News / Firmware & Software Updates
Fujifilm has released a firmware update for its FinePix Real 3D W3 twin-sensor 3D compact camera. Version 1.10 adds an Economy mode under then HD video recording menu that is optimized for long continuous recording of 3D HD movies. The firmware is available for immediate download from the company's website.
Nikon has posted a firmware update for its CoolPix P7000 high-end enthusiast compact. Version 1.1 reduces the recording time for raw images and fixes bugs relating to zoom operation, lens control and image preview with Active D-Lighting enabled. The firmware is available for immediate download from the company's website.
DxO Labs has updated its DxO Optics Pro raw converter for Windows and Mac to include more cameras. Version 6.5.2 extends Raw support to the Pentax K-5 and Sony's NEX-3 and 5 in the both Standard and Elite editions. It also includes 50 additional camera/lens optical modules. Recent purchasers get the upgrade for free or there is a 30% discount available until Christmas Day.
Apple has released an updated version of its Aperture raw-conversion and photo management software. Version 3.1.1 addresses a number of bugs, fixes compatibility issues with the company's recently released i'Life '11 suite and improves overall stability of the software. The update is available for immediate download from Apple's website.
Adobe has released Photoshop Lightroom 3.3, Camera Raw 6.3 and DNG Converter 6.3. These are final versions of updates that were originally posted as 'release candidates' on the Adobe Labs site, and are now available for immediate download. The latest versions provide final RAW support for fifteen recent cameras, including the Canon S95 and G12, Nikon D7000 and D3100, Pentax K-5 and K-r, Olympus E-5, and Panasonic GH2, alongside profiles for over 60 new Nikon, Canon, Pentax and Sigma lenses. Also available on the Adobe Labs site is the brand-new Lens Profile Downloader 1.0, which allows users to download, rate and provide feedback on user-generated profiles
Panasonic has announced a firmware update for its Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm / F4.0-5.8 ASPH/ Mega O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds lens. Firmware version 1.4 promises improved autofocus and image stabilization performance in movie mode. The update is available for immediate download from the company's website.
Casio has released a firmware update for its Exilim EX-H20G Hybrid GPS-enabled compact camera. In addition to its usual geotagging capability, Version 1.01 adds the ability to record GPS data logs in Google's KML format. These can then be imported into Google Earth or similar software to track locations. The firmware is available for immediate download from the company's website.
Nikon has announced it is working on a firmware upgrade in response to concerns raised about video from the D7000. The statement confirms the occasional occurrence of bright spots while recording videos as reported by some owners. The firmware will aim to reduce this occurrence. The company says these spots may be noticeable especially when recording movies of dark scenes or subjects and 'do not indicate a problem with practical use'.
Plug-in maker onOne Software has announced its Perfect Photo Suite v5.5 bundle is now available. The latest version of the suite includes seven of the company's image-editing plug-ins and offers better compatiblity with Lightroom and Aperture. It is available as a free upgrade to existing users and $499.99 for first time buyers.
Sony has announced function enhancing firmware updates for its DSLR-A900 and DSLR-A850 full-frame cameras. The latest versions for both cameras promise faster AF and broaden both exposure compensation range (to -/+5 from the current -/+3) and the exposure bracketing range (from up to -/+2EV to a maximum of -/+3EV). It also adds a new menu option allowing shutter release without an attached lens.
DxO Labs has updated its DxO Optics Pro raw converter for Windows and Mac. Version 6.5.1 extends Raw support to Nikon D7000 and Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 in the both Standard and Elite editions. It also includes 120 additional camera/lens optical modules. Recent purchasers get the upgrade for free or there is a 30% discount available until Christmas Day.
Panasonic has released firmware updates for its Lumix DMC-FZ100, DMC-FX700 and DMC-FX75/FX70 digital compacts. The latest versions for all cameras improves the Motion Deblur feature in the cameras' Intelligent Auto mode. Version 1.1 for the FX700 and v1.2 for FZ100 also improves AF performance while recording movies. The updates are available for download from Panasonic's website.
Pentax has issued updated firmware for its K-5 mid-level DSLR. Version 1.01 increases the number of RAW images that can be shot in a burst during continuous shooting at both low and high ISO settings. The latest version allows the camera to capture up to 20 images in a burst, rather than 8. It also claims 'improved stability for general performance.' The update is available now from the company's websites.
Canon, Olympus and Pentax have released software updates. Canon has updated its Digital Photo Pro, EOS Utility, Picture Style Editor, ZoomBrowser and ImageBrowser software fixing bugs, bringing improvements and extending support to recently released cameras including the EOS 60D and PowerShot S95. Olympus' Viewer 2 has been updated to support the E-5 digital SLR. Pentax Digital Camera Utility v4.21 adds an automatic lens correction feature, and extends support to the K-5 and K-r DSLRs amongst other improvements.