Firmware Friday: Sony NEX-3, NEX-5, Canon SX130, Rebel XS

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.

Canon Rebel XS / 1000D version 1.0.7 – “Fixes a rare phenomenon in which “Cannot create folder” is displayed on the camera’s LCD monitor, after which shooting is no longer possible with the SD card in your camera.” [Canon Website]

Canon SX130 IS version – “Fixes a phenomenon in which the audio and video get recorded out of sync when shooting movies with the image quality set to high definition (1280×720 pixels).” [Canon Website]

Sony NEX-3 / Sony NEX-5 version 03 – “Autofocus is now supported when using the NEX-5/NEX-3 with 14 lenses from the full range of A-mount optics by Sony and Carl Zeiss that includes telephotos, primes and zooms. Aperture settings can be maintained during HD movie recording, and system menu operation has been streamlined alongside other usability improvements. Registered NEX-5/NEX-3 owners will be advised of the free update via email.” [Sony Website]

Canon Rebel Instant Rebates

Canon Rebel Rebates

Canon has introduced a new rebate program for the Rebel XS and Rebel T1i DSLR cameras.  The rebates are instant and apply to the basic kits as well as offering increased savings with the addition of an EF 75-300mm or EF-S 55-250mm IS lens.  These instant savings will apply through June 5, 2010.

A list of the applicable rebates is below. [Read more…]

Canon Rebel XS Instant Rebates

Canon Rebel XS Instant Rebate

Canon has introduced some big rebates for the Rebel XS, which takes it into the sub-$500 territory for the basic kit. The rebates get bigger when you add telephoto lenses to the kit.

The rebates of $70 and $170 for the various kits lead to the final price points noted below.  The instant rebates expire on March 13, 2010.

Rebel XS w/ 18-55mm lens: $499 – B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Rebel XS w/ 18-55mm lens + 75-300mm lens: $599 – B&H Photo / Adorama

Rebel XS w/ 18-55mm lens + 55-250mm IS lens: $699 – B&H Photo / Adorama

Deal Alert: Canon Rebel XS, 18-55mm Lens at 75-300mm Lens for $509

B&H Photo currently has a deal on the Rebel XS and two Canon lenses that shows $669 on the product page; however, when you add it to the cart, it drops to $509.

I’m not sure how long it will last, but since the Canon DSLR and lens rebates expire later this week, I wouldn’t expect it to last past that.  If you’re interested, here’s the link.