted a hands-on review of the Pentax K-7.

Though I can’t pass any official judgment on the still images or the video quality because of the camera’s pre-production status, I have to say I was impressed with what I saw even from this early version of the K-7.

For more news and reviews, see Photography Bay’s Pentax K-7 Reviews and Resources.